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President Trump in 1999: Oprah would be my first choice for vice president

Oprah Winfrey answers the questions of the audience during a special preview screening of the documentary series “Belief” at the UN Headquarters., Photo Date: October 15, 2015{ }Mark Garten / UN via MGN Online

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- President Trump was asked about his political aspirations in 1999 during an episode of CNN's "Larry King Live" and said he would consider Oprah Winfrey as his first pick for vice president.

"Oprah, I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice," Trump said at the time. "You know what, I'll tell you, she's really a great woman. She is a terrific woman. She is somebody that's very special."

Of course, in 2016 when Trump actually ran for office, he chose his current contemporary Mike Pence.

"If she'd do it, she'd be fantastic. She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman. If she'd ever do it, I don't know if she'd ever do it, she'd be sort of like me," Trump said. "I mean I have a lot of things going, she's got a lot of things going. It would be a pretty good ticket but she's a very exceptional woman."

Trump would go on to tell King that he hadn't even thought about the presidency at the time.

Reaction about Oprah's potential run has come far and wide since CNN reported that she's considering her options. Many celebrities endorse a potential bid for the presidency including best friend Gayle King, Laurence Fisburne and Andy Sandberg among others.

But not everyone is as supportive. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says that Winfrey's inexperience disqualifies her from running for office.

“She doesn’t have the political infrastructure,” Spicer said. “And we’ve seen this before in our history — where people who have tried to pop in who are not in politics and have had a difficult time adjusting.”

In October, Winfrey stated in an interview with CBS that she had no intentions of running for office. The question from her best friend left Winfrey speechless.

"Well you can be safe with that. There will be no running for office of any kind," Winfrey said.

The National Journal is reporting that Democratic officials are putting out feelers in Iowa to see if voters would be interested in a Winfrey candidacy.


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