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Kanye West explains plans for presidential run

Remember when Kanye West joked about running for president in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards?

It might not be a joke.

West seems like he's fairly serious about a presidential run -- or at least he's thinking about it.

The 38-year-old rapper told Vanity Fair about what he's doing to prepare for a presidential run, and he said he needs to step on it.

"I sit in clubs and I'm like, Wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do," said West.

He said he isn't surprised that people don't seem entirely against a President West.

"Especially from the six years of this misconception or the six years I went through of 'We don't like Kanye,'" he said. "And then as soon as I said that, it was like, 'Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely thoughtful. Every time he's ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He's probably the most honest celebrity that we have.'"

West also added that with his parents' emphasis on politics and education, he feels that adding "POTUS" is a title his parents would applaud.

"It's fun to be a rock star, and I'll never not be one I guess, but there'll be a point where I become my mother's child," he explained. "With all the things I've done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what's the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents' child."

West said, though, that he's not willing to give up creative endeavors if he runs for president. He wasn't explicit about how he would balance his creative pursuits with a presidential run, but he did imply that it could be win-win.

"This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it's very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers," he said.

West also himself admitted that he's not a natural fit for the job.

"I hate politics," he said. "I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that's all I can say, and I think we can."

No word on if Taylor Swift will be his running mate.

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