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Schwarzenegger: Detroit 'Will Be Back'

In an interview on CNBC that concluded moments ago, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) applied one of his most famous lines to the Big Three automakers: " 'I'll be back.' That's what Detroit is saying now."

("Terminator" references never get old.)

Schwarzenegger, who self-identifies as a Republican, continued to infuriate the more rightward-leaning members of his party, who consider him a RINO (Republican in Name Only) with this government-intervention stance on the automakers.

"I think whenever an industry is down, the government should step in and help," Schwarzenegger told CNBC's Phil Lebeau.

Really? Should the government have stepped in and helped the canal boat industry in 1830 or so when the first steam locomotives reliably began zipping by? Should the government have stepped in and helped the typewriter industry in 1980?

Schwarzenegger also said that "we've got to reduce greenhouse gas emissions" by adopting "common-sense standards like the European countries did years ago."

The Governator defended his ownership of a Hummer, saying that the Hummer is "a great vehicle" but that it "needs a different engine," such as the electric Hummer on display at the auto engineers's show in Detroit where Schwarzenegger was speaking.

The governor wrapped up with a quote that sounded pretty surprising, considering the nature of his most famous character -- the Terminator, a cyborg killing machine designed to exterminate humans.

Schwarzenegger said: "Technology will save us all."

You can't hear that quote and not think of another famous Terminator quote: "Come with me if you want to live."

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  April 20, 2009; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Hummer, Schwarzenegger, auto industry, greenhouse gas  
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