Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes he could win the 2016 race “easily” with Oprah Winfrey as his running-mate.
In an interview following Trump’s announcement rally, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos asked “The Apprentice” host whether he’d still consider Winfrey as a potential vice president. Trump had brought up Winfrey’s name as a prospective running-mate while flirting with a presidential run back in 1999.
“I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah,” Trump told Stephanopoulos. “I think we’d win easily, actually.”
“She’s a friend of mine. She’s a good person,” he added. “I’ve been on her show. In fact, I was on her show last week. She said could I be on her show with the whole family? I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don’t think so.”
Trump was polling among the top 10 prospective candidates in the Republican field as of late last month, which would qualify him for a spot in the first GOP primary debate sponsored by Fox News. But observers of the 2016 race are still coming to terms with the prospect of the real estate mogul running a serious race.