President Oprah? The Media Mogul Is Hitting The Campaign Trail

Oprah Winfrey, who many believe is eyeing a run at the presidency in 2020, has again gotten into the political fray.

As a fierce campaign for governor rages in Georgia the talk show host who became a media mogul is heading in to campaign for black Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, The Washington Post reported.

Media magnate Oprah Winfrey plans to make a rare appearance on the campaign trail this week, traveling to Georgia for a pair of town halls and door-knocking with Stacey Abrams, the state’s Democratic candidate for governor.


Abrams’s campaign has announced town hall meetings Thursday in Marietta and Decatur. The campaign’s website advertises conversations “on the critical value of women in leadership and what is at stake for our communities in the election.”

Abrams, who is locked in a tight race with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, would be the first black woman governor in U.S. history if elected. The race has been marred by allegations of voter suppression.

Winfrey’s last big splash on the campaign trail came more than a decade ago, during the early stages of the 2008 Democratic presidential race on behalf of Barack Obama, then a U.S. senator from Illinois.

This year’s gubernatorial race in Georgia is drawing high-profile boosters of both candidates, including President Trump and Vice President Pence for Kemp and former president Obama for Abrams.


“Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us through the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community,” Abrams said in a statement distributed by her campaign. “I am honored to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”

Oprah spent her career staying out of politics but broke that when she endorsed, and then heavily campaigned, for former President Obama in 2008.

She endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 but did not campaign and kept a low profile.

Now she is hitting the campaign trail again and one has to wonder if her motivation is less based on ideology and more based on the race of the candidate as she only seems to campaign when the candidate is black.

Not that she would endorse a black Republican like Ben Carson, which says it is likely a combination of both.

And Winfrey hits the trail as a new poll showed that out of 20 celebrities who could run for president in 2020 she is the favorite, The Washington Examiner reported.

Winfrey earned almost 20 percent support in the survey, even though she shot down rumors earlier this year saying she would not be making a bid for president in 2020. Millennials were the largest age group to express their interest in a Winfrey run for president.

In the study by People Maven, the 20 celebrities considered were based on how widely recognized the celebrity is and if they were qualified to run for president.

The top three, Winfrey, Tom Hanks, and Dwayne Johnson, took 43 percent of the vote.

Many of those who made the top 20 have either expressed interest in running, have been involved with politics in the past, or have been the subject of rumors about a potential run for the White House.

Lots of people say they are not going to run for president before they run. Could Oprah be one of them?

Time will tell.

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