Spielberg Backs Oprah for Possible 2020 Presidential Bid

Oprah Winfrey's stirring speech at the Golden Globes Awards has stirred speculation about her running for president in 2020

"President Trump said Tuesday that he'd 'beat Oprah" if talk show host Oprah Winfrey faced off against him in the 2020 presidential election'.

Whether this is a serious reality or not, one woman in New Jersey, 30-year-old Anastasia Khramova, was so inspired by Winfrey's Golden Globes speech that she started an online petition in her community in East Windsor, Mercer County, first sending the Care2 page to a few of her friends.

"I think Oprah Winfrey would make an absolutely brilliant president" Oscar-winning director Steven Speilberg said while speaking with The Guardian newspaper on Thursday.

While supporting the idea of Oprah's candidacy, Brad Anderson, former United States president Barack Obama's 2020 Iowa campaign director, said, "Look, it's ridiculous - and I get that".

But if Winfrey is smart - and she is - she will wonder whether the message she tried to convey will get lost in all the political chatter.

Spielberg, widely acclaimed as the most commercially successful film-maker in cinema history, was effusive in his praise: "She is crackerjack on the money on women's issues and I call her the ambassador of empathy".

CNN, citing two of her close friends, reported on Monday that the television and movie producer and actress was actively thinking about making a White House bid.

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Specifically, he said he would "beat Oprah" if she chooses to run, the Daily Mail reports. Stedman would never so cavalierly say absolutely she would do it.

Josh Earnest, press secretary to President Barack Obama, argued that Winfrey has proven credibility with voters because "her public endorsement of then-candidate Obama in late 2007 was persuasive and helpful".

"I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon", she said in a speech about civil rights and the #MeToo movement. Who wouldn't be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? You know, the Oprah, as in "run, Oprah, run". "I don't think at this point she's actually considering it". To all the powerful men out I say your times up.

Spielberg, who directed Winfrey in his 1985 film The Colour Purple, said the actor-turned-TV-mogul would be a unifying figure. The question is, do they want her for their President and that's more of a stamped traditional political question.

And a snapshot of her chances look good at the moment.

"I said, "Lady, it is going to cost me some money but you are going to shoot the lights out". "I think it was a homerun on many levels".

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