CNN's Cillizza: You could imagine Oprah's speech being given in Iowa

CNN's Cillizza: You could imagine Oprah's speech being given in Iowa
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CNN Politics editor-at-large Chris Cillizza on Monday said Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes sounded like it could have been given in Iowa, as speculation mounts over the possibility of her running for president.

Cillizza's comments came after Winfrey's rousing acceptance speech on Sunday for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement sparked chatter that she's considering mounting a bid for the White House in 2020. Since then, pundits have weighed in on the TV host and philanthropist's prospects if she decided to run against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE.
“What do you think? What did you think of the speech?” CNN anchor Brianna Keilar asked Cillizza.

“So, the speech, I guess I was a little taken aback in how — you could close your eyes and imagine that speech being given in Iowa, let’s say, right?” Cillizza said, referencing the state traditionally seen as the main bellwether for a political campaign. "Or as a campaign kickoff."

“Now, she’s speaking to Hollywood," Cillizza continued. "She’s not speaking to Iowa. But still, that messaging right now [is] very powerful. What I thought of the speech ... Oprah is Oprah for a reason, OK? This is not someone who blunders into things. This is not someone who doesn’t think of what her words and her actions will mean."

"She has said many times in the past she’s not interested in public life," he added later in the interview. "I would say, Trump has changed lots of things, including, I think, who thinks of themselves as someone who could be president. Oprah in the past has said, ‘I don’t have any experience in politics.’ Well, neither does the guy who is currently the president.”

The 63-year-old Winfrey addressed victims of sexual abuse before a national NBC audience as she accepted the award, marking the first time a black woman has won it since it was created in 1952. 

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

“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.”

Winfrey in an interview after the show denied that she is preparing to run for president.

But her longtime partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that a run for the White House is a possibility.

“It's up to the people,” Graham said. “She would absolutely do it."