Niagara Gazette

Web Extra

February 26, 2014

Ralph Nader's list of 20 people he thinks should consider a run for president

(Continued)

Ted Turner

Why he could: A true media mogul, the CNN founder has publicly flirted with the idea of seeking the presidency in the past - telling reporters in 1998 that he was "very seriously" considering mounting a presidential bid. At the time, he said his presidential ambitions were fueled by a desire to change the world, and he was apparently prepared to set aside $75 million of his own money for the campaign.

Why he probably won't: Turner has spent decades in the public spotlight and over the years has made several controversial comments that would be perfect fodder for political opponents. Once he called those who observe Ash Wednesday "Jesus freaks." Perhaps a more compelling reason Turner would sit out 2016: he'd be 77 years old by Inauguration day.

Oprah Winfrey

Why she could: She's Oprah! America's most beloved talk show host has the kind of name recognition that most presidential candidates would kill for. She's known nationally and internationally, as well as among the Democratic donor base - especially in her hometown of Chicago.

Why she probably won't: How many politicians are, truly, "beloved." If you said "zero," you're right. While an at-times probing interviewer and outspoken social advocate, Oprah's brand has benefited largely from her non-polarizing demeanor. By entering the political arena, Oprah would open herself up to a new level of scrutiny, criticism, and attacks that it's hard to imagine she'd be eager to take on.

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Web Extra
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page