"I want to tell you...no one paid for me to come here".
Oprah Winfrey delivered a passionate stump speech Thursday for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is looking to become the nation's first black female governor. "This is really going to make [Abrams], I think, the next governor of the state of Georgia".
Perhaps even more than President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Abrams on Friday, Winfrey's appeal closely aligns with Abrams' political pitch. "Come on, Oprah! It's dehumanizing, it's completely baseless, it's totally cruel, and again I say, you're much better than that and you're much bigger than that".
But after her speech, in a sit-down interview with Abrams - reminiscent of the 25-year television run of her daytime television show - she noted they were "just two women from MS". "You are dishonoring your family", Winfrey said.
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.
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The debacle followed a battering in a state election in Bavaria two weeks ago for the CSU and the Social Democrats. She has since defended her decision, saying she would make the decision "the same way again".
Winfrey also spoke in Georgia Thursday on behalf of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, comments that earned prominent coverage on the major cable news networks.
"Surprise, surprise", Winfrey, 64, said. "And Brian Kemp is going to do just that".
"I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", Pence said, in an apparent reference to a line from Ferrell's hit 2004 film, "Anchorman". 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. I don't want to run.
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". Those allegations, which are largely unfair, have brought another former president into the discussion: former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter, who amplified calls for Kemp to resign his current position.