WHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race

The 2020 presidential race is shaping up on the Democratic side to be one of the largest in history.

With no clear front-runner, dozens of candidates have expressed interest in campaigning for the chance to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE in the general election.

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Trump is also getting primary challenges from Republicans, though he would be a prohibitive favorite.

Here's a look at all the candidates who are in, out and on the fence for 2020.

Have an update to this list? Please contact Tal Axelrod (taxelrod@thehill.com).

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DEMOCRATS

IN

 

Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)

"My plan is to run for president," he said on "CBS This Morning" on May 2, adding that he would focus on restoring opportunities for Americans and integrity in government.

 

Joe Biden

"We have to remember who we are. This is America," the former vice president said in an April 25 video announcing his campaign.

 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (N.J.)

Booker announced on Feb. 1 that he is in the race. "I'm Cory Booker and I'm running for president of the United States of America," the 49-year-old Democrat said in a video

 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

In a video posted online, Bullock painted himself as the most electable candidate in the field, and the only one who had won statewide office at the same time Republican presidential nominees carried his state, a feat he accomplished three times.

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

The South Bend, Ind., mayor officially launched his presidential campaign on April 14 after forming an exploratory committee months earlier. "They call me Mayor Pete. I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana, and I am running for president of the United States," Buttigieg said at a rally in South Bend.

 

Julián Castro

The Obama-era Housing and Urban Development chief and former San Antonio mayor announced Jan. 12 that he would launch a 2020 bid. "There is a crisis today, it's a crisis of leadership. Donald Trump has failed to uphold the values of our great nation," Castro said.

 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

“Donald Trump must be stopped,” the New York mayor said in a video announcing the launch of his campaign. “I’ve beaten him before and I’ll do it again.”

 

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan MORE (Md.)

The independently wealthy 55-year-old former congressman first announced his candidacy in July 2017. He’s already visited each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

 

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Progressive Democrat says Trump victory shed light on divide between Silicon Valley, rural US MORE (Hawaii)

"I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones on Jan. 11. It was first reported in October that Gabbard, 37 and Congress’s first Hindu member, was considering a presidential bid.

 

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTrump defense pick expected to face tense confirmation 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE (N.Y.)

The Democratic senator took aim at President Trump and highlighted a number of progressive causes in a campaign launch video on March 17 that asks "Will brave win?"

 

Former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska)

Gravel announced in April that he is campaigning solely to appear on the presidential debate stage and does not anticipate winning the nomination. The former Libertarian presidential candidate is planning on dropping out after the debates and endorsing the most progressive candidate left in the race. All the money raised from his campaign will go toward basic campaign expenses, and any leftover funds will be donated to combat the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (Calif.)

"I am running for president of the United States," she said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Jan. 21. "I'm very excited about it."

 

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Budowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll MORE

“I’ve proven again and again I can bring people together to produce the progressive change Washington has failed to deliver,” he said in a video announcing his campaign on March 4.

 

 
Inslee announced his presidential bid on March 1, saying his central platform will be combating climate change. He is the first serious presidential candidate from Washington State in more than 40 years.
 
 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar to roll out policy priorities for farmers in Iowa 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News MORE (Minn.)

The Minnesota senator announced her decision to run for president from a snowy Boom Island, in Minneapolis, in February touting her working-class Midwest roots as the antidote to the current administration. She also represents an emerging swing state that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE narrowly won in 2016.

 

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"America belongs to all of us. The promise of America belongs to all of us. That’s why I’m going to be running for president. To be your champion," the Miramar, Fla., mayor said in a March video announcing his candidacy.   

 

Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.)

Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran, made headlines as one of Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE’s (D-Calif.) top detractors in her bid to become Congress’s next Speaker. He said in an April video announcing his candidacy that he is running because "we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country."    

 

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas)

“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” he said in a March 14 video announcing his candidacy.

 

Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio)

Ryan, an outspoken moderate from the Midwest, announced in April that he will make a White House bid. The Ohio Democrat rose to national prominence after he unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi for the Speakership in 2016 in a contest that highlighted divisions within the Democratic Party. He's already made multiple visits to the crucial early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJames Carville: Biden represents 'stability' not 'generational change' Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding MORE (I-Vt.)

