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Arnold Schwarzenegger backs presidential candidate John Kasich

Schwarzenegger says Kasich "kicked some serious butt" during his 18 years in Washington, when he helped balance the federal budget

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is throwing his support to Gov. John Kasich in the presidential contest, saying Kasich is an "action hero" in his own right.

Schwarzenegger says Kasich "kicked some serious butt" during his 18 years in Washington, when he helped balance the federal budget, and he says Kasich is keeping the American Dream alive in Ohio. Kasich said electing him would send the message that "raising the bar for your kids will win in this country."

The former California governor is donning an official Kasich campaign jacket, while Kasich is wearing a coat gifted to him from the Terminator star with "Governator II" embroidered on it. Kasich jokes that he has "dreams of grandeur" when wearing the jacket.

Sunday's rally in Ohio is Kasich's first in his home state this year. He is pinning everything on a win in the state's March 15 primary, when 66 delegates are at stake.

Speaking outside a barn, Kasich is sharing his message that restoring the "spirit of America" requires ordinary citizens to do their part.

Schwarzenegger, the former California governor, is taking over for Kasich's rival Donald Trump on the 'Celebrity Apprentice' this year.