Concerned that the Democratic presidential candidates are top-heavy with progressives, Oprah Winfrey is reportedly putting her hopes in Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger to bring some political moderation to the race.
Winfrey, who touted Barack Obama for president when he was still a senator from Illinois, is even considering running herself, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Bob Iger speaks onstage during the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Media Preview at the Disneyland Resort on May 29, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
While the base of the Democratic Party has been well-served with ideologues like Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, it’s not clear that mainstream America will respond with as much enthusiasm, the Post notes. There are fears that 2020 could be a repeat of 1972 when Democratic North Dakota Sen. George McGovern won the the party nomination but only won a single state in the presidential election against Richard Nixon.(RELATED: Trump Slams ‘Very Insecure Oprah Winfrey’)
Those candidates that appeared to offer a combination of progressive politics with relative youth appeal are struggling to stay in the race. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign has been defined by increasingly radical positions on gun control that include outright confiscation of firearms by federal authorities. California Sen. Kamala Harris — while briefly shining in June’s Democratic debate — has dropped in recent polling.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the campaign front-runner in most polls, is apparently experiencing a dearth of fundraising and continues to be dogged by accusations of misconduct related to his son’s business with an Ukrainian natural gas company.
The Post notes that the Democratic Party’s 2016 standard-bearer still maintains a high public profile and continues to be coy about running again. But Hillary Clinton has recently denounced Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — one of the party’s most moderate presidential candidates — as a Russian agent. (RELATED: Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Hillary Clinton And ‘Her Gang’ For Trying To Silence Her)
Hillary Clinton. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Clinton suggested in a podcast that the congresswoman was “a favorite of the Russians” and being “groomed” as a potential third-party candidate. Clinton has also continued to maintain that she really won the last presidential race against Trump and can “beat him again.”
The Post quotes an unnamed source apparently closer to Clinton as saying, “Ultimately, it’s unlikely she would do it. But put it this way: It ain’t zero. And does she think about it all the time? Absolutely.”