The Vermont Independent, who caucuses with Democrats, formally announced his presidential bid on Feb. 19, portraying his campaign as a continuation of the "political revolution" that began with his previous White House bid. Sanders emerged as a progressive leader after running an unexpectedly tight primary race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.

 

Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.)

The California Democrat announced his bid on April 8 during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Colbert tops Fallon, Kimmel in key demographic for season Kamala Harris says Democrats won't end Trump investigations even if he 'holds America's infrastructure hostage' MORE." He previously said he would not seek reelection to the House, leaving Democrats a safe seat.

 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump defense pick expected to face tense confirmation 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE (Mass.)

Warren took aim at the Trump administration and portrayed herself as a fighter for "structural change" in formally declaring her bid Feb. 9. The second-term senator crisscrossed the country after announcing on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee. Warren is set to build her campaign on economic policies favored by the progressive wing of the party, including supporting a Green New Deal and proposing an “ultra-millionaire tax.”

 

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll MORE

The self-help author and motivational speaker formally announced her candidacy on Jan. 28, calling on voters to have a "meaningful conversation about America," while describing the current national discourse as "shallow." Williamson wrote the 1992 best-seller "A Return To Love," which teaches readers to "become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives."

 

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The entrepreneur announced his candidacy in November 2017 on a platform of universal basic income. His plan would give every American over the age of 18 an income of $1,000 per month and would be paid for by a tax on companies benefiting the most from automation. He has never held public office.

   

MAYBE 

 

Stacey Abrams

Abrams on March 11 said that 2028 is the earliest she would be ready to run for as president under her current career plan, during comments made at the South by Southwest festival, but her office stressed after the event that she had still not ruled out a 2020 bid.

   

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown

A 2020 bid would be Brown’s fourth White House candidacy. At 80 years old, he is the oldest prospective candidate in the field, but has not ruled out a presidential campaign.

       

John KerryJohn Forbes KerryPompeo has never directly spoken to Iranian counterpart: report Trump's rejection of the Arms Trade Treaty Is based on reality Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE

The former senator, former secretary of State and 2004 presidential nominee has refused multiple times to rule out another run for president. He told CBS News in August that he will continue to be an activist and he’s “going to continue to fight.”

 

Mitch Landrieu

The former New Orleans mayor has maintained that he doesn’t know if he’ll run for president, but a speech he gave last year about removing Confederate monuments generated 2020 buzz.

   

 

NO 

 

Michael Avenatti

The attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels burst onto the national scene amid Daniels’s legal battles with Trump, and Avenatti said for months that he was thinking about running. But he announced in December that he had decided not to make a presidential bid at the request of his family.

 

Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergGun control group: Emails highlight NRA link with sheriffs backing 'gun sanctuaries' De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Billionaire pledges to eliminate Morehouse College graduating class's student debt MORE

The former New York City mayor announced on March 5 that he would not run for president and would instead launch a new campaign to "move America as quickly as possible" to rely solely on clean energy sources. However, Axios reported in April that Bloomberg may reconsider a bid, particularly if former Vice President Joe Biden doesn't throw his hat into the ring. 

 

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Lawmakers grapple with the future of America's workforce The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (Ohio)

The Ohio Democrat announced on March 7 that he would remain in the Senate after embarking on an exploratory four-state tour of crucial early primary states. He said he would continue to promote his "Dignity of Work" platform, saying, "It is how we beat Trump, and it is how we should govern."

 

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyBiden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan 2020 Democrats put spotlight on disabilities issues Why Congress needs to bring back tax deduction for worker expenses MORE Jr. (Pa.)

Casey said in January that he would not run for president. "I have concluded that the best way for me to fight for the America that so many of us believe in is to stay in the U.S. Senate and not run for the presidency in 2020,” he said in a statement. Casey had been floated as a possible contender after he won reelection by double-digits in 2018 in a state Trump won two years earlier.

 

Hillary Clinton

"I'm not running," the 2016 Democratic nominee told a New York TV station on March 4. But she added that she would continue "working and speaking and standing up for what I believe."

