Arnold was asked by the California Republican party in March 2001 to run for governor. Arnold debated the position for some time, but in an interview with Esquire Magazine in July 2003, he said: “Yes, I would love to be governor of California … If the state needs me, and if there’s no one I think is better, then I will run.” At the time, then governor Gray Davis received a petition to recall as the Democratic governor, a ballot was passed on July 24th. Schwarzenegger was just wrapping up a promotional tour for
"Someone told me about this. I hope I'm not too late here, I'm traveling, but I wanted to chime in. I always say don't be afraid of failure, because how far can you really fall? You found out -- to the ground. It's right there. Now you know it isn't anything that should scare you. You should be proud that you weren't afraid -- not embarrassed that you failed. You could have made excuses not to walk into the door, but you didn't. You knew it would be hard, and it would be uncomfortable, and it might be awkward -- and you did it anyway. That's courage. I'm proud of you. The last guy I rooted for broke a world record in the deadlift. You have more in common with him than you think. First, he started out lifting just the bar, too (when you look at him, he may have been 3 months old at that point). Second, imagine his courage. He walked up to that bar in front of a big audience and television cameras, knowing that not only had he never lifted that much before - NO ONE on earth had - and it was highly likely he would completely fail. You may not think about it this way, but you showed that courage, on a smaller level. Finally, I'm rooting for you, too. You took the first step and you fell, but at least you fell in the right direction, so get back up and take the next step. Keep moving forward."
Schwarzenegger’s involvement with WWE dates back to becoming friends with both Sammartino and “Superstar” Billy Graham more than 40 years ago and co-starring with Jesse “The Body” Ventura in “The Running Man” and the aforementioned “Predator.” On an episode of SmackDown in November 1999, Mr. McMahon presented the “World Box Office Championship” — represented by a replica WWE Title — to Arnold, who then laid out Triple H with a series of vicious punches. In 2013, he inducted his longtime friend Bruno Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame in Madison Square Garden. The following year, he appeared on Raw in Brooklyn, ., to promote a film and nail The Miz across the jaw.