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Gayle King: Oprah isn't running for president, except if she is

Gayle King: Oprah isn't running for president, except if she is”

There certainly is much to be said about how an alleged predator was able to have a successful decades-long career (especially since this was apparently an "open secret"), but it is unclear whether Oprah knew about it at that time. And if Sanders endorsed her candidacy, she would vault to the front of the race.

It's unclear if President Donald Trump watched Winfrey's powerful remarks at the Golden Globes Sunday night.

Adding weight to the speculation, Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham has told the Los Angeles Times, "It's up to the people. I don't think she's going to run". "A lot of what she was saying just wasn't getting through". Oprah also brought on Jenny McCarthy to peddle the anti-vaccination scare. She certainly is someone that cares deeply about this country. He said "Oprah would be a lot of fun".

Trump must be quaking in his boots.

The answer is, why not? Constitutionally speaking, tens of millions of Americans meet the basic qualifications, Winfrey included. "But now she doesn't have a choice". Her appeal extended well beyond her celebrity, some said, citing her compassion, kindness and devotion to helping others as a badly needed change after Trump.

"OPRAH 2020" has gathered speed at a phenomenal pace, for obvious reasons: America is desperate to find a potential leader with the charisma, grace and intelligence on whom to pin its fragile hopes.

Winfrey, in September and October, publicly dismissed the notion of seeking the nation's highest office, though she noted that Trump's victory made her rethink the requirements of the office.

TRUMP: Oprah. Your competitor, right? In 2006, "The Boondocks" ran an episode that features a future where Oprah is president - in exactly 2020. "I know her very well".

Meghan McCain, perhaps unsurprisingly, was negative on an Oprah presidential run.

Like many celebrities (take a bow, Gwyneth Paltrow), Oprah has at times provided a platform for views and advice that is not only unreliable, but dangerous. "And I think we would be a very formidable team". I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]. She was asked about running for president - or any public office - at some point in her life.

Oprah wouldn't be the first show business personality to make a run for the White House.

Somewhere deep down all this Winfrey hype has to make Hillary Clinton a bit perplexed. Not Winfrey. Like Trump, she's a household name. That's the nature of our glamorous Hollywood role models. And in a November 2006 WNBC/Marist poll, a slim majority of voters, 30 percent, said they wanted Barack Obama to run for president in 2008.



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