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

After being floated for months as a possible candidate, the New York governor officially shot down all speculation in November. Saying that he has a “full plate” as governor, Cuomo said he was ruling out running for president.

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

A source close to the Los Angeles mayor, who visited Iowa earlier this year and said he was contemplating a 2020 run, confirmed that he was not going to enter the Democratic primary field.

 

Andrew Gillum

Gillum confirmed in March that he will not run for president in 2020. The former Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate launched a voter registration campaign to recruit more potential Democratic voters to try to turn the key battleground state in Democrats' favor in 2020.

 

Former Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.)

Gutiérrez revealed earlier this year that he had decided not to run for president, saying that the “best use of my time and my energy” would be to focus on mobilizing Latino voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

 

Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes MORE

The former attorney general said in a Washington Post op-ed on March 4 that he had decided against running for president. "Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," Holder wrote, referring to the organization he chairs that fights against gerrymandering. 

 

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE (Va.)

Clinton’s running mate in 2016 has been rumored as a potential candidate in 2020, but he has said he won’t run. When asked last year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch if he would run for the White House, the Virginia senator responded, “Nope. Nope.”

 

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE III (Mass.)

Kennedy has suggested that he won’t run for president in multiple interviews. He told Nantucket Magazine in June running is “not on my horizon” and responded “Six ways from Tuesday, no,” when asked in November about a presidential bid.

 

Terry McAuliffe 

McAuliffe, the former Virginia governor with strong ties to the Clintons, said in April that he will forego a presidential bid to help Democrats retake control of the state House and Senate. “I invested a lot in that state and I love that state. We’ve got to win the House and the Senate in that state,” McAuliffe said on CNN. “I’m gonna coordinate these campaigns for the House and the Senate.”

 

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump Senators introduce bill to end warrantless searches of electronic devices at border MORE (Ore.)

"I believe that there are Democrats now in the presidential race who are speaking to the importance of tackling the big challenges we face," he said in a March 5 video announcing his decision.

 

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE (Conn.)

Murphy shot down speculation that he may run for president in 2020, writing in a tweet that he will not do so in no uncertain terms. "I’ve been pretty transparent about this, but let me be 100% clear: I’m not running in 2020. I love the job I have now," he said.

 

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump to meet with Prince Harry during UK visit Michelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day MORE

The former first lady and best-selling author has said several times that she won’t follow in her husband’s footsteps by running for president. In October, she told NBC’s “Today” that she “absolutely” won’t run. The former first lady then said at an event in December that her path “has never been politics” as she again shot down speculation that she’ll run.

 

State Sen. Richard Ojeda (W.Va.)

The West Virginia state senator ended his long shot White House bid on Jan. 25, saying: “I don’t want to see people send money to a campaign that’s probably not going to get off the ground.” He had announced his candidacy in November, after losing his bid to represent the state's 3rd District to Republican Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill Overnight Energy: Interior pick heads toward Senate confirmation | Dems want probe into nominee's role on pesticide report | House climate panel holds first hearing MORE.

 

Martin O'Malley

The former governor of Maryland, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2016, declared in January he would not run again and urged O’Rourke to make a bid for the White House. “America is looking for a candidacy newer than I can offer,” O’Malley wrote in the Des Moines Register. He previously fueled speculation he was considering another presidential campaign by making several trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

 

Deval Patrick

The former Massachusetts governor announced in early December that he won’t run for president, citing the “cruelty of our elections process.” Patrick had been floated as a possible candidate with support from Obama’s inner circle.

 

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo 

Raimondo, the new head of the Democratic Governors Association, said in December that taking over that role means she won’t run for president in 2020.

 

Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerSteyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure Dems set to debate Trump impeachment in post-Mueller era MORE

The billionaire philanthropist released what appeared to be a campaign platform in November: a list of “5 Rights” that he said Democrats should get behind. But he ruled out a 2020 presidential bid while traveling to Iowa on Jan. 9, tweeting that he would instead dedicate "100 percent of my time and effort" to trying to impeach Trump.

