December 9th, 2007
02:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Oprah vs. Chelsea

Oprah Winfrey campaigned with Barack Obama, and Chelsea Clinton hit the trail with her mother..

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (CNN) – On a day when Oprah Winfrey is taking her first leap into the world of presidential campaigning by stumping for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Iowa, Chelsea Clinton is also marking a first. It's the first time she's been out on the trail with her mother, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, during this election cycle. And guess what? They're also in the Hawkeye State.

An attempt to compete with the star power of Winfrey? Not so, said Hillary Clinton.

Answering reporters' questions, Clinton never mentioned the queen of daytime television by name. She did, however, say a trip with her daughter—and her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who also joined them Saturday—had been in the works but that the family kept running into "conflicting schedule needs," that is, until today, coincidentally.

Reporters weren't told about the addition of Chelsea Clinton until Saturday morning.

"It worked out that it was going to be [Saturday], and I'm thrilled to have them with me," Clinton said. "I've had a great time having my mother and my daughter with me. I hope I can persuade one or both of them to come back."

But the two sat quietly while the presidential hopeful spoke.

Asked if Chelsea would be making any comments at any point in the day, Clinton hesitated but stated simply, "I don’t think so."

Reporters were also curious whether Sen. Clinton was at all nervous that Winfrey would no doubt be hogging much of the spotlight Saturday.

At an unofficial campaign stop for breakfast—where reporters with cameras formed a quasi-fortress around the family's table—Clinton chose to answer by saying, "I'm having a good time. I'm just not sure I'm going to eat all of this in front of you. That’s the only thing I'm concerned about right now!"

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Willy, Chesaperake, VA

    Does anybody really give a hoot what Oprah, Obama,Clintons and the rest of the socilaist democtats do the their sheep?

    December 8, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. sunny, edison nj


    Karl Rove advises to Obama how to fight Hillary, now Obama with the Oprah WHY..? There is a simple math working and most of them know this.
    " If I'm a Republican and my vote to makes Obama win for Democratic Presidential nomination, there will be Republican President only in Nov. 2008".


    December 8, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Ann, TX

    Decent responses by Hillary Clinton. She has the support of her family and I am sure there are thoughtful people who will vote for her.

    I followed Oprah supporting the Obama mania, I can understand why people should go for a fun event although I am not sure why so many are so crazy to see Oprah, but its alright.

    However, I am disgusted and scared to even consider that the entertainment business might control people's voting decisions. Obama being endorsed by Oprah is one thing, but using the force of entertainment to influence voting is scary. People need to be educated to be citizens and exert their constitutional vote..

    December 8, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Jeffim, Miami, Fl

    Everyone needs to see how Oprah once did her best to sell the war to everyone! now is changed her mind. which is ok. but she should be the last one to criticize Clinton for her vote! shame on her!
    just youtube Oprah supports war

    December 8, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |

    It's great for HIllary to have her Mom and Chelsea with her!

    Of course, if you can't get Barbara Streisand to compete with Oprah, why not get your Mom and Daughter to help regain some of the spotlight?

    Asked if Chelsea would be making any comments at any point in the day, Clinton hesitated but stated simply, "I don’t think so. It's all about me, isn't it?"

    Even if the story did contain much more about the Clintons, it was wonderful of CNN to show Oprah instead!

    December 9, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  6. Jimmy Sanborn

    I think its is cool that Chelsea was with her mom today. I,m sure we will get to hear her speak before this is all over. I sure am looking forward to it. She seems like a very sweet individual from what I have heard.

    December 9, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. jairus,ft laud, fl

    Ask Not what Obama can do for your country....ask what Oprah can make Obama do for Oprah....well....make her an Ambassador of some foreign country. If Obama becomes President, it will be payback time for Obama.
    We are not voting for Obama because he is for giving all the illegal aliens amnesty and hasn't done a darn thing of importance including supporting the release of the illegal imprisonment of our Border Patrol Agents Compean and Ramos. Free Compean and Ramos!

    December 9, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Jimmy Sanborn

    No contest. That would be a certain vote for Chelsea Clinton

    December 9, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. sam,boston,ma

    I see the 'Hate-Bots' from HillaryLand are out in full force. That's what bothers so many people about her campaign and her supporters, they are so negative, and love to attack Barack. I guess that's what Hillary wants them to do, follow their leader. 'Do as I do, and do what I say.' Please continue your negative rants, because it helps voters decide between Hillary's 'attack politics', and Barack's 'Politics of Hope'. Keep it up, 'Hate-bots', we are gaining supporters with each hateful post. Thanks for you help.

    December 9, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  10. Carey B. NYC

    I loved this article on the ticker. Great job CNN. Oprah has a huge gift in life, well, in truth she has many gifts but the one that stands out above all others is her gift of truthful "communication." When she speaks people know she is telling the truth and that the words are hers and hers alone, heck she even wrote the speech she gave today. I'm impressed. How many politicians write their own speeches?

    I applaud Oprah's courage to get into-the-ring during this 08 Presidential campaign because she has nothing to lose. Her strength is admirable and I am proud to be a woman today, actually I am proud to be an American. Thanks CNN.

