During the Tuesday broadcast of “CBS This Morning,” a close friend of Oprah Winfrey downplayed the possibility of a presidential run by Winfrey in 2020, contending that the idea was fueled after Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s longtime partner, misunderstood a question.
CBS host Gayle King offered clarification of the exchange between Graham and a reporter.
“Stedman says that he thought the reporter said to him, ‘Would she make a good president,’ and he said, ‘Absolutely, she would,'” King said. “That’s how he interpreted the question because here’s the thing, Stedman would never so cavalierly say, ‘Absolutely, she would do it. It’s up to the people.'”
King revealed that she received emails on Monday from people asking, “Is Stedman being strategic or is he being supportive?”
“He is nothing but supportive,” King said. “He would never just throw it out there like that.”
King said that she “absolutely” did not think Winfrey’s position regarding making a presidential run had changed.
“I do think she’s intrigued by the idea,” said King. “I also know that, after years of watching the ‘Oprah’ show, you always have a right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she’s actually considering it … She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way.”
King noted that some believe Winfrey wrote the speech she delivered at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards as a “launching pad for what she wants to do.”
“That’s absolutely not true,” King insisted.
On Monday, Peter Alexander, national correspondent for NBC News, tweeted that a source close to Winfrey said that she had “no intention of running” for president in 2020.
“NEW: A source close to @Oprah tells @tvkatesnow as of today, she has no intention of running for President in 2020: ‘It’s not happening. She has no intention of running,’ the source said. Source says that’s from Oprah herself,” Alexander tweeted.
NEW: A source close to @Oprah tells @tvkatesnow as of today, she has no intention of running for President in 2020:
“It’s not happening. She has no intention of running,” the source said.
Source says that’s from Oprah herself.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 8, 2018
“I’m thinking that she is not going to be running for president… she’s very intrigued and I also say as I’ve heard many years on the @Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind but that’s certainly not something she’s considering right now. ” — @GayleKing pic.twitter.com/cQuZeXRK2r
— CBS This Morning ❄️ (@CBSThisMorning) January 9, 2018