"He kicked some serious butt," Schwarzenegger said of Kasich, who served in Congress for 18 years. "He was an action hero when he went to Washington."
Schwarzenegger, a fellow Republican, told hundreds at a botanical garden and conservatory that he first became friends with Kasich in the 1980s, when he was in Ohio hosting his annual "Arnold Sports Festival" body-building and fitness expo. The two have been friends since, and the former "Terminator" star carries out philanthropy work in the Buckeye State, too.
"When he ran for governor, I said to him, 'I'll be back,'" Schwarzenegger said.
Schwarzenegger wore a Kasich campaign jacket, while the presidential candidate put on a jacket with "Made especially for John Kasich Governator II" on it that the actor gave him.
Schwarzenegger last month held a tele-town hall with Kasich but stopped short of formally backing Kasich's run. He did, though, speak at a fundraiser for Kasich in California in October.
"We need John Kasich to now take charge and be at the White House," Schwarzenegger said today. "And this is why I endorse John Kasich, our great governor, to be our Republican nominee, and to be the next president of the United States of America, the greatest country in the world."