5 Of The Craziest Presidential Bids Ever (From An Inmate To A Vampire)

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An organization has filed an official bid for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for the 2020 presidential election. Here are five other surprising nominees in United States history.

How does "Run the Rock 2020" sound to you?

Get used to it because that's the actual name of the official organization that filed a bid to the Federal Election Commission for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to run for president, according to The Hill.

The wrestler-actor has previously joked about running for the spot in the White House, even saying it's a "real possibility" to GQ earlier this year.

(Is anyone else getting Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 2003 flashbacks?)

The Rock actually joins a long roster of surprising presidential bids in United States history — and this is not even counting the current president who has a less than impressive political resume.

Check out some of the most unusual and surprising presidential candidates.

1. Jonathon Albert "The Impaler" Sharkey

Jonathan Sharkey

Johnson isn't the first wrestler with hopes of running the country. Jonathon Albert "The Impaler" Sharkey ran in 2012 on the platform that criminals should be punished via torture and impaling. Oh yeah, did we mention he claims he's a vampire and drinks the blood of women (who are mostly underage)?

2. Rosanne Barr 

Comedian and actress Rosanne Barr tried running for president in 2012 as a populist. She ended up on the ballot in three states. In a 2016 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Barr boldly claimed that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Trump were "all borrowing heavily from my 2012 campaign." 

3. Pat Paulsen

Pat Paulsen

Emmy-winning comedian of the 1960s, Pat Paulsen constantly mocked presidential candidates and politics in comedy sketches. Whether or not he was ever sincere about it, he paved the way for satirical political and social commentary to the likes of today's Stephen Colbert.

4. Inmate No. 11593-051

Also known as Keith Judd, Inmate No. 11593-051 was on the ballot for the primaries in West Virginia in 2012. He was also serving a 17.5-year sentence due to extortion. He actually ended up beating Obama with 41 percent of the vote in that primary.

5. The Naked Cowboy

In 2010, New York's "Naked Cowboy," or that almost-nude guy in Times Square who you catch for photo opps, announced that he wanted to run for President. He was even dressed in a suit and tie and said he was a registered Republican in Ohio.

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