In a recent interview, Oprah Winfrey hinted that she may run for president in 2020. The “Queen of All Media” made the announcement on Bloomberg’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations” yesterday.
When philanthropist Rubenstein asked her whether she was eyeing the nation’s highest elected office given her popularity and charisma, Oprah, 63, said “I never considered the question even a possibility.”
She explained that in the past, she though she lacked the experience and knowledge to mount her own campaign, but now that the question was being asked her answer was ‘Oh, oh.’
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Oprah, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, and Donald Trump have a lot in common. They are both TV personalities and successful businesspeople, but they have zero political expertise.
In January, Oprah told CBS host Stephen Colbert that she would “never” run a presidential campaign. At the time, she told Colbert that politics and running for president were not her “thing.”
However, film maker Michael Moore thinks Oprah is the perfect candidate for the position. He noted the Democratic party needs a “beloved” candidate. After Clinton’s loss, Moore said on CNN that Democrats would have had higher chances of winning if they had nominated Oprah or Tom Hanks instead of Clinton.
Moore couldn’t grasp why liberals didn’t run “beloved” candidates when they had so many of them. He pointed out that Republicans have often resorted to this tactic with great success. For instance, they had Ronald Reagan run for presidency and Arnold Schwarzenegger winning the Californian gubernatorial race, twice.
Why don’t we run somebody that the American people love and are really drawn to, and that are smart and have good politics and all that?
Moore asked at the time.
Oprah endorsed Barack Obama ten years ago, but for some reason did not back him publicly four years later. In November, she urged Americans to cast their ballot for Clinton even if they didn’t like her. She explained that that was the only way to preserve democracy and prevent a “demagogue” from taking the reins.
Oprah indirectly caused Trump’s pick for labor secretary Andrew Puzder lose the Senate confirmation for the position. The businessman’s ex-wife had appeared incognito in Oprah’s talk show to discuss the domestic abuse case she brought against him in 1990.
The woman told Oprah that Puzder threatened her after she filed domestic abuse charges against him, which she later renounced. “I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this,” Puzder reportedly told her back then.
The tape was played during Puzder’s Senate confirmation hearing which made him withdraw his name from consideration. Puzder, nevertheless, denied allegations, while his former spouse said she was sorry she accused him of abuse during their roller-coaster marriage.
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