Schwarzenegger Shuns Possible Obama Cabinet Post

Governator says not until 2010, if at all

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008  |  Updated 12:54 PM PDT
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Schwarzenegger Shuns Possible Obama Cabinet Post

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LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: Newly elected California Governor Arnold Schwarznegger addresses supporters from the stage following his victory in the California Recall Election at the Century Plaza Hotel October 7, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. Gov. Gray Davis lost by a wide margin in the recall, while Schwarzenegger won handily over his nearest Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. . (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says President-elect Barack Obama will be great for the country, but that he's not going to serve with him, at least not right away.

The Republican governor congratulated Obama, a Democrat, for his historic win and urged Americans of all political stripes to get behind him Wednesday.

Schwarzenegger says California will do everything it can to help the new administration.

But he dashed any talk that he would be a part of it, at least during the early years.

He says he plans to stay in California until his term is up in 2010.

Schwarzenegger endorsed GOP nominee John McCain but had said either man would be a welcome change.

The governor spoke Wednesday in Los Angeles during a news conference for Proposition 11.

Voters were about evenly split on the redistricting measure, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.

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