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Oprah: Sarah Palin Presidential Run 'Does Not Scare Me'

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And now we have Oprah Winfrey's take on Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions.

In an interview with Parade magazine, Winfrey said America could "fall in love" with the former Alaska governor as a television personality, at least based on her reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." But Winfrey, the queen of talk-show TV, said she didn't really know Palin personally and wasn't sure if she would run for president in two years, CNN said.

Does the prospect of a conservative Palin candidacy frighten Winfrey? Parade asked. "It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public," she replied, somewhat ambiguously.

Oprah WinfreyOne of the country's most admired women, Winfrey has political clout. She backed Barack Obama early in the 2008 presidential race, raised campaign money for him, and helped elevate the profile of the then-first term senator from Illinois.

She interviewed Palin -- who opposed Obama's ticket as the Republican vice presidential nominee -- after her first book ("Going Rogue") was published, but said, "I don't know her, so I can't speak to [a possible 2012 candidacy]." Even so, Palin's reality series got Winfrey's attention. "When I saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa, she is charming and very likable.' "

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