Oprah Winfrey desires to make one factor completely clear: She is just not working for president.
CBS This Morning aired a teaser from Winfrey’s 60 Minutes Additional time interview on Thursday through which the speak present queen mentioned her determination to not run.
Rumors of a presidential bid first began spreading in January after Winfrey gained the Cecil B. DeMille Award on the 2018 Golden Globes. Upon accepting the glory, Winfrey made a robust speech about sexual harassment. The speech generated three standing ovations and left many questioning if she would quickly launch a marketing campaign.
“Are you kidding me? I used to be simply making an attempt to offer a great speech,” Winfrey instructed 60 Minutes Additional time correspondent Ann Silvo within the clip. “I used to be in search of a approach to categorical what was happening on this second when it comes to gender and sophistication and race.”
Winfrey instructed Silvo she was “fearful” she could be minimize off as a result of she had been instructed to shorten her speech by three minutes. And whereas she wasn’t involved about working, a number of financiers have been excited by her potential candidacy.
“I had numerous rich males calling, telling me they might run my marketing campaign and lift $1 billion for me,” she stated. “I feel that when you have got that many individuals whose opinions you worth coming at you, it is worthy of serious about.”
Nonetheless, Winfrey is satisfied she will not be calling the White Home house anytime quickly.
“I’ve by no means seemed outdoors for different folks to inform me once I ought to be making a transfer. And would not I do know?” she stated. “If God truly needed me to run, would not God type of inform me? And I have never heard that.”
Even when she would not function commander-in-chief, Winfrey does really feel a duty to be a voice for the folks.
“I do really feel that I’ve a duty as an individual who has a giant voice on this nation to make use of it to advertise justice, and kindness and goodwill on the earth,” she stated, “but it surely by no means has felt to me that it was presupposed to be political and it nonetheless doesn’t really feel that to me.”
She additionally stated she feels “humbled” that individuals imagine she will be able to lead the nation, however insisted the position is “not in my spirit.”
This is not the primary time Winfrey has confirmed she’s not working for president. In an interview with InStyle, Winfrey instructed the journal she would not “have the DNA for it.” Nonetheless, Winfrey is not staying away from politics utterly. In September, CBS broadcasted a roundtable dialogue through which Winfrey talked politics with 14 Michigan voters, half of whom voted for President Donald Trump and half of whom didn’t. She’s having a follow-up dialog with these identical folks for a particular that may air this Sunday.
Having these conversations is the place Winfrey seems like she will be able to make a distinction.
“That’s my nice job on the earth is that I am a listener—I am a extremely good listener,” she stated, “and I am a connector of concepts and I need folks to see themselves in different folks’s tales. That is how I see myself.”
To see the total interview, watch 60 Minutes on Sunday.