Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Pence Knocks Abrams Over Celebrity Support: 'This Ain't Hollywood, This Is Georgia'

Pence Knocks Abrams Over Celebrity Support: 'This Ain't Hollywood, This Is Georgia'

Abrams and Kemp are virtually tied, according to recent polling.

"I am honoured to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians".

Pence "said Thursday a vote for Brian Kemp is tantamount to support for President Donald Trump".

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". "If there was a runoff, we would be favored to win. And I know it's easy for a lot of people to feel that you have no power against those injustices, but this is what I'm here to tell you: This land was made for you and me".

Winfrey, who said she is a registered independent, has long championed Democratic party causes.

Ms Winfrey, who has dismissed rumours she is planning to run for President in 2020, also endorsed Democrat Barack Obama before the 2008 election.

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"I've got a message for all of Stacey Abrams' liberal Hollywood friends: This ain't Hollywood", Pence said. Winfrey gave a rallying cry about the importance of voting and the dark history of suppressed voting rights people fought to end.

Oprah Winfrey has been campaigning for Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams in her campaign for state governor.

"I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", Pence said, in an apparent reference to a line from Ferrell's hit 2004 film, "Anchorman". For decades, the media mogul has defied conventions and amassed a rare kind of fandom that defies racial, cultural and class boundaries.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development said there were 320 films and TV shows shot in the state previous year, generating an economic impact of $9.5 billion, including $2.7 billion in direct spending. I'm not trying to test any waters. "Canvassing for #StaceyAbramsforGovernor", Winfrey posted.

"I'm here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter".

She highlighted the importance of positive messaging by candidates, and she encouraged all Americans to make their voices heard by voting on Tuesday. "And to vote for myself", Winfrey said to cheers.

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