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Schwarzenegger weighs possible run for Senate

Los Angeles Times Published: March 12, 2017 4:00 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, may not have ruled out trying to get back into government, stoking speculation about whether he could challenge Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2018.

His spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, said Schwarzenegger is focused on championing redistricting reform across the nation, just as he did in California. But, as first reported by Politico, he is "keeping all his options open" about jumping back into politics, Ketchell said.

Politico cited "GOP political insiders" who said the former governor was mulling a comeback, but a source close to Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times it's not true.

When asked if Schwarzenegger was considering a run for Senate, Ketchell didn't say yes and he didn't say no.

"What he cares about right now is how we can pass redistricting reform in other states," Ketchell said Thursday afternoon. "That's his main focus now."

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Schwarzenegger has become one of President Donald Trump's greatest celebrity foils, primarily in the form of sporadic spats between the two on Twitter. On Saturday, Trump took another shot at Schwarzenegger after he left "The New Celebrity Apprentice," the NBC reality show on which Trump once starred.

The two have been publicly at odds for a while. In October, Schwarzenegger announced that he would not vote for Trump in the presidential election.

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(Staff writer Seema Mehta contributed to this report.)

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