Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is attempting to reboot his image by launching a new think tank and autobiography.
The 65-year-old has faced criticism after the state of California’s public debt tripled during his seven years in office.
Schwarzenegger was also lambasted in the media following revelations that he had secretly fathered a child with his maid, while still married to Maria Shriver.
More than 18 months after leaving office, the actor and former bodybuilder has opened the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.
In front of an audience of 700 invited guests at the University of Southern California, the Republican said that both major American political parties needed to collaborate to solve the country’s problems.
“I never looked at the Democrats as villains. Remember I was married to a Democrat for 25 years. I mean, that wouldn’t work,” Schwarzenegger said, in a reference to his previous marriage to journalist Maria Shriver.
In the new book, Schwarzenegger tells his side of a scandal that rocked the couple’s marriage. His fling with a family housekeeper happened in 1996 when he was working on the film ‘Batman and Robin’. Shriver filed for divorce last summer.
As well as the think-tank, Schwarzenegger is said to have several new films in the pipeline.