‘We can walk and chew gum at the same time’: Cheri Beasley vows to fight inflation and for abortion rights during her presidential run
Cheri Beasley has given some of the most memorable performances in country music history but she does not take herself seriously.
Beasley’s political ambitions run just as deep as her singing talent.
Beasley, a registered Democrat, is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia and has filed another bid for the Virginia House of Delegates.
And she’s thinking bigger now: she plans to run for president in 2012 and wants to go public about her plans.
Beasley will announce her presidential run on “The Ellen Show” on Oct. 27. The show airs on Thursday, on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.
“I’m getting into politics because I’ve been a citizen for over twenty-five years,” Beasley said in a recent interview. “I became a Virginian citizen in 1994, so I’ve been a citizen for twenty-five years.”
Beasley, the host of CBS’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” was born and raised in the Richmond area. She’s a registered Democrat and describes herself as “very socialist minded” (she’s not).
She’s also the CEO of her own company, which makes an online platform for businesses.
“When I was getting my masters, I was working seven days a week,” she said. “I was always very busy, always working but never, never took myself too seriously. I started to get really serious about me when I was in the early stages of my career as a TV host. I realized who I was.”
She started to realize the seriousness of politics as well, and she started to put herself into a presidential campaign earlier this year.
“I would do just about anything. I would take on a lot of projects just to get money to raise for my campaigns,” Beasley said.
The decision to run for president had been all-consuming for more than a year before she decided to make it official.
One of the first questions she was