Oprah Winfrey confirmed she won’t be running for president in 2020 as she campaigned for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday.
Winfrey, who has been urged to run for office for months now, told the crowd: “I’m not trying to test any waters, don’t want to go in those waters.”
The actress is set to hit the campaign trail for Abrams this week and gave a heartfelt speech at Thursday’s event.
She shared, “Georgia you’ve been on my mind and here’s why. I was just sitting at home in California minding my own business but I could not stop thinking about what’s going on down here.
“You all are on the very precipice of a historical election.”
“I am an independent woman; I have earned the right to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it.
“I have earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself. And that’s why I am a registered independent.”
Abrams, who is attempting to become the first black female governor in U.S. history, then thanked Winfrey in a statement, reports ABC News.
She said: “Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us through the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community.
“I am honoured to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”