John Lewis: ‘Many of us would be supportive’ if Oprah ran in 2020
© Getty Images

Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Trump, Pence fan out to protect the Rust Belt Atlanta mayor signs bill to change Confederate street names Under attack: Because we don’t vote Republican MORE (R-Ga.) said on Friday that many people would be supportive of Oprah Winfrey if she decided to launch a presidential bid. 

"Oprah is smart. She's gifted and I would leave it up to Oprah to make that decision but if she got out there to run, I'm sure many of us would be supportive and pushing her along and playing our part," Lewis told MSNBC's Katy Tur. 

Speculation has swirled around a potential bid from Oprah after she gave a rousing speech addressing the "Me Too" movement against a culture of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes on Sunday. 

The idea of a bid from Winfrey has energized some Democrats, who say her popularity and ability to connect with the public would make her a good candidate. 

"CBS This Morning" host Gayle King, who is a close friend of Winfrey, said on Tuesday that Winfrey was "intrigued" by the idea. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE addressed the speculation earlier this week, saying he would beat Oprah in a presidential election. 

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that while Winfrey would beat Trump in a 2020 matchup, the majority of voters do not want her to run for office.