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Kanye West looks ahead at presidential run: 'I've got a lot of research to do'

He announced his White House ambitions at MTV's VMAs, and now Kanye West is getting serious about a possible presidential run.
/ Source: TODAY

He's known for saying exactly what's on his mind, and at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, running for president was what Kanye West was thinking about.

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Vanguard Award winner Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Getty Images file

West shared his ambition during a lengthy Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech that spanned a wide variety of topics. But lest anyone think his proposed bid for the White House was just a passing fancy, make no mistake: He means it.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the rapper-turned-designer was asked about his 2020 plan, and he assured that it was "definitely" still on.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Musician Kanye West performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)Getty Images file

"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,'" he explained.

Really, he sees it more as growing into the man he was always meant to be.

"My dad has two masters degrees. My mom [had] a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH," he explained. "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. 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."

While he wants to run for the highest office in the land, that doesn't mean he wants to be a politician per se.

"I hate politics," he told the magazine. "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."

Only time — five years or so — will tell if he can count himself as a winner in the race.

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