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Oprah Dazzles Crowds for Obama in Iowa
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Talk-show diva Oprah Winfrey said worry about the direction of her country and a personal belief in Barack Obama pushed her to make her first endorsement in a presidential campaign, invaluable support in a tight race for the Democratic nomination.
The weekend "Oprahpalooza" lends A-list star power to Obama's campaign, drawing huge crowds that Obama hopes will translate into votes. Tens of thousands were expected to turn out for Winfrey's Iowa stops and her Sunday visits to South Carolina and New Hampshire with Obama and his wife. In South Carolina, the campaign ran out of the 18,000 tickets originally available for the biggest event and moved it to the 80,000-seat University of South Carolina football stadium.
In Des Moines, spectators lined up hours early. Cameras flashed in the capacity crowd during Winfrey's speech, which opened and closed to loud applause and was frequently interrupted by cries of "We love Oprah."
Winfrey said she felt nervous and "out of my pew" as she addressed a gathering hall packed shoulder-to-shoulder in the largest gathering of Iowans in the campaign this year. But she did not hide her political convictions, making an argument for change from the Bush administration other than another Clinton in the White House.
Winfrey did not mention the current president or Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton by name, but was not subtle about her feelings for Clinton's argument that Obama doesn't have the experience to be president when she voted to authorize the war in Iraq.
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Do you agree with Oprah that "Judgment Matters More Than Experience"?
Yes, Obama's decisions in the Senate speaks for themselves
No, Experience for the office is of the outmost importance
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2696 days ago
We have 2 recent examples: Bush was a governor of the largest state in the union for 8 year. He hasn't been very successful. Bill Clinton (I am not a fan) was governor of Arkansas and didn't have much experience. He was quite successful compared to Bush. So, I guess I'd have to agree with Oprah, against my better judgement.
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