Obama and Oprah rally in Columbia

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

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.

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  • by shannon Location: aiken on Dec 11, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    As always someone makes it a white/black thing. Come off it, he is better suited for the job than anyone else running. This comment from a white man!
  • by simsbrooks Location: south augusta on Dec 10, 2007 at 11:07 AM
    A change is about to come!! Go! Go! Go! Obama
  • by Wendy Location: Iowa on Dec 10, 2007 at 06:59 AM
    By using a black TV host to draw a largely black crowd and talking about black issues, Obama is using the race card to the hilt. Why isn't any news outlet saying this out loud - Obama uses the race card! Whereas when Clinton talked about the all-boys club of politics, she was immediately accused of using the gender card by the media. Shame on the news media for taking sides and shaping the voters' perceptions. And shame on the news media for being afraid to appear racist by declaring that Obama is using the race card. The very fact that the news media censors itself for not accusing Obama of using the race card says two things succinctly: America is racist and the American media is not a free media.
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