November 26th, 2007
09:27 AM ET
15 years ago

It's official: Oprah to hit the trail

Oprah will officially hit the campaign trail for Obama.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama dropped the hint last week, but Monday his presidential campaign made it official: talk show host Oprah Winfrey will join him on the campaign trail next month.

The campaign said Oprah will make four appearances with the Democratic presidential candidate in three key early states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The stops will be the weekend of December 8th and 9th, in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Manchester and Columbia.

Winfrey has made no secret of her support for Obama, who lives in her hometown of Chicago. She officially endorsed the Illinois senator earlier this year and hosted a star-studded fundraiser for him in southern California in September, bringing big bucks and plenty of media exposure.

Her appearance comes as Obama fights with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the critical women's vote. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed the two separated by just a point among women in Iowa.

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. From the North

    Only in America would you see Celebrities Publicly endorsing Presidential Candidates! Only in America does the Presidential Race endure for months on end, answer to Corporations and Lobby Groups and belittle even the smallest of minds!
    What can citizens hope to learn about Candidates in 12 months plus that they didn't know in three? It seems campaign funds are more mandatory than than Leadership abilities!

    Thankfully Oprah's support will prove to be Obama's greatest misfortune and America's greatest Salvation!

    But it is totally amazing how cleavage, book sales, rags to riches biographies and Daytime Television ratings can warp so many American minds!

    And even more amazing is that there are still Americans supporting Republican Candidates!

    As they say, you reap what you sow. And the proof of that is in the Republican pudding.

    November 26, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    This campaign is all about being not black enough all they need now is Carlton from the fresh prince of Bel-air. Danny Glover ought to beat both of you grapes of wrath style, cracker wannabe

    November 26, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Oprah Winfrey has the same right as any American to get involved in the political process. And for that involvement she should receive the same applause as any other American, none.

    Americans that are swayed by celebrity endorsements are either too busy to read/research a candidate on their own (read as lazy); or they are just like so many sheep, willing to be herded along in one direction or another without any thought of their own.

    I don't think much of Oprah's opinion on aything, and I never have. If she supported Senator Clinton I might even be looking for another candidate.

    And can ANY Hillary hater please explain the basis of their informed judgement against her? Leave out the cackle comments, don't like her voice and other nonsense.

    If they can't find something of substance to base their opinion on, maybe, just maybe they have been led to their opinion and need to rethink their position.

    November 26, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Oprah might be a celebrity, but she is also a person and a citizen, and if she believes he would make the best president for this country, then good for her – help him win. I see there is nothing wrong with it.

    And worse, if one does not think Hillary would make a good president and she is they front-runner, it gives all the more reason to help Obama, Edward, Biden, Kucinich, Richardson, Dodd – anybody, to avert the impending disaster should she win.

    Her inability to give straight answers is one weakness, and now, her mandate for healthcare, imposing her will on everyone to pay for health care. This country is founded on giving people choices. Now, if the plan is attractive, with good benefits and affordable and people willingly pay for it, then I don't mind, but it seems she will force people to pay for it, whether they like it or not, and I am not sure how it will be enforced. Will people go to jail if they don't have health insurance?

    November 27, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Bea, Hoboken, NJ–The talk show hostess can buy and sell you a BILLION times.

    Sorry "MiddleAmerica", my vote is not for sale. I couldn't care less how much money she has and how many people would be vacuous enough to vote for Obama simply because Oprah endorsed him. I guess that you're one of them.


    November 27, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. janel, St. Paul, MN

    I've followed Hillary and Barack for some time. Just can't buy into Hillary's claim that she is "experienced" because she was the first lady. Certainly as a senator, she has been credible, but she has changed her positions to bring potential voters into her camp.

    I am not sold by her campaign promises, and I am fearful that she will enable a republican to win the white house again. God help us if Guiliani becomes their candidate.

    Barack Obama will bring a welcome "change" of leadership. He is bright, honest, articulate and, in my view, cares very much about our country. He will also bring respect from our former allies who now look upon our country with some distain.

    Personally, I'd welcome a chance from the "clinton" "bush" white house.

    November 27, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  7. Liberal Chic

    I think there's credible amount of evidence that Oprah Winfrey supports credentialed blacks without fully doing her research.

    One recent case is her featuring of the plastic surgeon Jan Adams on her show. That's the doctor that operated on the mother of rapper Kanye West.

    Adams was not even a board certified plastic surgeon and had complaints/lawsuits against him but Oprah chose to have him as a guest because he was a black doctor with a degree from Harvard. She has had other black medical professionals who have been sued in malpractice suits and who turned out less than qualified in full view.

    Now we have Obama, another credentialed black dude who is not qualified to do what she says he's qualified to do.

    Anyone who thinks Oprah is endorsing him just because he's the best candidate in the 20 plus years she's been in entertainment is fooling himself.

    She endorses Obama because he's got the Ivy credentials and because he's BLACK. We'll find out he's not qualified when he steps into the White House and screws things up just like Bush did.

    November 27, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  8. Zach

    This is not news. Please hire serious reporters to cover the campaign. If Winfry needs more attention, she should just visit her plastic surgeon. Stop covering this ridiculous angle.

