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Oprah Winfrey isn't planning on endorsing a 2020 candidate anytime soon, but is reading up on South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Hollywood Reporter writes in a Q&A.

The big picture: Winfrey — who at one point considered a run for the White House and has been known to stump for Democratic candidates — said she's "quietly figuring out where I'm going to use my voice in support." She also has Kamala Harris' book and interviewed Beto O'Rourke in February. For now, Mayor Pete seems to have piqued Winfrey's interest: she's reading his book, Shortest Way, has discussed him with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg and believes his name — which she jokes and says "Buttabeep, Buttaboop" — could ultimately help him in the race.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.