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Fri May 27, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney In Iowa Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger 'My Friend'

Arnold Schwarzenegger might be a little radioactive for most politicians right about now, especially in a state full of social conservatives like Iowa.

But that didn't stop Mitt Romney who was campaigning in Des Moines Friday from telling a story in which he referred to the former California governor as "my friend" and seemed completely oblivious to the actor-turned-politician's lovechild scandal.

Romney, who is scheduled to officially announce that he's in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, told a story from the when both he and Schwarzenegger were governors.

"I remember I was a newly elected governor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, my friend, came to Massachusetts and put billboards up in our state inviting companies to leave my state and go to his state. So he understood competition, by the way."

Romney may have been telling this story so long that he was running on autopilot. Or he may just be one really loyal friend.

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