Sunday, December 09, 2007

"Oprah Winfrey brings star power to Obama's SC campaign" (with videos)

Raw Video: Barack Obama speaks at Columbia rally with Oprah
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WIStv Columbia (SC):
Oprah-mania hit the political campaign trail in Columbia Sunday on behalf of Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama.
Excitement over the joint visit by talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey and the candidate she's backing is so high that the campaign ran out of the 18,000 tickets originally available for the biggest event. It was moved to the 80,000-seat University of South Carolina football stadium.

Over 30,000 people showed up to see the event.

Winfrey said worry about the direction of her country and a personal belief in Obama pushed her to make her first endorsement in a presidential campaign.

"I'm not here to tell you what to think," Winfrey said at the Columbia event. "But I believe now is the time for somebody like Barack Obama."

Senator Obama also talked about a troubling direction the country has headed recently.

"Our nation is at war, our planet is in peril, the dream so many have fought for feels like it is slipping away," said Obama. "People are working harder for less. You've never paid more for college, gas, it's harder to save, and it is harder to retire."

Obama also laid out his plan to put mor money in schools, eliminate dependence on foreign oil and fix the healthcare system.

"Every American is going to have health care by the end of my first term," he said.

And Obama supporters and Oprah fans aren't the only ones talking about the event. Hillary Clinton's campaign released a statement downplaying the turnout.

"We are glad to see people getting involved in the campaign process," said the Clinton campaign, "but this is an election decided on by the voters based on the candidates' previous records and Hillary has the records to create real positive change."

Winfrey will also accompany Obama in campaign stops Sunday in New Hampshire, another of the early voting states.

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