Oprah, Who Gave Obama the Nod in 2008, to Interview Beto O’Rourke in Times Square Ahead of His 2020 Decision

Oprah Winfrey might give former Rep. Beto O’Rourke a familiar boost.

The entrepreneur and media personality is set to interview the potential 2020 candidate one-on-one next month live as part of her “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square.”

Winfrey’s support once kickstarted the presidential ambitions of another junior Democratic legislator: Barack Obama.

O’Rourke, a popular Texas Democrat, narrowly lost a hard-fought campaign for Senate in November to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who retained his seat representing the red state in the upper chamber.

The 46-year-old has performed well in early polls about potential Democratic candidates prompting comparisons to the former president, despite saying during his campaign he would not run in 2020.

The talk-show host once burnished Obama’s star as he successfully challenged then-Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Winfrey appeared with Obama in Iowa in late 2007, helping Obama overtake Clinton in the early caucus state despite the former first lady’s high national poll numbers at the time. Obama would go on to win the nomination and become president, later making Clinton his secretary of state ahead of her second tilt at the presidency in 2016.

O’Rourke, whose Senate campaign drew support from celebrities such as singer Beyonce, basketball star LeBron James, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as well as brought in the most money, met with Obama following his loss to talk 2020.

The Feb. 5. event will also feature actors Bradley Cooper and Michael B. Jordan, among others.

SOURCE: The Washington Examiner – Allison Elyse Gualtieri