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Sweet column: Oprah tours with Obama Dec. 8-9 in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.


HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.---Oprah Winfrey, one of the most popular women in the country, tests her political coat-tails next month when she stumps with her friend, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in three early states.

People who volunteer for the campaign will get VIP seating to see Obama, Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

This blog exclusively reported last week that Winfrey was poised to campaign for Obama. LINK for my scoop video of Obama talking about Winfrey going out on the campaign trail with him.

Details are coming out from the campaign Monday morning: Winfrey and Obama hit Iowa on Dec. 8 for events in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids with stops in Columbia, South Carolina and Manchester, New Hampshire on Dec. 9.


In order to get "preferred" seating in Iowa to see Winfrey a person has to pledge four hours of volunteer time for the campaign and/or attend a caucus training with a precinct captain or a caucus organizer by Dec. 8. A caucus is not an election with a secret ballot. It requires a physical presence at a caucus meeting and a knowledge of the rules.

So far, there are no strings attached for VIP seating for the New Hampshire and South Carolina rallies.

From the Obama campaign..


CHICAGO, IL – The Obama for America campaign today announced that Oprah Winfrey will join Barack Obama for a tour through three early voting states on December 8th and 9th. Winfrey and Obama will hold two events in Iowa, one in South Carolina, and one in New Hampshire. All events will be free and open to the public.




Locations and times for the events will be announced


Oprah will bring out the ladies who may have been thinking about voting Hillary. She is going for that demographic as that is Oprah's audience.
they will come because it's Oprah.
and they will be there to hear Obama and leave supporting him when they finally sit down and listen to him. they will see this man is who the country needs right now.
good move for obama and Oprah

Nov. 21, 2005 at the International Emmy Awards (when Obama was just a part time state senator)

Hillary Clinton introduced Oprah at the Awards Ceremony


SCHNEIDER (voice-over): Senator Hillary Clinton and TV host Oprah Winfrey. According to the Gallup poll, they are the two most admired women in America. They had a very interesting and possibly politically significant encounter at the International Emmy Award ceremony Monday evening.

OPRAH WINFREY, TALK SHOW HOST: Thank you. I hope you do us a privilege and run for office. Thank you...


... president of the United States."

Guess being a BFF of Obama changes her opinion of who should be the next Commander in Chief -Maybe someone who she knows better will come along between now and the primaries-Maybe Barack had better cover his back. Wow- not only does Oprah determine what Americans read but now she tells us who should be President- We've come a long way baby- and it's pretty scary.

I agree with the above post. Oprah is not your usual
celebrity endorsing a politican. This is a first for
her and it will pay big dividends for Senator Obama.

I wonder who Hillary will drag out for that weekend?
Bill again?

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