Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, Winfrey’s longtime friend and “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King said Tuesday morning.
King was clear in an exchange with her CBS co-anchors that she spoke with Winfrey Monday night but was expressing a hunch, not relaying anything Winfrey had told her. Still, King said she sees a possibility that Winfrey might go back on her long-held position that she will not run for office.
“I do think she's intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that, after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind,” King said. “I don't think at this point she’s actually considering it, but listen, there are people who have said they want to be her campaign manager, who want to quit their jobs and campaign for her.”
Winfrey was honored at Sunday night’s Golden Globes award show with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille award for her lifetime contributions to the entertainment industry. Her acceptance speech, which touched on notes of national unity and combating sexual harassment and assault, earned her rave reviews and sparked talk that she might mount a presidential campaign to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
Winfrey is no stranger to murmurs that she might run for office and has previously shut down such talk, telling “CBS This Morning” last October that “there will be no running for office of any kind for me.” But Trump’s surprise ascendance from reality TV star to commander chief has seemingly opened the possibility for others who might have previously been considered unlikely or nontraditional candidates.
King, though, said Winfrey’s stance that she will not run for office has not changed.
“No, I absolutely don't think that her position has changed. I don't. You know, I was up talking to her very late last night,” she said. “She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don't think that she's actively considering it.”