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'The Rock' discusses a future in politics

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 01:43

Wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson admits he believes he has what it takes to run for presidency of the United States. Simon Thompson reports.

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While promoting the upcoming Disney animation 'Moana', wrestler turned actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson admits he believes he has what it takes to run for presidency of the United States. Johnson, who is 44, who stars in the upcoming movie as the voice of demigod Maui, admits the excitement surrounding last week's presidential election had renewed public interest in him running for office. SOUNDBITE (English) "I don't know if it's the next step but it could be a step. There's been a lot of dialogue, obviously with the election, right? So even building up to the election there's been a lot of rhetoric and dialogue about that and I've been asked that so my answer is the truthful answer is that I would consider it. I love my country and I'm extremely patriotic and I also feel especially now leadership is so important, great leadership is so important, respected leadership is so important - I'm not saying it's a set up for me. I'm not saying that but if I felt like I could be an effective leader for us, I'd surround myself with really high-quality leaders then sure I would." While Johnson did not specify which office he might seek, when he might run or which party he would represent, he said he thought that running a business as a producer in Hollywood had given him a discipline he hoped he could apply to politics. If Johnson does take on politics, he would be following another pro wrestler, Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, who served as governor of Minnesota, and body builder-turned-action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms as Republican governor of California.

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'The Rock' discusses a future in politics

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 01:43