Those hoping for a Kanye 2020 ticket may have something to look forward to. Rapper Kanye West told Vanity Fair in a recent interview he is still thinking about a run for president in 2020, after first mentioning it a month ago.
“When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” West said to Vanity Fair. “I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’”
West, 36, initially said he would run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August. He also said at the time that he would like to run against 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who said in response that West is a nice person who has said positive things about him in the past.
After claiming he’s probably one of the most honest celebrities today, West said he now often thinks about the research and growing up he needs to do before the 2020 election.
“My dad has two master's degrees. My mom has a Ph.D., she used to work at Operation PUSH,” West said referencing the nonprofit organization founded by civil rights activist Jesse Jackson to pursue issues of civil rights and social justice. “Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH.”
As far as this presidential race goes, it looks like West is impressed most by Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon running for the Republican nomination. Carson has quickly been rising as one of the top GOP candidates in the election after two strong debates in August in September.
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“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like, this is the most brilliant guy,” West said. “And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs.”