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Livin' the American dream with McCain and Schwarzenegger. (AP).

By Juliet Eilperin
SAN DIEGO -- Standing together in an airport hangar here, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated the beauty of the American immigrant story -- and its limits.

Schwarzenegger (R), who endorsed McCain's presidential bid last week, told the crowd of a couple hundred supporters that he was backing the senator because he could preserve the nation's best qualities.

"I came over here as an immigrant because this is the greatest country in the world, with the greatest opportunities in the world," Schwarzenegger said, adding that McCain is "a man that will protect our borders. He is an expert in national security."

And borrowing a line from one of his most famous movies, Schwarzenegger added, "He's fighting to say 'hasta la vista' to wasteful spending."

Taking the microphone, McCain hailed the governor as "an American success story," saying he exemplified what is best about the United States. As long as an immigrant has sufficient ambition "there is no limit," McCain said. And then he paused, recognizing that that assessment might give his Austrian-born ally false hopes.

"Except to be president of the United States," McCain noted, exhaling a sigh of relief. "I just thought I'd throw that in there."

By Washington Post editors  |  February 5, 2008; 4:53 PM ET
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