December 10th, 2007
12:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton camp answers Oprah with Angelou

Poet Maya Angelou is the star of a new radio ad for Hillary Clinton.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the heels of media mogul Oprah Winfrey's high profile Sunday visit to the crucial primary state of South Carolina for Democrat Barack Obama, rival Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is launching a new radio ad there featuring noted African American poet ­ and Winfrey pal ­ Maya Angelou.

Angelou, who first announced she was backing the New York senator's presidential bid earlier this year, calls Clinton a "strong woman and a protector of families," in the 60-second spot running on stations across the Palmetto State.

"Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before," Angelou also says in the ad. "Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges."

The ad comes in the wake of Winfrey's wildly popular tour of early-voting states with Obama over the weekend. The pair drew the biggest turnout in South Carolina, where African Americans make up more than 50 percent of Democratic primary voters.

While Clinton once held a double digit lead in South Carolina, a Mason-Dixon poll released Sunday seems to show Clinton beating the Illinois senator by only 3 percentage points, 28 percent to 25 percent.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. MARK LAGUNA BEACH CA

    I dont care who endorses who- I always do my own investigation and make up my own mind! I think the celebrity endorsement of politicians has no place and they should stick to reading lines that other people write for them.

    OBAMA IS A ONE TIME SENATOR (NOT EVEN THROUGH HIS FIRST TERM) WHO IS GOING FOR THE BIGGEST CEO POSITION IN THE WORLD- WOULD YOU PROMOTE A NEW HIRE DIRECTLY TO CEO??

    December 10, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. James, Illinois

    Using AfAm against each other...And it never fails. Way to go sellout.

    December 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Eyzwidopn, LA,CA

    For everyone making the claim that Oprah is trying to tell people who to vote for, let's go over the equation again. Oprah's popularity gets people out to hear Obama speak so that those people can make up their own minds after hearing him speak whether they will vote for him or not. Oprah has said that she is not trying to tell people what to think but rather to just ask them to think.

    December 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. babyboomer Everytown USA

    Amanda from Orlanda commented: "While Angelou is a well-known, respected author, I think a lot of younger voters are going to say, Maya Angel-who?"

    Statistically YOUNGER voters just do not actually vote in the sheer numbers which OLDER registered voters do – EVEN when they've indicated that they will!!! (Maybe Obama & Oprah can turn those numbers around – We'll just have to wait with bated breath to see BUT unless Oprah plans to tour ALL 50 states with Barack Iowa, SC, and NH may turn out to be just a big flash in the pan!)

    I do however highly doubt that you're giving young and black voters enough credit for their knowledge of Angelou who "is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature and
    as a remarkable Renaissance woman"

    Maya Angelou's appeal transcends race and surpasses any celebrity status. Her words will most assuredly resonate with the voters in SC.

    December 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. D Quint

    Hillary is a winner against mud, with concrete change proposals, and hope with experience. Obama is another inspiring politician, full of great abstract rethoric, empty of concrete experience who is kneecapping the Democratic front runner. Obama will be easily defeated by any of the Republicans. Hillary is saving her best ammunitation for the Republicans. OBAMA NO GANA!

    December 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    Clinton 08
    Obama 16
    Why are dems giving the opporutnity of getting the White House for the next 16 years. Let's do it people, be smart and far-shighted!

    December 10, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Tom, New York, NY

    She gave her support months ago so this is not a counterstrike like some of you imply... you are all just jealous because Oprah's appearance was embarassing... think of what Oprah has done for the U.S. ? What? create herself tons of wealth? what has she done with it... in the U.S.? Compared to what this lady has done for Americans... no contest.... but that is beyond understanding of the Obama "babies"....

    And Mark, in LA...so a strong woman kicks her cheating husband out to the curb and that upholds the values of her marriage to the guy? instead of working out their differences (in private) and making the marriage work to keep her vows? Oh, I forgot, you are probably one of those hypocritical "Christian" republicans who is a bible beater but not a bible follower....kicking one out when there is trouble shows strength and leadership right, instead of working out your problems?????

    December 10, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Kyle, Columbia SC

    ARE YOU SERIOUS??? AS MUCH I LOVE MAYA SHE DOESN'T COME CLOSE!! SHE CANT GET 30K+ AT WILLIAM BRICE POINT BLANK. MAYA DON'T GET YOUR FEELINGS HURT PLAYING POLITICS WITH HILLARY; OPRAH ISNT PLAYING SHE'S SERIOUS.

    December 10, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Yumi,charleston,Ma

    Hahahahaha, I love Clintons sheet!

    December 10, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. dmw,roeland park,ks

    If you do not know who Maya Angelou is, then the American educational system is in more trouble than I thought and you all need to read more books and poetry.

    So now, the same folks complaining that Obama haters complained about Oprah, are now complaining about Maya Angelou because she supports Hillary.

