Hollywood star Tom Arnold is in the midst of a nationwide tour to promote his new movie, “Happy Endings” but during a recent appearance in Iowa City, Arnold said he might end up back in Iowa someday. “It would be the biggest honor to be governor of Iowa at the right time, you know,” Arnold said in answer to a reporter’s question. “It would be an incredible honor to be able to maybe do something good here, so those are my aspirations.” But Arnold, who is a native of Ottumwa, said it takes a “thick skin” to be a politician and it’s been hard to watch what his friend and former co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger is going through as California’s governor. “It’s not a pretty life,” Arnold said. “I don’t know that I could take the criticism like that, like Arnold does, even though I know in his heart of hearts he believes he’s doing the right thing which he technically is because the state’s going bankrupt,” Arnold said. A recent campaign fundraiser for Schwartzenegger that Tom Arnold co-hosted was an eye-opener for the Iowa native. “I went into one a couple of weeks ago and there were thousands of nurses and teachers outside protesting and they were chanting ‘We hate Arnold’ and you know my last name’s Arnold,” Tom Arnold said, getting a laugh. “I see Jesse Jackson there and I go ‘Hey. What’s up?’ and he goes ‘Hey, what’s up? What are you doin?’ I said ‘I’m here for Arnold…I’ll see you downstairs’ thinking he’ll be at the event and then he went out and he was one of the frickin’ protestors, so it’s hard.” Arnold said he is keeping track of Iowa events, and he told an audience on the University of Iowa campus that he is proud to be an Iowan. “I think it’s the best place in the world,” Arnold said. “I’d like to come back here one day. We’ll see and I hope all you kids when you graduate that some of you consider staying, or if you go, come back and don’t forget about this university and this place.”
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