December 5th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Oprah rally moved to football stadium

Oprah's appearance could help raise Obama's profile in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Relax, University of South Carolina football fans. Your season may be over, but Williams-Brice Stadium won't be empty for long.

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign announced Wednesday afternoon that because of overwhelming demand, their rally on Sunday with Oprah Winfrey will be moved to the 80,000 seat college football stadium in Columbia (although, the campaign said they don't expect to fill the stadium - that's coach Steve Spurrier's job).

The campaign had been scheduled to hold the rally at the Colonial Center in downtown Columbia, which seats 18,000 people, but on Tuesday Obama's state director Stacey Brayboy announced that "overwhelming excitement" had caused a run on free tickets.

"This event far exceeded our expectations," said Obama spokesman Kevin Griffis, who said they had to negotiate with the University of South Carolina to get the stadium for Sunday's rally.

There had been a waiting list for tickets, but the move to the football stadium will allow the campaign to accommodate everyone who wants to go.

So, will all those Oprah and/or Obama fans be actual registered voters? That remains to be seen, but the media attention will certainly help raise Obama's profile in the crucial early-voting state.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. RuthieM

    YAHOO! Touchdown Obama '08!!!

    December 5, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Marty, Orlando Fl

    WOW!!! That's exciting news. I wish I could go. Best of luck to Obama.

    December 5, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I'm a Republican – Oprah is picking the right candidate – if the R's don't run Giuliani....he will have my vote (and many many others here in CT)

    December 5, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL

    Like Seinfeld, this is a Show About Nothing. People just flocking to see Oprah? How cheap could Americans be to sell their vote for just a view of Oprah? This will just be a show without substance. Obama, please, talk issues, not Oprah.

    December 5, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. A Sad Woman, somewhere in America

    Good for Senator Barack Hussein Obama.
    But what a sad story for all Women in America. Here is a woman (oprah)who once gave all American women hope and inspired them to reach their highest goals and told them it is possible to fight gender based discrimination. And now she is trying to use women againts women. she is trying to stop a woman (Senator Clinton)who finally has a chance of becoming the leader of the free world and break the gender barrier. NO wonder people don't trust a woman to run a country...nice role model Oprah! thanks for all that and nothing

    December 5, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Hillarylover in SA

    Hey Oprah don't forget book of the month "THE BOUND MAN." Don't be fooled everyone is going to watch two dumb @@@@@ on stage.

    December 5, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Jimenez - Texas

    Don't to worry – people are just going to watch two fools on the stage. Women are not being swayed by Oprah trust me. It's a free show. Tell me how many people wouldn't go to something for free? Then again where are all these people being bused from? Iowa doesn't strike me as an Oprah fan state. Boycott Oprah! Everyone start buying the book THE BOUND MAN.

    December 5, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Ali, detroit, ny

    With the 130 church ministers and their chuck members, plus each is supposed to get 10 more friends, there should not be any problems of getting 18,000 people.

    It looks like a Billy Graham event, which asks people to convert.... Haliluja.

    December 5, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Robert NYC & Miami

    Sadly, America will not elect a black man.

    4 more years of the last 8!

    December 5, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    December 5, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. James, Chicago,ill.

    Sorry, this election is far too important to vote on the basis of race or gender. We need the best leader to take us out of the morass that the bush years have left us in. We need an inspirational, substantive person to re-ignite the american dream and restore american reputation abroad. Barack Obama is not only the clear choice of Oprah, but of the rest of the world also. Hillary Clinton has consistently displayed poor judgement when it comes to matters of voting for the invasion of Iraq without bothering to read the NIE and then voting to give Bush a blank check to attack a Iran that had stopped it's weapons program 4 years ago is all the evidence we need that Hillary votes for personal career goals above the best interests of America. 4000 dead american soldiers are the result in Iraq and it could have been much worse in Iran if congress had not forced the release of the new NIE.. No, Oprah has chosen wisely... lets hope america does also.

    December 5, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    The point is that lots of people will now get to hear Barack Hussein Obama unfiltered by the news media. They will find that he is the best candidate to lead our country into the future.

    Barack Hussein Obama. A president with that name will lead not just our country, he'll lead the world in eliminating Islamic terrorists from the face of the planet.

    Obama '08!

    December 5, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This article goes to all the Obama/Oprah haters.

    December 5, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. SB, Atlanta GA

    I'm going, and it has nothing to day with Oprah. I'm going to see the next President of the United States.

    When was the last time Hillary had 18,000 at an event – which is too small for Obama?

    December 5, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. jw, canadian,ok

    Oh for the love of Elmer Fudd, Obama couldn't fill a Burger King without Oprah.

    December 5, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. AJ, IL

    Wow! I wish I could be there. Oprah bringing people to well and Obama getting them to drink.

    Posted By A Sad Woman, somewhere in America.

    Hey Sad Woman, you are wrong! Oprah does believe in woman empowerment. But belief in the politics of hope and change, trumps race, gender, and sexual-biased decision making. Hillary decided to run for President because she saw the opportunity to make history and grab power. Obama decided to run for President because we (the people) decided wanted true change in the White House, not scandals and secrecy which what we got will Bill and Bush.

    December 5, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Monte Brown

    I don't think the good people of South Carolina will fall for this fiasco. Oprah and Obama are both egomaniacs. Oprah thinks she's president or queen or something.

    Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she's READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE.

    December 5, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Kerry, NY

    A Sad Woman, somewhere in America

    Are you telling me you are going to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman. Now that's SAD

    December 5, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    Chris, Middletown, CT...

    Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL...

    Don't you (incredibly intelligent) people see the real issues here? It's a Ratings War! Not an election!

    December 5, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. salernmi, NYC

    A Sad Woman, why should any woman vote for Senator Clinton just because she is a woman? What if they believe she is just not the right woman to be the first female president? What if they don't think Sen. Clinton should be president because of her views, or personality, or any other reason? Are you really arguing that every woman should vote for Sen. Clinton solely because she is a woman? That is what your post implies, that somehow Oprah has sold out women everywhere because she supports someone other than the sole woman in the race. How does this make sense?

    December 5, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. TIBWA, indianapolis, IN

    A Sad woman:

    Robert NYC & Miami:

    I love you coment both: What you telling the effet of having a black president is less important than having a woman. I do not think so.

    Robert keep your racist fear for yourself. Let me tell you what I saw in my dream:

    From the 45 line, Oprah as the quaterback throw the past to Barack down the 5th and Touchdown.

    Obama 2008

    December 5, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Mike in NC

    well well well.. I wish I could type something here that would please all Americans... and even if I could some where down the line I would step on someone's toes. its not that I am aiming to do so. The problem is that America has long toes and a short memory. My question to America is not 'can a black man be elected as President?' My question would be 'is America ready to come together for the fight of our lives?'

    December 5, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    I didn't know Oprah was running for president... wait, she isn't! Why do you people at CNN keep putting her on the ticker? Her opinion on politics is just that... an opinion, no different than mine or anyone else's. Anybody that votes a certain way because Oprah or any celebrity says to needs to get out in the world and form their OWN opinions. But hey, that's just MY opinion.

    December 5, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Eloise Hall, Albany, Georgia

    Oprah needs to stay out of politics. Her support of Obama only reaffirms her wish to make sure that the Republician party stay in office.

    December 5, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Matthew Law, Atlanta

    Newsflash...the people are coming out for Oprah, not Obama. Plus they probably think Oprah is going to shower them gifts.. Obama won't win. He's a smug jerk

    December 5, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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