Oprah bats for Barack Obama

HOPEFUL: Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Oprah Winfrey. Pic. Brian Snyder. 09/12/07. © Reuters.
HOPEFUL: Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and Oprah Winfrey. Pic. Brian Snyder. 09/12/07. © Reuters.

Oprah Winfrey has officially thrown her support behind US presidential candidate Barack Obama, after joining the Democratic senator at a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday.

Oprah Winfrey has officially thrown her support behind US presidential candidate Barack Obama, after joining the Democratic senator at a campaign rally in Iowa on Saturday.

Winfrey recently revealed her plans to back Obama as her choice to replace President George Bush when the US goes to the polls next November.

Winfrey told the crowd at the Iowa Events Centre in Des Moines: "This is very, very personal. I'm here because of my personal conviction about Barack Obama. For the very first time in my life, I feel compelled to stand up and speak out for the man who I believe has a new vision for America. I believe that Barack Obama will bring statesmanship to the White House. I believe that he will lead with strength, conviction, honour and compassion." - Wenn

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