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Oprah reserves the right to change her mind about running for president

February 28, 2018

As rumors of a possible Oprah Winfrey presidential run continue to swirl, despite her repeatedly having said she’s not interested in doing so, the talk show legend revealed to PEOPLE magazine that she might still change her mind — if God wills it.

“I went into prayer,” she explained in an interview. “‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”

Winfrey added that she had been shocked by the uproar that followed her crowd-raising call to action at the Golden Globes, in which she declared her support of the #MeToo movement and celebrated “all of the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.” After her speech, she said, “wealthy billionaires” began calling her to pledge their support in the event that she ran.

“That many people people saying something made me think, ‘Am I at least supposed to look at the question?’” she told PEOPLE.

For now, Winfrey says that she’s focusing on trying to make the people around her happy.

“Nothing makes me happier than to see other people in their purest moments of joy,” she confided. “Sometimes, honest to goodness, I’m just sitting around thinking, “What could I do to make somebody feel really good today?”

Below, watch PEOPLE’s interview with Winfrey. She begins talking about the Globes speech and the possibility of running for president at approximately the 8:50 mark. Ever so briefly, she slips into a tone that sounds like someone who’s planning to run. “I am a peacemaker and I am not a divider,” Winfrey says. “I am here to bring peace, and I am a carrier of the light.”

Read the full story at PEOPLE magazine.


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