Sen. Orrin Hatch says Oprah Winfrey would have a shot to be president

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  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 9, 2018 12:58 p.m.

    Of course Oprah has a chance. She built her career by building up people, not tearing down people like Trump has. That's not a insignificant difference.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    Oprah winfrey has zero chance of being elected if my vote has anything to do with it.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 9, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    Hatch supports the rich. Oprah Winfrey is rich. Ergo, Hatch support Oprah Winfrey.

    I'm afraid that about sums it up.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 9, 2018 7:58 a.m.

    Enough of the celebrities and businessmen who think what they do prepares them to be President. It's not enough. Period. Oprah has done some great things. Romney was apparently a decent business guy. Neither are suited to be President. Trump, who hasn't been that great of a businessman (investing his money in indexed funds would have made him far more wealthy than his actual businesses activities have done), and as a celebrity is more about buying attention rather than basing it on talent - i.e., he is really a bust at both - is proof that my argument has merit.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 9, 2018 7:16 a.m.

    I like Oprah but she will have a difficult time distancing herself from all the photo opts floating around of her posing with Harvey Weinstein!

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 9, 2018 6:41 a.m.

    To a certain extent, being president is a ceremonial job, like being the monarch. Oprah would be a remarkably good ceremonial president. I would hope she could surround herself with mature and capable advisers.

    She would also bring a tremendous sense of empathy to the job, which Trump could never do, just because of her rags to riches life.

    She also seems to be a world-class communicator, another important aspect of being president.

    I say, Go for it.

  • Sore loser Oakland, CA
    Jan. 9, 2018 6:26 a.m.

    Oprah’s political identity would be manifested in her VP pick, so maybe she might choose Obama as her VP. That would definitely win and crash the economy at the same time

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 8, 2018 10:28 p.m.

    With a high national debt and welfare participation, our country has a record of electing terrible representatives.

    Yes! Oprah has a shot.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 8:56 p.m.



    But one thing is sure . . . . she'd be a whole lot better than what we have right now.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 7:59 p.m.

    How about no on this celebrity President nonsense. At least have some other job first like a Governorship (Reagan) or as a Senator (Franken... who I use as an example because has a level of policy knowledge worthy of being a presidential candidate... obviously his other actions are disqualifying).

  • Nichol Draper West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 7:24 p.m.

    I think she would have done better than Hillary in the last election. She probably could have won. I would just worry about her big give a ways.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 6:40 p.m.

    "However, it would be nice to have a person at least somewhat familiar with how to work with congress and the senate. Someone that can inspire confidence, and that understands that whomever is the president is working FOR the people."

    You mean someone like Donald Trump? Oh... Wait.

  • chuckster Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 5:56 p.m.

    From what I have heard, Oprah Winfrey is a nice person who also has some clout in many circles.
    However, it would be nice to have a person at least somewhat familiar with how to work with congress and the senate. Someone that can inspire confidence, and that understands that whomever is the president is working FOR the people. I realize that may be a big barrier to many, but that's okay. Being President of the United States should be a big deal. Ronald Reagan wasn't perfect, but he brought down interest rates and was instrumental in bringing down the Berlin wall. Just something to mull over.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    It's true. She's got a shot.

  • drich Green River, Utah
    Jan. 8, 2018 5:25 p.m.

    I hope his wrong.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 8, 2018 5:14 p.m.

    ""(For the record, if you watch the video you’ll see that while he did not offer to help her run for president in 2020 or at any other time,"

    Yeah. Like Oprah would want to associate herself, or ask help from, Hatch. Politicians like Hatch are the reason why people would consider voting for Oprah.