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Steven Seagal appears in a 2014 promotional photo for his reality show: Steven Seagal - Lawman: Maricopa County, which airs on ReelzChannel. - Provided courtesy of Steven Seebeck / ReelzChannel

Steven Seagal to run for governor of Arizona?

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01/06/2014 by Corinne Heller

Steve Seagal is not ruling out the possibility of running for governor of Arizona, where he filmed the latest season of his reality show.

The 61-year-old action star and martial arts expert made his comments to ABC's affiliate in Phoenix, ABC 15, in a video interview posted on its website on Sunday. Seagal had teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio while filming reality show "Steven Seagal - Lawman: Maricopa County" -- the series' third season, which airs on ReelzChannel -- in the state.

"Joe Arpaio and I were talking about me running for governor in Arizona, which was kind of a joke, but I suppose I would remotely consider it but probably I would have a lot more other responsiblities ... that may be more important to address," he told the television station.

When asked what he thinks the No. 1 problem the United States is currently facing, Seagal said: "Believe it or not, I think it's open borders. i don't think that our biggest problem here, people are talking about, oh, Islamic terrorism in America. I don't think it's that at all. I think our biggest problem is open borders."

"I think that across these borders, any kind of terrorism can come and does come and I think this is a tremendous oversight by the current administration," he said. "I think that it's a crime."

Seagal, who is a trained peace officer, has voiced his opinion about border control, one of the most controversial issues in the United States, in the past. He has also worked as a deputy with sheriff's offices outside of Arizona, such as in Texas, where he helped patrol an area near the border.

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