BY KARA SPAK Sun-Times Staff Reporter
Oprah Winfrey thinks she has the chops for the U.S. Senate but said today she has no interest in the seat she was apparently being considered for by Gov. Blagojevich.
Winfrey called into Gayle King's Sirius XM radio show to react to the news that the embattled governor considered Winfrey for the Senate seat, replacing President Obama, that Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell.
Blagojevich, speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America" this morning, said he considered offering Winfrey Illinois' once-vacant U.S. Senate seat, but that she "probably wouldn't take it."
"No, it came to me from a friend," Blagojevich said of Winfrey. "And then along the considerations we discussed whether or not it made any sense, she seemed to be someone who would help Barack Obama in a significant way become president. She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators. She probably wouldn't take it. And then we talked about if you offered it to her, how would you do it in a way that it didn't look like it was some [unintelligible] to try to embarrass her."
Winfrey said she heard the news when King called her during a commercial break in King's show.
"I think that's amusing," Winfrey said. "So I guess you're under consideration, but nobody tells you you're under consideration."
"Yep," King said. "That's how it goes."
Winfrey said she was "absolutely not" interested, questioning how she could fit official government duties in with "my day job, my mid-day job, my night job, my radio job, my magazine job."
"I think I could be a senator," she said. "I'm just not interested. I think I could be a senator, too."
Winfrey said she was meditiating, "watching the sun take its place over the horizon, over the lake" when King called.
Had she instead been exercising on the treadmill, watching "Good Morning America," as is her typical morning routine, she said, "I probably would have fallen off the treadmill. I'm pretty amused by the whole thing."
Senate seat aside, Winfrey said she planned to spend part of today at an annual trip to the doctor's office. She said she considers her annual physical "a gift to myself" before her Jan. 29 birthday.