Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready to continue fueling speculation that a presidential race may be in his future. Earlier this week, a poll found that 46% of Americans would like to see the actor run for president. Johnson tweeted a link to an article reporting on the poll with words acknowledging that he may not be the most traditional candidate, but it’s something he keeps on his mind. “I’m not sure our founding fathers ever imagined a six-four, bald, tattooed, half-black, half-Samoan, drinking tequila, driving a van, dude carrying a fanny pack joining their club – but if that ever happens, it would be my honor to serve the people, ” he tweeted.
The poll showing nearly half of Americans believe The Rock could give a presidential race a chance comes after the former professional wrestler explicitly said he was considering racing. In 2017, the Fast and furious star said he was “seriously considering” running for the White House. In February, he said the possibility was still spinning in his head. “I would consider a presidential election in the future if that’s what people wanted,” Johnson told USA Today in February. “Really, I mean that, and I’m not in any way flippant with my answer. It would depend on the people … So I would wait and listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear on the ground. In September, Johnson endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in what was the first time he publicly supported a presidential ticket.
The poll also found that 41% of Americans want actor Matthew McConaughey to run for governor of Texas. McConaughey has repeatedly raised the possibility of running for governor and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is re-elected next year. “It’s a real consideration,” the actor said in an interview last month when asked about a possible candidacy. “I look now, what is my leadership role?” he said. “Because I think I have things to teach and to share. What is my role, what is my category in my next chapter of life that I am going to now? “
After turning a reality TV star into president, Americans as a whole are not against more people moving from entertainment to politics. Overall, 45% of Americans say Hollywood stars “are free to do whatever they want”, while 19% say “anyone can join politics these days”. Other celebrities Americans have seen in the White House include Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Will Smith.
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