BAD news for those campaigning for a third President Johnson — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed he won’t be running in 2020 … but never say never.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening in 2020,” Johnson, 46, told Vanity Fair . “It’s a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There’s a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it’s not possible in 2020. I have so much respect for the position. It’s something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn.”
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Buzz for the Skyscraper star’s presidential possibilities began to swirl in May 2017 when he told GQ that running for POTUS was “a real possibility,” as he laid the proverbial smackdown on President Donald Trump in Public Policy Polling.
“I think that it’s a real possibility,” Johnson said. “A year ago, it started coming up more and more. There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’”
He added: “I’d like to see a better leadership. I’d like to see a greater leadership. 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.
“We all have issues, and we all gotta work our sh*t out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part. Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out.”
In July 2017, a “Run The Rock 2020” campaign committee was formed, though Johnson, a registered Independent, wasn’t involved in its creation.
Still, Hiram Garcia, president of Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, remains cautiously optimistic for the former WWE star’s political future.
“You never know what will happen with Dwayne,” Garcia told Vanity Fair. “Nothing is impossible for him. But right now, he’s very happy doing what he’s doing, ’cause he knows he can serve the people very well in this position of performing and entertaining.
This story originally appeared in NY Post and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Dwayne Johnson addresses presidential bid