Yeah I'll beat Oprah but I don't think she'll run, says Trump

Oprah Winfrey poses backstage with her Cecil B. De Mille Award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills California US

Yeah I'll beat Oprah but I don't think she'll run, says Trump

She later elaborated, telling People, "I was her practice audience. She is flattered by the attention but she's a private citizen and she's going to remain one, '" Cillizza said.

"I do think she's intrigued by the idea, I do think that", Mr. King said.

But he added: "I don't think she's going to run".

King described being in the room as "electrifying" and said producers wanted her to originally keep it to three minutes. "I'd much rather go for someone like Oprah Winfrey than a career politician". "Oprah would always be my first choice", he told Larry King back in 1999.

Winfrey would have the support 76 percent of Democrats, 22 percent of Republicans and 44 percent of voters who are not among the leading parties.

Some pundits have warned running for the White House could damage Winfrey, noting approval ratings tend to crash immediately once an individual announces their intent to run for office, and pointing to her lack of political experience as a potential obstacle.

Two unnamed pals of Winfrey's added to the speculation by telling CNN Money that the longtime talk show host is "actively thinking" about a bid. Best known as the host of her multi-award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show", which ended in 2011, Winfrey is also the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

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Whether Winfrey will run for presidency or not is still unknown.

Winfrey, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"It's up to the people", Graham said.

It's unclear whether Trump watched Winfrey's Sunday speech, but the White House, reacting to the latest Oprah boomlet, said Monday that the administration would relish such a match-up.

"These candidates who are coming forward today only have this popular appeal", he said.

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The honorary award is given to performers for their "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" at the annual movie and television awards show. But the deputy press secretary Hogan Gidely said, "We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else".

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