Politics

Oprah Considering 2020 Presidential Run

| by Ray Brown

Could Oprah Winfrey be the next president of the United States?

The talk show host icon said she has always ruled out the possibility whenever her name was brought up to move into the White House, but President Donald Trump's win might have inspired her to reconsider.

"I actually never thought that that was -- I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh," she told billionaire David Rubenstein on Bloomberg's "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations," according to CNN.

She added: "No, that won't be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know."

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"It's clear that you don't need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?" Rubenstein said, referring to Trump's unprecedented rise to the White House.

"That's what I thought. I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'" Winfrey said. "And now I'm thinking, 'Oh! Oh.'"

Oprah, whose net worth is $2.9 billion according to MarketWatch, isn't the only billionaire rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2020.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also been said to be considering changing careers, although he has denied the possibility.

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"No," Zuckerberg told BuzzFeed when asked if he had plans to run for president. "I'm focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative," he added, referring to the limited-liability corporation he founded with his wife, Priscilla Chan.

"There's absolutely no truth to the idea that Mark is running for office and I've heard it directly from him," an anonymous source told BuzzFeed News. "Here's the thing: For Mark, Facebook is [a] global community that already plays this huge part in the lives of billions of people around the world and plays an incredibly important role in shaping the base on the issues that matter."

But there are other, less wealthy, celebrities who could be considering political office.

Rocker Ted Nugent said he might be interested in running for Senate in Michigan.

"I'm always very interested in making my country and the great state of Michigan great again and there is nothing I wouldn't do to help in any way I possibly can," Nugent told The Daily Caller.

"Though we dodged the toxic blue bullet on November 8 and showed that the real Michigan is bright red, the embarrassing high-crime blue smudges in the state must be fixed and removed ASAP," Nugent added.

Sources: CNN, MarketWatch, BuzzFeed, The Daily Caller / Photo credit: Lawrence Jackson via White House

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