December 10th, 2007
08:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Oprah rocks crowd in South Carolina

Watch the entire 20 minute address by Oprah Winfrey to a packed stadium in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey told a crowd of nearly 30,000 gathered in Columbia, South Carolina Sunday that she was “stepping out” of her normal setting because she’d been “inspired” by Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

"I've never done this before," Winfrey told the crowd, as she introduced the Democratic White House hopeful. "I've never done it before because in the past I've been disappointed by politicians."

Watch Winfrey's entire 20-minute stadium address.

Earlier: Oprah and Obama hit South Carolina football stadium

Related video: Obama: 'We're doing it'

- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Coach Haugton NH

    I can think of a few reasons for Oprah coming out of her auto-imposed "neutrality" and backing this guy…

    but…. does it really matters??? her support does not change the fact that he is EMPTY… that his speeches are just about hope, about "change" about….well, about nothing else, since he does not spend any time telling us how does he plans to do things….

    tha fact is that faith ALONE will not save us… we need concrete steps to achieve the 'change'…..

    HOW do you plan to change America, Mr. Obama???? Do you have the resources to do it???? Do you have the right people to help you, or do you depend on your 'groupies' ???

    Some people complaint about the empty rethorics of politicians…. but – the way I see it, playing with people's emotions (e.i. : using hope/fear as the base of your plan) is not any better…..

    Posted By Ivelisse : December 10, 2007 9:50 am

    Maybe you should read his brilliant plans to change america before you post idiotic comments like that.

    December 10, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Coach Haughton NH

    All the Hillary supporters who think she is the most electable of the democrats are either ignorant to the facts or on the crackpipe.

    If another candidate won the primary they would share the name recognition that is making clinton the percieved front-runner right now. Without that celebrity status the playing field would be much more even. Common sense tells you that if anyone will have trouble running against republicans it is hillary clinton.

    She is the most divisive candidate in the history of american presidentical politics.

    She has the lowest favorability rating of all candidates.

    She has the lowest likeability rating of all candidates.

    The largest amount of people say they would NEVER vote for her.

    She is the only weapon the republicans have to mobilize their base.

    She has the LEAST amount of experience of all political candidates except john edwards.

    The republican candidate will be able to say she flip-flopped on the war.

    Don't even let them get started on the list of scandals and suspicious dealings involving the clintons.


    December 10, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Paul, Philadelphia, PA

    I do not love Oprah, and I wish she would step back in to her "normal setting."

    December 10, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. marion , brantford, ontario, canada

    Oprah should stay out of politics, I thought she was smater than this, shouldn't the best women win? Oprah, shame on you for playing the Black card.

    December 10, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Andy, Austin TX

    Hillary as president? do you democrats really want 24 years of Bush's and Clinton's? Its time for a change. Also Barrack Obama who has a charisma and a new face, but common the guy is a one term congressman who is completely unqualified to be the President of the united states. People should look at Ron Paul he is liberal on many issues and conservative on all the right ones as most Americans are. As Chris Rock said, On some things im a little conservative- on some liberal. Ron Paul will end the Iraq war and promote freedom for all Americans.

    Andy, Austin TX

    December 10, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Mark Fisher

    Oprah had an opportunity to give back to the thousands of women who supported her,gave her wealth, and helped to shape her into a powerful female force. Oprah could have been a major player in the election of our first female president. A slap to all came when she chose race over gender. And , there were no surprises there!

    December 10, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. Pat Worry, Davenport, IA

    I can't believe that just because Oprah endorses Obama that this could give him an edge over John Edwards or Hillary. Why would anyone want Oprah to run for president, she has no political background, she's more movie star than presidential candidate. My vote is going to John Edwards. He knows what it is like to struggle and will fight for rural America, hardworking families. I like the fact that Mr. Edwards hasn't taken a dime from the political action committees or Washington lobbyists. Pat

    December 10, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. hey allons,tn

    HEY i like edwards or clinton i don't wont a celebrity i wont a president that for the poor and middle class the rich billionairs have g.w.bush republicans liars club.

    December 11, 2007 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  9. Joe, Florida

    at the end of the day, we won't vote for Obama because Oprah likes him. She IS NOT so important. She may appear nice and all, but I don't trust her political, if there is any political intelligence at all.

    This could hurt Obama, she's obviously biased.

    December 12, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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