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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson May Run For President

| by David Bonner

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson might run for president.

Johnson gave the first indication of having political aspirations in 2016: "I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out. I’m not being coy when I say that, but at the moment I am not sure,” Johnson said in an interview with GQ magazine. “I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring. And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale. But there are a lot of other things I want to do first.”

Now, in the June 2017 issue of same magazine, the wrestler-turned-movie star declared that running for president is a "real possibility," probably spurred on by the election battle between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and now-President Donald Trump.

Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns vied for his endorsement during the 2016 presidential election, but he refused to anoint either candidate. "I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement," he explained at the time. "But I also have a tremendous amount of respect for the process and felt like if I did share my political views publicly, a few things would happen -- and these are all conversations I have with myself, in the gym at four o'clock in the morning -- I felt like it would make people unhappy with the thought of whatever my political view was. And, also, it might sway an opinion, which I didn't want to do."

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If he were president, he says he would be open to differences of opinion. "When there's a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you're in a disagreement with -- for example, the media -- I feel like it informs me that I could be better. ... And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. ... The responsibility as president -- I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me. If there's a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I'm not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it."

When asked about Trump's Muslim ban, he said, “I completely disagree with it. ... I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that. And the decision felt like a snap judgment."

Johnson has reportedly not declared a party affiliation.

Sources: GQ (2) / Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons

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