‘I’D BEAT HER. OPRAH WOULD BE LOTS OF FUN’: Trump says he would welcome a Winfrey challenge in 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would welcome a candidate Oprah Winfrey in 2020, adding that beating her would be “a lot of fun”.

“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” the president told reporters at the White House. “Oprah will be lots of fun. I did one of her last shows…. I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run,” the president said when asked about Winfrey’s speech during Sunday night’s Golden Globe ceremony, which many of her supporters called “presidential”.

The president’s comments came after a bipartisan lunch during which issues relating to DACA and building a border wall between the US and Mexico were discussed.

Winfrey, who was a staunch supporter of former president Barack Obama, has not officially commented on the hype surrounding her speech at Sunday night’s award ceremony but has denied having presidential ambitions in the past.

Winfrey’s longtime friend, Gayle King, however, said Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run.

“I do think she’s intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have a right to change your mind,” King, an anchor on “CBS This Morning,” said on the program (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/gayle-king-addresses-oprah-2020-presidential-run-speculation/), but added: “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.”

Ironically, Trump once targeted Winfrey as a possible running mate when considering a presidential run in 1999. During an interview with Larry King on Larry King Live, Trump said of Winfrey, “Well, I really haven’t gotten quite there yet. Oprah, I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice. Oprah, your competitor, right? She’s really a great woman, though, she is a terrific woman. She’s somebody that’s very special. I think, if she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman.”

Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, when asked by reporters following Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony whether Winfrey would consider a possible presidential bid, said that she would “absolutely” run.

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SENATOR JOE? Embattled former Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces run for Arizona Senate

PHOENIX, AZ — Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona who stood firm in his no-nonsense approach to law enforcement, announced Tuesday that he would seek to fill the Arizona Senate seat currently occupied by Republican Jeff Flake.

“I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again,” Arpaio, who was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump for denying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that targeted illegal immigrants, announced on his official Twitter page (https://twitter.com/RealSheriffJoe).

Arpaio’s announcement comes in response to Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake’s announcement that he will be retiring at the end of his term.

The 85-year-old Arpaio’s tough approach to crime has earned him both praise from his supporters and criticism from those who claim his stern treatment of prisoners is motivated by race.

In an interview with The Washington Examiner (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/joe-arpaio-running-for-senate-in-arizona/article/2645354), Arpaio denied the allegations and said he is prepared to take on his critics.

“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio said. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.”

“My mother and father came here from Italy, legally of course. I have a soft spot for the Mexican community having lived there,” Arpaio continued. “I’m not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background. I don’t say that. I don’t use my grandkids. So, I have a soft spot, but still, I’m going to do my job. You have to do it.”

“Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me. It’s tough. It’s a tough decision. But, if you’re going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it,” he added.

Arpaio said he expects the road ahead of him to be a tough one, but said he is in it to win. In addition to winning over the Hispanic vote, the 24-year law enforcement veteran will need to gain the support of women. Former state Sen. Kelli Ward, an outspoken conservative, has announced that she, too, is vying for Flake’s seat.

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