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. Sandra

    Gawd, when can we quit talking about this bimbo Palin? If the media would quit writing something every time she blinks, maybe we could just let her fade away. She is an embarrassment. And fyi, this is from a Reagan Republican.

    December 23, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  2. Little Lost Linden


    Sarah Palin is a womprat stupid person that makes the US look stupid.

    December 23, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  3. jakinak

    If the American People had any intelligence, Oprah would not be worth millions and Obama would not be the President.

    December 23, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  4. Lean6

    Oprah's show is over...not that Palin is much of a bridge to burn; why didn't she come out and say Palin is an airhead?

    December 23, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. normajean

    Oprah has more faith in the American voter than I have. I can't see how any thinking person could see a legitimate poliitcal future for someone who took 6 schools to get a degree., couldn't name any of the amendments to the Constitution nor remember what magazines or newspapers she regularly read ,has no intellectual curiosity, has learned nothing except to criticize the current administration and fancies her self a presidential candidate. The hubris is almost too much to bear. There do seem to be a number of people out there who have bought her "gift of gab," pretty face ,and humerous manner and mistaken it for ability to run a major nation. With any luck we may see them grow up before 2012..

    December 23, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  6. Jean

    Oprah DISSES Sarah Palin?!? HARDLY!!! CNN, stop trying to start stuff. I don't blame Oprah for keeping mum because I knew the media would come up with titles like, "Oprah dissed Sarah Palin."

    December 23, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  7. John

    Sorry, Oprah, but for starts most of America is not going to even tune into Sarah's show, much less fall in love with her. That twit implied in her campaigning that I am not even a 'real' American, and in return I'm not giving her even squat in air-time.

    December 23, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Thank you, Oprah ! As a Canadian, it frightens me to see the popularity of this woman in the media. Please do not make a mockery of your political system by even entertaining the idea of having Sarah Palin as a candidate in your next election !

    December 23, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  9. ABM

    Oprah knows WHO has the intelligence and capability to lead this country and that person is currently in the White House. Ms. P should know that the majority of American people will not vote her President. All the jabs and one-sided conversations do not become a leader.

    December 23, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  10. Brenda Reed

    Wow! Diva Oprah vs. Diva Sarah! What a contest! No matter who wins that spitting match, so far as I am concerned, they both lose. Why would the Amercan voter care what feel-good Oprah thinks about politics? And, obviously, Sarah Palin does not care what anyone thinks! She is so out of tune with reality!

    December 23, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  11. Robert

    They forgot to mention that she lost a large percentage of her followers due to her political activities. Stick to TV – it is where you excel Ms. Winfrey.

    December 23, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  12. D in Cali

    My favorite... above article.."Palin calls tax deal lousy" Who the hell cares what she thinks. Because she obviously doesn't really know anything substantive about anything important. It's like asking the village idiot what his thoughts are on how to cure cancer. And getting a one line answer to an incredibly complex problem. That's why he is the village idiot.

    December 23, 2010 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. Victor Martinez

    Why does the former governor of Alaska's name appear daily in some context or another on the homepage of cnn.com? Is CNN orchestrating her political future with all this free promotion? Are these inane mentionings just a way to cultivate our consciousnesses in such a way as to make her forced presence a force of presence? Perhaps the former governor of Massachussetts is more worthy? Unlikely, for reasons CNN has yet to share with us. The media is indeed the message.

    December 23, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  14. mike

    What I am afraid is that Oprah may have this one wrong and the voter does not have the intelligences not to vote for Palin just look at Bush and the tea party idiots that were put in to office what does that tell us about the american voter and were that country is headed business in this country want to be a global leader in the world market but we vote people in that have no idea what they are doing this is a joke and the world sees it. One reason why the american voter voted for bush in 2001 was that he was someone they could invite over for dinner but the only problem with that was he should not have been given a pass to be president because of that but he did and look what happened

    December 23, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  15. Daisy Chain

    That's right, Ms. Oprah, Sarah Palin will never become president!

    December 23, 2010 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  16. Guy

    I agree with Oprah that America will fall in love with Sarah Palin (if they haven't already). Unfortunately, I don't share her confidence in the intelligence of the American people. We have eight years of Ronald Reagan and George W. to prove that American voters are influenced more by personality than by substance. I think we should be very scared of Sarah Palin.

    December 23, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  17. Stacy

    I agree with you on that Miss Winfrey!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2010 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  18. J.V.Hodgson

    When will you stop leading the Political ticker blog almost everyday with Palin for President.
    In effect when you read the blogs the vast majority say the same Go fo it Sarah if you want obama to win in 2012.
    You are insulting the intelligewnce of every single voter in the US to believe that Republicans will run with her in 2012, or 2016.
    With your and Faux news help she will get very rich and is already.

    December 23, 2010 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  19. Mr. Nunya Bidnes

    Mrs Palin is ..... sat here for 3 minutes trying to be kind. I cant. I find her to be an empty vessel. Pretty package, nothing inside.
    Go ahead and run her GOP.... 1/2 term Gov that QUIT vs The President, who has passed DADT, START treaty, 1st Responder legislation, Financial reform, Student loan aide, no tax increase for under 250K, Huge Veterans Admin. increase to actually CARE for the troops, an many others. Go ahead and run. Please.

    December 23, 2010 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  20. reAson

    If that woman becomes president...I may have to move out of the country

    December 23, 2010 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  21. thomas

    "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public ! I hope so

    December 23, 2010 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  22. Phil Kramer

    Sarah Palin just needs to go away. We, the citizen of our country, should expect more out of ourselves and the leadership we select to run the country for us.

    December 23, 2010 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  23. Joe, San Diego

    Oprah may not admit that crazed wench Sarah Palin isn't Presidential material... based of inferences(Sarah Palin was not able to recognize continents, unable to make a concrete sentence about her goals...)
    The uneducated 55+ may find her likable based off her looks and her pep rally speeches because they can't articulate what they hope for but somehow believe Sarah Palin can and does for them those folks will support her.
    The intelligent people know she wasn't VP worthy and certainly not President worthy either.

    December 23, 2010 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  24. Jeff

    Can you say...nail on the head?

    December 23, 2010 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  25. CTYank

    Dunno how anyone can fall in love with an airhead.

    I suspect that some are in lust with Barbie and her silicone. Good luck with that.

    December 23, 2010 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
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