At a time when Ohio Gov. John Kasich is lagging far behind in the GOP primaries, he received a powerful boost from actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. As Kasich rallied voters in his home state, Schwarzenegger endorsed Kasich during a campaign rally in Columbus on Sunday, telling supporters Kasich “kicked some serious butt” during his time in Congress.

“He was an action hero when he went to Washington,” Schwarzenegger said, referencing his movie roles in the muscular genre. Schwarzenegger has business interests in Ohio, notably the three-day “Arnold’s Sports Festival,” which he started in 1989 and is held annually in Columbus. He also invested in a shopping mall. Schwarzenegger said he was first introduced to the Ohio governor when Kasich was first running for Congress in the 1980s. READ MORE