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Wednesday, 6 October, 1999, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
'President Oprah' hits the Web
Oprah Winfrey
The Reform Party is trying to persuade Oprah to stand
Members of the Reform Party are trying to persuade talk show queen Oprah Winfrey to run for US president in 2000.

An unofficial group from the party's Minnesota branch have created a Website in a bid to draft the multi-millionairess into the battle for the White House.

Ross Perot
Maverick Reform Party founder Ross Perot
Winfrey has already said she is not interested, but that does not deter Paul Larsen, chairman of the draft committee and a party member from Minneapolis.

He plans to ask Jesse Ventura, Minnesota's flamboyant governor and the nation's highest elected Reform Party official, to help persuade her to run.

"It is Jesse Ventura times 100," said Larsen. "She's got a thousand times as much money, 100 times the name recognition."

But the serious money is on Pat Buchanan to stand as the Reform Party's presidential candidate.

The 60-year-old is expected to announce any day now whether he will leave the Republicans to join the Reform Party.

The party's founder Ross Perot sent shockwaves through America's presidential election system in 1992 when he gained 18.86% of the vote.

Beatty keeping mum

Another celebrity, movie star Warren Beatty, is still a possibility for the 2000 presidential race. However, it is unllkely that he will want to stand for the Reform Party.

Warren Beatty
Will he or won't he? Film star Warren Beatty
The 62-year-old liberal Democrat, who has played everything from a communist in Reds to a disillusioned senator in Bulworth, kept his options open during a teasing speech in Beverly Hills last week.

After ripping into the political establishment on both the right and left, he said: "I like making movies. I want to keep on making them and I have this great luxury of not having a career as a politician so I can say what I want to say.''

But in the best Hollywood tradition, he left the way open for a sequel. He added: "Let them call you coy. Let them call you flirtatious, but keep them talking.''

See also:

13 Aug 99 | Americas
Beatty flirts with presidential run
01 Oct 99 | Entertainment
Schwarzenegger eyes governor job
06 Oct 99 | Americas
Pat Buchanan runs for the right
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