Oprah talks Palin, 2012
December 22nd, 2010
08:09 PM ET
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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. Kantankerpus

    Translation, Oprah is scared crapless, as well she and the libs should be.

    Reelect President Palin in 2016

    Memo to lefty pundits and joyless bahar, C.S. Lewis wrote other things besides children's books, as Governor Palin knew, but you didn't. Now, who could he possibly been referring to when he wrote?

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis

    December 23, 2010 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Every day the lead off on the ticker is Sarah Palin.....the obsession continues.......CNN shamelessly creates and utilizes the hatred to allow the pool of Liberal Lemmings to vent their frustrations......George Orwell would be so proud.

    December 23, 2010 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  3. Jerry

    If America was that 'intelligent', they would have ignored Oprah and chosen not to vote for Barack Hussein Obama. Sarah Palin would have been a far better president and America wouldn't be in nearly so much debt.

    December 23, 2010 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  4. Kathy in Ind

    America is getting over Palinized. I do hope she runs though. If that's all the Republicans have, then it would be a walkin for Obama! RUN – PALIN – RUN!!!

    December 23, 2010 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  5. KF

    Wait a minute....didn't Oprah fall in love with Obama during the election? Now Oprahs' gut feeling is true, then Palin should get elected in 2012 based on popularity. However there is one thing different between Obama and Palin; whereas Palin actually cares for the country and can actually bring hope and change, not just talk about it to get the minority votes.

    December 23, 2010 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  6. marty peters

    Oprah didn't have the guts to say this to Palin's face when she interviewed her earlier.....always easier to sideswipe someone behind their back........great job of journalism Oprah!!!!

    December 23, 2010 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  7. 11cavnam

    So, this is a "political news story" about a woman who isnt in office, or running for office commenting about another woman who isnt in office or, at this point, running for office, but has a TV show that the first woman likes. And this is a "political news story" because why? You, at CNN continue to put Sarah Palin in the news for what reason exactly? She could not finish one term as governor, continually lies, makes up facts to suit her purpose, and, like pornography, has absolutely no redeeming social values. Sarah Palin's fifteen minutes of fame are up, let her go home and stay there.

    December 23, 2010 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  8. Alert Citizen

    Giving any attention to Palin and company is waste of time. She is not worthy of any media coverage.
    She cost Mccain presidency.
    She is a liar.
    She quit her job at hand to lecture people how to govern.
    She is minting money using her political ambitions.

    There are millions of fools follow her and millions hate her. No matter what she does or media does, the opinions are not changing, this is why she is called polarizing.

    December 23, 2010 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  9. Happy GOPer

    Perhaps you should be concerned that Palin may be elected. The fact that so many Americans watch your show tells me that there are a whole lot of them who aren't too bright!

    December 23, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  10. kevin

    I disagree with Oprah. America's intelligence is at question and hers too! The did vote for BARRACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2010 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  11. tommytd

    Good for you Oprah. Sarah Palin is a joke and anyone who would vote for her for President would need to have their head examined. Please just go home and stay there.

    December 23, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  12. Palin2012

    Of course Winfrey knows the intelligence of the American public; she got them to vote for Obama.....

    December 23, 2010 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    I sure hope that Oprah is right, that the american people have good intelligence not to vote for her. Lets pray to god that she is right.

    December 23, 2010 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. jeff george

    It's still scary that so many people like her, and are unable to see past Palin's veneer. She speaks in platitudes but, like so many on the far right, is never able to articulate any true solutions. We are still incredibly naive as a nation, and have set the bar so very low that we accept people like Palin as "leaders."

    December 23, 2010 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  15. Bosco56

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

    Apparently she has more faith than I do. I have male friends who want to vote for Sarah Palin, "because she's hot". Gee, if that's not a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is.

    December 23, 2010 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  16. Nick

    Palin is not fit to be the leader of the free world.

    December 23, 2010 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  17. Kenneth Krieger

    Oprah are you smarter or as smart as Sarah Palin or Obama? Oprah if you are so smart why have you not spoken against Obama dividing the races and people who have Gay life stlyes?Obama could have given citizenship to illeagles but he wanted to beat the drum. He also could have passed Don't Ask Don't Tell 2 years ago but he could not beat the drum. Oprah 1/3rd of the country are Democrat, 1/3rd are Republican, and 1/3rd are independent. You are insulting a large part of the country when you knock Sarah Palin. Obama wants to be Lincoln. Sarah Palin is Lincoln with a dash of Old Hickory and some "give um hell Harry". Oprah the counry needs moral leadership not lies.. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    December 23, 2010 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. Albo58

    The "intelligence" of the American Public brought us the absolute worse President and Congress in our history, Oprah!

    December 23, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. Bob

    Oprah thinks the American public is too intelligent to elect Sarah Palin. Well, Oprah, we elected Obama, and that was dam unintelligent of us. If he didn't get the overwhelming black vote,, he would still be an no name senator.

    December 23, 2010 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  20. Mike

    She beleives in the intelligence of the American people. What she should have said was I beleive there are enough intelligent people to vote for the other candidate.

    December 23, 2010 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  21. rhonda sue

    Ask yourselves why are the liberals and the liberal media so scared of Sarah Palin.

    December 23, 2010 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  22. Larry

    If she complains about the intelligence of someone who might support Palin, then what is she saying about the people who voted for Obama?

    December 23, 2010 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  23. sharon

    Any "intelligent" American would not consider Palin for anything is correct. Unfortunately, there are many who can't see that Palin is not what this country needs. We don't need a reality TV star....and we don't need a person with little experience who can talk the talk but can't walk the walk. I'd rather see Oprah running as president than Palin...at least Oprah has common sense and is an extremely successful businesswoman who would have more finesse with diplomacy than Palin is cpaple of!

    December 23, 2010 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  24. Robert

    Re: the intelligence of the American public.

    I really hope she's right about that.
    Merry Christmas, all.

    December 23, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Palin will get a big check from the Koch Brothers for not running. The Kochs have already decided that Mitsy, the Mitten man, will serve their needs, and Sarah would just get in the way in the primaries.

    December 23, 2010 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
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