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Johnson-Hanks 2020 Ticket Catches Fire on 'SNL' (Video)

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Dwayne Johnson and Tome Hanks on "Saturday Night Live." (YouTube screengrab)

By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 06:38 AM

A Johnson-Hanks 2020 presidential ticket was born on "Saturday Night Live" as actors Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks joked their way through an annoucement of a run for White House. Or were they serious?

For Johnson, who was "SNL" guest host, adding Hanks adds a lot of imaginary momentum to a faux campaign that broke into the open in a GQ magazine article earlier this month.

During his opening monologue about running for president, Johnson chatted with Alec Baldwin Baldwin, who has become more famaous for  mocking President Donald Trump on the comedy show.

After receiving a jacket for hosting "SNL" for a fifth time, Johnson made reference to the magazine article in which the former professional wrestler turned A-list actor talked about running for president.

"It's funny, a lot of people have been telling me lately that I should run for president of the United States," Johnson told Baldwin during the monologue, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 1.19 million times after it aired on "SNL."

"It's very flattering, but tonight I want to put this to rest and just say once and for all: I'm in. Starting tonight, I am running for president of the United States," Johnson said to the cheers of the studio audience.

Johnson went on to say he that had picked a running mate as Academy Award-winning actor Hanks came on the stage. Johnson then appeared to take a shot at the current commander-in-chief.

"In the past, I never would've considered running for president. I didn't think I was qualified at all, but now I'm worried I'm too qualified," he said with chuckles from the audience.

Hanks, who railed against Trump during last year's presidential campaign, noted the Huffington Post, told the audience that it was time for their ticket.

"The truth is, America needs us. No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things."

Johnson chimed in to answer: "Pizza and us."

Hanks claimed he would get the senior vote because he fought in World War II "in like 10 different movies." Johnson said he would get the minority vote because "everyone assumes I'm whatever they are."

Johnson and Hanks at the end of the skit cleared the air and said they were joking as the star of the upcoming "Baywatch" movie made what appeared to a pitch to all elected officials.

"When it comes to politics, we need more poise, and less noise," Johnson said before a banner and confetti dropped. "Americans deserve strong capable leaders, leaders who care about this country and care about its people."

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A Johnson-Hanks 2020 presidential ticket was born on "Saturday Night Live" as actors Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Tom Hanks joked their way through a White House campaign announcement. Or were they serious?
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