    By the way, Obama is 46 years old and I believe he is a baby-boomer. So when he talks about getting rid of the current baby-boomer generation that is running things, he includes himself.

    Ya'll can be really silly and large percentages uneducated!

    December 10, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. David, Dallas Tx

    [Hillary's] strength and knowledge in foreign and domestic policies puts her at the top of the list.

    You mean, like when she voted to go to war with Iraq instead of waiting to let the UN inspectors finish their work and thus prove that Iraq didn't have WMD's?

    Or do you mean when she called engaging in diplomacy without prerequisites “naïve”?

    Or do you mean like when she voted to declare the Iranian military a terrorist organization, impeding diplomatic efforts underway?

    You must be a fan of Bush's foreign policy. Hillary's foreign policy experience consists of voting “yes” to Bush’s foreign policies.

    December 10, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. anita,orlando,fl

    Why do candidates think we will vote for them ,if a celebrity endorsed them? I am listening to what they are saying and will vote accordingly.I don't care if a celebrity endorsed a democrat or a church endorsed a republican.I will vote based on their speech ,belief and what they stand for.Which i hope is average American.

    December 10, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Ron, TX

    Sorry, but Maya Angelou is no Oprah... It's not just about celebrity endorsement, the Oprah-factor is about the ability of a leader to persuade those who support them into supporting a certain candidate

    Maya Angelou has no legions of followers, or mass amounts of people who respect her opinions. A few? Sure? Oprah-level? Not even close.

    December 10, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Linda, Portland, Maine

    The difference between Hillary and Obama is Hillary has had the opportunity to establish herself with her foreign policy and her experience to handle whatever comes her way intellectually and apply important decisions accordingly. Obama on the other hand, is new and has not even attended to his work in the Senate as he should have. He says and promises whatever he needs to in order to win votes! That does not make a potential President as surely we must learn our lessons from this poor excuse of a White House that has screwed up this country big time, not to even mention what hatred it has caused the rest of the world towards Americans. We need someone that will work for the people, not Corporate America and that person is Hillary.

    December 10, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Dave,des moines,Iowa

    And I answer Hillary with this....

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YOUtixvdbo&w=640&h=390]

    peace!

    December 10, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. George,Nashua,NH

    Why does Hillary has to go through so much from Chelsea,her mother to Maya....To me a good President is not supposed to go through so much shuffling people to equite what the opponent is doing. That sounds to be so much desperation......

    December 10, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Corey Doherty

    Clinton or Obama – things look better to me already.
    I think that Maya Angelou is an icon of literature and I think that Oprah Winfrey is an icon in media. I am glad they are involved in the process. What we need most is for everybody to get out and become involved. We are living the consequences of an apathetic America. We, as Americans, have the right, the privelage, the gift to choose our leaders. We need to seize that oppurtunity and make us the great country we have the potential to be.

    December 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Joan,houston,tx

    Maya is not a christian. She is a muslim who ran to Ghana for along time and attended mosques there before she returned to America to become a writer. Be careful with whom Hillary is associating with...

    December 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. elliott in NC

    Angelou is more of a nut job than Hitlery. If Clinton thinks this endorsement is going to help her, she is a bigger idiot than we thought. This will turn off more people than she knows...

    December 10, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Jimenez - Texas

    Ron from Texas you are absolutely correct! Maya Angelou is no Oprah… she's not a sell out like Oprah. Maya Angelou is a woman that has earned people's respect she didn't have to buy it like you know who? And, you're right about the Oprah level – not even close – Ms. Angelou outshines Oprah BIG TIME. shame on you. Read about this incredible woman before knocking her.

    December 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Cindy

    One word, Bill Clinton. And I am all for getting people to vote for Hilary. I am an AA, but I am an American. I liked Clinton policies re foreign affairs, economy and war stance. It's time for Bill to return, only via Hilary.

    All the best Hilary! Bring back the first black president of America!

    December 10, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Michael, Orange, NJ

    Maya Angelou is a friend of the Clinton's. Remember her poem at his 1993 ceremony. I think her endorsement is more genuine that Oprah's. However, Oprah is far more known and Angelou can't compete with that.

    December 10, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Aidyn, NY

    Maya is a well respected and smart woman. I am so glad she is endorsing Hillary.

    December 10, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. John, Washington DC

    Mayo Angelou – didn't Dr. Evil sing a song about her, with Mini-Me on back-up vocals?

    Seriously, this is such a transparent ante and desperate ploy from the Clinton camp to 'keep up' with Sen. Obama. Is she the best they could come up with? Are there not more influential (and known) people to campaign with?

    December 10, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. BR-New York City

    Did all of you forget that Maya Angelou is married to a white man. So it is only befitting that she would endorse a white woman over a black man. She doesn't believe that she is black. She just play one on TV.

    Racism is ugly, isn't it?

    Fired up...Ready to move...Obama 08

    December 10, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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