Oprah Backs Barack Obama

It was the weekend for celebs to come out and take their political sides, as Oprah Winfrey supported Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Iowa Saturday. For the first time, Ops is publicly backing a candidate -- and she says it's for personal reasons. "This is very, very personal," talk show queen said. "I'm here because of my personal conviction about Barack Obama and what I know he can do for America. 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." She adds, "I understand the difference between a book club and free refrigerators. I understand the difference between that and this critical moment in our nation's history." Oprah was clear in why she feels so strongly about the junior senator from Illinois. "I believe that Barack Obama will bring statesmanship to the White House," she said. "I believe that he will lead with strength, conviction, honor and compassion."

As Oprah signed on for "Oprah-bama" tour, fellow Democrat John Edwards announced that Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon will join him on the campaign trail in Iowa. Tell me, does it matter to you which stars support which candidates?

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