Oprah Winfrey's partner says she would "absolutely" run for president, as calls for her candidacy grow stronger in the wake of her stirring acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.
Stedman Graham — Oprah Winfrey’s long term partner — has set tongues wagging, after telling the Los Angeles Times that she would seriously consider running in the 2020 US presidential election.
The ‘President Winfrey’ theme reached fever pitch during her powerful ‘new day is on the horizon’ acceptance speech, after becoming the first African American woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Twitter went into overdrive with the hashtags “Oprahforpresident” and “Oprah2020” urging the media mogul to throw her hat in the ring.
And while Ms Winfrey answered “I don’t… I don’t”, when Bloomberg asked if she had plans to run in the November 2020 election, Mr Stedman brought hope to all her supporters.
“It’s up to the people,” he told The Times. “She would absolutely do it.”
It’s up to the people… She would absolutely do it.
CNN spoke with two unnamed friends, who told the network she has been “actively thinking” about running. One of the anonymous sources said Ms Winfrey hadn’t made up her mind but serious conversations had been ongoing for several months.
Shares in Weight Watchers International Inc. spiked as Ms Winfrey is a 10% owner of the weight-loss company. Bloomberg reported that shares rose as much as 13% to $52.96 in New York, the biggest intraday gain in two months.
Trump welcomes Oprah challenge
Donald Trump is “absolutely” running for a second term as President, and he would welcome competition from Ms Winfrey, according to a White House spokesman.
“We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One.
“We welcome anybody at this point… We welcome all comers.”
Mr Trump has said many times that he’d love to have Ms Winfrey as a running mate. In 1999, he told Larry King that she would be his first choice for vice-president.
“If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic,” he said. “She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman. I mean, if she’d ever do it, I don’t know that she’d ever do it… That would be a pretty good ticket.”
By 2015, his view remained the same, gushing about the television queen to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“I like Oprah what can I tell you? She’s great, she’s talented, she’s a good person. In fact, I was on her show last week… I like Oprah, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I think Oprah would be great. I think we’d win easily, actually.”