December 10th, 2007
12:43 PM ET
8 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. New Yorker, NYC, NY

    She calls Clinton "a strong woman"????

    Hillary stood by her man despite the fact he cheated on her REPEATEDLY! A strong woman would have kicked him to the curb!

    Posted By Mark, Shreveport, LA : December 10, 2007 1:34 pm

    You have definition wrong. Strong woman also try to make work inspite of her husband cheating on her.

    December 10, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Maya Angelou said "Hillary Clintons campaign is like an abstract poem – everyone sees something completely different in her answers. Take for instance when Hillary stated she supported Governor Spitzers proposal to reward illegal aliens for violating our laws and giving them a license. Some heard her say she supported that while some heard she was against it...abstract..its like a bad poem for the illiterate" (she might be onto something)

    December 10, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. vivian, philadelphia, pa

    "I think that Maya Angelou is an icon of literature and I think that Oprah Winfrey is an icon in media. I am glad they are involved in the process. What we need most is for everybody to get out and become involved."

    I agree. The point is not Oprah vs. Maya. The point is that Obama and Hillary will get more attention via these celebrities, getting the American people to become more interested in politics in general and hopefully vote.

    December 10, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Franky, NY NY

    For all you sour grapes chanting "Maya" Who? Let me educate you: Maya Angelou is the woman your precious Oprah runs to when she needs any form of guidance (this is by Oprah's own admission).

    Hillary '08!

    December 10, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Kate, Aurora CO

    Anyone over the age of 18 who asks "Maya who?" is a victim of poor schooling. "Maya who" is one of the most influential and important writers of our time. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and she read one of her poems at the 1993 presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. She has been named of of the most 30 powerful women in America and has been honored by universites, government agencies, literary organizations, and many many more. If I hear someone say "Maya who", that will just prove how illiterate and ignorant that person is.

    December 10, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Bill Solon, OH

    This story and the fighting it causes is the real problem. Who cares who Maya votes for or who Oprah votes for. Make up your own mind's people! Do your homework study the canidates and what each individual stands for. When we focus on endrosements and party B.S. we all lose democrat or republician.For God's sake vote for the best canidate not who a talking head tells you to!

    December 10, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Anne - Detroit, MI

    Im assuming now Oprah has disowned Maya Angelou – or at least won't let her speak on the big "O" show until after the election ! ha ha

    December 10, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Lori, Woodland CA

    Big difference between the two endorsements: Oprah's was loud, classless, and based on race rather than experience. Maya's endorsement of Hillary months ago was quiet, thoughtful, and sincere. Maya is a beautiful, sensible woman who speaks to the hearts of all women. Now she is being insulted and disrespected by all the Republicans who are posting distorted info about her. You should be ashamed (as should Oprah who cheapened the whole campaign process with her stupid, ostentatious display in Iowa and South Carolina). More power to you, Maya, and GO HILLARY!!

    December 10, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Taisha Jackson Bronx, New York

    Maya Angelou is a has been, a relic from the 50's who is irrelevant today. Obama brings change and no more Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton in the White House. Obama represents the future and Clinton represents the past. Obama represents progress and Clinton represents polarization.

    December 10, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. chris


    December 10, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Simon, IA

    One should check into whether the Hilliary campaign PAID for this endorsement. I am sure that Obama did NOT pay Oprah.

    Posted By Bob, Seattle : December 10, 2007 12:47 pm

    You are casting doubts on the integrity of Angelou??

    Pretty low coming from Politics of Hope grouopie supporter? Is Politics of Hope another world of Politics of Deception, Hatred, Cynicism from Obama supporters?

    December 10, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. William, Springfield MA

    All those claiming Hillary has the most experience and has the judgment to lead the country make me sick.

    If Democrats are dumb enough to nominate another loser in Hillary Clinton, Republicans will be laughing all the way to the White House.

    December 10, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Michael M. Noonan, New Orleans, La. 70118

    Hey, maybe Toni Morrison is available for one of the other Democratic candidates. She possesses the only characteristic they're looking for, it appears.

    December 10, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. lesley kabelac Belfair washington

    We have tried the men. All women unite and vote for Hillary. Oprah, we need your vote!

    December 10, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    They're creepy and they're kooky,
    Mysterious and spooky,
    They're all together ooky,
    The Clintonian Family.

    Their house is a museum
    Where people come to see 'em
    They really are a scream
    The Clintonian Family.


