Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Oprah Winfrey has double-figure lead over Donald Trump, poll indicates

Oprah Winfrey has double-figure lead over Donald Trump, poll indicates

"A new day is on the way", he tweeted. The dieting company's shares jumped 12.2% in trading Monday to close at $52.62, up $5.71.

At least one emphasized that Winfrey had made no firm decision on a run.

But some would argue the similarities end there. He said "Oprah would be a lot of fun". "I don't think she had any intention (of declaring)".

As Obama can attest, the campaign trail is replete with relentless pressure and unending indignities.

Speaking to a college graduating class a year ago, Winfrey reflected that across her career, every successful move has come down to "intentional living" and betting on herself and her own capabilities, rather than listening to others.

Two bachelors have been elected president - James Buchanan remained a bachelor for life - but if elected, Oprah would presumably bring Graham with her.

"All this stuff about what people usually do is out the window", he said.

Oprah started her career as a news anchor. "Oprah Winfrey just fired a warning flare in the sky for anyone who still doesn't get that the parties no longer control their own nominations".

Rumors have been swirling in political and media circles about Oprah entering the presidential race since she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award and delivered a almost nine-minute speech that received a standing ovation at the Golden Globes.

So far, Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is the only Democratic politician to have declared his candidacy for president in 2020, and it's unclear what other big-name politicians may enter the race.

Winfrey says Recy Taylor "lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men". She's somebody that's very special.

During The Late Show Monday, the host praised Winfrey's speech, which she gave while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, calling it "so moving, even for Oprah".

Thanks to all who responded. No, I like Oprah. There's a strong possibility that, just as Trump did in the 2016 primaries, she'd suck up every ounce of media attention, limiting the ability of the more experienced and serious candidates to make their case to primary voters.

Would Winfrey be more open to sharing those personal details?

"A candidate who can use media, particularly new media, and who already has a media empire might be able to make significant inroads in the electorate", he said. Will she run for president?

Let's put aside the fact that it's kind of wonderful that everyone isn't yet worn out by the idea of a celebrity running for office and take a quick look at some of the things that might make her an interesting candidate.

But look, I get it. Democrats have been traumatized by recent events, and one of the responses is to throw up your hands and say, "Fine then".

"In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president", Meyers recalled during his opening monologue at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

And in a 1999 interview with Larry King, he said she would be "always be my first choice" for a running mate.

Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena.

She focused her speech on the sexual harassment prevention initiative Time's Up. "It would be a pretty good ticket".

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