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Mark Zuckerberg had supper with Ohio family that voted for Trump, adding to speculation about a presidential run

He's been all over the midwest this past week, with stops in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, also known as Trumpland


Taylor Link
April 30, 2017 2:05AM (UTC)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to check off everything on a presidential candidate to-do list. Or maybe the billionaire tech entrepreneur is just fulfilling his new year's resolution of meeting people in every state by the end of the year.

He toured a Ford factory outside of Detroit this week, and sat down with a group of Muslim students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He also met with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton, Ohio.

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On Friday, he had dinner with a Democratic family in the Buckeye State, according to a post on Zuckerberg's personal Facebook page.

The CEO of Facebook enlisted his staff to find Democrats in Ohio who voted for President Donald Trump in the past election, the Vindicator, a Youngstown, Ohio daily newspaper, reported. Zuckerberg's staff stumbled upon Newtown Fall's Daniel Moore, a former President Barack Obama voter who became a major Trump fan, the Vindicator's Justin Wier reported.

“We got to know a very cool guy,” Moore told the Vindicator. “Just down-to-earth and real easy to talk to.”

“He cares very much about family and about community,” he said.

Zuckerberg's name has repeatedly come up as a possible candidate in the 2020 presidential election. His journey through the Midwest has not done much to quell the speculation.

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When Zuckerberg announced his personal challenge at the beginning of the year, he was definitely speaking the language of politics.

“Going into this challenge, it seems we are at a turning point in history,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “For decades, technology and globalization have made us more productive and connected. This has created many benefits, but for a lot of people it has also made life more challenging. This has contributed to a greater sense of division than I have felt in my lifetime. We need to find a way to change the game so it works for everyone.”

Check out some of the things Zuckerberg has done this past week:


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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