Oprah campaigns for Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor

04 November, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Oprah Winfrey said she was not asked by anyone to support Ms Abrams

Abrams, who is attempting to become the first black female governor in US history, then thanked Winfrey in a statement, reports ABC News. But she also said the election is about issues like expanding Medicaid insurance and focusing state spending on public education, job training and small business startups. He wields guns in his ads and lambastes Abrams as a tool of "socialists" and "billionaires" who "want to turn Georgia into California".

"I've heard nothing about it, and my reaction would be that this is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and have forced him to accept absentee ballots to be counted and those who are being held captive by the exact match system to be allowed to vote", Abrams told host Jake Tapper.

"I think we've made great progress, particularly at the individual polling stations and with the tabulations of votes", Warner said. "I'm not testing the waters". "I'm not testing the waters", she said.

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".

Speaking before the Republican-leaning suburbs of Atlanta, Ms Winfrey urged voters to make history by backing Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams in next week's midterm elections.

"Democracy is not just about our individual rights and concerns and our individual protections", Winfrey said, "but rather it lives and thrives in making sure that everybody is lifted by the community". Pence is scheduled to appear with Republican nominee Brian Kemp at three rallies around the state.

Pence also noted that Abrams' campaign is "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals". "This is the South. People have been really wonderful and really optimistic about Stacey Abrams".


A spokeswoman for Abrams lumped Kemp in with President Trump, suggesting the president created the climate for the racist calls to air.

Her path to victory, as the campaign sees it, comes through activating voters who might have sat out past elections or never before cast a ballot while - at the same time, with the same message - appealing to political moderates, especially those tied into Atlanta's booming economy. They don't help. Just ask Hillary Clinton.

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

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

Interesting position, because local Republicans have, from time to time, touting a tax credit that has turned Georgia into a film-making force; the industry contributed an estimated $2.7 billion in direct spending in Georgia previous year, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Winfrey has since dismissed the notion that she would challenge Trump in 2020.

Winfrey addressed a crowd in Marietta, Georgia, on the same day and encouraged people to vote and to vote for Abrams for governor.

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