Kevin Yamamura
The Sacramento Bee
November 17, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited troops Monday in Iraq at a military camp outside Baghdad for the first time as California governor, signing autographs and recounting his own experience as an Austrian tank driver.

The governor gave a short speech designed to motivate the troops. He delivered cigars, signed autographs and told them he’d return today to work out with them before breakfast.

Schwarzenegger last visited Iraq in 2003, just before he announced his run for governor. His communications director said last week the governor had been looking for the right time to visit the troops and felt it was appropriate to do so after striking a water infrastructure deal with lawmakers and before the next round of budget negotiations.

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