Self inspired to gather behind the "courageous and bodacious" Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey jumped into the 2018 mid-term election today, saying she wanted to be part of the historic campaign.
"I do not want to run," said Winfrey during a rally in Georgia. "I am here today to support a change-maker."
With Aretha Franklin's "Sisters Are Doin" for herself, "shooting at her, Winfrey appealed to women in the state to rally behind a" Georgia warrior ". Abrams "is someone who dared to believe that she can change the state," Winfrey said. If elected, Abrams would be the first black female governor of the country.
Winfrey has contributed part-time for the 60 minutes of CBS News, but she has stepped off that role during her campaigns. The media mogul was in the past an active campaigner for Barack Obama. Earlier this year she said she would not become president in 2020. "Do not try to test water," she said today.
She emphasized that she is a registered independent, not obligated for a political party, but was called to support Abrams because she stands for matters she cares about. "She cares about expanding Medicaid, keeping families together and protecting the environment for our children so that they have clean water and do not wear oxygen masks," Winfrey said.
At a separate meeting for Abrams' Republican opponent in Georgia, Brian Kemp, Vice President Mike Pence alluded to the Winfrey event and suggested that it was not appropriate for state voters.
"This is not Hollywood," Pence said. "I have a message for all liberal Hollywood friends of Abrams, this is Georgia, and Georgia wants a governor who values the values of Georgia and Georgia."
The governor's race in Georgia has received national attention because of the extreme ideological differences between Abrams and Kemp and allegations of voter oppression. A new NBC News / Marist College poll shows that Abrams and Kemp are almost stuck in the Georgian gubernatorial race, with Kemp leading Abrams among probable voters 46 percent to 45 percent. Libertarian Ted Metz received support from 4 percent of likely voters.
During the Abrams rally, Winfrey stressed that supporting the campaign was her idea. "Nobody even asked me to come here," she said.
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