Republican Schwarzenegger and Obama to appear on one platform

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Washington, Mar.18 (ANI): Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear with President Barack Obama on one platform in California later this week, according to a source.

According to Politico, though details haven't been finalized as yet, the Republican governor is expected to join Obama at one of his public stops in Southern California.

Schwarzenegger has been an outspoken ally of Obama since the president was sworn in, offering him a measure of bipartisan cover on a stimulus package that was overwhelmingly opposed by congressional Republicans.

The former movie star has also backed Obama on issues related to climate change and energy.

On Friday, Schwarzenegger will rejoin Obama at the White House to discuss infrastructure issues with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.

By appearing with Obama in California - the president's first visit since being sworn in - Schwarzenegger is sure to restart speculation that he may be in line for a job in the administration after he leaves Sacramento next year.

It won't be the first time Obama won support from a high-profile GOP governor. The president stood with Florida Govrnor Charlie Crist last month at a Ft. Myers town hall aimed at winning support for the stimulus.

Like Schwarzenegger, Crist backed the legislation. Both governors hew to a centrist path and embrace the sort of post-partisan rhetoric Obama voiced on the campaign trail. (ANI)

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