News 12 at 11, December 9, 2007
COLUMBIA, SC --- Two big names in Columbia, South Carolina, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. On their way around the country before the upcoming primaries. Illinois Senator Barack Obama said this was the biggest crowd he's seen during his campaign. More than 29,000 people headed to Williams Brice Stadium to hear what the pair had to say.
"I'm here for Obama. He's the man!" Eva Smalls said.
"Obama first, Oprah second. I appreciate her influence," Yandrick Paraison said.
Obama laid out his platform out for voters. He talked about raising the minimum wage, the education system, and what he calls the country's broken health care system.
"I'm going to make sure that every American can get health care that its good as the health care I have as a member of Congress. And were not going to wait 20 years from now. Were not going to wait 10 years from now...we're gonna do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States of America," Obama said.
He said he wants the country to come together to fix the problems he sees in government.
"We need a bold democratic party thats gonna stand for something not just posture and pose but stand for something," Obama said.
Oprah took the stage to back his platform, throwing all her support behind the senator.
"The reason I believe in Barack Obama is because he speaks to the potential inside of everyone of us. Each one of us has a calling and a potential here on Earth to the good and the great thing...he knows that," Oprah said.
Voters anxious to get inside had a lot to say about their candidate, and why they think Barack Obama should be the next president.
"He's sincere. I believe he'd bring the country together democrats and republicans. He's going to unite everybody," Smalls said.
"He is definitely the man for the job. He is what the county needs at this time. We are in a serious crisis and I know for a fact that he has what if takes to get us back on the right track," Adeline Chukwuka said.
After rallying support in the palmetto state, Oprah and Obama headed to New Hampshire for another campaign stop. South Carolina primaries will be held on January 26th.