    November 27, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  9. K, Florida

    Ryan, NJ – I have been around the world and I must say, the "Clinton" name is not loathed. The education system was Not messed up as a result of the "Clinton" administration. Taxes were Not the hardship for the middle class due to the "Clinton" name. We also were not killing our son's and daughter's in the "Clinton" name. What you did see, was ONE common thread. . . . the Republican name. You can wish away history if you like. I for one, Know that things were better with the "Clinton" name, than we are presently.

    November 27, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  10. James W Vernon II,McDonough GA

    Today is Tuesday, November 27, 1957.

    Oh did I write that? It must have been because of the comments.

    I thought this was the modern, progressive, and new America where a person had the right to vote his or her conscience.

    Plus the right to endorse whom-so-ever you wanted to endorse. Sound like we are heading towards an American type Germany of the 1940's where you went along with the majority whether right or wrong.

    For years Blacks have supported Whites when it came to running for a public office. Some times it was a good choice and some times not.

    For years Whites have supported Whites with maybe some rare occasions where they supported Blacks. It was no big deal.

    And to all of a sudden make it a crime in the minds of a number of individuals that have commented seems absurd.

    Oprah has the same right that all of you that are commented have. Which is to pick the best candidate for the job and to give them your support. "Which is the Bottomline!"

    I read somewhere that liberalism was a mental disorder. Meaning that when liberals can't attack your logic and thinking ability they began to attack the person. Example the negative comments about Oprah herself and not about her reasoning for deciding to campaign for Obama.

    Yes I am inclined to concur liberalism is a mental disorder.

    You go O!!!

    November 27, 2007 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  11. RD, des moines, IA

    I won't vote Obama or watch Oprah TV shows any moore.

    November 27, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. MD, des moines, iowa

    In the recent Iowa and other state and national polls or surveys, Hillary Clinton beats out Obama and other candidates in being the best qualified candidate, with most relevant experiences, having worked the hardest, and is the most electable in the next general election.

    November 27, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  13. Dan, Glen Ellyn, IL

    I was on the fence between Senator Obama and Clinton but, he has sealed the deal for me by joining up with the Queen of Manipulation and Exlpoitation – Oprah. He has lost credibility in my eyes.

    November 27, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    MD i Iowa: Prove it! I think you're making it all up. Apparently you missed the poll that had Obama ahead of Clinton by 20-16%.
    I love how folks get on here and make up facts and statistics to fit thier purpose but offer no referential evidence to support their arguments.
    FYI, we are not all sheep. And Hillary is demonstrably two-faced, wishy-washy, wants it both ways and will say whatever she thinks any given audience wants to hear.
    It's hard to say Hillary will be worse than Bush for this country (hell, that's an awful tough act to follow) but she is in this for her own personal glorification, could care less for the rank and file American and will do no good for this country.

    Go ahead, vote for Hillary, vote for the status quo in D.C.

    November 27, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Susan Wesley, Merr., IN

    Oprah is doing this because she is an Afro- American, and I will never vote for him and I will not ever watch your show again. You are a racist.

    November 27, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |

    So how does Ms. Winfrey say "thank you" to these American women and girls who have made her the woman she is today. She establishes a leadership academy for girls in a foreign country. How dare she. She ought to be ashamed. That leadership academy should have been established in the United States, to give back to the community that has given Ms. Winfrey the ability to establish such a school. Secondly Obama as president.WE ARE STILL LAUGHING…
    Maybe he would be more helpful to Oprah to run her school, since the girls are being abused…
    BTW OPRAH? Maybe you should concentrate on your school instead of trying to buy a black presidential candidate.SHAME ON YOU OPRAH...

    November 30, 2007 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  17. Josh, Key West, Fl.

    Reality Check: It appears posters "being called racists" & posters "calling other posters racists" have a slight dilemma. Sen. Obama is BOTH white & black! He chooses to worship the "Black Value System" While Totally Ignoring his "White Roots". Who Then is the "TRUE Racist"?

    November 30, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. PW Va

    I don't think ameica is ready for muslim president called barak hussein obama, his uncle saddam hussiem is dead. second i believe that oprah is polorizing person that needs to worry and fix the problem she created with her girl school. fianlly, come out about her gay friend lover gayle. fially she needs to embrace her own culture in instead of criticing hard worker rap players.

    Posted By frank salizar, houston texas

    Frank...has it ever occurred to you to go back to school and obtain yor GED? Your post is clearly a myriad of untruths and innuendos and we won't even get into the grammatical and misspelling portion of your post.

    Further, in case you were unaware, it appears that Senator Obama shares kinship with our current VP and not with the now deceased Saddam as you inferred.

    December 1, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Jesse

    Opraaaaaaaah, I was your fan but I will nver be anymore. Remember, you will never be the number one as Clinton. Many women are disappointed that you do not support our female candidate. You turned me off.

    December 3, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. Kimberly

    This is shear abuse of power on Oprah's part!

    She has become not just a celebrity in this country but an icon & as sad as it is,
    many people will vote for anyone she backs, not because of what they stand for but simply because "If Oprah says it, it must be true".
    She's not dumb, she knew that putting her name on his campaign would get him votes and that's abuse of power!

    People of her stature should never divulge who they're voting for.

    January 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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