Oprah doorknocks in support of possible first black female USA governor

03 November, 2018, 16:39 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Oprah Winfrey

The 78-year-old civil rights legend was spotted dancing to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams at a campaign event Thursday for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor.

Mike Pence, who was in town to stump for Kemp said, "I heard Oprah was in town today and I heard Will Ferrell was going door-to-door the other day". If elected, Abrams would be the first black woman elected governor in the country.

She touts her experience working with Republicans as a state legislative leader, but she doesn't back down on her promises to expand Medicaid insurance, prioritize public education and push for tighter gun restrictions.

Walker had previously supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, telling TMZ Sports that he believed Trump would be the best man for the job.

For her part, Winfrey sought to cut through the party-line framing. "She had all the celebrities in 2016", Hurt said.

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. I don't want to run.

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". "I'm not testing the waters", Winfrey said.

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Perhaps even more than President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Abrams on Friday, Winfrey's appeal closely aligns with Abrams' political pitch. After the initial shock and introductions, Oprah asked if she was surprised and Denise replied "Surprised?" I was just sitting at home in California minding my own business but I could not stop thinking about what's going on down here. "Well I'd like to remind Stacey Abrams and Oprah and Will Ferrell-I'm kind of a big deal too".

"Our number one concern is giving Georgia voters what was promised, and that is a debate with all the candidates". Kemp hails from Republicans' conservative wing and embraces President Trump.

Civil rights groups sued Kemp in October over 50,000 voting registration applications that were placed on hold due to Georgia's "exact-match" law which requires personal information on voter applications to match state databases.

Winfrey did not mention Pence or the frequent GOP broadsides about "Hollywood" outsiders.

As a black woman, Ms Winfrey noted her kinship to two groups historically denied ballot access in the United States. She recalled generations of black Americans who faced "lynching. oppression. suppression", and declared that "their blood has seeped into my DNA" and forced her to the polls. She's so passionate about her candidacy that she's made a decision to go door to door to canvassing for Abrams.

The pitches from Pence and Winfrey clearly fit Abrams' and Kemp's respective strategies.

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