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01/08/2018 09:10 am ET Updated Jan 08, 2018

Oprah And Stedman Hint She's Open To Presidential Run

“She would absolutely do it," Oprah's longtime partner said in response to pleas for her to run.

After delivering an empowering rallying call for a “new day” for women at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey said she has no plans to run for president, but that it is something she’d consider.

Social media lit up with calls for the media mogul to run for president following her moving speech, which she gave after becoming the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. When the Los Angeles Times asked if she’d think about a 2020 bid, Winfrey slyly responded, “OK.”

But she also told Bloomberg while backstage at the ceremony that she is not actively pursuing a campaign.

When asked if she had plans to run, Winfrey replied that, “I don’t ― I don’t.” 

Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
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Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

CNN also reported Monday that two of Winfrey’s close friends, who requested anonymity, said she is “actively thinking” about a 2020 run. One of the friends said it’s something Winfrey has been mulling over for several months. Both friends said it follows some private urging by her confidants.

Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, separately suggested that fans who are urging her to run for office shouldn’t give up hope.

“It’s up to the people,” he told the LA Times when asked about her possible run. “She would absolutely do it.”

This story has been updated to include CNN’s report.

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