September 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
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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. Rick

    I don't agree with the boycott. Winfrey has thrown her hat into the ring with Obama. She'll campaign for him on her time.
    I do disagree with CNN Campbell Brown, who is campaigning for Sen. Obama on the air. I think that's pretty unprofessional. She will not even admit that she was wrong about a Gov.'s role with the National Guard...
    Oprah has her show, she can have anyone on it she wishes. I hope she does not say she is fair and above board.

    September 6, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    Susie, oh well then its great to know your supporting Obama/Biden cause mccain certainly doesn't support women's rights. He just recently voted against the bill that would guarantee women equal pay so surely you can't be voting mccain.
    Great Oprah! if you had paliar on I would think something was wrong with you. Why can't paliar go on news shows? Oh that's right she's not ready to and she has no experience, but then how is she ready to be VP?

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Stan

    I thought it was the Democrats who perpetuated victimhood. This Palin woman quite good at it. Bravo.

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    It's about time someone took on this Diva – her power and influence go unchecked and needs to be examined for what it is – blatant favortism and frankly racist motivations. If Obama were not Black – she would not have hauled herself on stages and sang his praises while snubbing Clinton and now Palin. How genuine is this? Good for the Republicans –

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Jay

    Why aren't they boycotting the fact that John Mccain has not appeared on the show. Who is Obama running against? I think its safe to say that the Republicans have turned this race from Liberal vs Conservative to women against men. Sarah Palin should be at the top of the ticket, John McCain is the nobody now.

    No....Palin / Mccain

    Yes....Obama / Biden

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Theo P.

    Who cares?

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. ItalianJob

    Jesus-Christ, so even if I don't support Mrs. Palin or someone else for that matter, we have to be forced to have her on the show?? Do people understand that the other guy Barack went on the show more as a celebrity/rare case, than as a campaigner?

    Whatever man, whatever this campaign

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. np

    No to Oprah,,,, go Palin...

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Rich

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

    Other than 24 years ago when Ferraro was defeated, and three months ago when Hillary lost. Ahem.

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. spiderweb

    Who cares if this group boycotts the lady of all Ladies! It's time to put a stop to this divide between the haters and people who really believe in the American Constitution. This gorup has a right ot boycott if they wish. And for those who don't watch Oprah, that's your right, too. We, and especially myself, could care less if they boycott her. She's an international figure wirh credible credentials. Go ahead, let the Flroida Republicans KNOCK themselves OUT! Mo Power to whatever you're attempting to accomplish......white as snow and dirty as garbage is how you're defined when you distribute hate no matter where you live.
    And remember, the pwoer is not of tis world. Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Peg

    Give us a break. They will not allow Palin to do any REAL national interviews because she is not ready. But they are ready to have her do a fluff piece on Oprah?

    Sarah Palin NO COMMENT WATCH....

    09 days, 07 hours,
    39 minutes, and 28 seconds.

    Still no interview.

    Still not ready.

    September 6, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. ts

    Those republicans must not get the news done there. When Oprah endorsed Obama months ago, she said she wouldn't have any of the candidates on her show.

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Dave R

    The greatest political moment in women's history since suffrage????Being selected as a Republican woman is surely quite a surprising event, but there was Geraldine Ferraro and there still is Hillary Clinton who received upwards of 18,000,000 votes across 50 states, not just a few hundred as a mayor and approx. 115,000 to become governor.

    This certainly is a move forward for Christian soldiers to have a woman represent them since McCain certainly does not. They are hoping for a one-day presidency from him and then...end of days!

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. lee

    Typical republicans attempting to force Palin on yet someone else.
    Oprah released her statement, get over it.
    Obama said it all; ENOUGH!

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. claris nelson

    Perhaps the Oprah viewers from the other 49 states should boycott the Republicans....

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  16. laurie

    School yard bullies....every one of them.

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Dealt

    Oh dear... must women be so irritable? Palin is all over the news. More than her substance deserves, actually. Let the woman rest a bit, and allow her some time to maintain all those ... er... values, she talks about. She's gotta shoot some reindeer, too, don't forget.

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Aubrey W.

    This group of women republicans is ridiculous. Basically what they are implying is that Oprah should sell out her political preference & affiliation (Democrat) just to help Sarah Palin & John McCain get elected. They are attempting to use Oprah's media status for their republican cause and they are upset because she's too smart for that. Now they choose to throw a tantrum in the form of a boycott.

    Full speed ahead Oprah, don’t let them influence you – just keep doing it your way.

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Adam, Plano, TX


    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. edex, FLORIDA VOTER

    rebuplicans love to devide this country.

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Professor

    Like all Obama supporters, Winfrey is just another brainless dweeb. I never watch her show any way!

    Country First! Straight Talk! Go McCain/Palin!

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. WLS,II

    Seriously? A boycott of Oprah? Focus your energies elsewhere folks! There are so many legitimate causes that could use your support. This is NOT one of them! If I remember correctly, it is the Oprah Winfrey show! Not Good Morning America, Not The Today Show, and Not the evening news! She and her producers can choose their topics and is an independant show. So she supports Obama? So what! Look at all of the other wonderful things she also supports...namely bringing the Olympics to The USA in 2016. Besides, you know that you're going to tune into her show love Oprah, just like the rest of us!

    September 6, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Repulicans are insane.

    Palin wont do any interviews with the press.

    Oprah hasnt had any politician on her show since the race to the white house began.

    before that she had obama and clinton both on discussing their books, it wasnt abt politics.

    so get over it.

    Republicans cant have it both ways. Such such hypocrites

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. FreeNLovIt

    McCain is running on Change, but when he gets into the White House, his hands will be tied like Bush. He'll only serve the few, the proud, the LOBBYISTS. Their blood will be screaming for him.

    Obama is running on Change. When he gets into the White House, powered by THE PEOPLE. He'll serve the millions that scream for his name.

    Between the two of them, who has the less lobbyists, should win!

    How do you bring change when you serve only the few, the proud, the LOBBYISTS?

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. Northwest Washington

    Personally, I think all media should boycott coverage of the McCain-Palin campainge until she comes out of hiding. She doesn't get to cherry pick her venues. The american voters deserve to know who this person is.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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