Oprah to Stump for Obama in California

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 1, 2008 5:39pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey will be campaigning for Obama in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, just two days before primary voters cast their ballots in the delegate-rich state.

Winfrey will be joined by Sen. Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama, and Caroline Kennedy for what the campaign calls a "Get Out the Vote Rally."

Oprah is a longtime friend of Maria Shriver — Caroline Kennedy’s cousin.

The last time Winfrey was out on the campaign trail was the weekend of December 8 – where she, along with Barack and Michelle Obama made a four city, three state campaign swing. Winfrey drew enormous crowds during campaign appearances with Obama.

Since that time Winfrey has not been out on the campaign trail. She may have been persuaded to campaign in California because she owns an estate there, where she held an fundraiser for Obama in September.

In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, she said she is taking her role as a political spokeswoman seriously. She told Sawyer that she wrote her own speech before events instead of giving an impromptu talk, as she often does.

Winfrey has also said that her endorsement of Obama, is not a slight against his chief Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"I’ve always said this, that my being in support of Barack Obama is not my being against Hillary Clinton or anybody else," Winfrey told Sawyer in December.

"It’s just that for this moment in time, this is what I know I am supposed to be doing. I feel compelled to do this. So my vote for is not a vote against anybody. It’s just a vote for."

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