Arnold Schwarzenegger's back? He's not ruling out a 2018 senate run

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Arnold Schwarzenegger's name is circulating among California Republicans as a potential Senate candidate in 2018, according to a report on Thursday from Politico.

Politico reported that the prospect of Schwarzenegger running "is generating increasing buzz in state Republican circles, fueled by the former governor's seeming ability to get under the skin of President Donald Trump on social media."

Schwarzengger's spokesman, Daniel Ketchell, said in a statement that "right now Governor Schwarzenegger's focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California. We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his daughter Katherine attend Trust Your Senses At DVF for Fashion's Night Out on September 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for DVF)
NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: (LtoR) California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with son Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger watch during NBA All-Star Saturday Night part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver are on hand at the Plaza Hotel where he was honored with a Global Youth Peace & Tolerance Award. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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E366553 3/26/00 Los Angeles, Ca. Arnold Schwarzenegger And Wife Maria Shriver At The 72Nd Annual Academy Awards. Dave Mcnewonline Usa Inc. (Photo By David Mcnew/Getty Images)
368141 12: ***ESCLUSIVE*** Arnold Schwarzenegger plays in the hotel swimming pool with one of his daughters during an Easter vacation April 21, 2000 in Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Chris Morton/Online USA)
BEIJING - MAY 19: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, television journalist Maria Shriver, visit the Forbidden City during a Special Olympics Event May 19, 2000 in Beijing, China. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Family during Hollywood Celebrity Families turn out to Celebrate Old Navy and P.S. Arts Partnership at Old Navy Store in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
399207 01: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son, Patrick, pose in front of an F-22 Raptor with airmen in this undated recent photo at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In a recent poll, military members voted Schwarzenegger the star they would most like to meet. (Photo by Stacee McCausland/USAF/Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger walks with his wife Maria Shriver and their four children to his inaugural ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Novemeber 17, 2003 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson-Pool/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Eunice Shriver with daughter Maria, Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of her grandchildren attending the National Center on Poverty Law's Tribute to Sargent Shriver at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA 05/01/03 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger(2nd from R) and his wife Maria Shriver(R) arrive at the premiere of the Steven Spielberg movie 'Amistad' with family members Bobby Shriver(L), Timothy Shriver(2nd from L) and his wife(C) 08 December in Beverly Hills. The film about a slave ship revolt stars Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI/mn (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."
"My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent."
"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
"I have to give the audiences what they enjoy seeing while I try to bring in a little something new"
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
"You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today."
"People should make up their own mind about what they think of me."
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Schwarzenegger, who served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011, most recently was the star of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," and has been in a Twitter feud with his predecessor in that role, Donald Trump.

Last week, Schwarzenegger said that he would not return for another season on "Celebrity Apprentice." He blamed the show's low ratings on its "baggage," referring to Trump's continued role as an executive producer.

Trump responded on Twitter on Saturday morning, writing, "Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show."

"You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker," Schwarzenegger responded.

Schwarzenegger also opposes Trump on other issues, like climate change, and has been vocal about some of Trump's choices to fill key posts in his administration. A Senate run could be a platform to also run on another signature issues, redistricting reform. He has been taking an initiative he championed as governor nationwide.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has not yet said whether she will seek another term,. First elected in 1992, Feinstein will be 85 next year. She has been raising money for her 2018 bid, with a fundraiser scheduled for March 17 at the home of Jon Vein and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

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Austrian-born California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger throws t-shirts after addressing the crowd at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIVERSIDE, CA - SEPTEMBER 4: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a campaign appearance September 4, 2003 in Riverside, California. A day after Schwarzenegger was a no-show at a political debate featuring Gov. Gray Davis, and five of the top candidates in the race to replace Davis, the movie star urged supporters to get out the vote in the October 7 recall election. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A man holds banners asking actor Arnold Scharzenegger not to run for Governor of California in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood 02 July 2003. The movement called 'Anybody but Arnold for Governor' was launched by a group of fans during the opening of the movie 'Terminator 3'. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 7: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the papers he pulled at the Los Angeles County Registar's office to enter the race to unseat current democratic Governor Gray Davis in the October 7 recall election on August 7, 2003 in Norwalk, California. Schwarzenegger announced his run for governor August 6 on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A man holds banners asking actor Arnold Scharzenegger not to run for Governor of California in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood 02 July 2003. The movement called 'Anybody but Arnold for Governor' was launched by a group of fans during the opening of the movie 'Terminator 3'. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 3: Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) rallies before California State University, Long Beach students September 3, 2003 in Long Beach, California. A supporter's sign (L) opposes Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for governor. Schwarzenegger attended this event instead of participating in today's gubernatorial candidate debate in Walnut Creek, California. Schwarzenegger is expected to skip all gubernatorial candidate debates, except for one, which is scheduled for September 17 in Sacramento. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA, SEPTEMBER 5: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses a meeting of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on September 5, 2003 in Dana Point, California. Schwarzenegger is campaigning to unseat current Gov. Gray Davis, who was re-elected last November, in the October 7 recall election. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Supporters of California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger wait for him to address the crowd during a rally at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7 vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 16: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) gestures as he speaks with immigrants at his 'Ask Arnold Town Hall' meeting for immigrants only at the Hollenbeck Youth Center September 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. A ruling by a federal appeals panel September 15 could delay the special October 7 recall election until March 2004 because voters in Los Angeles and five other counties would be using error-prone punch card machines that are still months from being phased out. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Austrian-born California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers a speech during a lunch at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Schwarzenegger asked republicans to unite behind him to fight the Davis-Bustamante campaign on the recall election. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7 vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 16: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) gestures as he speaks with immigrants at his 'Ask Arnold Town Hall' meeting for immigrants only at the Hollenbeck Youth Center September 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. A ruling by a federal appeals panel September 15 could delay the special October 7 recall election until March 2004 because voters in Los Angeles and five other counties would be using error-prone punch card machines that are still months from being phased out. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates his victory over Democrat Treasurer Phil Angelides on Election Night on November 7, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Eric Washburn runs along the campus of California State University Sacramento carry a sign supporting Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Rep. Darrell Issa gestures as he announces his endorsement for California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) on September 26, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. Rep. Issa spent $1.7 million bankrolling the California Gov. Gray Davis recall effort and later dropped out of the race for governor. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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