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Genetic Crossroads
October 2nd, 2003

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:

"I'd 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 be fantastic."
Science Fiction Weekly (Vol. 6, No. 46, Nov. 13, 2000)

"[Cloning] 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

"I 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)


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