CHICAGO--Hillary Rodham Clinton told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday she’s a fan of Oprah Winfrey, downplaying her impact when she campaigns for Barack Obama. Still, Clinton’s campaign rolled out the endorsement of megastar Barbra Streisand Tuesday in order to claim some celebrity parity with Winfrey.
“I am a great admirer of Oprah. I mean, she is a great figure in America and I think of her campaigning is certainly her personal decision,” Clinton said.
“But people are going to decide based on the candidates, about our experience and our qualifications, our plans for the future and whether, you know, we actually can bring about the change that we are advocating. Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen and I am very much looking forward to have the rest of this campaign focus who can lead starting on Day One."
Asked if she were concerned that Winfrey might get out the vote in key states, Clinton said, “We all have a lot of supporters. I am proud to have my husband campaigning for me and making the case."
Streisand spokesman Ken Sunshine said there were no plans at this time for the star to hit the campaign trail. Winfrey stumps for Obama in Iowa on Dec. 8 and New Hampshire and South Carolina on Dec. 9.
Clinton noted she has her own super-surrogate. “I am proud to have my husband campaigning for me.”