Oprah On Campaigning For Stacey Abrams: “I’ve Earned The Right To Do Exactly What I Want To Do”

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Oprah Winfrey appeared before a roaring Georgia crowd Thursday (Nov. 1) to tell the audience she can do what she pleases, and what Ms. Winfrey wants to do is help Stacey Abrams become the state’s newest governor.

Oprah has joined Abrams on the campaign trail and said the reason she’s backing 44-year-old Abrams is because of how she’s handled herself amidst controversy.

“You keep it coming on,” Winfrey said, adding that Abrams keeps “standing strong for the values that matter to me and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state.”

Since the election of Trump, many have asked Winfrey to enter the political arena, to which she’s repeatedly said no. However, this hasn’t stopped Winfrey from publically endorsing a candidate.

“I want to tell you no one paid for me to come here. No one asked me to come here,” Winfrey said at a rally in Marietta. “I’ve earned the right to think for myself and vote for myself and that’s why I’m a registered independent because I don’t want any party or any partisan influence telling me what decisions I get to make for myself. So I wanted to just say to you, nobody paid for me to come here. Nobody asked for me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message.”

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