September 6th, 2007
01:56 PM ET
15 years ago

Oprah may take visible role in Obama campaign

Watch CNN's Bill Schneider report on Oprah's potential role in the Obama campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The impact of a prominent presidential endorsement often fails to resonate at the polls, but popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey's backing of Barack Obama could prove to have a more significant effect.

Oprah, who first told CNN's Larry King last year she is backing Obama, may assume a visible role in his presidential bid, a source close to the Illinois senator tells CNN. She is already slated to hold a star-studded fundraiser at her California estate this weekend.

Oprah has repeatedly shown her name can sell nearly anything, but the media magnate has never endorsed a presidential candidate before.

It remains to be seen if the popular talk show host's role may go beyond raising money from her Hollywood friends, but the prospect of seeing Oprah in campaign commercials or on the stump is already causing widespread speculation on the effect she may have.

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  1. Mark Ellis - Greenwich, Connecticut

    Oprah Winfrey is a fraud as far as I am concerned. The woman has the audacity to except millions of dollars from Americas then instead of building a school for the impovrished African Amercian, Asian Amercian, Hispanic American- White American kids she goes to Africa and builds one. BULL! Hey lady you would be nothing if it were not for the Amercian people supporting all of your products. You give back to the people who gave you what have, then you have the right to be a philanthropist anywhere you choose!I hope people start seeing you for the person you really are.

    September 13, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Patrick Power- Deptford, NJ

    tsk..tsk..tsk Let's keep it real, guys. What is her talent? The fact is- Oprah Winfrey is a rip-off. She used the old Phil Donahue forum to nourish a career that incorporated the politically correct issue of our time- male bashing.

    How many caucasions did she invite to her "Legends" night? I give her credit one thing though- being a cunning con artist that has house-frows, live audiences and book clubs members (mostly white) believing they have a black friend. Do you really thinks she likes caucasions? Cut me a break!

    But, in a democracy she has a right to be a pied-piper and endorse of her choice...any surprise it's Mr. Obama?

    September 13, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. Sue Andrews, St. Marys , Pa

    I have come to the conclusion that Oprah is a reverse racialist, and it has become more obvious. I was a big fan in the beginning of her career, but the more celebrity she achieved, the more blatant it has become. I wish she would have refrained from entering the political arena. I also was intrigued but Barack Obama, but now, I don't know. Hiliary is looking better and better.

    December 14, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. anonymous

    I love Oprah.

    May 14, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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