Schwarzenegger Wins Over GOP Convention
09/01/2004 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Mixing humor with a hard sell, the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger, 57, who was well-received, said as part of his remarks: "America gave me opportunities and my immigrant dreams came true. I want other people to get the same chances I did, the same opportunities. And I believe they can.
"That is why I believe in this country, that is why I believe in this party, and that is why I believe in this president."
He also managed to use a recent catchphrase that got him into trouble, advising "critics who would be pessimistic about our economy, I would tell them, 'Don't be economic girlie men.'"
Some political pundits say that Schwarzenegger's speech will be a hard act to follow. Vice president Dick Cheney is due to address the Madison Square Garden crowd Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, outside the Garden, nearly 1,000 people were arrested by New York Police Wednesday as protests against President Bush and his policies took place all over Manhattan, outside the Public Library on 42nd Street, in Union Square and at the site of the World Trade Center.