Oprah Sets Dates to Stump for Obama

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Oprah Winfrey will campaign for Barack Obama in Iowa, Columbia, S.C. and Manchester, N.H. on Dec. 8 and 9, the campaign announced today. Her appearances had been widely anticipated and hinted at since last week, when Obama let it slip that plans were being made for the talk show host to go out on the stump.

“She says she wants to do something, which I was actually surprised by,” Obama told the New York Times recently. “But I think it’s interesting to her.”

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, had doubts about Oprah’s appeal. he told the Washington Times, “I’m not sure who watches her. Maybe young moms, maybe people who are retired. But we have the support of most retired Democrats.”

Fred Fiery at Fox:
Fred Thompson lashed out at Fox after anchor Chris Wallace asked him about the “buzz” that his campaign was underperforming. “This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth,” Thompson said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I understand the game of build-up and I understand the game of take-down,” he said, according to the New York Times. Fox seemed to want to “highlight nothing but the negative.”

“For you to highlight nothing but the negative in terms of these polls and then to put on your own guys who have been predicting for four months, really, that I couldn’t do it kind of skews things a little bit,” Thompson said. “There is a lot of other opinion out there.”

It should be noted that Thompson joins John Edwards among the field of presidential candidates who have taken aim at Fox.

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