Oprah Winfrey tells magazine she's not interested in 2020 U.S. presidential run
Billionaire has long been associated with Democratic Party politics and fundraising
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has ended her brief flirtation with a possible run for the U.S. presidency in 2020, according to InStyle magazine, which published a report quoting her as saying she isn't interested.
Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony earlier this month highlighted the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and sparked an online campaign in support of her possibly running against Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in the next election campaign.
"It's not something that interests me," Winfrey told InStyle. "... I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That's not for me."
Winfrey could not be reached for immediate comment.
Her friends had fanned the flames of the idea, with Winfrey's longtime partner in business and life, Stedman Graham, telling the Los Angeles Times "she would absolutely do it" if there was sufficient public support. Winfrey confidante Gayle King said on CBS This Morning that Winfrey was "intrigued" by the idea of a run.
Known by millions on first-name basis, Winfrey became host of her own television talk show, using it to build a media empire that spans magazine publishing, movie and television production, cable TV and satellite radio. Born into poverty, she is now one of the world's wealthiest women.
Winfrey has long been associated with Democratic Party politics and has raised millions of dollars for various candidates and causes.
Unlike every U.S. president before Trump, who was a real estate developer and TV reality show star before running for office, Winfrey has no prior political or military experience.
Trump relished the idea of a celebrity-versus-celebrity election cycle, telling reporters earlier this month that he did not think Winfrey would run but believed he would win that match-up.
"I'll beat Oprah," Trump told reporters in the White House. "Oprah would be a lot of fun."