California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger is
well-known for his role in the science fiction action movie
The Sixth Day, in which his character is cloned and his
memories "downloaded" against his will. He responds
by hunting down the evil cloners.
Yet the actor responded quite positively about human reproductive
cloning in several interviews after the release of the movie:
love it.... I may be one of the few, but... how many times have
I said to myself, 'I wish there were two of me?' I say it all
the time, because there's so much to do in life.... It would
Science Fiction Weekly (Vol. 6, No. 46, Nov. 13, 2000)
is a good idea, but how do we control it?... I'm 100 percent
for it. I'm totally for it. I think that the key is to have
some control over it, so it's not misused. Like I say, that's
in everything that we develop, just to make sure that no one
is misusing it. It's like the atom bomb; it's like nuclear energy.
You can use it for an advantage."
Box Office Online, August 2000
think the loss of individuality is a frightening concept, both
spiritually and in a very practical way. Do you share a life
with your clone? A spirit? Is my clone entitled to my closet
of Mr. Olympia trophies or does he have to go get his own? Does
my clone see [my wife] Maria [Shriver] on Monday, and do I see
her on Tuesday? You see the problem."
ZDNet, April 2001
As a candidate, Schwarzenegger has not commented on reproductive
cloning, and his statements imply that he is a supporter of
research cloning. However, he does not have an official platform
statement on cloning. (See http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/08/08/MN175872.DTL)