Dwayne Johnson is spending the week in New York as he prepares to host Saturday Night Live this week. That gave him a great opportunity to take a break and join The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote his next film, Baywatch, and address the mere possibility he may pursue a run for president. The idea was mentioned in a featured story published in GQ by Caity Weaver, and it is not one Johnson is giving a Rock Bottom just yet.

“In it, as we were talking about it she goes ‘Would you ever consider running for President’ and I said ‘Yeah, of course I would consider it.'” Johnson explained. “How the surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing, and I gotta tell you, I’m so incredibly flattered that there’s a national poll that just came out this past week… that brought together Republicans and Democrats that said I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today.”

Johnson was referring to poll data released this week from Public Polling Policy. The poll revealed Johnson would have the edge over Trump by a 42-37 margin, and he would have the support of 15 percent of those surveyed who have considered themselves Trump supporters.

“I think it’s because a lot of people want to see a different leadership today, or, I’m sorry, a better leadership,” Johnson said. “I think over the years I’ve become a guy a lot of people relate to, get up early in the morning, go to work, and spend time with the troops, take care of my family, and I love taking care of people. I think that kind of thing really resonates with people, especially today.”

So, it sure sounds as though Johnson is leaving the door open for the possibility of running for office.

“Three and a half years is a long way away, so we’ll see.”

Notice he didn’t say “No.”

[A.V. Club]

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1 thought on “Dwayne Johnson leaves door open for presidential campaign in ‘Tonight Show’ interview

  1. Being an entertainer is different than being a President. Ronald Reagan spent time in the Political arena before He became President. Dwayne Johnson is a super actor but trying to run for President, I’m not sure about. Going straight from being an actor to President is pretty scary being a World Leader with a lot of responsibilities. You can’t take that lightly. Even Donald Trump has learned that.

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