Trump Named Oprah as Possible Running Mate; 'Oprah Would Always Be My First Choice'

By Susan Jones | January 8, 2018 | 10:08am EST
Oprah Winfrey accepts an award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/YouTube/Golden Globes)

( - "I want all of the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon," Oprah Winfrey declared at the Golden Globes Sunday night, after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Some observers, including the NBC television network, took her speech as a signal that Winfrey may be mulling a 2020 run for president as a Democrat. NBC's main twitter account sent out the message, "Nothing but respect for OUR future president," accompanied by a photo of Winfrey.

(NBC Entertainment removed the tweet on Monday morning, blaming it on a third party.)

Previously, Oprah has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate -- by none other than the current president, Donald Trump.

In an October 1999 interview with Larry King, Donald Trump said he was going to take a "very good, strong look" at running for president in 2000 as a third party candidate.

"Do have a vice presidential candidate in mind?" King asked Trump.

"Well, I really haven't gotten quite there yet," Trump said. "Oprah. I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice," Trump added.

"Oprah?" King asked.

"Oprah -- your competitor, right?" he told King.

"You know what?" Trump continued. "I tell you, she's really a great woman, though. She is a terrific woman. She is somebody that is very special. I have not even thought about it. I guess we'll see, we'll see. Maybe that's part of the whole process.

King asked Trump, "kidding aside," if Oprah might really be under consideration.

"If she'd do it, she'd be fantastic," Trump said. "I mean, she's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman. I mean, if she would ever do it. I don't know that she would ever do it. She's got, you know...She would be sort of like me. I mean, I have a lot of things going, she's got a lot of things going, in terms of--"

"What a ticket that would be," King interrupted.

"That would be a pretty good ticket," Trump agreed. "But she's a very exceptional woman."

Sixteen years later, in June 2015, on the day he announced his presidential bid as a Republican, Trump was still thinking about Oprah as a running mate.

"I think Oprah would be great. I'd love to have Oprah," Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview shortly after he announced his candidacy. "I think we'd win easily, actually.”

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