September 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Florida Republican group to boycott Oprah

Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Obama in February.
Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Obama in February.

(CNN)-The Florida Federation of Republican Women made the decision to boycott the Oprah Winfrey Show Saturday, after the media mogul refused to have Gov. Sarah Palin as a guest on her show until after the election wraps up.

"Women in Florida helped build Oprah into the icon she is today," Linda Ivell, President of the FFRW said in a statement. "We are deeply disappointed in Ms. Winfrey's decision to sit out the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage."

The talk show host denied accusations Friday, that she was even considering the vice presidential nominee as a guest.

"At the beginning of this presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a plat for any of the candidates," Winfrey wrote in a statement, responding to a story from The Drudge report claiming her staff was "sharply divided" on whether they should book the Alaska Governor.

Winfrey agreed Palin would be a "fantastic interview," but wouldn't invite her on until after the November elections.

The Florida Federation of Republican Women, the "largest political organization in Florida," celebrating the groups 58 year anniversary is also encouraging members to cancel subscriptions to O Magazine, Ivell said.

"We find it to be an abuse of her power -gained on the backs of our patronage of her advertising empire – to use her program to so blatantly support Obama in the face of this historic moment. So, we are tuning out and canceling our subscriptions to O Magazine and encourage other women to do the same," Ms Ivell said.

Winfrey came under fire from some of her supporters in December after campaigning with the Democratic nominee in South Carolina.

Ivell did not say the Florida Republicans would be tuning out indefinitely, but at least until 'after the election.' Adding, she and her members respect the decision to support Obama, "as every American is entitled to their personal opinion and vote."


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  1. Jane

    I never watch her anyway. It was always all about Oprah.

    September 6, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. archiesteel

    "the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage"

    I'm sure Geraldine Ferraro was thrilled to hear these words...

    Republicans must really think voters are stupid!

    September 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Lys

    Why do they need Oprah? How about Ms. Barracuda doing Meet the Press. We already know what kind of mom she is, we want to know what kind of leader she may be.

    September 6, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. susie

    My friends and I, in Michigan, decided we would boycott Oprah too, She promoted Obama on her show, yet, she pretends she is for women rights. What a hyprocrit.

    September 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. ben

    seems like Oprah is just being fair.

    September 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. stacy

    pleased to know, do not blame them one bit.

    September 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. M in MN

    Give me a break. It wasn't even Oprah's choice, Florida!

    Or haven't you noticed – the McCain camp has clearly stated that Palin will be giving NO INTERVIEWS (at least until they have fully trained her in McCain-speak).

    It doesn't matter that Oprah supports Obama – they will NOT LET HER be interviewed by anyone.

    Afraid, much??

    September 6, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. tiffany jackson

    PLEASE, HOW MUCH IS OPRAH WORTH AGAIN? SHE DOES NOT NEED YOUR MONEY

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Danielle

    Umm...last I checked, Oprah can have who she wants on her show. Wow, the nerve of some people, trying to bully Oprah. Sick!!

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Joe the Troll

    "We are deeply disappointed in Ms. Winfrey's decision to sit out the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage."

    Or at least, since twenty years ago when the Democrats became the first to nominate a woman for the office of Vice President.

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. jmp

    Republican Platform:

    Nothing = Something
    Something = No Comment

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    are you crazy, this is Oprah Show and she can do what she wants with her show.

    FL stop your whinning......

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Ben

    "We are deeply disappointed in Ms. Winfrey's decision to sit out the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage."

    Palin isn't the first woman to run for VP on a major ticket...

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    Woman or no woman, Oprah said no candidates on the show until after the election so fair is fair. She is entitled to her opinion on who she wants to support personally but I think that it is very professional of her to not use the show to support or degrade a candidate.

    September 6, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Mary - PA

    As long a Oprah isn't having any of the candidates on her show until after the election, then there is nothing wrong with her not having Palin on the show as a guest. In fact, it would be reverse discrimination if she had Palin on but none of the male candidates.

    September 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. OneNotToBeMisLed

    Another example of old white women ganging up on a successful black woman. It is time for something new America.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    Great Job Oprah! Don't let that hypocritical, lying pit bull on your show. Great to see you standing up to the repuglicans. Question – why is it that palin trashed Obama in front of national tv yet he called names when he responds back? Also why did palin say, and i quote " So the sambo beat the bixxxch..." after the dnc primaries, referring to Obama beating Clinton? Also if palin is not prepared to campaign solo as her campaign has said then how is she ready to be VP? And how is john mcsurge the agent of change as he and his vp candidate are claiming yet he has not changed one thing in the senate in 25 yrs?

    September 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. Nana

    who the heck cares!

    September 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Alex

    Absolutely pathetic, now it is more apparent to me that Republicans hold in contempt anyone who they can't control. If you fall in line with what they want then you're cool if not you should rue the day. Too late idiots you already made her a billionaire and if think you can pressure ABC..too late again she has her own network. Thanks again!!!!!!

    Obama\Biden 08

    September 6, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Republican for Obama - Biden 2008

    Oprah does not need Sarah Palin, they are mad becsue she supports Obama.

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. thomas

    Oh my, how absurd. She hasn't even been interviewed by the press yet, and they're mooning over Oprah.

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. john

    If Sarah Palin wants to be president she and her supporters need to stop whining already. Oprah isn't having any of the candidates on her show. Oprah has a right to support whoever she wants anyway. Seems to me that Palin is just Dick Cheney in a skirt. Cynical, condescending, insulting, and in bed with the oil companies. I guess that's what we like in this country. Put her in power and this country deserves what it gets.

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Ron Paul is still my choice

    Folks, google Anne Kilkenny and read what she has written about Sarah Palin. Finally, the truth.

    Sarah almost had me at the convention, but like McCain, she too is a puppet.

    Who chose her as his VP? How could he have chosen her himself after only meeting her one time? What type of judgement is that?

    She will be our president, because McCain is obviously ailing in health if he is elected.

    THINK THINK THINK THINK PLEASE

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Retired LE

    Who cares what Oprah thinks. She has gotten way too big for her britches and now she thinks she has influence or something. NOT!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    what is the big deal about the oparh show...why not ask ellen D, to have her on the show.

    September 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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