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The Running Man?

Ahnuld plans announcement for ''Tonight Show.'' Still leaning against running for governor, he'll make it official Wednesday on Leno

Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger's next acting role should be Hamlet. We're not sure if he could handle the ''To be or not to be'' soliloquy, but the having-difficulty-making-up-his-mind part he's got down pat. Despite an announcement this week from a California Republican spokesperson that Schwarzenegger had said, ''Hasta la vista, baby'' to the idea of running for governor, the actor now says he won't make a formal announcement until next Wednesday. He'll make it official during an appearance on ''The Tonight Show,'' representatives for the actor and NBC tell the Associated Press.

''He has not made a final decision, but nothing has changed about his leaning against,'' a Schwarzenegger advisor told AP. The actor, who turned 56 on Wednesday, has reportedly decided against running primarily for family reasons; wife Maria Shriver is opposed to the idea (and not just because she's related to the Democrats' first family, the Kennedys), and he doesn't want to spend so much time away from his four kids, ages 5 to 14..

Even if he doesn't run, several other Republicans are expected to challenge Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in the October recall election. Candidates must declare their intention to run by Aug. 9, which means that Schwarzenegger's announcement, coming after months of speculation, will come only three days before the deadline.

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003
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