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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soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Oprah should stick to topics where she has at least some knowledge.

    December 22, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Ira

    Uh oh, I sense Oprah is going to get slammed on someone's Facebook page...

    December 22, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Rilwy

    Oprah! Who is she? nothing more than a TV chatter box.`

    December 22, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. deb

    The "O" has spoken!

    December 22, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Sherry pie

    Palin is a legend in her own mind....For real she is nothing but an attention hound

    December 22, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Name

    Why not? We voted in an inexperienced community organizer with questionable mentors and zero leadership experience who shouldnt be anywhere near the White House.

    December 22, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. charles

    no kidding... someone with no political experience would not make a decent politician.. go figure

    December 22, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Rob in Det

    The American people are too smart to fall for this phony,she tries to put the first lady down,that was real classless,mike huckabee had to correct palin on more lies the first lady did not say she wanted to take away peoples desserts that was a palin lie . the first lady wants children to be healthly, thats all , where i come from someone who constanly attacks you ,pushing you to break their nose but the first lady has too much class for that dimwited imbread hillbilly from wasillia.

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

    Barack got elected by being Charning and Likeable. No wonder Oprah is scared...

    December 22, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. CyndyP

    Can't wait to see what Sarah will have to say about this! She usually has to fire back when someone says something about her.

    December 22, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. wlv

    Is this intelligence Oprah refers to of the same Americans who voted for Barack Obama, without a single actual reason for doing so? The only thing that scares me more than Barack Obama is the people who voted for him.

    December 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. beccaj

    the integrity of the american people? well miss oprah. what about who you endorsed for president last time? was that the smartest choice? i see pretty much tit for tat going on here. i will not vote for her, but i will not and did not vote for obama. endorsements from oprah does not mean you are the best choice for president. wake up america. i guess if you comtinue to be idiots....vote for oprah. yeh, thats it. she'll give everyone free health care and gays can marry and all the country will CHANGE. what a joke. i was a democrat recently, dont call me a republican. i am a free thinker and oprah is not a politician. shes the very same as maury or montel. seriously? a talk show host. great voice of america.

    December 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Jim

    This is a Dis? Come on CNN. The headline writers are as over the top as Palin is. Palin disses people. Oprah, not so much.

    December 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. Jason B.

    Thing is, people in positions like Palin tend to forget that well-liked public figures like Oprah carry a LOT of weight via public opinion.

    December 22, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Bob

    Sarah Palin is a true American Harridan

    December 22, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. 100% ETH

    Who is this Winfrey???
    Answer:1) She is the one who never hand-out for Haiti people, when the White Americans helping them;
    2) She is neither married nor single;

    3) She keep repeating the talk, that has been written Years ago by European American and sometimes She still the ideas from East-Africans;

    4) She have nothing to do except talk;

    5) ...Tomorrow, my guest will be--, next Month,-–,etc.
    She is not a scientist ot a Doctor. She is simply--.

    December 22, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Darth Cheney

    Why doesn't CNN just have done with it and rename the Political Ticker the Palin Ticker?

    December 22, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. John Wright

    Yeah but what's JayZ think of Palin. Shouldn't that opinion be more important to a liberal than Oprah's? Who gives a flying squirrel what Oprah or any other celebrity thinks about Palin. We should care what someone who is not an elitist such as these numbskulls!

    December 22, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. blf83

    i do not intend to vote for anyone but Barack Obama in 2012, but Oprah would be light years ahead of Sarah, the aPALlINg.

    December 22, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Bob

    That didn't sound like Oprah was dissing Sarah Palin. As a Conservative myself I would never support Palin for President. I like her a lot but like Barbara Bush stated "I hope she stays in Alaska!

    December 22, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. blf83

    Sarah Palin and reality, indeed, any Palin and reality, are oxymorons and incompatible in a single sentence.

    December 22, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. mlc in CA

    I think we've been given a Season's Greetings gift from our government. We've been given a new chance to enhance the piece with Russia, always a positive move. We've been given a reprieve on taxes, our unemployed citizens can still feel the love, and we've taken care of our first responders. HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Let's be grateful for leaders who play well together, for representatives who work together, and for an end to 2010's bickering. Change has come, and it's still on a roll.

    December 22, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    Sarah Palin may be dreaming of having her own show that would have the run time of an Oprah Winfrey show. What Sister Sarah doesn't realize is that sooner or later she will wake up to find it was all a dream and she has got to hit the lake to catch breakfast for the family. Sarah Palin, I know Oprah Winfrey and you are no Oprah Winfrey. In fact you are not even a complete Sarah Palin. Even Sarah Palin isn't all there. Some would claim you to be 3 bricks shy of a full load. I am of the opinion that of the full load, you only have 3 bricks.

    December 22, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Mike

    Misinformed America fell in love with Obama. Wow were we wrong!

    December 22, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  25. cobra

    Who cares what she thinks,do you really think she can even think??

    December 22, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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