(Alex Tien, Headline USA) Former acting chief-of-staff in Trump’s White House, Mick Mulvaney, said he believes there are three names that could challenge the former president in a potential contest for the GOP nomination.
“[Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis could give him a run for his money. [South Carolina Sen.] Tim Scott can give him a run for his money. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson could give him a run for his money,” Mulvaney told Politico. “It’s a short list.”
Mulvaney also had some parting shots for Trump.
“By the way, there’s one other person who could beat him — which is himself,” he said. “Donald Trump is sometimes his own worst enemy when it comes to campaigning.”
This is not the first time that Dwayne Johnson’s name has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the President of the United States. Over the past few years, there has been growing speculation that the movie action star could explore the world of politics.
The Rock has discussed a possible run at the presidency for a few years now. His White House ambitions date back to 2017 when said that there was “real possibility” he would run. Although he decided against involving himself in the 2020 election, he stated that a future move towards 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is plausible, in several 2021 interviews
“I would consider a presidential run in the future if that’s what the people wanted,” Johnson said to USA Today. “Truly I mean that, and I’m not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people … So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground.”
Surprisingly, it does seem that many favor The Rock as the face of the nation. A survey done by the consumer research platform Piplsay found a majority of Americans would like to see The Rock run for president.