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Oprah: 'Not Trying to Test Any Waters' With Abrams Speeches

By    |   Thursday, 01 November 2018 01:52 PM

Oprah Winfrey wanted to make two things clear on Thursday: She was in Marietta, Georgia to speak on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and she wanted to make sure people there to hear her would go cast their votes.

She was not there to push her own presidential campaign plans, reports CNN.

"We have this incredible opportunity to make history," Winfrey told the capacity crowd "We have our inalienable right to vote because the one place where we are all equal, is at the polls. I am here today because I know you know that. I just came to remind you of the power. I am here because I want you to remind others of the power."

But, she firmly said, "I want to make it very clear to all of the press, everybody, I am not here because I'm making some grandstand because I'm thinking about running myself. I don't want to run! Okay?"

To applause and laughter, the media titan continued that she was "not trying to test any waters."

"I don't want to go in those waters!" Winfrey said. "I am here today because of Stacey Abrams."

She added that she is in Georgia because of all the men and women throughout history who were "suppressed, repressed and oppressed for the right and the equality at the polls."

Winfrey pointed out that she's an Independent, and she votes for her "values."

"When I go into the polls, I cast the vote for my grandmother, Hattie May Lee, who died in 1963 before the voting rights act of 1965 and never had a chance to vote," said Winfrey. "When I stand in the polls, I do what Maya Angelou says, I come as one, but I stand as 10,000."

Winfrey also said she invited herself to campaign for Abrams, and had not been brought in by anybody but herself.

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Oprah Winfrey wanted to make two things clear on Thursday: She was in Marietta, Georgia to speak on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and she wanted to make sure people there to hear her would go cast their votes.
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