Per NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy, McCain finished off his Ohio bus tour yesterday with a big-crowd (for him) rally in Columbus, OH with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is something of a hero due to his sponsorship of an annual body building event in the area called Arnold's Classic. The two spoke at the 18,000-seat Nationwide Arena (a venue I've been told Bush and Schwarzenegger filled to capacity in 2004), but about a third of the hockey rink was cut off with a giant curtain and the entire section behind the stage was also empty.
McCain had two new lines, one that subtly hit Obama for saying that his faith in the American people was "vindicated" by his victory in the Iowa caucuses. And another line about Obama supposedly saying that it was "selfish to oppose higher taxes.
Arnold was the big hit, and he hit Obama hard for being a lightweight and for wanting to follow the lead of socialistic countries in Europe, many of whom have since learned their lessons, according to Schwarzenegger. "We are at a tough time right now. Ohio cannot afford, America cannot afford the economic proposals of Sen. Obama. I tell you something, I left Europe four decades ago because of socialism has killed opportunities there. And many, many, many entrepreneurs and business leaders all left and have taken jobs with them. And I tell you, in recent years Europe has realized its mistakes, began rolling back some of its spread the wealth policies. And I tell you something, I tell you something. I am so fortunate that I had the chance of coming to the greatest country in the world, the United States of America."
Schwarzenegger also "mocked Democrat Barack Obama, saying 'he needs to do something about those skinny legs,' needs to buff up those 'scrawny little arms,' and put some meat on his ideas. McCain, on the other hand, 'is built like a rock."