Schwarzenegger: ‘Flip-Flopping Is Getting a Bad Rap’

By Lee Speigel

Jul 13, 2008 12:08pm

On "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" this morning, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was talking about how Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has been moving towards the center, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would, in his view, hopefully start doing so.

"In politics out there, they always say, ‘Well, now, I don’t know anymore what he really stands for.  He has just changed his mind…’" Schwarzenegger said.

"Flip-flopper," said George.

"’…and he’s flip-flopping’ and all those kinds of things," the Republican governor continued. "Let me tell you something.  Flip-flopping is getting a bad rap, because I think it is great.  Someone has made a mistake.  I mean, someone has, for 20 or 30 years, been in the wrong place with his idea and with his ideology and says, ‘You know something?  I changed my mind.  I am now for this.’ As long as he’s honest or she’s honest, I think that is a wonderful thing.  You can change your mind…

"I have changed my mind on things and there is nothing wrong with it," Schwarzenegger continued. "But I’d just say to the people, I’d say, ‘Look, I once felt this way.  Now I think this way,’ end of story."

- jpt

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