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Oprah: God isn't telling me to run for president

Oprah: God isn't telling me to run for president Oprah: God isn't telling me to run for president
Bennie Garza | 16 February, 2018, 21:28

Ever since Winfrey's passionate speech last month at the Golden Globes, there's been a lot of chatter about whether she would ever consider pursuing the Oval Office. "I think that when you have that many people whose opinions you value coming at you, it's worthy of thinking about", she explained.

The interview is part of a roundtable discussion Winfrey conducted for "60 Minutes" in which she again gathered 14 MI voters-half of whom voted for President Trump and half who did not.

"And wouldn't I know?" "I was just trying to give a good speech" about race and gender in the Trump era, she tells a skeptical reporter. "And I haven't heard that", she says.

While she's pleased that her rousing speech on ending sexual harassment struck a chord, she never had any intention for it to be seen as a political test run.

"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 goodwill in the world", she said.

OK, so what now?

In an upcoming interview for news show 60 Minutes, Oprah reveals her best friend, TV personality Gayle King, urged her to think about the idea before dismissing it completely.

Oprah Winfrey thought long and hard about running for U.S. President after "wealthy men" started calling her and offering to help fund her campaign.

But Oprah has since made it clear she will not be challenging current US leader Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020.

Winfrey, 64, confesses that she's "humbled" that people would actually think she has what it takes to be president. Winfrey says when Silvio asks whether she's announced a decision.

"Everywhere she goes today people still come up to her and say will you at least consider it?"

In two other interviews, Winfrey said it wasn't going to happen, though those Q&As were conducted before the Golden Globes.

With regards to her work on "60 Minutes", she said that "if I was considering a run, I would probably take myself out of the role of journalist or conversationalist or anything".

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