Trump, Oprah go head to head on US campaign trail

02 November, 2018, 14:41 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport Wednesday Oct. 31 2018 in Mansfield Ohio. Pence was in Ohio campaigning for fellow Republicans

I'm not trying to test any waters.

She said: "Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us through the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community".

In an apparent reference to the controversy, Winfrey said, "Every single one of us - every single one of us - has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with" - she paused for resounding, prolonged applause by the audience - "cannot be suppressed and can not be denied".

"Surprised?" the woman, named Denise, said. "And Brian Kemp is going to do just that".

John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights movement and the dance floor, provided some needed respite by getting down to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams before a rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

"I just heard you know", Pence said, "Brian Kemp's getting the support of all kinds of hard-working people all across Georgia and Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals".

The competing scenes - from the candidates, to the audiences, to the headliner guests - underscore the choice Georgia voters face Tuesday in one of the nation's premier midterm matchups. In 2008, incumbent GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss was forced into a runoff with Democratic challenger Jim Martin, who had been buoyed by an increased black turnout with Barack Obama at the top of the ticket. President Trump will appear with Kemp on Sunday.


More than 1.5 million Georgians already have cast ballots.

Winfrey did not mention Pence or the frequent GOP broadsides about "Hollywood" outsiders.

The focus of her speech, however, wasn't Abrams.

After all, this is a man who won't eat dinner alone with a woman who isn't his wife, and won't attend events serving alcohol unless she is with him as well.

Shortly after her speech, Winfrey posted videos on Instagram of herself going door to door canvassing for Abrams.

Abrams is running on a campaign that includes Medicaid expansion, and "common-sense gun control", Winfrey noted.

The hotly contested Georgia governor's race has garnered national attention and is now neck and neck.

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