 

Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyOprah surprises high school principal with 0K donation for students Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump Don't tell Marianne Williamson she can't win MORE

Winfrey first sparked buzz about a 2020 bid when she gave a stirring speech at the Golden Globes last January, declaring that “a new day is on the horizon.” But she has since repeatedly said she won’t run for president. The billionaire told Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelColbert tops Fallon, Kimmel in key demographic for season The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes NYT 'bombshell' on president's business losses was scooped by Trump himself MORE in February that she was “definitely not running” and said in July that “the nastiness” of politics “would kill me.”

 

Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesTrump: 'Impossible for me to know' extent of Flynn investigation Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Sally Yates: Trump would be indicted on obstruction of justice if he were not president MORE

The former acting attorney general said earlier this year that she has no desire to run for public office. It’s something she has not “ever felt drawn to,” Yates said.

 

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Curbing charter school growth robs black and brown students of options California sues Trump over cancellation of high-speed rail funds MORE 

Newsom has asserted that he won’t run for president, saying earlier this year that he has “no aspiration” to do so and that he planned to focus full time on his role as California’s next governor. On Feb. 15, he endorsed Kamala Harris's bid for president and said he will be one of the campaign's California co-chairmen.

 

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REPUBLICANS

YES

 

President Trump

The president has made clear since his inauguration that he’ll seek another term in 2020. He filed campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on the day he was inaugurated and has already raised tens of millions of dollars for his 2020 campaign.

 

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld

Weld in April formally launched his 2020 White House bid, becoming the first Republican to mount a challenge against Trump. "It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln — equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight," Weld said in a statement. 

 

MAYBE

 

Former Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerJeff Daniels blasts 'cowardice' of Senate Republicans against Trump Corker: 'I just don't' see path to challenge Trump in 2020 Ex-GOP Sen. Corker: Trump primary would be 'good thing for our country' MORE (Tenn.)

Asked about a presidential run, the former senator from Tennessee told reporters last year that he had not "ruled it out.” He also told MSNBC in December that the GOP has to “remember what the Republican party is” when asked if Trump should face a primary challenger.

 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan  

Hogan has indicated that he is open to a primary challenge against Trump and is being courted by some Republican strategists, The New York Times reported.

 

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich 

The Ohio governor and fierce Trump critic appears to be the most likely Republican to launch a 2020 bid, saying in November that he is “very seriously” considering running and that he has conversations about doing so “virtually every day.” Kasich, who sought the Republican nomination in 2016, has also said that “all options are on the table” in 2020, including running on a bipartisan ticket.

 

NO

 

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseFake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (Neb.)

The Nebraska senator has dismissed speculation that he could run for president in 2020. Sasse said in September that his odds of running were low, adding that it was more likely he runs for “the noxious weed control board of Dodge County, Neb.”

 

Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWill Trump ignore the Constitution and stay in White House beyond his term? Trump taps ex-State spokeswoman Heather Nauert to help oversee White House fellowships Conservatives slam Omar over tweet on Gaza violence MORE

The former United Nations ambassador has been a rising star of the Republican Party since she was the governor of South Carolina, and multiple op-eds have speculated that she would pose a tough primary challenge to Trump in 2020. However, she said in October when she announced her resignation from the administration that she is not running and is planning to campaign for Trump.

 

Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon's privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (Ariz.)

Flake announced on Jan. 29 that he would not run in a primary against President Trump for the Republican nomination. "I have always said that I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary. I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won't be me. I will not be a candidate," Flake said.

 

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INDEPENDENTS

LEANING YES

 

Howard Schultz

The former chairman and CEO of Starbucks told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he is seriously considering an independent presidential bid. He said Trump is "not qualified" to be president and that both major parties "are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people."

 

MAYBE

Mark CubanMark CubanWHIP LIST: Who's in and out in the 2020 race Mark Cuban: Trump should 'just read a book' instead of tweeting Report: Republicans approached Mark Cuban about third-party bid MORE

Cuban told The New York Times in June that he has given thought to a presidential bid in 2020, but he declined to discuss it further. The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, hasn’t previously held public office. He also said last year that if he were to run, it would likely be as an independent.

 

NO

 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor was among the celebrities rumored as a possible 2020 candidate, but he told Vanity Fair in July that despite having “seriously considered” running, it wouldn’t be possible given his schedule.