    December 9, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. Carey B. NYC

    CNN you should be ashamed of yourself for not posting comments written by US citizens, or for removing comments you deem not in the best interest of your "candidate." You have become a network that is anti-democratic and this is deeply saddening. Oprah you make us proud to be American.

    December 9, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. brenda,boston,ma

    “But is it such a bad problem to have?” NOPE! Oprah the Queen of Day time talk actually throwing her support behind a candidate for president is definitely something. I mean she’s had interviews with presidential candidates before, but I don’t think she’s ever endorsed a candidate before.Good to see this move. I am impressed!

    December 9, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    Unfortunately for Hillary, the Clintons plus Barbara Streissand are no match for Oprah. Coming at a time when Obama is taking a more commanding lead in Iowa, rising in New Hampshire, and opening a slight lead in South Carolina, it certainly appears that the Barocket is taking off again. This momentum could genuinely carry him to the nomination and probably to the White House.

    December 9, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  14. HowAboutSomeFairReportingCNN

    Ron Paul and the Media Bias

    December 9, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. SilvaC, Tucker, GA

    Its OK for Hilary to bring Chelsea. I am pro-Obama not anti-Hilary, its unfair for the press to keep playing the partisan game. Let each candidate use their strategy to reach voters, without building negativity.

    December 9, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  16. chris,san,ca

    I never thought I would write about Obama cause I never thought I would vote for a black man..ever! But boy was I wrong. I watched this man in Califonia do his magic and I was hooked; I have followed him ever since. I tell all the people I meet to read his books and get to know him and listen to him and you’ll find out why this man–Barack Obama, Is the next president of the free world. For those who can’t a white boy who has dedicated his life to letting anyone I know get the wonderful experience of knowing the next president..Obama 08!

    December 9, 2007 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. PollM, Dallas Texas

    Do you agree with Oprah that "Judgment Matters More Than Experience"?


    December 9, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  18. Mike Shelton, Yuma, AZ

    Hillary should be ashamed. Her daughter and mother are no match for Oprah. Then when she gets them she doesn't or can't use them effectively.

    December 9, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  19. Aurora Billings, Plattsburgh NY

    I really don't see why it is such a big deal that Chelsea is on the campaign trail with her mother. Plenty of other candidates have family members, including children and grandchildren with them while they campaign. Chelsea is a private citizen and her presence on the campaign in no way makes her mother's campaign any more or less important.

    December 9, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  20. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    I was already for Obama. But ironically, watching the C-SPAN coverage of the Des Moines event increased my respect for Oprah Winfrey. Her speech, which I understand was fully her own creation, was both inspiring and substantive. It leaves me thinking she must be a wonderful influence on the people who watch her television program– I don't. But wow! She's terrific!

    December 9, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  21. Mizty Castaing, Watts, California

    How soon we forget...The woman who sold America James Frey’s A Million Little “Lies” Pieces will help sell Obama’s 15 Million Lies. The woman who invested in South Africa’s youth instead of US youth because they don’t “appreciate it” is a bit of an elitist. If she is done giving away cars she, She can take her Bobby Kennedy plan and underwrite health plan herself. Maybe we in the US don't appreciate our health enough. Flowery words does not a Bobby Kennedy make. Barak Hussein Obama will have to sit this one out. Can you just see it… I Barak Hussein Obama do swear to up hold the Consititution….. Yeah right!

    December 9, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  22. Anson Ang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Oprah Winfrey has done a lot for the society both domestic and abroad. She has built her career and credibility in the past 20 years FROM NOTHING. Its the typical case of "Zero to Hero" She has been through hardships like other victims, hence she can understand what people are going through. I GIVE GREAT REPECT TO THIS LADY.

    Chalsea Clinton has been born with silver spoon in he from Day 1. What the hell did she know about pain and suffering? Came into this world with maids, butlers, chauffers, bodyguards, personal professionals from doctors to teachers. Living so comfortably like spoil breed. It makes me sick to even look at her together with her mother and grandmother. After all, THEY ARE THE SAME SPECIES!!!

    December 9, 2007 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  23. Jeffrox, LA

    So now, for the first time ever, the lady came out of her luxurious mansion to campaign in cold, cold Iowa. I'm sure those who've been doing this time after time would be oh so impressed. May I ask where she was in all those years when the good Iowa Democrats were waging their brave fight to ensure that their cause is carried on and their hopes live on? Now she decides to show up and tells everyone she voted for the Reps as much as she voted for the Dems. Was this supposed to floor anyone? Good for her but I am not at all impressed. But then again, my vote is for the other lady.

    December 9, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  24. Chris Hassel, Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Senator Obama will be a great presidential eight or nine years. Lately, due to his inexperience, he has consistently made ridiculous statements regarding foreign policy issues (particularly, but not exclusively, regarding Pakistan...though I guarantee a lot of folks will have forgotten those silly statements...). Whether we care about that fact will be a major factor in whether we Democrats vote for a president who is an experienced, forward-thinking person, or whether we vote for someone else.

    By the way, such an experienced, forward-thinking person would be Governor Bill Richardson, but that's only my opinion.

    December 9, 2007 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  25. shera colo

    nooooo dont think she can get hugs ...4 vote's .. I don...t do you ..??

    December 9, 2007 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
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