December 10th, 2007
06:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Oprah hits Iowa, N. H., and S.C. for Obama

Watch Candy Crowley's report about Oprah Winfrey's first foray into politics.

(CNN) - Talk show host Oprah Winfrey ventured into presidential politics over the weekend. The media mogul made campaign stops in three key early primary states and rallied crowds on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama who is in a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Watch Candy Crowley's report about Winfrey's 'Oprah-bama' tour.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Eyzwidopn, LA,CA

    Obama fan or not, you have to admit it was impressive to see nearly 70,000 people coming out over 2 days to political events in 3 states, no matter what their motivation was.

    December 10, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    Don't be suprised when you see Oprah's dogs being walked by presidetial secret service. Oh lord where are they trying to lead us to now. A T.V. Talk show Icon determing the outcome of the presidentual election. Issue's Issue's. Issue's. Obama should take Senator Clintons lead and focus on real life and get his mined off of Telivision.

    December 10, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. Mark, Minneapolis, MN

    I'm shocked! Oprah said in her speech that over the years she has voted for as many Republicans as Democrats.

    I guess that's what happens to your principles when you make that much money.

    December 10, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Tom, San Jose, Ca-

    Yawn. . . how many times does CNN intend to run this story? It started last week and has continued ad-nauseum. It's a done deed. Puh-leeze give it a rest.

    December 11, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. Faris, Amman Jordan

    Had Obama not been black, Oprah wouldnt have supported him, on the contrary, she would have supported Hillary being woman.
    I think the voters should choose their candidate based on merits, not on endorsements from celebrities who own billions and pretend to be one of the common folk.
    I say, Oprah give this charade up and enough is enough

    December 11, 2007 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  6. TheMidniteRyder Everytown USA

    QUESTION: Is Oprah's show still televised live with the writer's strike going on? Have we all just become a part of the National Ratings Sweeps?? Does this mean we are going to be on "America's Funniest Home Videos"? – Heaven knows America has become the laughing stock of the rest of the world!! So where are the Candid Cameras?! CHEESE

    December 11, 2007 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  7. BR-New York City


    What is so daunting about a black woman supporting a black man? We have had 43 white presidents and they were all supported by white women. Thank God you are not allow to vote in this country. Oh, I forgot, you are not allowed to vote in your country...

    December 11, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. summus

    You Obama supporters are stuck in 1968. Your dreamers. The Republicans need only 270 points to win the electoral college which means the race comes down to Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. Obama won't win 3 of the 4 which means we're stuck with some idiot Republican pushing the same old thing- neoconism and the destruction of the US as a free secular country. More war, more debt, more illegal immigration. It just isn't worth it. Be pragmatic- choose the candidate that can win the electoral college.

    December 11, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Elizabeth, Vero Bch, Fl.

    I was just as skeptical, but Oprah is really starting to inch over to my good side.

    December 11, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Jim

    I could not imagine her WHITE dogs running through the White House taking craps in the Oval Office. This woman in my opinion is racist. She is spoiled with lifes pleasures. If Barak Obama was not black she would be supporting the only women in the race. She is all about color. There is no room for any one who allows color to be a deciding factor. I have one question for Oprah. You are the richest women in the world. Why did you only build a girls school in Africa? It seems to me there are alot of poor black boys in need also. Why the seperation? Is this not a form of segragation only gender rather than race. although it is an all BLACK school. The cars you gave away were to middle to upper class people. For if they were able to afford to go to your show, then they were not in need of the car as much as many many other people. You giving is for celeb purposes not from the heart. I my eyes that makes you a phony. I am a Democrat who is undecided most of the part. I will vote Republican before I vote for Obama. My daily life involves people of alot of different race's, I love them all even the WHITE ones. Something I get a feeling neither Obama or Oprah do. That is like WHITE people. They seem to have a need of saprimacey over them.

    December 11, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Eyzwidopn, LA,CA

    Mark, Minneapolis – So does that mean Republicans... or Independents, aren't allowed to have good ideas or be good people too? Look at Gov. Schwarzenegger in CA, a heavily "Democrat" state, and how he won an overwhelming majority for his second term. Oprah or anyone else shouldn't be limited or barred from voting for any candidate based on political party but rather encouraged to vote for the best candidate running who they believe can accomplish the objectives that are important to their city, state or our country. btw, you and others shouldn't see Oprah's endorsement for Obama any differently than Streisand's or Bill's for HRC, unless you have some racial hang-up. Oprah is not telling anyone how to vote. She's using her celebrity, Like Bill and Barbara are, to get people out to hear Obama so that people can decide after listening to Obama if they share in Oprah's enthusiam for him which may or may not translate in to a vote for him.

    December 11, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. kay , santa fe, tx.

    if you need a pop culture icon to worship you seriously need to look at your upbringing. if a talk show host as your guideline in life, you need to find comfort and inspiration from something other than man, because man is temporal , whereas true faith is eternal. Peace.

    December 11, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Jimmy


    Bill Clinton is her husband, like Michelle is Obama's wife. And Barabra S. is not renting football stadiums reciting Martin Luther King. Think before you speak.

    December 11, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    White people on here crying about racial issues??? You have got to be kidding me right??? Please spare me the race shouldn't matter b.s...99% of the things white people do are race driven! Get over yourselves...Oprah is not backing Obama because he's "black" and even if she were, what's the big deal?? That's her right?? Are all the women backing Hillary because she is a woman sexist??? Oprah's audience is mostly white...not black, as an American citizen Oprah can back whomever the hell she feels like! Do you think celebrities don't vote?? Reverse racism huh...what a change...

    and i'm white

    December 11, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Jimmy, Obama is naive and inexperienced, TV show is fun for him, everything is new and first for Obama, how childish. He forgot his business because Oprah's attraction. Obama will enjoy to show up on Oprah talk show and dance with talk show hostess more than work.

    December 12, 2007 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Nope, not impressed since if you read the local IOWA/NH news most of the audience left before obama even came on stage, they came to see oprah only!expecting a free gift... of course CNN wouldnt dare report that

    (Obama fan or not, you have to admit it was impressive to see nearly 70,000 people coming out over 2 days.Posted By Eyzwidopn, LA,CA : December 10, 2007 11:07 pm)

    December 13, 2007 07:02 am at 7:02 am |