The 65-year-old actor has been touring the country promoting his new memoir Total Recall.
PHOTOS: Arnold Schwarzengger Takes His Show On The Road During Book Tour
Earlier this week he delighted fans in Washington D.C. by telling them how he rattled his competition and swayed voters during debates while running for governor of California in 2003.
During the election Schwarzenegger â" a Republican candidate â" was up against, among others, journalist Arianna Huffington, who was running as an independent.
In video obtained by RadarOnline.com he told the Washington Post correspondent: âI felt when I was debating, since my strength was not policy in 2003. My strength was, me. And so therefore I went there and did not let myself get down to policy details.
âI could tell them: âYes I want to do health care reform. Yes I want to do immigration reformâ¦ But when it got into the details Iâd rather use comedy, use humor. That was the important thing.
âThatâs why Arianna Huffington played into all my stuff. She was perfect.â
Schwarzenegger then launches into a hilarious impression of The Huffington Post founder. He says: âShe kept whining: âOh Arnold, you always say this. And youâre always this. Youâre terrible. Youâre making so much moneyâ.â
He also says he deliberately goaded Huffington by threatening to cast her in the next Terminator movie as the female terminator!
âShe was this whiny woman sitting there and I said to myself: âIâm going to get her.'
âAnd she was outraged,â he says, âbecause she just saw Terminator 3 where I took the female terminator and stuck her head in the toilet.
âSo she immediately said: âThis is outrageous the way you deal with women. This is so typical of Schwartzesnitzel. Itâs terrible he wants to put my head in the toiletâ.
âI said: âYeah, whatâs wrong with that?â
âSo the people were howling. They were laughing. Because what happens is when you go to those debates everyone sits there like this [puts on serious face]â¦
âBut I saw right away the intense look of people and I said to myself: âI can lighten up this atmosphere hereâ. And as soon as I did it broke the ice and from then on I started winning the people over.
âIn the end, as sad as it is sometimesâ¦personality wins over all the details and throwing around numbers and statistics and all that stuff.â
Total Recall is on sale now, at all good book stores.