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Posted: March 01, 2018

Oprah says God would have to tell her to run for president

What You Need to Know: Oprah Winfrey

By Elizabeth Vale,

Oprah Winfrey previously made it clear that she has no plans to run for president of the United States in 2020, but she revealed to People magazine that there’s one thing that could make her change her mind: God.

Winfrey received calls to run for president from friends and fans alike after giving an inspiring speech at the Golden Globes in January, but she later denied that she was planning to run. However, instead of just ignoring the calls to run for president, she decided to turn to prayer.

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“I went into prayer,” she told People. “‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”

Winfrey was surprised to hear the response to her moving speech, telling the publication that she was happy with her speech, but she never expected the reaction that it got.

“When I walked off with Reese [Witherspoon], I thought, ‘I got that done,’” Winfrey said. “It wasn’t until I was back in the press room that they said, ‘Do you realize you’re trending?’”

Soon after the speech, people started contacting her, encouraging her to run, including close friends, such as best friend Gayle King, and billionaires offering to fund her campaign.

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“I had people – wealthy, billionaires – calling me up and saying, ‘I can get you a billion dollars. I can run your campaign,’” she revealed. “That many people saying something made me think, ‘Am I at least supposed to look at the question?’”

Still, Winfrey had previously said the job doesn’t “interest” her and that she doesn’t think she has the “DNA” to be president, the Telegraph reported.


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Oprah on 2020 presidential run: 'That’s not for me'

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Oprah on 2020 presidential run: 'That’s not for me'

In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Winfrey has visited the grave of a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention and whose story was highlighted in Winfrey's recent Golden Globes speech. Winfrey said in an Instagram post that on assignment for "60 Minutes," she ended up in the town of Abbeville, Ala., where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Oprah on 2020 presidential run: 'That's not for me'

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey ended speculation Thursday that she might run for president in 2020, telling InStyle magazine that she isn’t interested in launching a White House bid.

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“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so, it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it,” Winfrey said in an interview published on the magazine’s website Thursday.

“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help with a campaign. That’s not for me.”

Fans called for Winfrey to run for president after she gave a rousing, nearly 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7. She was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry and used her time to address the “#MeToo” movement against sexual harassment and assault.

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Speculation was fueled by comments by Winfrey’s partner, Stedman Graham, who told the Los Angeles Times after the speech that Winfrey “would absolutely do it.” Winfrey’s longtime friend, “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King, later said she believed that Graham misunderstood the question and thought he was being asked whether she would make a good president.

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Unidentified friends of Winfrey’s told CNN earlier this month that she was “actively thinking” about running for president, and King said Winfrey was “intrigued” by the idea, but not “actually considering it.”

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“Gayle -- who knows me as well as I know myself, practically -- has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’” Winfrey told InStyle. “So Gayle sends me these things and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you -- it would be good for everyone else.’”

Winfrey will appear on the cover of InStyle magazine’s March issue.



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