    So get a witches shawl on
    A broomstick you can crawl on
    We're gonna pay a call on
    The Clintonian Family.

    December 10, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. ss,chicago,Illinois

    Obama looks like a college kid looking for a job without any experience. Obama is a good talker and smart, no doubt. But, we all know: "No experience. No job." Sorry buddy.
    Besides, there are many other great candidates to choose from.

    December 10, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Nancy, IA

    She calls Clinton "a strong woman"????

    Hillary stood by her man despite the fact he cheated on her REPEATEDLY! A strong woman would have kicked him to the curb!

    Posted By Mark, Shreveport, LA : December 10, 2007 1:34 pm

    Mark, you think strength comes from kicking people away? You are one of the weakest weakling I have come across.

    Strength is when you keep the wrong beside you more to change it for good. Weak men like you wont understand that:-)

    December 10, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Donovan Cronin Harrisburg Pennsylvania

    To Linda From Portland Maine who thinks Hillary Clinton has foreign policy experience. What planet do you live on? When Bill Clinton was president his wife made no substantive achievements in foreign policy and was not present when the president met with the secretary of State. When Bill Clinton visited other countries Hillary came along and had tea with with first lady of the country while he was having policy meetings with the leader of that country. Do you call that foreign policy experience? Hillary apparently does.

    December 10, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. OverTheRainbow, KS

    The Clintonistas are absolutely hillarious! You bring out your black woman, we'll go and find one ourselves and put her in front of the cameras. It is so unbelievably pathetic! Can you imagine what the general elction will be like next year?????

    THIS is why no one should want the Clintonistas and Her Royal Thighness in power EVER again. Polls and reaction. No forward thinking whatsoever, unless of course you really want the gov't to run every aspect of your life. Then, they're your mommy. If you want that, please move to Europe for that warm-fuzzy-someone-please-watch-over-me feeling. I'm tired of having by pockets picked by the useless politicians.

    December 10, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Gotta say, the Clinton political machine is so out of whack or was some kind of 1990's myth.

    You don't do this a day after the Big O, you wait a few days or weeks as this looks contrived and desperate.

    Hey Tom, I think you just answered your own comment.

    Say goodnight Hillary, Clinton "fatigue" has set in and as the pundits are saying, as of December 1st people will start paying attention.

    If that is the case her steady decline coincided with people "paying atention".

    December 10, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Jeff, The Republic of Illinois

    Joan from houston: Ease up on the lies.

    Maya Angelou has never been Muslim, but she was the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Do you realize how ridiculous the lies of Neocons seem to those with even rudimentary intelligence?

    Lying posts and emails, being spread constantly by Neocons only serve to undermine the Neocons' ideals. It takes extremely low intelligence to believe these (like the ones claiming Obama was raised in terrorist schools). As we all know, people with far below average IQs are typically Neocon, so your messages of lies and deceit are ineffective.

    December 10, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Terry M., Atlanta, GA

    I'm happy to see Maya Angelou be for Hillary. While Oprah has done a lot of good things, I do believe that this push of hers re: Obama is just another of her "let me see how much power I have" efforts.

    In most recent years, Oprah has become a self-important, praise-hog and feels she can direct everyone. Well, I think for myself; I don't need her or anyone to tell me what books to read, what products to buy nor whom to vote for. All this Oprah for VP stuff is ridiculous. And her trying to sound preacheresque yesterday was a joke. Obama needs more experience to be president, especially for times such as these. Oprah can bring in crowds of her blind followers, but God please...don't let this turn into votes. Obama's not ready and Oprah will truly think she's God. She's not. And I also believe Oprah is fooling her followers re: she and her BFF, Gayle.

    December 10, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Ah, flip-flopping as usual, eh, Hillary? Were Mom and Chelsea not enough to win votes alone?

    December 10, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. xtina - chicago il

    "Ike in Woodbridge VA" by any chance, would "letting the good times roll" involve me moving up to the next higher tax bracket and having to pay for these good times for those who don't particularly care to work?

    December 10, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Kelly, Cincinnati, OH

    Hillary will not beat the Republicans.

    What does it take for people to understand that she IS THE MOST HATED POLITICIAN IN AMERICA. Republicans and Independents will turn out in droves to support ANYONE BUT Hillary.

    Including Me. (And I am an independent voting for Obama in the open Ohio Democratic Primary).

    December 10, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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