September 6th, 2008
07:58 PM ET
11 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. Bill, Covington, LA

    Why would you expect oprah to feature a caucasian female? She is all about the negro-caucasian male candidate and whatever he is married to.
    Come on America, wake up and smell the coffee,.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. buggabbug

    Who said anything about a political platform (other than Oprah)? All the people are asking for is to have Sarah, the first woman VP nominee, on the show. They can discuss moose, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Come on Oprah.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Who cares if the Republican Women boycott Oprah?? They just want some free publicity for their candidate. Palin is a gimmick for McCain because he couldn't stand Romney or the other front runners. If something happened to McCain does ANYONE really want her to be President? Think about it.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. LA

    This is super and I'm glad to have company in no longer supporting Oprah. By not talking to everyone, she is demonstrating her bias.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. David R in Carlsbad

    This is their focus while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac collapse. Our economy is nearing disasterous levels of the Great Depression and this is the focus issue today.

    Grow up. You clowns had your chance. More Karl Rove smoke screens. Yes John McBush you are more of the same.

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

    LOVE OPRAH! She has given a lot to teachers and women in America and abroad. She is a role model.

    Don't let your politics cloud your good judgement.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Barbara CA

    You are in luck Oprah, they are not coming!!!
    It would do them well to remember that being an American means that each of us has the right to vote for the candidate of our choice. You vote girl!

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

    Some people have waaay too much time on their hands. There are far bigger fish to fry in this country than who does an Oprah interview. Geez.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Mary C.

    Congratulations to the Florida Republicans!

    I agree with them and had already decided to boycott Oprah.

    Oprah seems to have forgotten her journalistics roots, and apparently feels only her opinion has any value. Shame on her and shame on the democrats, which until recently I considered myself to be. But their treatment of Hillary was appalling.

    I like Sarah Palin and while I may not agree with everything she or McCain stand for. I did find more incommon with them than Barack Obama. So I will be voting for McCain/Palin in November.

    Sorry Hillary but Barack should have picked you for VP.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. pleeeease

    LOL what whiners. A) Oprah doesn't need you and B) Oprah isn't a journalist. How about having Palin "Meet the Press"

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

    Ridiculous. Once again, Republicans are pulling out the sexist card.

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. dd

    Republicans being pushy as always...trying to change the rules to their advantage.

    Oprah you made the right decision. Go Girl!

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. MS

    Obama came on Oprah before long before he announced his candidacy and hasn't come on the show since then. Oprah is also not obligated to bring anybody on the show.

    "And biggest event since suffrage?? Where the heck was Ferraro in this?

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Alisa

    And who are these women again? Florida republican women? Puleez, why should she care? Besides when this blows over (the election) they will go back to their Beaver Cleaver households, they will be watching her again....

    September 6, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. McCain + Sarah = empty suits

    making a mountain out of a mole hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Republicans:a pit bull has become a victim.
    Tell Sarah Palin, Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontus Pilate was a governor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Alex

    One other thing there are other platforms, like say uh:

    Meet the press
    Lou Dobbs
    Situation room
    Good Morning America

    Should I keep going, the Presidency ain't pit pat there is a lot that this woman needs to answer. Oh she could go on Springer..and yes bring that daughter that will be real interesting.

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |

    W E L C O M E--–T O---C H I C A G O--–P O L I T I C S ! ! ! ! !

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Wash

    Is her show, she can interview or support who ever she wants. It is not what freedom of expression is. last I check this still a FREE COUNTRY and people still have rights..... Oh wait McCain and the republicans want to change all that too.

    Any one that does not agree with them should burn in hell, they are so self-righteous that their pathetic.

    Obama 08
    No McCain, no way no how!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    This Woman Does Not Even Want To Do Interviews So Dont Make It Seem Like She Is Not Welcome On That Show! Palin Is A Coward For Not Doing Interviews With The Media! Plain And Simple! We Are Suppose To Believe She Is A Pit Bull And A Barracuda But In Reality She Is A Poodle And A Gold Fish!

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. McCain't

    The only way a Woman could support Palin in any way is if they consider themselves less-than-equal to Men.

    What Century is this again?

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. No mcsurge/paliar

    People, you are so ignorant. It's paliar's people that won't allow her to be interviewed because she is not ready or whatever. My only problem with that is how is she ready to be Vice President or God forbid President is something happens to mcsurge?

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. The new GOP mouthpiece

    Sarah Palin has become the GOP's new mouthpiece. It was a no win situation for Oprah. As the new hope for the Republican any badly answered question during her interview would have been termed as sabotage from Oprah especially since she has openly supported Barrack.

    When Palin finally appears and makes a blunder it would be best for it to be on a more neutral venue.

    This woman WILL be exposed eventually for the right wing ideologue that she is. it woukd be best for Fox news to interview her first snd soft ball her so she has a chance to bring out her skeletons herself.

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Donna

    Oprah introduced Obama on her show and now playing more politics by not having Palin on. The dems are really afraid of Palin based on all that they are doing to create a sexist double standard. She has done more that Obama and presents a real record of reform and accomplishment

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. mary

    Instead of appearing on Oprah Winfrey's show, when is Sarah Palin going to face a real press corps and answer some real questions about her record and her positions? I don't care if she appears on Ms. Winfrey's show or not, and Ms. Winfrey has said that she won't have any of the candidates on her show until after the election. But when will Sarah Palin answer questions from the media and actual voters? It's been 8 days since she was name McCain's running mate and she's been in seclusion except when she recites zingers that speech writers have written for her.

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. JFK

    Boycott Oprah?! This coming from GOP is a joke right? Greatest moment? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How is a VP candidate with a pregnant teenage daughter going to promote "family values"? And before any Republican whining starts, remember, she wants to be treated equally just as Palin had said about Hillary before. AND Palin said yes to the job when McCain asked. Period. I am sick of the Republican system of double standards.

    September 6, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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