The Rock: Running for president 'not possible in 2020'
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The Rock 2020 is officially off.

Dwayne Johnson has been very open about his intention to run for president one day, but in an interview with Vanity Fair's Paul Chi, he acknowledged that his bid for the White House will have to wait.

"Unfortunately I don't see it happening in 2020. It's a position that requires years of hard work and experience to learn the skills. There's a lot of ground to cover, and due to my schedule, it's not possible in 2020," Johnson said. "I have so much respect for the position. It's something that I seriously considered. What I need is time to go out and learn."

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A future presidential run remains a real possibility for Johnson, though. His longtime friend, producer Hiram Garcia, insisted the idea was never a publicity stunt.

"People called for Dwayne to run for president, and as that sentiment started to build up, he really started to respond to it and seriously thought about it," Garcia said. "Dwayne really does care about the people, and he has great respect for the position that it requires and holds. Whenever we talk about him running for president, he's very aware of the position and knows what is required of it, and he doesn't like to speak loosely about it 'cause he respects the job, and respects the people and what it took to get there."

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