Oprah Winfrey delivered a rousing speech in support of Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Thursday.
The billionaire media mogul’s speech in support of Abrams was covered live by all three cable news networks.
Winfrey, who has been the subject of 2020 presidential rumors for months, swatted away those rumors — “I don’t want to run,” she said — in favor of an animated speech touting Abrams and the power of voting.
“I’ve earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself,” Winfrey told the crowd. “And that’s why I am a registered independent. Because I don’t want any party and I don’t want any kind of partisan influence telling me what decisions I get to make for myself.”
She told the audience about how she reached out to Abrams, before praising the candidate’s platform.
“I have voted Republican and I have voted Democrat, and each time I voted, I voted for the people who I felt represented my values,” Winfrey said. “Democracy is not just about our individual rights and concerns and our individual protections, but rather it lives and thrives in making sure that everybody is lifted by the community.”
She then proclaimed the importance of voting, noting it was a right that was only recently granted to women and African-Americans.
“I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed, for the right, for the equality at the polls, and I want you to know that their blood is seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.”
It was her second rally of the day for Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia state House who is locked in a tight race with Republican opponent Brian Kemp.
Watch in two parts above, via Fox News.
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