Oprah Winfrey found the campaign on Thursday, but not for himself, as many hoped. Instead, she came to stand in Georgia for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for the governor of the state.
Vice President Pence was also in Georgia – he campaigned for Abram's Republican opponent Brian Kemp. In a joint appearance, Pence turned against the fame of celebrities who supported Abrams, including Winfrey and actors such as Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo and Michael B. Jordan.
"I want to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell that I'm a pretty big deal too," Pence said, mocking Ferrell's 2004 film: "Anchorman" Hollywood Friends: This is not Hollywood. That's Georgia. "
Well, Georgia is like Hollywood. In fact, Georgia produces more domestic films than anywhere else in the United States.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and other Republicans in the state have this frequently touted the ways in which the film, television and entertainment industry has generated revenue for the state and has strengthened the economy.
In August, Deal's office noted that the record number of Georgia-produced film and television productions generated a massive $ 9.5 billion economic impact on the state in fiscal year 2018.
"With a record 455 productions recorded in Georgia, the film industry continues to support jobs for Georgians, empowering small businesses and expanding tourism for tourists," said Deal in a news release. "Today Georgia is one of the world's top travel destinations for film production, and nationwide communities are seeing the benefits of accommodating the industry."
According to the announcement, Georgia became the most popular site for filming in 2008 after Georgia's Investment Industry Act entered into force. The state lost its status as the world's number one filming location earlier this year. According to movie L.A., the title now belongs to Canada.
The high-budget films shot in Georgia last year included "Baby Driver" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Baywatch," among others.
"Georgia wants a governor who will put the values of Georgia and Georgia first," added Pence on Thursday. "And Brian Kemp will do just that."
Pence is right: Georgia is not Hollywood. However, it can not be denied that the same celebrities he denounces play a vital role in the economy of the state.
Pence's office did not respond to a request for comment Friday morning.
Kemp vs. Abrams is one of the country's most watched gubernatorial races. A recent survey by NBC News-Marist College shows that the two are practically interconnected.
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