October 21st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

AFL-CIO kicks off largest Get Out The Vote effort ever

The AFL-CIO endorsed Obama's campaign in late June 2008.
The AFL-CIO endorsed Obama's campaign in late June 2008.

(CNN)—With less than two weeks to go before voters cast their ballots, the AFL-CIO launched a massive Get Out The Vote campaign Tuesday, targeting over 13 million union voters across the country in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial battleground states.

250,000 volunteers will disperse across the country in 20 presidential battleground states, including some “non-traditional’ key states like North Carolina and Indiana.

The efforts will also target 12 Senate races and 60 House races in an effort to secure a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

The group, which has been targeting union voters throughout the campaign season, says it also plans to increase the volume of phone calls and door to door knocking in the key states, with an emphasis on veterans, elderly voters and gun owners, who are typically harder to contact.

According to AFL-CIO Spokesman Steve Smith, in 2004 and 2006 the grassroots organization had about 200,000 volunteers working in only 13 states. Compared to the efforts in 2008, Smith says they are targeting “more states and more House and Senate races than ever.”

These final efforts wrap up a $250 million grassroots mobilization which began in late June after the organization threw its support behind Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.


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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Jake

    The media bias of CNN, MSNBC and many others is disguisting. I hope you all get what you deserve. Barak Obama.

    October 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Coco 5

    No dissrespect to the lovely Michelle Obama (who, by the way, I think is one of the most beautiful black woman in the country), but I am completely in love with Senator Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!! He truly touches something in my heart, call it hope, a crush, or whatever you like. I feel as though I could really trust Senator Obama. I admire the "Get out and Vote" message. That's where Democratics tend to fail, we talk about voting but don't.

    "There are two types of people in this world, those who walk the walk and those who talk the talk. People who walk the walk, they sometimes talk the talk, but most of the time they don't talk at all because they're walking. People who talk the talk, when it becomes time for them to walk, you know what they do...they talk people into walking for them."

    October 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. TIRED OF MCCAIN AND PALIN

    Barack, stay on track and we are praying for his grandma... Geesh! I know what my grandma meant to me...

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. PHYLON BANGO

    TO all Republicans

    When George Bush came to power the Slogan was; IT'S EITHER YOU'RE WITH US OR AGAINST US. With the lives lost directly or inderectly because of that slogan(iraqis, american servicepeople, etc), and the economy in ruins, are you still PROUD for having gone out to vote YOUR PARTY against the DEMOCRATS who had brought so much prosperity?

    Amazes me how even in ZIMBABWE with MUGABE who has ruined the country, you still find those willing to vote for his party; in asmuchas there are still people in Amarica still voting Republican despite being reponsible for so much chaos not only in America but all over the world. Being a foreigner I am worried.The notion that the GOP is a party of WAR, race hate(Rmbr Bush executions) and they HATE anyone not like them, holds true.

    Clearly to the REPS its a question of PARTY first COUNTRY last. Then their slogan of COUNTRY FIRST is in VAIN. If anyone is confused, let them look at the internet worldwide voting. Mcain has got only Georgia for him. Speaks volumes. THE CHOICE IS YOURS-don't perish for lack of knowledge

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Here is the Point

    VOTE ..... don't GLOAT.

    With post election challenges ... this may not be over until January 21st.

    Run through the tape ...

    October 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Ken in Dallas

    Whatever it takes to keep the Wicked itch of the North away from the White House.

    Seriously, the Republican line is so far right this year that if McCain and Palin were to get elected, we'd end up with an openly Fascist government in the US this decade. These people are dangerously unbalanced, and they're incredibly poor losers, too.

    McCain and Palin have mostly written off this election, and are pursuing a strategy to make the US ungovernable for the next four years.

