Dwayne Johnson has put a pin in the idea of running for president for now in favor of focusing on being the best father he can be.
The action star revealed in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning that while he’s been mulling over a campaign run for years, at the moment, all political aspirations are “off the table.” He added, “I will say this, because it requires the B-side to this. I love our country and everyone in it. I also love being a daddy.” Johnson is father to three girls, 21-year-old Simone Johnson, whom he shares with his ex-wife Dany Garcia, and 6-year-old Jasmine Johnson and 4-year-old Tiana Johnson from his marriage with Lauren Hashian.
Johnson continued, “Especially during this time, this critical time in my daughters’ lives. Because I know what it was like to be on the road and be so busy that I was absent for a lot of years for my first daughter’s growing up, [at] this critical age at this critical time in her life. And that’s what the presidency will do. So my No. 1 priority is my daughters. Sure, CEO sounds great, but the number one thing I want to be is daddy. That’s it.”
This dream of one day occupying the White House first began in 2021 when a poll found that 46% of Americans would be enthusiastic about the former professional wrestler running for president. Johnson responded to the vote of confidence on Instagram at the time, saying, “I don’t think 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 you, the people.”
In a cover story for Vanity Fair later that year, he added that he found the idea humbling and admitted that he has talked to people in politics and done “a small amount of research and analysis to see where this comes from and to see what it could look like in the future.” He then added suggestively that “indicators are all very positive—in, for example, 2024, and in, for example, 2028.” Johnson confirmed at the time that he was not ruling out the possibility of running, but added, “You know, at the end of the day, I don’t know the first thing about politics. I don’t know the first thing about policy. I care deeply about our country. I care about every fucking American who bleeds red, and that’s all of them. And—there’s no delusion here—I may have some decent leadership qualities, but that doesn’t necessarily make me a great presidential candidate. That’s where I am today.”