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. TJ

    Oprah failed to mention how many people fell out of love with her during the 2008 election cycle.

    December 23, 2010 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. Aimleft

    Oprah, you're too nice to this lamebrain, confrontational, intentionally divisive woman.

    December 23, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. Jim

    I guess someone out there still believes in the intelligence of the American public! I guess she wasn't talking about the Fox News viewers and Tea Party people.

    December 23, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  4. Jeff

    It cracks me up when liberals like Oprah bash Palin because of her inexperience. But, Oprah will fawn all over Barack Obama.

    Hello? Hypocrite much? Obama had less than 1 full term in the US Senate as his experience. Palin had less than 1 full term as governor of Alaska. Hate to break it to the liberals – but that experience is EQUAL. Yes, governor of Alaska doesn't have the same breadth of responsibilities as the US Senate. But, Palin's experience is in the executive branch of government. Obama's was in the legislative branch. In other words, Palin had experience GOVERNING and Obama didn't. As we can all tell, but that's another story.

    So, if you're going to bash Palin for being too inexperienced to be President (which she IS by the way), then you have to admit we elected a similarly inexperienced and unqualified person to be President in Barack Obama. You can't have it both ways.

    December 23, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Rob R

    Ho Hum. Another day, another Palin story on the Ticker. Why is CNN so in love with her? I swear, CNN is turning into the National Enquirer.

    December 23, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Ben Ben

    Oprah, this last election showed Americans are dumb. Just look at how they re-elected the Repubs who care only for the rich and not the average American.

    December 23, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. Kevin

    Oprah is speaking the truth. Nobody really takes Palin serious when it comes to political office and I think she's happy where she is, making money.

    December 23, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. wobblechin

    Oprah used to think the internet was insider her computer. Bless her heart.

    December 23, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. Jared

    Unfortunately, Palin doesn't know how to keep her mouth shut and I'm sure we'll see yet another schoolyard retort to something that every intelligent person in America, Republican or Democrat already know. CNN and the rest of the mainstream media have created this monster...only they have the power to end it. And in most countries, the media would have called out Palin for what she is long ago....only in America could she be taken remotely seriously.

    December 23, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."
    Aptly put Ms. Winfrey, and a frank, clear and concise assessment of the Half-Wit half-termers' chances of acquiring the votes of any one with a modicum of intelligence.
    I am not an avid Oprah fan but I admire everything she has accomplished, her insight, and intelligence. Oprah has a gving spirit, and a tongue that calls things as they are sans the sugar coating.
    Palin is an IDIOT of the highest magnitude.

    December 23, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  11. Nancy Cirelli

    I have zero respect for Oprah Winfrey and I have the same respect for the voters of America, simply look at who is in the White House now! This man is the definition of on the job training! The 2 things he had going for him in the 2008 campaign was that every one wanted George Bush out and they fell in love with the idea of a black man in office!

    December 23, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  12. kd

    You have more faith in America's intelligence than I do, Oprah.

    December 23, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  13. slipthalo

    I agree with all she said except perhaps the part about believing in the intelligence of the American people. This last election showed the lack of intelligence in a lot of the votes, basically in the primaries but also in the general. There are far too many people who vote 'party' rather than 'individual' in the general and how some of the candidates in the primaries made it to the general is absolutely mind boggling.

    December 23, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  14. Layla

    Now we're looking to Oprah for her poitical opinion and predictions? WHY?! Because she backed Obama with her money and clout? Now that's scary.

    December 23, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  15. karen from Charlottesville

    She's pretty AND mean. What a combo. She really should be on Survivor or The Real Housewives of Anchorage – they would be better suited to her nature. The problem is that the American People have gotten really confused about what are important leadership qualities. I guess if you are a fan of one of these reality shows, you think that being devious, disingenuous and good looking are leadership qualities. I guess those qualities might be important if your a living in "survivial of the fittest" society, but I thought we were supposed to be a civilized society. Frankly, I am disgusted that we are still drawn to the ugly qualities that typify Palin's speech and actions.

    Her latest jab at Michelle Obama and her stellar efforts to educate children about proper food choices was just what you would expect fro a spiteful, jealous teenager with no self-awareness or compassion.

    December 23, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  16. Debby

    So Oprah interviews Palin how many times and still doesn't know if she is likeable ?????? What a lame statement with no common sense but I guess thats why she loves her Obama.

    December 23, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  17. Tim

    I used to agree with the intelligence of the American public....until about 2 years ago.

    December 23, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. chinchin

    The drama queen believes in the intelligence of the American public. Huh, they voted for the loser?

    December 23, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. jfb

    Oprah cannot really believe what she says can she? Mr. Hope and Change has been a flop who wants to limit how much money she can make and what she is supposed to eat (that may actually help her). And Palin makes it to the CNN site again today - the cnn obsession with her continues.

    December 23, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. Jay

    Here's Sarah Palin's plan in my opinion.

    Get selected by moron to run for VP. Lose the election. Quit as Governor to rile up stupid people and get very rich in the process. Create speculation amongst idiots that you may run for President. Have idiot media outlets run stories of your "possible" run. Continue your 15 Minutes and continue getting really rich due to stupid people. Because if you say you won't run you kill your 15 Minutes, you will have to say you will run. When you run, you will cause yourself to continue to look like an imbecile that's in way over her head. You will not get past the initial Republican primaries. Then in order to continue your 15 Minutes, you will announce yourself running as a 3rd party/Tea Party candidate, at the panic of the Rebuplican nominee. You will split the stupid/Republican (no difference) vote and Obama will sail to an even easier victory. And you will have gotten incredibly rich. But when you lose in 2012, your 15 Minutes will end and then I hope people will stop talking about you and you will finally go away or hang around on Fixed News (which I don't ever watch).

    But hey, if your stupidity and 15 Minutes help Obama win in 2012, I must say I'm glad you'll be running. Go Stupid Go! ....err...Go Sarah Go!

    December 23, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  21. James Cunningham

    No, she did not. That's the spin you biased editors and reporters at CNN add to it. What Oprah means is that the American people are intelligent so if they voted for Palin, she would respect that. Get it, CNN?

    December 23, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. Gil

    I have new found respect for Oprah and I've always found sarah and her supporters to be morons!

    December 23, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  23. Michael Gonzales

    Too bad oprah had to throw her hat into the political ring with comments like this. I once respected this women but with comments like that respect is gone now. Her liberal fanbase will all nod their head with her in their insane Palin Bashing hatred but she has just lost a sizeable chunk of people also.

    Michael Gonzales,
    Edgewood, NM

    December 23, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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