Is Oprah Planning to Run for President?

She's not ruling it out.

By Meghan McKenna

Date March 2, 2017

If there was ever a time to take the political dreams of TV stars seriously, it’s now.

In an interview on Bloomberg TV, Oprah Winfrey sat down with fellow billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein to discuss her political aspirations. Because we’re all wondering: What exactly are Winfrey’s plans for the year 2020?

Winfreythe reigning queen of talk show suspensepaused for dramatic effect.

“I never considered the question even a possibility,” she said, before adding, “I just thought, ‘Oh … oh?’ ”

Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, Rubenstein reminded us all that “it’s clear you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States.”

“That’s what I thought,” Winfrey said. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’ ”

Here’s a fun plot twist. In 1999, Trump entertained the idea of bringing on Oprah as his presidential running mate. When asked about his political dream-team again last year, Trump reaffirmed his love and admiration for the legendary talk show host, saying “I think we’d win easily.” Her response? A bold and clear “Donald, I’m with her.” (Read: Hillary Clinton)

But don’t get too excited for an epic Trump vs. Oprah battle: Winfrey’s BFF, CBS This Morning host Gayle King, quickly jumped in to shut down the rumours.

“I was in the audience that day and it was clearly a joke … she was playing with David because they have such a great rapport,” says King. “I would bet my first, second-born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening. Never. I’ll say never on this one. Nevah, N-E-V-A-H. Nevah.”

O-K-A-Y, we hear you loud and clear Gayle. We can still dream though, right?

Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic


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