Jul 3, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Oprah: Running for president "would kill me"

Oprah Winfrey. Wearing black outfit holding microphone.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Robin Hood

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey quashed speculation that she might embark on a 2020 presidential run in an interview with Vogue UK, saying that running for president "would kill" her.

"In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls---, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist. I would not be able to do it. It's not a clean business."

The backdrop: During the Golden Globes in January, Winfrey's heartfelt acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award prompted a wave of speculation that she might consider a presidential run in 2020, buoyed by a declaration from her partner, Stedman Graham, to the Los Angeles Times that she'd "absolutely" consider a run.

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