With 6 Words, Oprah Revs Up Rumors of 2020 Run

She thanks writer who called her Democrats' best hope
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2017 2:59 AM CDT
Oprah Revs Up Rumors of 2020 Run
Producer Oprah Winfrey attends the "Released" special screening during the Tribeca TV Festival at Cinepolis Chelsea at Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Will President Trump meet his match in 2020? A tweet from Oprah Winfrey has revived speculation in conservative outlets including the Daily Caller and Washington Examiner that she is planning to seek the Democratic nomination. She retweeted a link to a New York Post opinion piece from John Podhoretz that called her the "Democrats' best hope for 2020." "Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!" wrote Winfrey, who said in March that Trump's win made her realize that lacking experience in government is no barrier to running for office. In June, however, she said she would "never run for public office."

Podhoretz praised Winfrey's moderation of a political discussion on 60 Minutes and said she was "uniquely positioned" to challenge Trump in 2020. "If you need to set a thief to catch a thief, you need a star—a grand, outsized, fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine—to catch a star," he wrote. "We're through the looking glass here. America is discarding old approaches in politics. Democrats will have to do the same to match the mood to the moment." He described Winfrey as "the mirror image of Trump, but more so." "She's America’s generous aunt and he's America’s crazy uncle," he wrote. Click for the full piece. (More Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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