December 10th, 2007
12:43 PM ET
11 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. Jessica M., El Paso, TX

    Maya Angelou is a has been, a relic from the 50's who is irrelevant today"
    Posted By Taisha Jackson Bronx, New York : December 10, 2007 3:06 pm



    Meanwhile, let's compare how our candidates have spent their time in the past week or so. Gee, Hillary Clinton has spent her time giving speeches at Wall Street, releasing proposals for the housing crisis, sending letters to Bush to ensure that he gets congressional approval before moving forward with security agreements with Iraq, sending letters to Condi Rice asking her to ask Libya to compensate US victims of terrorism….and what has Obama been doing? Oh yes, playing around with Oprah.

    You better wake up people and you better do it quick. Too much is at stake!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 11, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  2. Michael M - Washington, DC

    Why isn't anyone asking the question and more importantly, WHAT HAS BARAK OBAMA DONE TO EXEMPLIFY THE PRIVILEGE OF BECOMING "OUR" NEXT PRESIDENT??? I mean come one folks! Personally, I like him and would have LOVED to see a dual ticket with him and Hillary. Compared to what she has done over the LAST 35 YEARS, he has had only some MINOR accomplishments in his past but they do NOT warrant him the privilege to be president. All he is doing is attacking Hillary Clinton and NOT talking about what he has done in the past and how it relates to positive change for the future. I think that alone speaks to his inability to undo what this lousy and pathetic of an Administration has so successfully destroyed. We have to ask ourselves, are we really in a position to chance would be "judgement" over experience? I dont know about any of you, but I dont think we can afford to take that chance. Stop and think about it for a minute.

    December 11, 2007 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  3. AT, Dallas

    Good for Hillary! By the way, Maya Angelou is not a new supporter of the Clintons. Don't forget who spoke at Bill's inauguration in 92'. As a young (29) African American woman, I am supporting Hillary more and more. I am not convinced of Obama's ability to run this country and make the changes necessary to turn things around. Maya Angelou is "old and crazy?" That's like saying George W. Bush is smart and well-spoken. Good move, Hillary!

    December 11, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Tim WIlliams, Tampa, FL

    Posted By Kimberly Clark, San Francisco, CA

    No the question is – what bills has Hillary written and passed? NONE!!!

    She became senator for one reason only – to do what she is doing now!!

    And laying around doing nothing but collecting government paychecks is called welfare by the way!!!

    I challenge anyone here to NAME ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT this woman has acheived since she became senator.

    All of you Clinton clones keep talking about her experience – SHE HAS DONE NOTHING more than supported George Bush's failed policies at every turn.

    As Mitt Romney said, she hasn't ever ran a business, a government not even a corner store.


    You Clinton clones are worse than Limbaugh lemmings. You are too easily suckered.

    December 11, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Glen, LA, CA


    December 11, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Chris, Los Angeles, CA

    I read about this on Global Grind (check out the story at and I just think its great that so many people are noticing and talking about these two candidates and their campaigns.

    December 11, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Steve in SC

    – Hillary served as Arkansas's First Lady for 12 years
    – Hillary served as America's First Lady for 8 years.
    – Hillary served as US Senator for New York for 7 years
    Posted By Sky Pete Wash, DC : December 10, 2007 5:30 pm

    Thanks for the bio. Where's the experience again?

    December 11, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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