(CNN) - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Monday that he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat.
"She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president," Blagojevich said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit that other senators."
The idea to appoint the talk show host came from a friend of the governor, Blagojevich said
“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 gimmick,” he said.
The Democratic governor said Winfrey was one of several candidates he was considering for the position.
Blagojevich is facing federal corruption charges for several allegations, including trying to trade or sell the Senate seat that became vacant after Obama was elected president. His impeachment proceedings are scheduled to begin Monday in the state Senate.
Blagojevich is expected to skip the trial. He has scheduled appearances on several news programs on Monday, including CNN's "Larry King Live" and ABC’s “The View.”
In an interview this weekend with NBC's "Today Show," Blagojevich said he is drawing inspiration from people like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.
"I thought it was actually a friend of mine who was playing a practical joke," he said of his arrest. "Unfortunately it wasn't. And then the day unfolded and I had a whole bunch of thoughts - of course my children, and my wife - and then I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi and tried to put some perspective in all of this and that's what I'm doing now."
Blagojevich, a second-term governor, was impeached by an overwhelming vote in the Illinois House of Representatives earlier this month.
He has denied any wrongdoing.