The president commented on the Georgia race for governor after reporters asked him to respond to Winfrey's campaign rallies in Georgia. The media mogul told a Cobb County crowd Thursday that she called the Democratic candidate out of the blue last week. If elected, Abrams would become the first black woman governor in US history.
As Winfrey was speaking, Vice President Mike Pence was in Dalton, about 70 miles north of Marietta, to add his support to Kemp.
For her part, Winfrey sought to cut through the party-line framing.
Winfrey praised her as a "change-maker" who represents the values of all Georgians. I've earned the right to think for myself.
"And Georgia wants a governor that's going to put Georgia values and Georgia first", he said. "And to vote for myself", Winfrey said to cheers.
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"Stacey Abrams is being bankrolled by Hollywood liberals", Pence said, after drawing boos when he mentioned that "Oprah is in town" and noted that actor Will Ferrell was recently in the state for Democrats. "I'd like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I'm kind of a big deal, too", the Vice President told supporters of Brian Kemp, Abrams' Republican opponent who stands accused of massive voter suppression in his current role of Secretary of State.
Polls suggest Abrams and Kemp are deadlocked in one of the hottest matchups of the midterm elections.
Georgia, however, is home to a booming film industry, thanks to more than $1 billion in tax credits over the past decade, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city.
Abrams is locked in a tight race with Republican Brian Kemp as she tries to become the nation's first black female governor.