Oprah Winfrey on 2020 Presidential Run: 'It's Not in My DNA'

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 15, 2018

Winfrey said the same thing to InStyle even before her well-received Golden Globes speech about the #MeToo movement that amped up much of the Oprah 2020 chatter (the magazine interview was conducted before, but published after, the Globes speech).

"I think if I was considering a run, it definitely would", she said. 'I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race'.

'I cared about landing that speech in the room, ' Winfrey added.

'I am actually humbled by the fact that people think I could be the leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit, ' Winfrey said in an interview with 60 Minutes Overtime.

In the interim, Winfrey started getting political buzz, after she delivered a "Me Too"-themed speech at the Golden Globes, that a politician could have given on the stump".

For Sunday's episode, Winfrey re-gathers the same 14 people - half of them Trump supporters, the other half not - she interviewed in September to talk politics and their presidential choices.

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Gayle King, Winfrey's best friend and co-host of CBS This Morning, later claimed on her show that Graham had misheard the question, though his statement had seemed to indicate a straight-forward yes.

"If I was considering a run I would probably take myself out of the role of journalist, or conversationalist, or anything", said Winfrey, a "60 Minutes" special contributor whose upcoming story airing Sunday focuses on America's political divide.

Although she says she had "a lot of wealthy men calling" to offer campaign advice and financial support, Winfrey says she did not hear from the most important voice.

'And wouldn't I know?

A January NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist poll found that while 64 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Winfrey, only 35 percent wanted her to run in 2020.

"I think I heard or read something that said, 'Oh, doing that speech you must've known you were dipping your toe in the water of politics, '" Winfrey exclaimed to Silvio. "But it has never felt to me that that was supposed to be political".

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