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..
OPRAH WINFREY TO TOUR EARLY STATES WITH BARACK OBAMA
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.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH
DES MOINES, IA
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH
Locations and times for the events will be announced