    October 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Matt

    He barely needs to. McCain is going to do him the biggest favor ever by going back to the Wright commentary. McCain's desperate. he's out of weed and sifting thru the ashtray in hopes of finding a roach.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Candy West Virginia

    Barack will win and thank God, we need to heal this country. For all you so called conservatives who tout your bible, guns and flag under the guise of being a Christian, while your hearts are wrapped in hatred remember all the hate and lies you send out it will return to you in some form or another to either you or someone you love. It's the law of life and it is inescapable. What goes around comes around.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. INDEPENDENT NOW

    BIG SURPRISE HERE!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. Texas Trail Dog!

    HERE GOES THE COLLAPSE OF BIG BUSINESSES. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS MY FRIEND. WELL IF NOT THEN YOU WILL SOON SEE. YOU JUST THOUGHT THE BUSINESS WERE LEAVING AMERICAN. YOU HAVEN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. AND TO YOU HILLARY. I SUPPORTED YOU AND BILL THROUGH THICK AND THIN. I CAN SEE NOW THAT MEANT NOTHING TO YOU CUTTHROAT PEOPLE. WHAT DO THE CRAP DO THINK YOUR GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS.

    October 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Thanks for getting out the vote !!! We need to get this thing DONE!!!!

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Marie

    What will the GOP say now. they are linked with ACORN..............

    October 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. ez

    We need a filibuster-proof Democrat in the U.S Senate. Early voting is the way to go.

    Registered Republican "voted" all Democrats.

    October 21, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Janet American Abroad

    There are many reasons some of us American live outside the 50 States.
    And, after watching one of the most dividing and unethical campaign in regards of dividing the country, this can only confirm ones own reason.
    In as far as illegal voting machines, racism, and the dividing of the people, rich and poor, religious beliefs, race, education, the list is endless....But, a light is shining at the end of the road, for those who are fed up with the nastiness of hatred towards others.

    The media is the problem, in delivering the message and the viewers are the victims.

    The Republicans have taken the Conservative Idea and placed it in the dirtiest corner of government ever seen in the political world.

    Its about time the American Voters start enacting what ALL THE PEOPLE truly means.....looking for the inner truth and not hatred towards each other.....America has a long way to go in referring itself as The United States of America.....the Division is very strong with hatred and racism.....

    October 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. demwit

    Voter fraud anyone!?

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. alvino

    I see McCain is now asking Russians for donations for his camaign. Maybe they will believe his lying attacks on Obama.

    October 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. demwit

    I love it when they give me cigerattes and beer to vote...

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. OHIO FOR OBAMA

    Way to go AFL-CIO. I wonder what palin will find wrong with OBAMA being backed by them.

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. BatCat05

    Thanks AFL-CIO members. OBAMA-BIDEN, now that's the ticket!

    October 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Andy J, NY

    Lets hope they don't follow the ACORN model, us honest Americans like our elections fraud-free.

    October 21, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. HERE HERE NOW

    have you all noticed that when ever someone raises the question about whether Palin is qualified to be the vice president and in the event has to step up to the highest office all her surrogates say the same thing except for the honest ones they say she electrifies the base have you guys noticed that thats all they say and the pundits settle for that answer. Well what is needed in the oval office is not some one whop electrifies the base we need some one who is competent to run this country i was wondering if anyone else notice how thats all they say she electrifies the base SO WHAT THEY NEED TO GET SERIOUS

    October 21, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Lynn, CT

    Isn't it a shame that there must be these voting drives. It is the responsbility of every American to vote and citizens should not have to be reminded of that.

    As long as people can't be bothered or think neither is better than the other, it will continue to be the extremists of both parties who determine the election and not the majority of the American public.

    Each vote does count and we must live up to our civic responsibility and cast the winning ballot.

    October 21, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Uncle Sam

    I think Joe could be a Republican plant.
    Joe Biden, that is.
    :-)

    October 21, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. matt in pittsburgh

    what this article doesn't tell you is that most of the AFL-CIO rank and file votes Republican. One of those annoying little facts that get in the way of a good story.

    October 21, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. alvino

    John McCain did in fact vote against raising the minimum wage 19 times. This is fair game just like the ad about funding the troops that Lying John used against Obama, when John voted against them in another bill.

    October 21, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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