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Oprah Has Shut Down Talk Of Her Running For President

"I don’t have the DNA for it."

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Lots of people have been urging the former talk show host to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Her name was even held up on signs at Saturday's Women's March.

The speculation even made its way to the White House, where the current occupant, President Trump, joked with reporters that he could beat Oprah in an election. “I don’t think she’s going to run,” he added.

Well, it turns out Trump may be right — at least for now. In a new interview with In Style magazine, Winfrey admitted she had met with someone who wanted to help her with a presidential campaign, but, she said, "that's not for me."

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Winfrey said her best friend, CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King, has texted her regularly with messages from the public asking "when" she would run for office.

But, she said, she doesn't have "the DNA" for politics.


"I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not," she said. "And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it."

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Of course, we should note that lots of people who end up running for office give interviews before that saying they have absolutely no intention of running for office.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

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