SCHWARZENEGGER
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger smiles as he delivers his first State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004.
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updated 3/10/2005 8:46:56 PM ET 2005-03-11T01:46:56

From battling extra-terrestrial warriors to fighting infamous California special interests, Arnold Schwarzenegger has come a long way. Now he’s back to take on Chris Matthews for the Hardball College tour March 14th.

While his position on social issues may rub fellow conservatives the wrong way, Gov. Schwarzenegger cemented his political star power with a speech at the Republican National Convention in August. Since then we’ve heard the Austrian-born Governor may have his eye on the White House— there’s just that pesky issue of a constitutional amendment .

With a penchant for spectacular photo-ops and new-styled direct democracy, so far the Governor has been terminating all opposition. His proposals to overhaul the state’s budget, pension, and education systems, will again place the decision before California’s initiative-loving voters. But with opinion polls in a decline , has Schwarzenegger's ambitious reform agenda stalled?

His recent stands on the controversial issue of steroids, proposed legislation banning junk food sales in state schools, and of course, tax cuts, show that today’s most media-savvy politician is pumped up to take on anyone.

Now Arnold’s back for his Hardball sequel. The Governator joins Chris Matthews on the Hardball College Tour stop at Stanford University’s Memorial Auditorium in California.

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About the College Tour:

"Hardball" launched the College Tour to bring America's youth into the political process, and has included interviews with Sen. John Kerry, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton in more than 30 "College Tour" telecasts. The "Hardball College Tour" kicked off in 2000 with monthly town hall meetings at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Clemson, University of Southern California, Michigan State, St. Anselm and Winona State University.

Written by Amy Martin, with reports from MSNBC Public Relations.

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