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. Jason in SDY

    Republicans should be happy. Palin would come across as a Neanderthal on Oprah's show. Her views have been moving out of the mainstream since Noah's wife had them.

    September 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. D Ares

    Shame on Oprah but not surprising and even informative...
    Ovbiously this is part of what could happen if Obama won this year's election. Segragation of Blacks that are "fanatics" and linked to a movement of gangs and outlaws that wish to be recognized under the government for protection

    September 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Ted

    There is more than gender to consider.

    September 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. jojodancer1119

    Sarah would only go on Oprah and say the same speech from her note cards. Who wants to hear that!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. jason

    who cares whole nation watches her show she doesnt need florida

    September 6, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. April in Texas

    Well then I guess its time to subscribe to O magazine.. Thanks for giving me a larger perspective of the control Republicans are trying to bully the american people into.. If Gov. Palin wants to be taken seriously then she needs to answer the american peoples questions and explain herself. The McCain campaign stated it wont allow interviews with the media unless it suits THEM well what about suiting the american people who vote! We DEMAND answers from GOV> PAILN!

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. Steve

    Republicans sitting it out?? So every time something doesn't go exactly your way, you sit it out? Wow! I've watched Oprah maybe 10 minutes in my entire life. I applaud her for her decision. The show is hers to do with what she wants. It is not a vehicle to promote the Republican agenda, and to trot out this pathetic little inbred village idiot from Alaska.

    Those women who have REALLY fought for women's rights are probably thinking about ways they can kick Palin's sorry little butt right now. She represents nothing except Republican pandering and maneuvering. She has done NOTHING to deserve the position she's in. Certainly there must be another Republican woman, who actually has some credentials, who could take the VP slot. Condi Rice? Oh, yeah. She doesn't want the job. She knows disaster about to happen when she sees it.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Dems for Oprah

    According to IMDB, Barack Obama hasn't appeared on Oprah's show since October 18, 2006, when he was promoting his book The Audacity of Hope.

    He has *not* been on the show since announcing his candidacy for president in February 2007. Oprah will not have on Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain, or Sarah Palin before election day.

    The notion that this is just about Sarah Palin is ridiculous, and the statement calling this the "greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage" does Geraldine Ferraro a great disservice.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. think people

    That's great. I think it is great that Oprah spoke her conscience for a candidate but at least tries to maintain some journalistic integrity. Palin won't talk to reporters anyway.

    Could people please stop writing "Democrat's" and "REpublican's" when they want the plural form? Apostrophes are only for possessives–i.e., the Democrats' candidate, the Republicans' nominee. Sorry, but I teach English, had to say it.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |

    Oprah has her own show that she worked for on her own. If she doesn't want that nasty lowdown dirty Osama Bin Palin on the show she doesn't have to.

    Oprah a true feminist she will not bend to common Republican pressure tactics , like guantanamo.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Bama for Obama

    I agree with Oprah. She made it clear that she would not have anyone else on her show until after the elections. She said this before Sarah Palin was selected. Why should she change it just because Palin's a woman. You Republicans want to make up the rules as you go. This the same kind of thinking that got us in all of the different republican messes going on this country now.

    Obama/ Biden

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

    Sarah Palin is a joke. If the news media would make her anwser some of these accusations like they do Obama we would all see the real Sarah Palin.
    1. Left the town she was Mayor of 29 million dollars in debt due to a new arena.
    2. Try to use her power in office to get rid of library books.
    3. Says she didn't accept any money for the Bridge To Nowhere when she actually was for it and did take money.
    4. Fire the commissioner because he wouldn't fire her ex brother-in-law.
    Where is the fairness from the media?????

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. tony USA


    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Rob

    Please go away Oprah. Nobody cares about your onesided opinions anyway.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Rick in Az

    Personally I think Oprah should have Sarah Palin as a guest on her show. It would be great for her to also have members of Meet The Press as guest on her show the same day.

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

    WWHHHAAA ... !!!

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Shelly from Chicago

    You women in Florida are so ignorant. Oprah interviewed Obama BEFORE he announced he was running for President. After he announced he was running for President she HAS NOT INTERVIEWED him and said she wouldn't use her show for a platform for any of the candidates. Get your facts straight before you start judging. She is an American and is entitled to vote for whomever she wants, you don't decide. God go read a book or something. Let me guess by how judgemental you're Christians!!!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Sam

    hate to break it to linda ivell, but this is nowhere near "the greatest political moment in the history of women since suffrage."

    the democrats beat the republicans to a female VP nominee by over 20 years. so stuff it.

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Umm, Oprah has already released a statement saying charges of her "refusing" to interview her are not true. More LIES coming from Republicans ... Florida is just staying the course with the rest of their party.

    Palin = Puppet

    September 6, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. SAJ

    Why should Oprah change her shedule for her? When did the woman in Florida find out Palin was going to be the VP? If that was a Dem.VP
    how many of them would change their shedule ? I will be giving the O magazine as my Chtristmas gifts this year. All of my frienda will be doing the same.

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. FrankSmith

    I have and continue to admire the Republicans. I am now 50 years old, and year after year, as I watch America go down the drain (like Rome and other great empires), these Republicans claim that they are the only ones that hold to the helms of truth. Let us look a few list of things they have offered. They really believe that...

    1. they, and only they love America; everyone else just lives in America
    2. they can give the 10 commandments, but they are above keeping these commandments;
    3. life that begins at conception is more important that life that is lived, or how life ends;
    4. high taxes means giving out free money to the poor
    5. they, and only they will find the way to HEAVEN
    6. they, and only they can protect this nation from invasion
    7. they, and only they can give this nation bright and intelligent leaders. Well, let us look at the many that they have and continue to give:
    -- Ronald Reagan (a failed actor)
    --Bush I
    --Bush II and Rove
    --Dick Chaney
    --Contract with America (OMG)
    --Sarah Palin
    --John Senile McCain
    And look at where the nation is today. Thank you Republicans!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. J

    Republican Women are too uptight to watch Oprah anyhow.

    McCain = Bush
    Palin = Nutty Right Wing
    McCain + Palin = A Supreme Court that will demolish women's rights, civil rights, Choice & Equality for All.

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |

    Oh c'mon!- like Palin was going to give an interview anyway...

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. ms j

    'Stupid is as stupid does' Forrest Gump. The McCain camp said that it would be atleast two weeks before Palin starts giving interviews and FOX is probably at the top of the list so to boycott Oprah when Palin isn't even ready to be INTERVIEWED IS DUMB!! As far as Oprah supporting Obama– FREEDOM OF CHOICE , FREEDOM OF SPEECH. She CHOSE TO SUPPORT OBAMA and Im sure she WONT BE BULLIED INTO SUPPORTING ANOTHER CANDIDATE–ITS HER SHOW–SHE OWNS IT!!!

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. Che-3

    What do these so-called women think they are? Oprah like any human, woman or man, black or white is an independent thinker like the rest of us. These so-called feminist women movement are mostly RACIST period. Get your show if you want showcase your candidate.

    September 6, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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