Arnold Schwarzenegger Shoots Down U.S. Senate Run

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

"My mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California," said the former California governor in a statement on his Facebook page.

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday shot down speculation that he's running for the U.S. Senate. The former California governor posted on his Facebook page that he's "flattered" by those who have approached him about running, but he's focusing on gerrymandering instead.

"My mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California. Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions," wrote Schwarzenegger.

Politico recently reported that Schwarzenegger was considering running as an independent in 2018. They also cited that his views were different than those of President Donald Trump, whom he recently clashed with on Twitter over NBC reality competition series The Celebrity Apprentice.

"I hope you'll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm," Schwarzenegger concluded in his post.

Read his full statement below.

I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California. Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions. Thank you for your kind messages and all of the support and I hope you'll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm.

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