Oprah talks Palin, 2012
December 22nd, 2010
08:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Oprah talks Palin, 2012

Washington (CNN) - Oprah Winfrey says America may "fall in love" with Sarah Palin as a TV star, but is dismissing the idea that the country would vote for the former Alaska governor in the future.

Asked in an interview with Parade magazine if the thought of Palin's running for office scares her, Winfrey responded, "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."

Winfrey, who interviewed Palin shortly after her first book was released, said she was not sure if the former Republican vice presidential candidate would run for president in 2012.

"I don't know her so I can't speak to [whether or not she'll be a candidate]," Winfrey said in the interview.

But, Winfrey complimented Palin's new reality show and said of Palin's performance, "I would say that America's going to fall in love with her [from her reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.]"

"When I saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'"

Much attention was paid to Winfrey's political influence during the 2008 presidential election; she threw her support behind then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama early on in the race. Winfrey also hosted fundraisers and stumped for Obama on the campaign trail.

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  1. Four and The Door

    I know how Oprah likes giveaways, but the US Federal Government really needs to get out of that mode and start managing our money better. Oprah is an entertainer. Her thoughts on politics are entertaining. At best.

    December 22, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. DNC should sponsor Palin campaign

    All polls show Palin is so unpopular with the general public that a run by her guarantees a win for the Democrats & would destroy the Repub. party (heh-heh).

    So – run, Sarah, run!

    December 22, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    Oprah – okay, you may have a POINT about people "falling in love" with PALIN because of her reality show but why can't you just TELL THE REAL TRUTH – No, she should not be a "candidate" and NO, she will never be President!!! Jeez!!

    Support our current leader, President Obama, while he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!! Yes we can and Yes we will!

    December 22, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Just because someone is nice and personable doesn't mean she is a good person to be running the country. I don't think she has the mental muscle to do the job.

    December 22, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. BeanerECMO

    Re: It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public. Remember, we got Barack the magic Negro (LATimes OpEd).

    December 22, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. ED FL

    Palin has all the expertise of being a very good BAD EXAMPLE. She quit her Job as Governor , aflop as a mother about real life and choices about sex, Brags about hunting ,and has aides loading telling her how to aim ,where the trigger is, KILLS FISH WITH A BASEBALL BAT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE BETTER ASPECTS OF HER LIFE. THE WORST IS YET TO COME. this big time loser will sooner or later have to face the real professional interigators, not fellow staff members.

    December 22, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Stacey, Connecticut

    "I would say that America's going to fall in love with her [from her reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.]"
    "When I saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'"

    I can't believe Oprah thinks this bigot is "likable." What Oprah is really saying is the ding bat is likable so long as she doesn't become President. Haha.

    December 22, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Tam

    Oprah is smart. The other one may be wily, but not smart at all. She should stay in show business. The more she talks without someone writing her stuff (and even then) she shows the world more and more how totally blank, inept, and dumb she is. Too dumb to realize she's dumb. Can you imagine her working on that nuclear arms treaty? Good God!

    December 22, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Fox News (sic) has the right wing, MSNBC has the liberals, and CNN is going after tea partiers. Lovely. Most trusted name in News? Maybe not so much anymore. I suggest you either call yourselves TPN for Tea Party Network, or maybe even better SPN for Sarah Palin Network. Y'all are relegating yourselves to the trash heap without any help from the outside. Sad. You used to be the best. Remember Bernard Shaw, anyone?

    December 22, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. jules sand-perkins

    Oprah can't "speak to" what Palin's supporters might do with their votes: it's a rare Palin fan who would sit through an entire episode of Oprah's TV show.
    I am one Palin admirer who could not ever sit through another Oprah show, although I doubt that Palin will be elected president in 2012.
    Sarah Palin will continue to have a positive influence on America's work ethic.

    December 22, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. rude

    Somehow I feel the catfight is ON!
    Palin is as thin skin as she is stupid. Watch out Oprah!

    December 22, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    oprah lost any respect I ever had for her when she decided to have this media ho on her show to promote her coloring book. I really and truly don't know what this country is coming to when this woman thinks that the ex mayor of wasilla is worthy of anything!!!
    The part about intelligence of the American public is not only a slap in the face of this woman who she says is charming and likable (pardon me while I puke) and a joke bigger than what oprah has become.
    oprah might have lost her dumb mind but I doubt that this sounds like an endorsemnt of the AK bimbo. BTW – what's up with that stupid picture of this woman? What she trying to hear how much people hate her? She looks like a damn fish out of water.

    December 22, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. Detroit7

    I wish Oprah would keep her political opinions to herself. The "he's The One" speech was all full of crap. Clearly Obama, no matter what he does/doesn't do, will always be her favorite and anyone who might be running against him is a no go.

    I will certainly not be voting for Obama in 2012...no matter who is running against him.

    December 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Ade

    Some unintelligent "patriotic" Americans will still vote vor her.

    December 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Average Joe

    Oprah believes that the intelligence of Americans will keep Palin from getting elected? Then how does she explain how Obama got elected? That wasn’t an act of intelligence, it was proof of being gullible.

    December 22, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. James

    Oprah has spoken, Sarah is dead as a candidate!

    December 22, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. edward

    Who really cares what Oprah says or thinks? I know i don't.

    December 22, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. usualone

    Why celebrities and political folk keep saying Palin is likable is beyond me. She is attractive but her mouth is so angry and disrespectful of others, she is an insult to grizzlies.

    December 22, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. michael

    thanks oprah for giving the nitwit palin a little more air time and exposure. palin is a one trick pony who will implode on her own

    December 22, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. James

    "I believe in the intelligence of the American public" – Oprah you are 100% correct. We've caught on that your boy Obama is nothing but a fraud and we've realized all that "change" talk during 2008 was just words and that's it. I think we've proved that during the 2010 elections. I'm not entirely a Palin supporter, but i would pick her over any Liberal/Democrat "do nothing" socialistic idiot.

    December 22, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. SurRy

    "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."

    The intelligence of the American people is why it does scare me.

    December 22, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |

    Here come's the backlash on Oprah.. because she believes the American People have some sort of intelligence...... LOL SHAME ON HER! The fact that Palin even has a voice should be proof of the failures within the American education system.... I wish I shared Oprah's optimism.

    December 22, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. McGenius

    I'm guessing when she interviewed Mr. Obama for the first time, she was like "Whoa! Here's a man that can get the unemployment rate up to 9.8% and keep it there for an entire term!"

    Apparently judgement of political leadership is not Ms. Winfrey's strong point. Maybe she can find another politician who can boost the deficit even more!

    December 22, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  24. KO

    Oprah would be a better president than Palin.

    December 22, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Courtney

    Oprah is right about Sarah Palin. She is not intelligent enough to become President of the United States. Mrs. Palin is only in politics for the fame and money.

    December 22, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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