Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stopped by ‘The Tonight Show’ and addressed rumors that he’s considering a presidential run in 2020.
There’s been chatter for a while about his possible political aspirations, but it really took off with his recent cover story in GQ, in which he told writer Caity Weaver that running for president would be a “real possibility.”
A recent poll claiming that, if an election were held today, Johnson would beat Donald Trump among both Democratic and Republican voters, only fueled the rumors.
“The surge and the groundswell since then has really been amazing. I gotta tell you, I’m so incredibly flattered — there’s a national poll that just came out this past week … that brought together Republicans and Democrats in saying that I would beat Donald Trump if we had an election today to become president,” Johnson, 45, gushed to Jimmy Fallon on Thursday. “I’ve really been blown away. It’s so flattering.”
As for why his potential candidacy is striking a chord? “I think it’s because a lot of people want to see a different leadership — I’m sorry, not different, but a better leadership today,” the “Baywatch” star said with a chuckle. “[They want] more poise, less noise.”
“I also think that over the years I’ve become a guy that a lot of people relate to,” the 2016 Sexiest Man Alive explained. “I get up in the morning at a ridiculous hour and go to work, I spend time with the troops, I take care of my family. I love taking care of people … I’ve been blown away. I’m very flattered by it. Three and a half years is a long way away, so we’ll see.”
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