Schwarzenegger Stays Late After School
06/09/2003 AT 01:50 AM EDT
For the most part, however, the "Terminator" star, 55, was in town to push his after-school program -- not to announce his candidacy for governor of California.
When asked whether he will be running, Schwarzenegger told reporters: "Before making a decision like that, I would have to speak to the almighty, my wife Maria."
(That would be NBC newswoman Maria Shriver, a member of the vastly Democratic Kennedy clan.)
"My first priority is education, the after-school program," said Schwarzenegger, founder of the Inner-City Games, an organization that runs programs in 15 cities providing opportunities for inner-city youths to participate in sports, educational, cultural and community enrichment activities.
Schwarzenegger and Education Secretary Rod Paige -- both wearing cowboy boots -- teamed up in Washington for the conclusion of the After-School Summit, where they met with education experts from around the country to learn how to strengthen after-school programs.
"After-school programs are absolutely essential; they are the answer to the problems such as teen pregnancy, drugs, gangs and violence," said Schwarzenegger, looking more Hollywood than Potomac in beige jeans, a blazer and dress shirt without a tie.
Of course, the actor also was asked about his new movie, due July 2. "My first priority is the after-school program," he added. "My second priority is go see 'Terminator 3.'"