Oprah Winfrey Entertains Idea of Running for President

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UPDATED 3/2: After Oprah Winfrey joked that she wasn’t ruling out a presidential run, her close friend Gayle King weighed in Thursday on CBS This Morning to say that it was most likely just that — a joke.

“You always have the right to change your mind but I would bet my first, second born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening,” she said. “Never. I’ll say never on this one.”

ORIGINAL: Oprah Winfrey said that she is not so dismissive of the idea of running for president.

In an interview with Bloomberg Media’s David Rubenstein, Winfrey said that she “never considered the question, even the possibility. I just thought, ‘Oh. Oh.'”

Rubenstein then referred to Trump’s election, as he is the first figure to ascend to the presidency with no government and military experience.

Winfrey said, “I thought, ‘I don’t have the experience. I don’t know enough.’ And now I am thinking, ‘Oh.'”

It is unclear just how serious she was.

Winfrey did get involved in the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, holding fundraisers for his candidacy and, in 2007 and 2008, appearing at rallies in Iowa, South Carolina and California. One study showed that Winfrey’s endorsement of Obama generated a “statistically and qualitatively significant increase” in votes for him in the Democratic primary.

Winfrey backed Hillary Clinton in the most recent presidential election, but she did not campaign for her.

“The reason why I haven’t been vocal other than saying, ‘I’m with her,’ is because I didn’t know what I could say that could actually pierce through all the noise, and the chaos, and the disgusting vitriol that is going on, and actually be heard,” she said in October as she was interviewing T.D. Jakes.

She also referred to Donald Trump as a “demagogue,” but did not mention his name.

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  1. Anna says:


  2. Mark says:

    I’m much rather see Ellen run. She’d win easily.. both sides love her. Oprah would probably win too… and while she’s a strong leftie, I could live with that if a leftie has to be in office.

  3. Alex says:

    I voted for Hillary Clinton albeit unenthusiastically because despite all her shortcomings, she was a supremely qualified candidate. We already had once celebrity who knows nothing about governing run and having Oprah run against Trump would cheapen the office even more. We might as well be voting for the homecoming court. I am pretty good about always voting for anyone who has a D after their name over someone with an R, but I would not ever, in a million years vote for Oprah. I would still fulfill my obligation as a citizen and vote, but I would leave the vote for president blank.

  4. AJ Arcady says:

    Of course she would win and not by losing-by-3-million-votes-like-Trump and “winning”, ACTUALLY winning. I’ve never understood why the left has never run celebrities the way the GOP has for the past 50 years; starting with Hollywood Ronnie who became governor & president, followed by Mayor Clint Eastwood, Representative Sonny Bono, Governor Schwarzenegger, etc., up to TV Dumbo trump… if Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Oprah, or ANY major Hollywood celebrity ran they would win in a landslide because it’s not just the rightwing that goes ga-ga over flashy, empty-headed celebrities.

  5. Faye Kannews says:

    I don’t think it would turn out like she thinks it would.

  6. Thomas says:

    I would hot not. Oprah is too pure. The more powerful and successful people are, the more they suffer when they experience defeat.

  7. jimmy says:


  8. themechanic82 says:

    No. Just…No

  9. Dale Bailey says:

    thats great kick trump out go Oprah

  10. Mitchem says:


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