Oprah Winfrey Offers Advice to 2020 Democratic Candidates, Suggests Not Talking About Trump At All

Oprah Winfrey said she declined to moderate a 2020 presidential debate and is happy not to be participating in the process at all — but she did offer several pieces of advice to the Democratic candidates.

Winfrey, who has brushed off repeated reports over the years that she herself is running for president, appeared on CBS This Morning Monday to reiterate that point as well as discussing a few "mistakes" she believes candidates make. Although she did not mention either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump by name, Winfrey said she thought one of the biggest errors the Democrats made in the 2016 election was simply talking about Trump too much.

The veteran talk show host and billionaire entrepreneur said that despite repeated requests for her to host a Democratic debate, she has zero interest in returning to television in such a format.

"I didn't want to do that," Winfrey told the CBS hosts Monday morning. "When I'm watching the debates, I'm, like, so happy I'm not in any of it."

Pinned atop Donald Trump Jr's Twitter page is a video he's "very proud" of showing Winfrey pressing his father on whether he'd run for president in 1988. But on Monday, it was Winfrey being prodded once again over whether she'd ever consider entering the political arena.

"No I don't, because it's the kind of thing I think you feel in your gut, your soul, your being. I think you know if that is the thing you're supposed to do in your life," she replied. CBS This Morning host Gayle King remarked that Winfrey once joked with her that "Jesus would have to call me" in order for her to run for president.

But Winfrey said if she were to run she would focus purely on what she could do for the country and not on her opponents or negativity.

"I think a lot of the candidates make the biggest mistake, and certainly this happened in the previous election. There's a law, natural law, that says, what you give your attention to, expands. So, you should not talk about the other guy, because you only empower your opponents when you talk about them. You should talk about what you are going to do and, as little as possible, not discuss what the other guy's doing."

TV personalities ranging from HBO's Bill Maher to Trump himself have long pondered a Winfrey presidential ticket, with Maher earlier this year going so far as to say she'd be the one sure bet to beat Trump. After a fiery January 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech encouraging women to "speak up" across America, her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, floated the idea "she would absolutely" consider running for president.

But in a February 2018 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Winfrey repeatedly stated, "I am not running for president."

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