August 23, 2016 9:47 am

Alice Cooper makes a political ‘bid’ to run for U.S. president

Alice Cooper of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage on May 29, 2016.

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Shock rocker Alice Cooper is throwing his hat into the political ring — at least jokingly.

With U.S. presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both suffering high disapproval rates, Cooper thought he’d swoop in and take charge.

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The veteran shock rocker, 68, announced Monday that he is running for president with the slogan, “A Troubled Man for Troubled Times.”

While Cooper has enjoyed a fan base for decades, his platform, unveiled on his campaign website, revealed that he is not overly serious about his ambitions.

Cooper calls for late Motorhead frontman Lemmy’s likeness to be added to Mount Rushmore, the massive mountain sculpture that honours four U.S. presidents, and for comedian Groucho Marx to grace the American $50 bill.

Cooper’s platform also calls for Britain – where the rocker has long been popular – to put comic Peter Sellers on the 20-pound note.

He also wants to ban talking in movie theatres as well as selfies (except for National Selfie Day).

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Cooper’s campaign so far consists of selling merchandise and reissuing his band’s 1972 song Elected. The song, a hit during Richard Nixon’s successful re-election campaign, ends with a politician promising, “Everybody has problems/And personally, I don’t care.”

Cooper, whose hit songs School’s Out and No More Mr. Nice Guy has described himself as “apolitical” in the past.

In 2004, he hinted that he might support Republicans when he criticized musicians who campaigned for John Kerry against George W. Bush, arguing that rock and politics should not mix.

— With files from The Associated Press

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