LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Grammy award-winning rapper and producer Kanye West will officially announce his decision to run for President of the United States in 2016, his publicist told TMZ Thursday. “Mr. West has accumulated enough signatures to enter the 2016 presidential race and has registered as a Democrat with the FEC.”
While on stage at the 2015 VMA’s last month, Kanye West announced his intention to run for president in 2020. However, the rapper has since changed his mind, deciding instead to run in 2016. “I’m not going to wait four more years to fix this country,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon.
Mr. West said as president, his primary focus will be the reversal of racial inequality in America, an issue he says President Obama has “only worsened” since taking office. In addition, West told Don Lemon he will explore permanent options to close down the detention center in Guantanamo Bay and issue an executive order legalizing marijuana in all fifty states.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Friday that Kanye West will participate in the first Democratic debate which is set to take place October 13th in Nevada. Hosted by CNN, the event will feature top Democratic contenders including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb.