Schwarzenegger sworn in as California governor
The former action movie star and Republican Party maverick hobbled in on crutches to the inauguration ceremony on Friday.india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 09:26 IST
Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in for a second term as the governor of California, the richest and most populous state in the US.
The former action movie star and Republican Party maverick hobbled in on crutches to the inauguration ceremony on Friday in the state capital Sacramento, due to a recent skiing accident.
But his political fortunes in the Democratic-leaning state look healthy as he charts out a centrist path dominated by eco-friendly policies and plans for ambitious healthcare reform.
Schwarzenegger, 59, was first elected in November 2003 in a recall election when the state was in the grips of a fiscal crisis and an energy shortage.
He won a comfortable re-election victory in November - bucking the national anti-Republican trend to cap a political turnaround following voters' 2005 rejection of several ballot initiatives pushed by the governor.
On Friday, he said that defeat had transformed his political approach into a more centrist, consensual philosophy that he believed was needed throughout the US.
"Like Paul on the road to Damascus, I had an experience that opened my eyes," Schwarzenegger said. "I saw that people, not just in California but across the nation, were hungry for a new kind of politics, a politics that looks beyond the old labels, the old ways, the old arguments."
He pledged to move the state forward by pursuing what he called "post-partisan policies," saying that California was the prime example of an electorate filled with independent voters.