After only two months into the new administration of President Donald Trump, buzz is already building for the 2020 elections. Findings from a new poll suggest that former talk-show host Oprah Winfrey would beat Trump in a hypthetical head-to-head election.
"Reports have conflicted on whether she's really interested but for what it's worth, Oprah Winfrey has a 49/33 favorability rating nationally and would lead Donald Trump 47-40 in a hypothetical 2020 Presidential contest," Public Policy Polling, which conducted the survey, reports.
“You always have the right to change your mind but I would bet my first, second born and any unborn children to come, that ain’t never happening,” Winfrey told CBS of the rumors, reports Variety. “Never. I’ll say never on this one.”
Buzz began early in March following an interview Winfrey conducted with Bloomberg.
"I actually never thought -- I never considered the question even a possibility," Winfrey responded when asked by David Rubenstein if she has ever considered a run. "I just thought, 'Oh'. 'Oh'. ...I thought, Oh, gee, I don't have the experience. I don't know enough. And now I'm thinking, 'Oh'."
Winfrey was a supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, reports Variety. She added that “The reason why I haven’t been vocal other than saying, ‘I’m with her,’ is because I didn’t know what I could say that could actually pierce through all the noise, and the chaos, and the disgusting vitriol that is going on, and actually be heard.”
According to The New York Times former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid approached Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in November to discuss a potential 2020 run.
Reid brought Warren onto the Democratic Senate leadership team in 2014, and she was one of the people he most trusted to keep the Senate caucus on its bearings through the difficult weather ahead. Shortly before Thanksgiving, he summoned Warren to the minority leader’s office. When she arrived, the room was littered with art supplies; on an easel was a half-finished portrait of Reid that would be unveiled at his retirement party the following month. Its subject was preoccupied with the future of the party to which he had dedicated decades of his life. Reid told Warren she needed to think seriously about running for president in 2020. “He was worried in November,” Warren told me recently. “For me, it was so important to make clear: We will fight back -- we will fight back. We’re not here to make this normal.”