Oprah Campaigns for Obama in South Carolina
“There are times that I even worry about what happens to our country,” Oprah Winfrey said, standing on a small stage before a vast sea of people in the 80,000 person capacity Williams-Brice Stadium football stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. “That is why for the very first time in my life I feel compelled to stand up and speak out for the man who I believe has a new vision for America.”
Thousands of people had streamed into the football stadium for media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s second day of campaigning with Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. Campaign supporters helped promote a rock concert-like atmosphere, yelling “fire it up” and bands entertained the crowd at the stadium. Temperatures were in the 70’s – a stark contrast to frigid Iowa, where Winfrey told crowds a day earlier that Obama “has a new vision for America.”
Some early arrivals said the Illinois senator already had their vote. Others said they wanted to learn more about him, and that the popular talk show host’s presence drew them to the event. “I want to see Oprah,” said Beverly Cheney, 45, who drove nearly three hours from Fayettville, N.C., and was trying to decide between Obama and former Sen. John Edwards. “But I make my own decision.” Scott Sowell, 24, of Charleston, said Obama already had his vote. “I like his integrity and the direction he wants to take the country,” Sowell said.
Oprah Winfrey Speaks Out for Obama in South Carolina
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