1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
- People have poked at "Dwayne Johnson 2016" in the 2016 year's election, and he's actually responded and said, "maybe one day."
- He's one of the hardest-working actors in the industry today, which is perhaps what led to him becoming the highest-paid actor in 2015, according to Forbes.
- His party lines are blurred, as he's been a registered Republican for most of his life while at the same time attending both Republican and Democratic National Conventions of the past. The Rock is perhaps the best option for a successful candidate outside of our conventional two-party system.
- Dwayne has been listed in the Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities and in the Top 100 Most Influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
- He already has a considerably large following, lauding a massive 63.3 million followers on Instagram to date.
- Dwayne Johnson is no stranger to hard work, as he's been working hard his entire life. Working his way to the University of Miami to play football, to the Canadian Football League, to the WWE, to becoming the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, all while maintaining peak physical fitness, being a family man, and connecting with his fans.
- He's a supporter of numerous charity organizations, including Make-A-Wish, Red Cross and Until There's a Cure, as well as running his own Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, which has been enriching the lives of disabled, hospitalized, and mentally challenged children since 2007.
- Dwayne Johnson is indeed "The People's Champ," and with his background, philanthropy, and immense popularity, he stands a chance to run in a Presidential Election, topping the former Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2. Mark Cuban
- Well known for being on the ABC show Shark Tank, Mark Cuban is a businessman and investor, owning the Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures, and Landmark Theatres, and he has stakes in several other ventures.
- He is worth an estimated $3.2 billion dollars. (For reference sake, Donald Trump is worth $4.5 billion; however, Mark Cuban questioned this on July 21, 2016, on Late Night with Stephen Colbert)
- Another would-be Independent Candidate, Mark has voiced his opinion on the 2016 election stating that he could beat both Trump and Clinton. Also, he posted to Twitter in 2015, stating, "Maybe I'll run for Speaker of the House."
- He started the Fallen Patriot Fund to assist families of injured or fallen military personnel from the Iraq War and personally matched the first one million dollars in contributions.
- Mark Cuban is a businessman and could dominate when it comes to looking at political outsiders for the Presidency, which Trump has capitalized on, and Clinton has awkwardly tried to claim.
- All in all, he could be an excellent candidate with all of the same attributes that have made Donald Trump popular (billionaire, reality television star with a public persona, and political outsider) while bringing more moderate and independent views to the table.
3. General James Mattis
- Gen. "Mad Dog" Mattis served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 2013 and last served as the commander of United States Central Command, at the time replacing Gen. David Petraeus (who, as a side note, before his affair and scandal, would've easily made this list).
- He would definitely be a Republican candidate, as he was almost coerced this year to run Independent to combat Trump by members of the Republican party.
- This man is a patriot and unquestionably loves America.
- He's a true leader and could be a Commander in Chief that would be feared and respected by the leaders of other nations. Gen. Mattis would be a President who can stand up to Putin as the rough and tough badass leader of the world. For reference, Putin was a KGB agent from 1975 to 1991, where he served in counter-intelligence before reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. General Mattis is a combat veteran who implemented the Counter-Insurgency policy still in effect today and also commanded troops in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
- "I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all." - Gen. Mattis sent this message to Iraqi leaders in every area his men served in after the invasion of Iraq.
4. Jon Stewart
- As the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jon probably has the best grasp on the politics and political landscape in the United States for the past twenty years.
- He has a large following of fans, including myself, who still feel that void in our hearts since he departed from The Daily Show.
- Since he left the show, one of the first things he did was advocate and personally lobby political officials for the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This act supported 9/11 responders whose health had diminished due to their service on September 11th. He's extremely passionate about the things he believes in, and it shows.
- He's a public figure with tons of knowledge when it comes to politics, and now that he's no longer a current television personality, he actually could put in a bid and run in 2020. He has the allure of a political outsider while at the same time maintaining knowledge of the issues facing the country.
5. Colin Powell
- Another combat veteran, Colin Powell served in the United States Army from 1958-1993. Also reaching the rank of General, the same as Gen. Mattis, Powell possessed the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne, Air Assault, and Pathfinder qualifications.
- He went on to serve in a more political capacity when he was promoted to National Security Advisor after the Iran-Contra Scandal under Reagan. His final military assignment was as the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is the highest position in the military chain of command that isn't a civilian.
- Powell has worked in the past to reduce racial tensions (after a race riot among troops, he was charged with cracking down on black militants).
- He held the position of Secretary of State under George W. Bush during his first term.
- Powell was wary of the Iraq invasion but continued to support the initial decision up until 2007 with the troop surge, an issue in which his position has been less than consistent, voicing support and concern that the surge should've been enacted sooner. The support for the Iraq War would probably be Colin Powell's largest hindrance when it comes to a Presidential race; however, I would imagine his position would easily be able to shift to a tune of him not actually supporting it personally but feeling the need to back up and support the decisions made by the current Commander in Chief.
- Powell could be a huge player in the Republican Party since he represents minority voters, has the same high level of political experience as Hilary Clinton, and is a patriot backed up by his long service in the US Army.
- He was a major contributor in 2008 to the campaign of Sen. John McCain; however, he endorsed Barack Obama in October 2008. He has supported same-sex marriage, and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and has praised and criticized the current administration under Barack Obama. He knows how to play the game and could be a serious contender for Republicans, Democrats, and Independent candidates alike.
- Gary Johnson, Libertarian Candidate. Business and government experience competed in the Ironman World Championship race and climbed all seven summits. Bonus points: "Donald Trump is a pussy."
- Jill Stein, Green Party. Good grasp of the issues and solid balance between conservative and liberal views. Her downside is the party platform itself; the Green Party is a decent size for a third-party; however, it's still smaller than the Libertarian Party.
- Elizabeth Warren, Democrat. Writer, senator, and academic, Warren could make a decent presidential candidate. She is a consumer protection advocate and served as the Special Advisor for the Consumer Protection Bureau under President Obama.
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