Report: Oprah Winfrey 'Actively Thinking' About 2020 Presidential Run

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January 8, 2018

TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is mulling a presidential run after delivering a well-received speech at the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, according to a new report.

After receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, Winfrey spoke about the importance of the #MeToo movement, the need for gender equality, and heralded the need to resist tyranny and support an independent press.

"I've interviewed and portrayed people who've withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights," she said.

The speech sparked open discussion among many liberals that Winfrey might be a strong 2020 presidential candidate.

"Call me @oprah. I've got some Iowa county chairs who would love to hear from you," tweeted Brad Anderson, who served as Barack Obama's Iowa spokesman in 2008 before running the former president's entire Iowa operation in 2012.

Two of Winfrey's "close friends" told CNN's Brian Stelter on Monday that Winfrey is "actively thinking" about running for president in 2020, and that many of her closest confidants are "urging" her to run.

Winfrey suggested in May 2017 that she had previously considered a presidential run and ruled it out, but was reconsidering her chances after the election of former reality TV host Donald Trump.

"I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'" she explained. "Now I'm thinking … 'Oh.'"