Oprah: Running for president 'just not in my spirit'
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Oprah Winfrey is putting the kibosh on talk of a 2020 White House bid, saying running for president is not part of who she is.

"I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world,” Winfrey tells “60 Minutes Overtime’s” Ann Silvio in a preview clip released Thursday by CBS, “but it's just not in my spirit.”

Winfrey says potential campaign donors and workers were ready to line up for an Oval Office run: “I had a lot of wealthy men, calling me, telling me that they would run my campaign and raise a billion dollars for me.”

“If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kind of tell me? And I haven’t heard that,” Winfrey, 64, explained.


Chatter that the former talk show host might make a 2020 political bid went into overdrive last month after she delivered a riveting speech at the Golden Globes, paying homage to the press and to victims of sexual abuse.

“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said as she accepted a lifetime achievement award.

“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”

Polls released after the speech indicated that Winfrey could get considerable support in a political campaign, with some showing her leading President Trump.

“I think I heard or read something that said, ‘Oh, doing that speech you must’ve known you were dipping your toe in the water of politics,’” Winfrey exclaimed to Silvio. “Are you kidding me? I was just trying to give a good speech.”

“If I was considering a run I would probably take myself out of the role of journalist, or conversationalist, or anything,” said Winfrey, a “60 Minutes” special contributor whose upcoming story airing Sunday focuses on America’s political divide. “I would take myself out of that.”

“I do feel that I have a responsibility as a person who has a big voice in this country to use it to promote justice, and kindness, and good will in the world,” Winfrey said. “But it never has felt to me that that was supposed to be political. And it still does not feel that to me.”