Stumping for the President, or Wants to be President?

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Governor Schwarzenegger campaigned for President Bush this evening in Columbus, Ohio and received what was at least a 5 minute standing ovation.

He appeared comfortable standing behind the podium with the presidential seal on it. Maybe too comfortable. On CBS' "60 Minutes" this coming Sunday night, the governor admits (according to the network's press release) that he's indeed interested in the job.

"Yes, absolutely [I would like to be eligible to run for president]," Schwarzenegger reportedly tells Morley Safer. "Why not? With my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top."

Schwarzenegger will be back on the California campaign trail tomorrow. His schedule calls for a bus tour from San Diego to Bakersfield on Saturday, and rallies in both Redding and Pleasanton on Sunday.

Scott Shafer, host of The California Report, spoke to Schwarzenegger yesterday about next Tuesday's election. The interview also included a discussion about what's next on the governor's political plate. He expressed support for a plan to revise the state's term limits law by lengthening the terms that legislators can serve.

And in an extended version of the interview on our website, Schwarzenegger urges Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to speak publicly about allegations of possible campaign money laundering and how federal election funds were spent

(You can hear Shafer's conversation with the governor this afternoon on our weekly newsmagazine, airing at 4:30pm and 6:30pm on KQED in San Francisco and Sacramento, other stations may vary)

Schwarzenegger also talks about his last-minute campaign against Proposition 66. What's intriguing about his efforts is that with recent statewide polls showing almost two-thirds of voters surveyed supporting Prop 66, even he seems ready to admit it may be too little, too late.

While campaigning this week at a Los Angeles-area restaurant, the governor came face-to-face with a woman who disagreed with him. "Go ahead and vote the way you want on Proposition 66," he is quoted as telling her.

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John Myers is Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED Public Radio and "The California Report," heard daily on 23 public radio stations across the Golden State.

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