Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson continued his presidential tease this week when said that he is considering a possible run for office in the near future as part of his “ambition to unite our country.”
Speaking with Willie Geist of Sunday Today in an interview, the “Fast & Furious” actor said that he would run for president if he felt there was solid enough public support. He also described himself as a “political independent and centrist” despite the fact that he endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the previous election.
“I have a goal, and an interest and an ambition to unite our country,” he said. “If this is what the people want, then I will do that.”
“If the time comes where there is a good amount of people who want to see that happen, then I’m going to consider it,” he added.
Snippets of the interview with Geist aired in April; the full interview did not air until May 2. In the hit show “Young Rock,” a fictionalized version of the actor runs for president in 2032. Though a recent poll showed that 46% of Americans wanted him as president, Dwayne said that he would conduct his own polling to see if the passion for his candidacy was actually there. Johnson said of the poll in April: “Not sure our Founding Fathers ever envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club – but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve the people.”
Not sure our Founding Fathers ever envisioned a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-Black, half-Samoan, tequila drinking, pick up truck driving, fanny pack wearing guy joining their club – but if it ever happens it’d be my honor to serve the people 🙏🏾💪🏾🇺🇸 https://t.co/6Xd9ADzqX7
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 9, 2021
Going all the way back to 2016, the “Fast & Furious” star has teased possibly running for president. This past February, while speaking with USA Today about “Young Rock,” Johnson echoed his 2017 comments to Ellen DeGeneres that he may run for president.
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” he said. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people…So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
Last September, Johnson labeled himself a “centrist” as he endorsed Joe Biden, clarifying that he has voted for both parties while hailing Kamala Harris as a “certified badass.”
“As a political independent & centrist, I’ve voted for both parties in the past,” Johnson tweeted. “In this critical presidential election, I’m endorsing [Joe Biden] & [Kamala Harris]. Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT. We must ALL VOTE[.]”
Upon Biden’s election, Johnson admitted to crying “manly tears” over the prospect of Harris being vice president.
“I wanted to shoot this yesterday, when the news broke, but I got a little emotional, admittedly so, I got a little emotional yesterday, manly tears of course, I may have cried a tear or two, or ten, but they were all very manly. All my tears are manly,” he said.
Johnson went on to say that he got emotional because of what he felt his vote “represented.”
“My vote represented humanity. My vote represented decency,” he continued. “It represented the values and the principles of which we teach our little girls. My vote also, for me, represented the importance of just being a good, decent human being.”
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