Arnold Schwarzenegger Endorses John Kasich for President

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, center, steps up to the podium in front of his wife Karen, right, after being introduced by former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during a campaign rally Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Schwarzenegger is throwing his support to Gov. John Kasich in …
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Action movie star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger officially endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president on Sunday.

A grinning Schwarzenegger made his endorsement in a short video sent out through the messaging app Snapchat.

“I want John Kasich to be the next nominee of the Republicans and also to be the next president of the United States. Here he is,” Schwarzenegger said, before turning the camera over to Kasich, who was sitting beside him.

“Thank you Arnold. Love you, man,” Kasich replied.

Schwarzenegger appeared with Kasich at a rally in Ohio later Sunday.

The endorsement comes as Kasich looks to build momentum for his campaign ahead of the Michigan primary on March 8 and the Ohio primary on March 15, where the governor is locked in a close battle with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Schwarzenegger was announced as Trump’s replacement on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice in September.