Zuckerberg’s Ohio Hosts Are Confident He Won’t Run For Office

Zuckerberg, who is on a tour of all 50 US states, surprised a family in Ohio by joining them for dinner.

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An Ohio family that hosted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for dinner says he made it clear he wasn't planning to run for POTUS in 2020. Zuckerberg dined at the Moore family home in Newton Falls on 28 April – as a part of his mission to visit all 50 US states.

He’s legitimately doing this to make connections with communities, get to know people in communities that are different from the communities that he’s in, he’s not doing this as a publicity stunt, and he’s not doing this to set up a run for political office. 
Daniel Moore, Host

Eighty-nine million of the Facebook CEO’s followers learnt of Zuckerberg’s dinner with the Moores from his FB page.

Zuckerberg replied to a number of comments on his gracious hosts. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/<a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck?ref=br_rs">Mark Zuckerberg</a>)
Zuckerberg replied to a number of comments on his gracious hosts. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg)

The Facebook CEO’s trips have fuelled speculation about his political aspirations on social media and on ‘The Today Show’. Zuckerberg told a news website in January that he wasn't planning to run for President when he announced his trip. A representative says his intention was to learn about the different US communities that use Facebook.

The Moore family members, though Democrats, voted for Donald Trump. They say they talked to Zuckerberg about the decline of manufacturing and other challenges facing their town.

He told me he was on a tour of the 30 states that he never got to see because he goes all over the world, and he wanted to get the pulse of the American people, and about the average American.
Lisa Moore, Host

“He wanted to hear about any struggles or problems we’re having in our community, so we talked about those kinds of things, loss of high-paying manufacturing jobs, decline of middle-class families,” Daniel Moore was quoted as saying.

The Ohio hosts nearly turned down Zuckerberg’s proposal to dine with them. Why? Because when they received a phone call (15 minutes before Zuckerberg was scheduled to arrive), they thought it was a prank.

"It sounded like a prank phone call, and I'm glad I didn't hang up, you know, saying that I wasn't interested," said Daniel Moore.

Lisa Moore, the co-host says, "I was very humbled, you know, I was very humbled, like I'm thinking, 'you want to eat dinner in this little house,' cause I could imagine him having a millionaire estate and everything, and at first I felt very nervous, I'm thinking 'oh my goodness, is he going to want to– ' but then, as you got to know him, and how close and personal he is, I didn't worry at all. I wasn't worried about that anymore. Because he didn't make me feel inferior."

While in Ohio, Zuckerberg also spent time with people recovering from opioid addiction and people helping them get treatment in Dayton, Ohio.

He then then travelled to Indiana for dinner with the Elkhart Fire Department.

Zuckerberg visited a Wisconsin farm Sunday and posted photos of himself driving a tractor.

Video Editor: Rahul Sanpui

(With AP inputs)

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