Oprah Camapigns for Stacey Abrams, Encourages People to Vote

Hugh Fox
November 2, 2018

Among that "onslaught", Winfrey blasted Republican ads she'd seen in her hotel room casting Abrams as too radical for the state, calling it "noise...created to confound you with fear". "I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter".

Oprah Winfrey hit Georgia on Thursday to campaign for Stacey Abrams, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker hoping to become the first black female governor in American history. Barack Obama will appear at a rally with Abrams in Atlanta on Friday, while Donald Trump is coming back to the state to stump for Kemp on Sunday. He wields guns in his ads and lambastes Abrams as a tool of "socialists" and "billionaires" who "want to turn Georgia into California".

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Winfrey - who sparked speculation about her own political future earlier this year - also said she wasn't considering a run for political office. "I paid for myself and I approve this message". I'm not trying to test any waters - don't want to go in those waters.

"I am an independent woman; I have earned the right to do exactly what I want to do when I want to do it".

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"It has been a really interesting experience because when you knock on a door, you don't know what people are going to do or say or how they're going to react", Ms Winfrey said in one of the videos.

And in a nod to the allegations of voter suppression that have marked the gubernatorial race, Winfrey told the crowd that "every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with, can not be suppressed and can not be denied". "Rather it lives and thrives in making sure that everybody is lifted by the community", Winfrey said.

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At a separate appearance with Kemp Thursday morning, Pence mocked Abrams for receiving support from Winfrey and actor Will Ferrell on the campaign trail, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Pence said Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals, referring to Winfrey and actor Will Ferrell.

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