Oprah campaigns for Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

02 November, 2018, 14:39 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • 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

Oprah Winfrey has lent her star power to the Georgia Democrat aiming to become America's first black female governor in the midterm elections next week.

Winfrey, who has been urged to run for office for months now, told the crowd: "I'm not trying to test any waters, don't want to go in those waters". Winfrey said. "I am here today because of Stacey Abrams".

"I am here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed... and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain."

The talk show icon, who's been rumored as a presidential candidate in recent years, spoke at an event in Marietta with Abrams, who is in a close race with Republican Brian Kemp. "I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", the Vice President told supporters of Brian Kemp, Abrams' Republican opponent who stands accused of massive voter suppression in his current role of Secretary of State.

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

Abrams is running on a campaign that includes Medicaid expansion, and "common-sense gun control", Winfrey noted. "But I also think they're excited by the possibility it could work".

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Oprah surprised some Georgia residents after she went door knocking, saying it was her very first time canvassing for any political candidate and that she's optimistic about Abrams.

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".

She highlighted the importance of positive messaging by candidates, and she encouraged all Americans to make their voices heard by voting on Tuesday. "Rather it lives and thrives in making sure that everybody is lifted by the community", Winfrey said.

"You are voting for her".

"I do", the woman responds.

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