Posted: Sep 28, 2012 9:41 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says in his new autobiography that Republican political guru Karl Rove predicted the 2003 California recall election that put the muscleman-actor in office would never happen.
Schwarzengger writes in "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story" that he visited Rove in early 2003, when the GOP strategist was a top White House adviser.
According to excerpts obtained Friday by The Associated Press in advance of the book's release, it turned out to be an awkward visit.
Not only did Rove tell Schwarzenegger the recall election that ousted Democrat Gray Davis would not happen, he introduced the actor to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice as his pick to run for California governor in 2006.
Schwarzenegger felt snubbed.
He asks, "How could Rove have been so wrong?"
Rice and her staff did not immediately respond to a request for comment made through her office at Stanford University.
Rove's office also did not immediately respond to an emailed request seeking a response to Schwarzenegger's statements.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican, spoke about the book in an interview with "60 Minutes" scheduled to air Sunday, as the one-time "Mr. Universe" and Hollywood action star tries to rebrand himself and promote the memoir. CBS aired excerpts of the interview Friday.
Speaking to "60 Minutes," Schwarzenegger said the affair he had with his family's longtime housekeeper was "the stupidest thing" he ever did to then-wife Maria Shriver and caused great pain to her and their four children.
"I think it was the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship. It was terrible. I inflicted tremendous pain on Maria and unbelievable pain on the kids," Schwarzenegger said of the affair that led to a son who is now 14.
After leaving the governor's office in January 2011 following a turbulent seven years, Schwarzenegger, 65, has launched a wholesale effort to redeem his reputation in the wake of the embarrassing public revelations about the affair he had with Mildred Baena, a housekeeper who reportedly worked for the family for 20 years. Their son, Joseph, was born just days after Schwarzenegger's youngest child with Shriver.
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