Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," the Republican Schwarzenegger said he hopes his new attitude will inspire the 2008 presidential hopefuls on both sides.
"It just means that you ultimately want to serve the people rather than your party," he told "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer Sunday. "Because I think the elected officials are public servants and not party servants."
Schwarzenegger, who was invited for dinner at the White House, joined congressional Democrats in the Iraq debate saying the United States needs a clear timetable for redeploying troops from Iraq.
"We should let the Iraqis know that we are here," for a specified time," he said, "and then we're going to draw back. We're going to draw our troops out of Iraq."
Schwarzenegger is scheduled to give a speech at the National Governors Conference Monday focusing on the importance of a centrist attitude, working with opposite parties without losing sight of principles.