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Schwarzenegger says thumbs-up to Palin

August 29, 2008 |  1:12 pm

Sarah_palin_takes_a_big_leap Arnold Schwarzenegger, when asked about John McCain’s VP choice at an appearance in San Diego this morning,  said it would be “terrific” to have “a man and a woman running things together” for the first time in the White House.

“I’m a big believer that women can do just as great a job if not a better job than guys can do and I’ve seen this is in my own house,” Schwarzenegger said, slipping in the usual plug for his wife, Maria Shriver.

Schwarzenegger said he’d met Palin at the national governors’ conference. “She is a very effective leader, and she is a reformer, and I like her very much because she has the strength to go and push back,” he said. “I think she is cleaning up the mess up there and I think that she has tremendous courage.”

Schwarzenegger was referring to Palin’s ethics-based campaign for governor two years ago, and also said she had fixed the state’s budget problems while resisting  efforts to build Alaska’s  so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” a national symbol of pork barrel spending.

“Even though she’s new ... she’s very, very smart and she’s a reformer,” he said. “So I like that pick.”

--Michael Rothfeld

Photo: AP

(That's Palin, with her 8-year-old daughter, Piper.)