Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Oprah Camapigns for Stacey Abrams, Encourages People to Vote

Oprah Winfrey poses in the press room with the Cecil B. De Mille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills Calif. In the final days in one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races Oprah Win Watch: Battling for Attention Over Oprah Mike Pence Forced to Tell GOP Voters ‘I’m Kind of a Big Deal Too’
Jay Anderson | 02 November, 2018, 11:45

The actress is set to hit the campaign trail for Abrams this week and gave a heartfelt speech at Thursday's event.

Oprah Winfrey confirmed she won't be running for president in 2020 as she campaigned for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday.

The competing scenes - from the candidates, to the audiences, to the headliner guests - underscore the choice Georgia voters face Tuesday in one of the nation's premier midterm matchups. "And to vote for myself", Winfrey said to cheers.

Noting that he heard Winfrey was in the Peach State, Pence said, "I got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: this ain't Hollywood".

Shortly after her speech, Winfrey posted videos on Instagram of herself going door to door canvassing for Abrams.

As Winfrey stumped for Abrams in the state, Veep Mike Pence was nearby to deliver some of his very best insults to the talk-show host billionaire on behalf of Abrams' political opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.




The Georgia Department of Economic Development said there were 320 films and TV shows shot in the state previous year, generating an economic impact of $9.5 billion, including $2.7 billion in direct spending.

She added that Abrams is "standing strong for the values that matter to me and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state". In 2008, incumbent GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss was forced into a runoff with Democratic challenger Jim Martin, who had been buoyed by an increased black turnout with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.

More than 1.5 million of the state's nearly seven million registered voters have cast ballots already.

Then she encouraged women of all races - "sisters. not just 'sistahs,"' she joked - to remember that they would have been "just a piece of property" with no ballot barely a century ago.

Winfrey and Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation in Marietta, Ga.

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