WASHINGTON - California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger played Conan the Contrarian Sunday, pummeling his party for hypocrisy on jobs and health care.
With the one-year anniversary of the $787 billion stimulus bill last week, Republicans chorused that it had failed, and created no jobs.
But Schwarzenegger, who finishes his term this year, sang the Democrats' tune, claiming the recovery act was vital, and mocked members of his party who crow about the money they get in their own districts.
"I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around, and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying, 'This doesn't create any new jobs,'" the Govinator told ABC News' "This Week."
"Then they go out and do the photo ops, and they are posing with the big check and they say, 'Isn't this great,'" he said.
"It doesn't match up," he added, pointing to 150,000 private and public sector jobs funded in California.
"I think it's kind of politics," he added.
He also agreed that the GOP was the "Party of No," as Democrats have branded it.
FL Gov Charlie Crist: Stimulus Did Create Jobs
Florida Governor Charlie Crist says Republicans who say the stimulus has not created jobs are simply wrong.
"That’s not the case in Florida," he said speaking after the National Governors Association meeting at the White House, "It created or maintained at least 87,000 jobs, 27,000 of those jobs are educators and teachers throughout our state. I dare say what impact the would have on the students if those teachers were out of work, unable to put bread on the table for their families."
The governor said accepting stimulus funding was "the responsible and right thing to do for the people and it puts people above politics." He went on to say that lawmakers in Washington need to put their constituents ahead of partisan bickering.
Many in his own party have criticized the governor for publicly supporting the stimulus plan, even appearing at an event with the President last February on the issue. Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is running against Crist for Florida's GOP Senate nomination, and has gone after the governor repeatedly on this issue.
Republican governors of two of our largest states admit that President Obama's stimulus plan has created jobs.