Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a powerful message to attendees of a town hall in support of Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams: Don’t dishonor your ancestors by failing to vote in the midterm elections.
The media mogul invoked the story of Otis Moss Sr., who had walked 18 miles to vote in an election but was told he was too late to cast a ballot. He died before he was able to finally vote in the next election.
“For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family,” Winfrey said at an event in Marietta on Thursday.
“You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering and their dreams when you don’t vote,” she added.
Despite rumors that Winfrey is considering a run for president in 2020, Winfrey denied wanting to toss her hat in the ring.
“I’m not here because I’m making some grandstand, because I’m thinking of running myself,” she said. “I don’t want to run, OK? I’m not trying to test any waters. Don’t want to go in those waters. I’m here today because of Stacey Abrams.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence also visited Georgia on Thursday to stump for Abrams’ Republican challenger Brian Kemp.
“I heard Oprah was in town today,” Pence told the crowd. “And I heard Will Ferrell was going door to door the other day. Well I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell: I’m kind of a big deal too.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.