October 21st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
5 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. Helene

    I will vote for Obama, Obama, Obama ! Nobody else but him !

    October 21, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. irony

    in my experience the union workers are the hardest workers. Yhey are the real Joes of this country.

    October 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. McCain is a republican, and republicans ruined America

    Why is McCain in Pennsylvania. He's double digits behind. His legacy will be forever ruined as a result of his shady attempt at running the most pathetic political campaign in history.

    October 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. indepentent08 for obama/biden

    GET OUT & VOTE!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Mick

    McCain's plan: Give more to the wealthy since they are "pro America".

    October 21, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. maurice

    can we say lobiest and how bout them acorn women glorifying obama. who has who in their back pocket...............change is coming ...most of you folks need to do your home work on the canidates.. bot have made promises we all know ,cant make. keepin it real helps. and dirty campains both are guilty of it. both have had shady people in their lives. so instead of jumping on the band wagon do some searching. i have and i know where my vote will be cast.

    October 21, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. anne

    Time to stand up against the McCain's of the world who think they can lie endlessly. Their greed and lack of honor makes our country look foolish and we all suffer because of it.

    Go out and vote!!! Let's be proud of the people leading our nation again! Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 21, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Barack Obama talks that people will have to sacrifice, well I sacrificed alot during the 2000 election. I am jewish and I didn't vote for Gore/Lieberman even though Lieberman is jewish. It would have been easy to vote for them-a real feel good vote. But I put the country ahead of the easy thing and voted for George W. Bush. I challenge blacks since we are at war and Obama has little or no experience to put the country ahead and vote for John McCain since he has much more experience and could make sure America is not a victim of another terrorist attack.

    October 21, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. bob

    yes we can!

    President Barack Obama!

    October 21, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    Is it the American way to belong to the Alaskan Independence Party like Palin's husband – not to mention she gave the keynote address in 2006 supporting their cause? What WAS McCain thinking?

    October 21, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. 46 y/o Male for McCain

    Maybe if Obama looked in the mirror he'd find part of the problem. Ask yourself Democrats, how many millions has his campaign raised? He is taking money from people that can't pay their bills and can't pay their mortgages. The same goes for McCain, however, he has not raised near the money Barack has stolen from people that don't have it. Then again we could raise hell that Barack has taken $63 million from Muslims, Iran and Iraq. He ought to be taxed out the Kazoo on that dirty money. Barack Obama is the most anti American I have ever heard of. Biden is all ready making excuses for his shortfalls should he become the next President.

    October 21, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. independent in CA

    It's all about message, content. Obama is on message. People need to hear what the president is going to do to bring CHANGE to Washington not empty rhetoric and name calling.

    We're praying for his grandmother.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. j

    Thank goodness and I hope they all vote for Obama. McCain/Palin are out of touch with reality and there gutter & divisive politics make them unfit for the White House. Send a clear message to the Republicans that their divisive politics isn't acceptable in America, that America is one unified nation – vote Democrat.

    October 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. TX Independent for Obama

    More support for Obama to shift the focus from this desperate, silly name-calling, misrepresentation, violence fomenting, etc. to something a bit more "substantial".

    It appears the McCain/Palin strategy is to come up with a new nickname each day. I recall doing that in 3rd or 4th grade....

    Don't gloat, Vote!

    Go Obama/McCain

    October 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. andrew, UK

    To ALL OF AMERICAN,

    PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA ... WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER BUSH !

    PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA.. WE DON'T WANT THE SAME POLICY AS THE LAST 8 YEARS..

    PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA !! PLEASE VOTE FOR OBAMA !! WE NEED CHANGE , THE WORLD NEED CHANGE .. WAKE UP AND VOTE FOR OBAMA...

    VOTE FOR OBAMA, VOTE FOR OBAMA , VOTE FOR OBAMA !!!

    THANK YOU...

    October 21, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Former Republican

    Now this is what I am talking about....something positive.....don't need to spend time blogging about drug dazed out looking negative Cindy McSame and that ignorant air head moose killer they let ouf of the barn.

    Remember Obama supporters......vote early.....don't wait till Nov. 4th. Young people and African Americans esp. the McNasty campaign is relying on you not to show up to vote....prove them wrong and turn up in your millions.....white people, they are also hoping that the Bardley affect will take place......prove them wrong with an opposite effect or rather a Palin effect -- don't vote for McSame cus he chose Sarah the Moose killer Palin as his running mate.

    BARACK THE VOTE EARLY!

    October 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. anne

    Hey, ACORN were the people who brought the registration issues to the attention of the american people. It wasn't McCain though he jumped on it because it's all he has left. People bashing Acorn in posts on here have not educated themselves enough about what actually happened. If ACORN hadn't been honest in the first place about what happened McCain wouldn't have a lie to sell.

    McCain wants to draw attention from the voter fraud he himself intends to commit. It's pretty obvious. What side has stolen the elections in the past???

    OBAMA 08!!! Lets put the cheaters and liars out of the white house for good.

    October 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. PLEASE TELL HER TO GO HOME IN DISGRACE

    Thank GOD for the AFL-CIO!!!! The more votes for the future POTUS, Barack Obama, the better. I hope that Barack receives a mandate from the electorate so he can totally dismiss Laurel and Hardy, ooop,sorry, mccain/palin. I didn't think at age 57 I would be this naive, but how can ANYONE believe mccain and palin regarding ANY subject?

    October 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. randy

    it makes me fill happy i just voted for obama here in miami with what i am seeing here he have good chance of wining florida if the early voters turnout is big in numbers from now till nov 4.

    barack the vote people.

    October 21, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. MaryJane

    I just voted straight Democratic ticket here in Texas!! November 4 can't come fast enough for all this to be over!! I'm bringing my son, daughter and mother to vote tomorrow – for Obama!!

    October 21, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Sweetie

    If you are a working Joe, not a person who was pulled out of the bush and given a cigarette to vote, what to you get?

    An Administration of Chicago Thugs, a Liberal House and Senate with no check and balances in place and a Liberal Press which will fill us up with whatever spin the Thugs decide to spin!

    No country for the Brave and Free!

    McCain/Palin-08

    October 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Proud to be American

    We have to ensure we vote for Obama on the 4th.... my prayers go out to his grandmother, bless her soul. Obama has been fighting for America so long and now must go tend to his grandmother ..... we have to keep fighting the great cause while he is away.... volunteer for him... that will show appreciatioin.

    ***************** Obama and Biden 2008! *********************************

    October 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Global J

    I'd love to know how McCain and Palin will spin this one. They've obviously been dipping into Cindy McCain's pill box if they think they are going to win this campaign, given the impressive coalition of forces opposing them.
    If all the votes are fairly counted, this election should be a deserved landslide in favour of Obama and Biden.

    October 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Carmen

    YAY! OBAMA-BIDEN '08!

    October 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. mike

    so why do most companies move their facilities and their jobs overseas? So they do not have to deal with unions. Thank you AFL-CIO. I don't think I will be following your advice. The only reason I am "union yes" is the union where I work forces me to be. Is no a no choice closed shop REALLY the American way? I think not.

    October 21, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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