Oprah doorknocks in support of possible first black female United States governor

Leroy Wright
November 4, 2018

Ms Winfrey's speech came as Vice President Pence stood alongside Ms Abrams' opponent, Brian Kemp, in nearby Dalton, and mocked the billionaire media icon as just another liberal outsider trying to impose on Republican-run Georgia.

Director of strategic communication Abigail Collazo said it was "pathetic" that Kemp "has only now suddenly made a decision to find a conscience as polls are tightening and Georgia voters are making it clear that they reject the kind of hate he and his allies have been spewing around the state".

Oprah Winfrey has delivered an impassioned speech in her push to elect America's first black female governor, as US Vice President Mike Pence took aim at the star for using her fame to influence politics.

The top two candidates each have a favorable rating of 46 percent, while their unfavorable number is also even at 42 percent.

"I have earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself".

Winfrey blasted attacks on Abrams that she says she saw in her hotel room - Republican ads casts Abrams as "too extreme" and "radical" for Georgia - as "noise" that is "designed to confound you with fear".

In an apparent reference to the controversy, Winfrey said, "Every single one of us - every single one of us - has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with" - she paused for resounding, prolonged applause by the audience - "cannot be suppressed and can not be denied".

Oprah preemptively scolded the crowd of reporters witnessing her Georgia performance against making any speculation her appearance was in service of a run for the White House in 2020.

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She praised Abrams as a leader who "will serve the underserved of the state of Georgia".

"I'd like to remind Stacey, and Oprah, and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", simpered Pence, former TV talk show host and current Donald Trump yes-man. Vice President Mike Pence had the ideal response by channeling Will Ferrell in "Anchorman".

United States talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey has been knocking on doors to get voters behind Stacey Abrams, much to the delight of those answering them.

She ruled that Georgia must immediately start allowing poll managers - not just deputy registrars - to clear flagged voters who show proof of citizenship. "This is the South. People have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".

"You are voting for her".

When Denise responds that she's "absolutely" voting for the Democrat, Oprah continues, "Do you have an early voting plan?" before the video cuts off.

"I see ... potential in Stacey Abrams", the voice said.

"I do", the woman responds.

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