In the interview with "InStyle" Winfrey says she is aware of the excitement about a potential run, but it did not inspire her to actually run for office. "I don't have the DNA for it", Winfrey said in an interview published on the magazine's website Thursday.
"It's up to the people", he told the LA Times when asked about her possible run. "I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run".
Winfrey added, "I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign".
"I know her very well".
It also prompted a response from President Donald Trump, who told reporters: "I'd beat Oprah".
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Winfrey's comments came several weeks before her January 7 acceptance of a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. "I don't have the DNA for it". "It wouldn't be good for you-it would be good for everyone else".
It was unclear whether the enthusiastic response to her Globes speech - after which anonymous friends of the chat show queen were reported as saying she was "actively thinking" about a 2020 run - may have brought a change of heart. The acceptance speech was not just a simple, humblr pep talk, it was naturally very poised and did feel somewhat presidential, and left many in tears as they stood to congratulate her for the award.
Confidante Gayle King had told CBS that Winfrey was "intrigued" by the idea.
It's hard to say whether her opinion on a presidential campaign changed once again within the last few weeks; or if her stance on a presidential campaign was pre-meditated.
In her Golden Globes speech, she spoke powerfully on themes of race, gender, power and the "Me Too" campaign against sexual harassment.