Trump Says He Was Friends with Oprah Until He Ran for Office

Cheryl Sanders
November 6, 2018

Oprah Winfrey gave residents in Georgia the thrill of their lives as she hit the campaign trail for Stacey Abrams, who is seeking election as the state's first black woman governor.

Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech explaining her decision to campaign for Abrams.

"Stacey Abrams has really been able to fundraise just as much as Brian Kemp", said Lori Geary, an Atlanta-based political analyst and media consultant.

Oprah received a rousing welcome from Democrats as she walked onto the stage, but no doubt left a few disappointed by ruling out a bid for the White House.

According to RealClearPolitics's average of polls, Abrams and her Republican opponent Brian Kemp are in an extremely close race, with Kemp up by 1 percentage point.

"I'm the only candidate with a plan to get that done and to do that without vitriol, without vilifying people", she said.

"Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals", Pence said, after drawing boos when he mentioned that "Oprah is in town" and noted that actor Will Ferrell was recently in the state for Democrats.

Lewis said to supporters at the rally that they should tell everyone they know to go vote.

Winfrey again dismissed rumours that she intended on running for president in 2020, "I don't want to run, okay?"

"For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote - wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family", said Winfrey, who, like Abrams, is a black woman born in Mississippi. "I paid for myself and I approve this message". "I want to make it very clear ... I think they are trying the burn the tape". "I'm kind of a big deal too and I've got a message, I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends".

"Oprah's good, but the woman that she's supporting is not qualified to be the governor of Georgia by any stretch of the imagination".

A robocall apparently from a white supremacist group is injecting racism directly into the race, which has already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. The state has not elected a Democrat governor since 1998.

Both candidates condemned an automated telephone call filled with racist and antisemitic statements that was sent to an unknown number of Georgians. After Thursday's dueling outsiders, former president Barack Obama will follow on Friday for Abrams.

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