Stephen A. Smith to Paul Finebaum on presidential aspirations: 'I would strongly, strongly consider running'
Stephen A. Smith gave an extensive interview to Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network on Tuesday, and promoted a new book he has coming out that’s a memoir of his life called, “Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes.”
Smith detailed a difficult childhood, working his way up in the print journalism industry, losing his job at ESPN, and becoming a well-known public figure. But he also addressed his feelings about a possible run for the White House.
“I have no desire to be a politician or to ever run, but I’ll tell you, I’ve lost so much respect for the nonsense that I see taking place on Capitol Hill that if somebody said to be, ‘Stephen A., you could win this, yes, I would run for the presidency of the United States of America,” said Smith, a commentator most known from his appearances on ESPN’s morning show, “First Take.”
He believes the expectations for a presidential candidate have changed in recent years.
“If I thought I could win, yes. If I thought I could rally,” he said. “I would have told you no way, no way in hell years ago. I was a father out of wedlock. Obviously when you think of the standards that were once held in the White House, I’m pretty damn good, but I’m not perfect and those imperfections would obviously be highlighted when 350 plus (million) American citizens are relying on you to institute and implement policy that would affect their lives. I would have told you once upon a time hell no. But when I see some of the things that has transpired, I can honestly tell you that even though that answer would still be no, if people came to me and enough people came to me and said to me, Stephen A. you have a legitimate shot to win the presidency of the United States of America, I would strongly, strongly consider running. I know this much, I know 2 things would happen: I would know how to act, number one, and number 2, I would think about America.”
As a black man, Smith said he would think about the black community, but added, “I’m not just about black appeal, I’m about mass appeal.”