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.


Filed under: AFL-CIO • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. NFlorida&voted4barack

    and Todd and Sarah's nickname? "Totally unethical"

    October 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. roland

    for the benefit of all American

    October 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Independent for Obama!!

    Everyone needs to get out and vote as early aspossible. This election is like no other in our lifetime! We are in an economic crisis and we need to be sure that we elect the man who will be the best for our economy and our security, someone with a new outlook for the 21st century, someone who will help us get out of this recession, get out of Iraq and get some respect back so we can lead again as the peacemakers not the war mongers!
    Vote Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. mama4obama

    Excellent. We need every vote to count so we can wrap this thing up.

    Go Obama!

    October 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Docb

    CNN's Fact checker seems to be making the case for McBush..It is simple to say true with caveats but true...He voted against 19 times....Plus your cut off for comments is biased

    WHERE IS JACK CAFFERTY–he is the only one who asks the hard questions...Bless him in his grief!

    October 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. DANA PALTO

    YES! I AM ONE OF THOSE EARLY VOTERS.
    I VOTED AND SO DID 36 MEMBERS OF FAMILY. AND WE ARE ALL DEMOCRATS
    WE WANTED TO VOTE FOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
    BUT INSTEAD WE ALL VOTED FOR MCCAIN- RELUCTANTLY
    JUST COULD NOT VOTE FOR HUSSEIN
    SHAME ON US. BUT THAT IS OUR RIGHT.

    October 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Doug, New Jersey

    Nothing says Democrat like punishing small businesses and over paying unproductive employee's who spend 75% of their time goofing off, and charge 500 times the amount it should cost to get the work done.

    The sleezy tactics the unions use to force small businesses who cannot afford to contriubute to the union corruption is a display of liberal Democratic values at its finest.

    I have heard from quite a few that when you work for a union, you can get yelled at and even fired if they find out that you are "working too hard". How many places who have refused to be ripped off by the unions ended up trashed and some even burned to the ground?

    Just more proof that there is nothing more anti-American than liberal Democrats, no wonder they hate this country so much. The way the unions go about their business is a perfect display of liberalism, and goes along with the way most every liberal Democrat acts and interacts with people. Zero remorse for doing wrong and a devilish desire to harm people who have done nothing at all to you, that's a liberal Democrat. Come to a true blue area and witness the truth.

    October 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. JDC

    The ALF-CIO must be as screwed up as Obama, if they plan to contact gun owners. Obama wants to take guns away!

    October 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. ENE M DIAZ

    OBAMA ,PLACED HIS HOPE ON POWELL, GOOSEBUMPS BUT JOE THE PLUMBER, IN ADVANCE MAKE KNOWN THE NATION QUICKLY WITH A FINGER IN EVERYTHING THAT OBAMA LAST RESORT IT IS A COCK AND A BULL STORY./////////

    October 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. GA Independent

    Get out the vote here in GA! Go Obama!

    October 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Florence, SC

    Please encourage your friends and neighbors to VOTE this election. The McCain camp is depending on a low democratic turn out because they expect that new voters are looking towards Obama. If you notice McCain and Palin have not put out any ads that encourage people to get out and vote or vote early, but they have put out many many attack adds. McCain and Palin know the larger the voting turn out the better chance Obama has to win.

    GET OUT AND VOTE....

    October 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Simmy

    Sens Barack Obama/Joe Biden the Winners! McCain, Loser! Palin-Irrelevant!

    Go Dems Go! O/B '08-'16!

    October 21, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. confused miami

    Good for him, besides remember McShame said he likes to the underdog so all is good

    October 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. John B. From New Hampshire

    BOOYAA.... and what's this about a minnesota senator saying we should investigate to find pro and anti-americans? a witch hunt in the 21st century. SCARY!

    October 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Michelle, PA

    I hope we see the largest voter turnout in U.S. history on November 4th. Kudos to the AFL-CIO adn every other individual and organization working to get their neighbors to the polls, regardless of who you support (although of course, I hope Obama wins). Make the time, put in the effort, and look at it this way – if your guy wins, you made a difference. If your guy loses, you'll have have a leg to stand on when you complain for four years!

    October 21, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. ry69_gemini@yahoo.com

    It's not Mccain that can't run this country. It's Palin. Why are there so many people cheering for her. I know most of them probably don't make $200,000, but they still want her to lead this country should anything happened to McCain. They vote for her and if they win, these voters complain about how messed up America is.

    Bush was a bum and people voted for him to lead this country. He messed this country so badly that we will not recover it for a very long time.

    Bush didnt care about America because he's rich.
    McCain doesnt care about American because he's rich.
    Palin needs to go back to Alaska and study up on politics

    Are Americans that stupid?!

    I voted for Obama last week.

    October 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. S. Williams

    I find it interesting that the Republicans call Barack Obama, by every name, but the child of God that he is.

    October 21, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. tulsa

    Go union. Turn out and do what is best for this country and this world.
    We cannot afford a return to McCarthy style division in this country, or more failed economic policies.
    Give the tax breaks to those who need them and make jobs grow from the ground up.
    Trickle down economics hve been proven not to work over and over again. Vote Obama 08

    October 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. yen

    Voters be ware!! I cannot imagine voters will vote for McCain/Palin after eight years of Bushes disasterous years. Who will forget Bush/McCain/Palin years. These are the years of wars, and total economic melt down. McCain said he is the one to lead us. He has already led us to our present situation with bush. Who is kidding?Can he do it better with Palin? He is a great Joke. Fellow Americans, please don't be fooled. This is not loyalty to a party time. It is save the country time. Get real. Vote for Obama!!

    October 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I volunteer at an Obama campaign office and we had a gentlemen from the, dare I say it, PLUMBER'S union, come by to offer their membership's manpower for GOTV.

    We have a chance, in this election, to resoundingly say NO to the hate-filled, divisive tactics of the McCain/Palin campaign and the GOP. You don't want to vote for Obama based on the issues? That's fine. But don't you DARE lie, smear and misrepresent and cause the sort of ugliness that we're seeing in this country for the first time in decades. We have to tell McCain, Palin and the rest of the fearmongers that never again will they find a voice in our election process.

    Vote Obama/Biden 08!

    October 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Jen, California

    And for sure ACORN will be involved!

    October 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. ready to vote

    This could be the first time in over eight years that we as a country can start doing some good for ourselves. We just need to get out and vote. Everyone needs to check within their respective states to make sure that they are still eligible to register to vote. Don't wait until it's too late!

    October 21, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Team America

    The effort to get more Americans to vote is a great cause! The more voters we have in this country the better our democracy works. And I'm voting on experience and records, not speeches about hopes and dreams. McCain is my choice.

    October 21, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Jackie

    Barrack is taking time off to visit his ailing racist grandmother? Why would he do such a thing? I thought that he cringed at the racist comments his grandmother, the one who raised him, use to make about black people. If obama can forgive the bigotry of his own family, for political gain of course, then i suppose that we all can do the same

    October 21, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Jen, California

    Yes, Obama can win with ACORN by his side!

    October 21, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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