CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) -- Saying she felt compelled
to support "the man I believe has a new vision for America," Oprah
Winfrey spoke passionately about Democratic presidential hopeful
Barack Obama at two rallies in Iowa Saturday.
"I've never taken this kind of risk before nor
felt compelled to stand up and speak out before because there
wasn't anyone to to stand up and speak up for," Winfrey told thousands
of people in Cedar Rapids Saturday evening. "We need a president
who can bring us all together," she said. "I know [Barack Obama]
is the one."
"These are dangerous times, you can feel it. We
need a leader who shows us how to hope again in America as a force
for peace," Winfrey told the enthusiastic crowd.
"I believe Barack Obama will bring statesmanship
to the White House," she said. "He's a man who knows who we are
and knows who we can be."
"This is very, very personal. I'm here because of
my personal conviction about Barack Obama and what I know he can
do for America," she said to applause.
Winfrey tells Iowa crowd: Barack
Obama is 'the one'
From Sasha Johnson and Candy Crowley CNN Washington Bureau