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ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

BY KYLIE HENNAGIN

In his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama had many celebrity supporters including long-time friend Oprah Winfrey. On Monday Oprah told CBS’ “This Morning” she will not publicly back Obama this time around.

“I’m not going to be out there. I’m 100 percent behind our president. I actually love our president, and have the utmost respect for him and that office and what it takes to be there. I will not be out because I’m trying to fix a network.”

Since its debut in January of 2011 Oprah’s network OWN has struggled to find an audience. The Tampa Bay Times says this is something Winfrey is not very accustomed to.


“I don’t know if she’s used to being on the wrong side of events the way she has been over the last year or so. OWN debuted and got tremendous numbers when it first debuted, but then it struggled in the ratings every since.”

But according to Popeater.com, working on making her struggling network a success might not be the only reason for hanging back.

“An October 2008 Gallup poll before the rallies but after Oprah's public endorsement of Obama found that Oprah's favorable ratings had fallen from 74 to 66 percent while her unfavorable ratings jumped from 17 to 26 percent."

But don’t think this will keep Oprah from supporting the president. ABC News blogger Devin Dwyer says she’s still supporting his campaign financially.

"Oprah appeared last month at an intimate, high-dollar fundraiser for Obama’s re-election effort at the Atlanta home of actor-producer Tyler Perry. Tickets for the event were $35,800 per person."

Oprah does seem to have some clout with voters.  Some research done after the 2008 election showed that her endorsement increased not only the number of votes Obama received, but the number of votes cast overall.

Oprah Won't Publicly Endorse Obama

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Apr 3, 2012

Oprah Won't Publicly Endorse Obama

(Image source: Jersey Nut)

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

BY KYLIE HENNAGIN

In his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama had many celebrity supporters including long-time friend Oprah Winfrey. On Monday Oprah told CBS’ “This Morning” she will not publicly back Obama this time around.

“I’m not going to be out there. I’m 100 percent behind our president. I actually love our president, and have the utmost respect for him and that office and what it takes to be there. I will not be out because I’m trying to fix a network.”

Since its debut in January of 2011 Oprah’s network OWN has struggled to find an audience. The Tampa Bay Times says this is something Winfrey is not very accustomed to.


“I don’t know if she’s used to being on the wrong side of events the way she has been over the last year or so. OWN debuted and got tremendous numbers when it first debuted, but then it struggled in the ratings every since.”

But according to Popeater.com, working on making her struggling network a success might not be the only reason for hanging back.

“An October 2008 Gallup poll before the rallies but after Oprah's public endorsement of Obama found that Oprah's favorable ratings had fallen from 74 to 66 percent while her unfavorable ratings jumped from 17 to 26 percent."

But don’t think this will keep Oprah from supporting the president. ABC News blogger Devin Dwyer says she’s still supporting his campaign financially.

"Oprah appeared last month at an intimate, high-dollar fundraiser for Obama’s re-election effort at the Atlanta home of actor-producer Tyler Perry. Tickets for the event were $35,800 per person."

Oprah does seem to have some clout with voters.  Some research done after the 2008 election showed that her endorsement increased not only the number of votes Obama received, but the number of votes cast overall.

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