October 23rd, 2009
04:35 PM ET
11 years ago

Rapper Ludacris to run against Obama?

 Ludacris is in Washington hosting the 6th annual gala dinner for his philanthropy, 'The Ludacris Foundation.'

Ludacris is in Washington hosting the 6th annual gala dinner for his philanthropy, 'The Ludacris Foundation.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He's already an accomplished rap star with an impressive acting resume. But for Cris 'Ludacris' Bridges, platinum selling records and academy-award winning films isn't enough.

His next endeavor? A bid as a 2012 presidential hopeful.

In an address to the National Press Club in Washington Friday, Ludacris joked that "as long as they don't use some of the things that people want to criticize me for in the past during my Campaign. I feel like I have a very strong chance of winning."

He is perhaps best known for his sometimes-controversial lyrics. His 2008 release of "Politics" was meant to show support for then-candidate Barack Obama, but it was received unfavorably by some for its negative comments toward then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain, among others.

Ludacris is in Washington hosting the 6th annual gala dinner for his philanthropy, 'The Ludacris Foundation.' He noted that with his organization, he is "answering President Obama's call to service."

"The Gala will recognize the achievements of five individuals with a rich history of giving back and who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service," he said according to a release.

The foundation is presenting Rep. Maxine Waters with its first annual Congressional Leadership Award. The Ludacris Foundation teamed up with the California Democrat in providing assistance to underserved communities in her district of South Central Los Angeles.

Other honorees include legendary music producer Quincy Jones and BET CEO Debra Lee.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Jay

    He now qualifies for a rhyming adjective – LUDICROUS LUDACRIS.
    Great title for his next album.

    Ludiscrous meaning laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity. Obvious Absurdity being his belief that he could be President. Not even when pigs fly.

    October 23, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    and how Ludicris is that!

    October 23, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    rapper against a joke, rapper will win. Obama LIES

    October 23, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Ludacris is more lucid than Obama. He would have my vote in any democratic primary.

    October 23, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Kansan

    All I can say, is that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn becks heads may collectively explode if they find Ludacris with higher numbers than any Republican candidate...Of course I doubt anyone would take Ludacris seriously....no more than Sarah Palin...what a joke

    October 23, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. ICARE

    Sorry, but my woman, Hillary, will trump him out of the race.

    October 23, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Emmanuel Goldstein

    You all are missing the point. It is a common, and one that political action groups use frequently, to take extreme positions, or support extreme candidates, in order to shore up the centrist credentials of another candidate or incumbent.

    In short, by running Ludacris, some far left dems hope to make Obama appear centrist, and prevent the center and right from pushing Obama into that sphere.

    But this is the work of amateurs: Ludacris as a candidate is ludicrous, and I have a hard time buying that a party that so masterfully manipulated the media and public opinion (helps that MSM and Hollywood work for them), is behind this.

    October 23, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Jay

    Ludacris is a complete moron. He is an obnoxious person who uses foul lyrics and such coarse language. He belong in a jail, not the white house.

    October 23, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Albert

    L for Ludacris

    L for Limbaugh

    L for Loud


    October 23, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Brett Sentilles

    Dear CNN –
    Please stop reporting on this garbage. Your uninsightful journalism lends undeserved publicity to those who dont need it.

    October 23, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. C.K.

    Are you kidding, he wants to run for President? Is America being Punk'd?

    October 23, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. DEBBIE


    October 23, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Tram

    Kermit the Frog for President!

    October 23, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Leon

    I like the msgs on here. Here's the right solution let's everyone judge and find EVERYTHING stupid that you dont agree w/, and see if you can just 'will' things to not happen.

    ...if he feels he's good enough and has the right credentials to run, he should. Actors have run, why not a rapper/actor... I dont think it's for him, but he should run if he can... he's made it THIS far.

    All those w/ b/s comments - have y'all come from $10-15/hr to multi-million dollar fame/success? hmm... nope... guess you should shut up then.

    October 23, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Fred the Moderate

    His name says it all

    October 23, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Mary Beth

    JANE/SEATTLE.......where can I get some of what you're smoking??????

    October 23, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Jayden,FL

    HAHA yea ok!

    October 23, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Peter

    OK! I'm done laughing... He can't be serious can he? What a fool...but if Palin can run I guess anyone can do it! Still laughing at him and Palin foolishness....

    OK – I had my belly laugh for today!

    October 23, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Pam

    He's as qualified as Sarah Palin, and probably as entertaining.

    October 23, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Todd

    Ludacris isn't running for president, it was a lighthearted joke.

    I think the point of this article was to shed light on his foundation. He's one of the few rappers who's trying to make a positive difference in his community and is showing that not all rappers are thugs like the majority of Americans think they are.

    October 23, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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