Oprah recently shutdown rumors that she was interested in running for president in the future.
But she had better get used her fans promoting the idea of an Oprah 2020 candidacy — with or without her consent.[brightcove:5300301930001 default]
Her most recent endorser was CNN commentator Van Jones who made an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Wednesday.
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When a caller asked Jones to reveal his choice for a Democratic candidate that could take on President Donald Trump in the next election, Mama O was his answer.
“For real. Listen, I’m telling you. I love a lot of the Democrats,” he said. “I love Kamala Harris, who’s coming up in California. I love Cory Booker, who I’ve known for 20 years. This new Joe Kennedy, the third coming-up, redheaded Kennedy kid. He’s awesome.”
“But it takes a superstar to beat a superstar,” he added. “I think if Oprah Winfrey ran, she’d win all 50 states. It’d be a wrap.”
Although Oprah has always dismissed any questions of a presidential run, she recently said that seeing Trump’s successful bid for the White House has made her rethink her own possibilities.
“I actually never thought that that was — I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh,” she said in a conversation with billionaire David Rubenstein on Bloomberg’s “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations“ taped in December.
A big part of her apparent change of heart is that she thought “you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know,” she said.
The interview, released early this month, created a frenzied buzz at the idea of Oprah throwing her hat in the political ring.
But her BFF Gayle King quickly shut down that idea a few days later: “I would bet my first, second born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening… N-E-V-A-H,” she said.
Like Van Jones, we can keep hope alive!