VACAVILLE, Calif. — Announcing plans to campaign for President Bush in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered one of his strongest statements in support of Bush's anti-terror efforts, comparing them to former President Ronald Reagan's battles against communism.
"This reminds me of the days when Ronald Reagan was in office and he was fighting communism," Schwarzenegger told reporters Tuesday outside of a Mexican restaurant in this Central Valley town, where he was campaigning for Gary Podesto, a Republican candidate for the state Senate.
"There were some people out there criticizing him [Reagan], saying 'This is crazy, he's a warmonger' and all of this kind of criticisms. And in the end, he proved right. He wore them down because he showed great leadership, and communism fell apart.
Schwarzenegger said Bush is in the same position today, with "a chance to really wear down the terrorism and to fight it and to conquer it."