With One Paragraph, Oprah Shuts Down 2020 Buzz

'It's not something that interests me,' she tells 'InStyle'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2018 10:00 AM CST
With One Paragraph, Oprah Shuts Down 2020 Buzz
Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

"Not for me." Three words buried in an InStyle interview, but enough to quash the overwhelming buzz about a possible presidential run by Oprah Winfrey in 2020—at least for now. Winfrey, who appears on InStyle's March cover, spoke to the magazine three weeks before her Golden Globes speech fueled rumors of presidential aspirations and was already dead set against the idea, according to the interview published Thursday. Though she admitted to receiving an offer of campaign assistance and suggested her friend Gayle King was gung-ho—as is Common, per Variety—"I don't have the DNA for it," the 63-year-old said of a presidential run. "I've always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it's not something that interests me."

Instead, Winfrey will return to her roots on 60 Minutes. "The core of me is about conversations, exploring the depth of our human experiences," she said. "That is my calling." That doesn't mean she's steering clear of politics. Speaking about her new film A Wrinkle in Time, Winfrey applauded those "fighting against the dark" before noting, "We need an army, we need an arsenal." She also said social engagement, allowing people to get involved "in ways that they never would've been before," has created an "exciting … moment in our political history." At the same time—and in a possible dig at President Trump—she criticized the use of Twitter. "It makes no sense to speak when you cannot be heard," she said. "One hundred and forty characters—that is not how you want to make your mark in the world." (Read more Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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