Oprah sits down with Romneys
July 14th, 2012
07:50 PM ET
9 years ago

Oprah sits down with Romneys

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) - Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney sat down to chat with a big supporter of his opponent, President Barack Obama, this weekend: media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey interviewed the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann Romney, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, a campaign source confirmed. The interview was not on camera and is slated to run in Winfrey's "O Magazine."

A reporter for The New York Times first tweeted the story.

Winfrey was a fervent, vocal supporter of Obama's in 2008, and campaigned alongside the then-senator.

In January, Winfrey told CNN she was still "100%" behind Obama. She reiterated that support in April, but told CBS News she was focused on running her cable network and would not be "out there" campaigning for the president.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Oprah Winfrey
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  1. Howard

    I hope Opra finally realizes that Obama is the ONE ... the ONE who has nearly destroyed America !!!

    July 14, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Oprah found out that actually running a business was not as easy as she had imagined or as easy as when she only had a show on a major network with lots of knowledgeable people running it. Big difference when you are the person running the day-to-day operations and not just a hostess as she used to be. It's obvious she still would support Obama but the reality of owning and running your own business has set in and she is being solely responsible for her business.

    July 14, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  3. ublvble

    who is oprah anyway? she is just another supporter of obama, no importance here. Romneys should not be even talking to this women

    July 14, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I do not know as to what this lady stands for. Obama12. Period.

    July 14, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Jim

    As usual Romney took both sides of every argument.

    He invented Romneycare/Obamacare and now he's running against it.

    He ran Bain Vulture Capital and now he's running away from his record of picking the bones of American companies and shipping their jobs overseas.

    July 14, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Republican Failure

    When all the problems in the US are due to economic disparity and inequality why would anyone bite for Mittens.  He represents the 1% and the extremem unregulated Capitalism that has got the US economy in trouble (apart from rampant military spending).Further deregulation in the stock markets and insurance and mortgage industry like the republicans preach ? So banks and brokers can continue to manipulate and control the stock market ?

    Vote for Obama who at least works for the majority of Americans Health care, improved international relations -all of these are due to Obama. 

    Until Republicans return their platform to purely fiscal conservatism rather than religious issues and catering to special interest groups on the far right (NRA etc) this party shouldn't be touched by voters. 

    The US is in need of some social measures as a move away from extreme capitalism.  A social safety net of health care and Care for the poor will help to alleviate the disparity between rich and poor and all the problems it creates such as crime.  

    I think we have learned that ultra capitalism ( with no social measures and checks and regulations) fails just like the other extreme-communism.  Only a mixture of capitalism and some social measures work.

    July 14, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. debbie

    this is a stunner. But I guess one shouldn't be surprised. She and Michelle no longer see eye to eye over Oprah's weight issues. The Obama's have treated her poorly since she brought him on her show to promote his book, which we all know now was completely fabricated.

    July 14, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. alfonds

    My advice to Mitt: Stay away from Oprah. She gave millions to the Obama campaign in 2008–What interests does she have in Romney?-I don't trust her.

    July 14, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. sekyondwa

    People change at any time, we're not animals!Even animals change.But it's not good news in camp of the president!hoo.

    July 14, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. berv

    Can't wait to read the interview. Love Oprah

    July 14, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. CBR

    Interesting development. Oprah does what she wants to do. You cannot pin her down. It is too bad that she doesn't "have time" to help President Obama. The Obamas have given interviews and appeared on her show. It sure does appear to be a strange situation.

    July 14, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Ali C

    Oprah is a great woman. She has done a lot to improve many lives and helped many people with her optimism and her financial support. I hope she went into this interview with an open mind. I like many things about President Obama as well. Mitt Romney has strong problem solving credentials (Governor & SLC Olympics), charitable acts of service and giving thousands to disaster relief and the homeless. After what Mississippi's Governor did to that state and the nation these criminals now roam, by pardoning murderers and predators, over 200 criminals....what a dangerous disgrace. How many pardons did Romney give when he left the office of Governor? ZERO! Governors should govern, let the judges judge!!

    When Mitt was governor of Mass. there were not that many new jobs created because, think back a few years, everyone already had a job!

    Political leaders need to learn not to promise what they cannot deliver and voters need to remember the promises, delivered and un-delivered. Pres. Obama promised change like those listed above and that is what got him elected. I like the guy, but many of his election promises were unrealistic hopes....we now need the change, the results. Mitt Romney is about results. Not all the results will be popular but they may be necessary.

    July 14, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. concerned citizen

    Many "sources" suggest Mrs. Obama was basically excluding Oprah from her inner circle and understandably Oprah felt betrayed and was very angry. I am really sure if she really meant to be 100% behind president.. if so, she would appear on a campaign trail just like she did back in 2008.

    July 14, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    Anybody want to make a bet on how many clear, understandable, and truthful answers Mitt gives in this interview? Give him credit, between this and the NAACP convention, he's at least trying to talk to African-Americans. I don't see how much good it will do him, but that's politics for you.

    July 14, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. gloria700@hotmail.com

    First, the Houstons, then the Kardashians, and now, the Romneys....get those ratings up Oprah!

    July 14, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I saw her interview with Chris Christie. That seemed fair to me and I don't like the governor (also not a huge fan of Oprah either; but don't hater her either; middle of the road). It would be interesting the see that interview.

    July 14, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. J

    Both sides have me on the verge of physically sick. The republicans are the worst because they advertise themselves as the conservative option when their actions are the opposite.

    July 14, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. amarjeet

    Truth is always truth. She has to support democratic principles & concepts of President Obama. Romney is trying trying to gather crowd of his supporters to hit Obama campaign trail.Romney is dividing Obama camp through his contacts.

    July 14, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. janerose

    Wow. Oprah inserts herself in politics. Tired of "stars" influence in politics.

    July 14, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Mary

    Not interested in her political views she was a true blue rich Repub until a black man got elected so are her opinions political or racial. I wanted Obama to win but when you switch just based on race you are not a person who should present themselves as a reporter.
    And I also objected to her shows giving cars, cruises etc. instead donate the money to single mom groups to help struggling women the dolled up ladies in your audience didn't need free things to get you high ratings.

    July 14, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  21. Nietodarwin

    Not even Oprah can get this man on camera and talking. Well, some will read the magazine. Poor poor mittwit

    July 14, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. joepawlak

    Iam sure opra would change her mind about obama if she really new what she getting into like having government chosing her own med insurane and liberty religion consice ect.....

    July 14, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Crom2112

    Oprah interviews Romney. Obama's doomed.

    July 14, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. Gambi

    I trust Oprah will have an opportunity to see right into the soul of Romney and will change her mind and carve out some time to campaign for Obama. I hope she can get Mitt to fess up on the Bain Capital time line and get him to answer what he dodged when asked if he felt he misled the SEC when he filed papers stating he was the sole owner of Bain after his so called departure in 1999. Did he or did he not violate the law when he signed documeents that are certainly contradictory.

    July 14, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. whybs on twitter

    [Oprah] was focused on running her cable network! Oprah can run?

    July 15, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
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