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Mike Pence wants Oprah to know he's 'kind of a big deal too' after she campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Georgia

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  • Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey
    American media proprietor
  • Mike Pence
    Mike Pence
    48th Vice President of the United States
  • Stacey Abrams
    Stacey Abrams
    American politician, voting rights activist, and writer
  • Will Ferrell
    Will Ferrell
    American actor, writer, and comedian
  • Brian Kemp
    Secretary of State of Georgia
  • Maria Shriver
    Maria Shriver
    American journalist

Vice President Mike Pence has a message for celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell who are supporting Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams.

The vice president is throwing his support behind Republican nominee Brian Kemp in the tight race, and at a Thursday rally, he charged that Abrams is “bankrolled by Hollywood liberals.”

Oprah Winfrey and Mike Pence. (Photo: Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey and Mike Pence. (Photo: Getty Images)

“I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I’m kind of a big deal too,” said Pence. “And I’ve got a message for all of Stacey Abrams’s liberal Hollywood friends: This ain’t Hollywood. This is Georgia. And Georgia wants a governor that’s going to put Georgia values and Georgia first. And Brian Kemp is going to do just that.”

Yes, he just went after Oprah like that — and Twitter is not having it. Including Maria Shriver.

After surprising Georgians by campaigning for Abrams door-to-door, Oprah spoke at a Thursday campaign rally for her in Marietta.

“I was just sitting at home in California minding my own business, but I could not stop thinking about what’s going on down here,” Winfrey said. “Nobody paid for me to come here, nobody even asked me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message.”

She declared, “I am here today to support a change maker.” If elected, Abrams would become the first African-American woman governor of a state. “She’s a woman who dared believe she could change the state of Georgia.”

Oprah added, “I am an independent woman. I’ve earned the right to think for myself and to vote for myself, and that’s why I am a registered independent.”

She continued, “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 seeped into my DNA and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.”

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