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    Jan 8, 2018

    Everything Oprah Winfrey Has Said About Running For President

    Read this before you get too excited about the possibility.

    October 15, 2015: "Not in this lifetime."

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    In response to being asked about if she'd ever run for President on CBS This Morning, Oprah replied, "Oh, come on! I'm president of my own company. Not in this lifetime."

    June 17th, 2016: "The one thing I know for sure, sure, sure is that I will never run for office."

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    She continued, on Jimmy Kimmel Live: “For many years, I used to think — until this election year, I thought — ‘Wow, I have no… Why do people say that? I have no qualifications to run.’ I’m feeling pretty qualified. After this year, I’m feeling really qualified.”

    January 4, 2017: "Never!"

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    "No, it’s not my thing," she told Stephen Colbert when he asked.

    January 26, 2017: “Nope. Not my thing, not my thing.”

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    “It’s not how I speak to the world," she told told Newsday.

    March 1, 2017: "I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’"

    Bloomberg TV / Via buzzfeed.com

    When Bloomberg TV’s David Rubenstein asked Oprah if she'd ever thought about running for Prez, she said she'd "never considered the question even a possibility."

    March 2, 2017: "It was clearly a joke… that ain’t NEVER happening." — Gayle King

    “It was clearly a joke… that ain’t NEVER happening.” -- @GayleKing on @Oprah’s comment about possibly running for p… https://t.co/VI5HleSuXD

    Yeah, we're counting Gayle in this. Oprah's BFF said this on CBS This Morning and added that she would "bet my first, second born and any unborn children to come — that ain’t never happening."

    June 13th, 2017: "I will never run for public office. That’s a pretty definitive thing."

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    Okay...but "pretty definitive" isn't a rock-solid denial! She said this on The Hollywood Reporter's podcast.

    September 28, 2017: "Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!"

    @jpodhoretz Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!Democrats’ best hope for 2020: Oprah | New York Post https://t.co/tvt82v8cMH

    This one is just a re-tweet but it counts. In September of last year Oprah RT'd an article from the NY Post titled "Democrats' best hope for 2020: Oprah" and thanked them for their "VOTE of confidence."

    October 18, 2017: "There will be no running for office of any kind for me."

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    While talking about OWN's Super Soul Sundays on CBS This Morning, Lady O made sure to dispel any rumors you may have heard.

    January 7th, 2018: "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." — Stedman

    I asked Stedman if @oprah would run for President. "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it." https://t.co/rAficpB060

    If we're counting Gayle we're definitely counting Stedman! He spoke with The L.A. Times' Amy Kaufman at the Golden Globes last night and ignited excitement again.

    Also January 7th, 2018: "Okaay!"

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    Admittedly this is a one-word answer to whether or not she'd consider running for president, but it bears inclusion in this list. The L.A. Times' Jen Yamato spoke to Oprah in the press room at the Golden Globes last night and got quite the answer:

    But about that 2020 ticket ...

    Will Oprah consider a run for POTUS? She paused, cracking a sly smile. “Okaay!”

    "Okaay" then! I guess we'll see what happens...

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