Following a Golden Globes acceptance speech many identified as an indicator of political ambitions, already existing rumors intensified Friday regarding Oprah Winfrey’s potential plans to mount a 2020 presidential campaign.
According to two sources cited by CNN, the iconic television host is “actively thinking” about the possibility.
Described as “confidants,” the unnamed sources also signaled that Winfrey is being urged to give the prospect serious consideration.
Longtime partner Stedman Graham indicated in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that she would run under the right circumstances.
“It’s up to the people,” he said. “She would absolutely do it.”
Winfrey’s remarks upon accepting the Cecil B. Demile award at Sunday evening’s ceremony led to widespread speculation in the hours that followed.
Even prior to her speech, host Seth Meyers included a joke in his opening monologue encouraging her to run for president with Tom Hanks as her running mate.
Twitter hashtags including #Oprah2020 sparked debate over whether Winfrey might be the type of candidate needed in America’s anticipated political and cultural climate.