July 30th, 2008
06:36 AM ET
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AFL-CIO launches campaign to dispel Obama rumors

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(CNN) - The nation's largest labor conglomerate says it's set to launch a major effort Tuesday to dispel ongoing rumors surrounding Barack Obama that continue to percolate more than 18 months after the Illinois senator launched his White House bid.

The organization is set to send out mailers to more than 600,000 union homes in crucial battleground states - including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin - that directly address the false rumors that he is not a Christian, refuses to wear a flag pin on his lapel, and was not sworn into the Senate on the Bible.

It also beats back claims the Democratic presidential candidate was not born in America and refuses to put his hand on his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. (view the mailer [PDF])

A majority of AFL-CIO's membership is considered part of the working-class demographic - the key voting bloc that overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in the prolonged Democratic primary race and is likely to play a key role in the battleground states this November.

Watch: Obama battles rumors online

The AFL-CIO is also sending out a second mailer that features testimonials for union workers in support of Obama's policies on job creation, health care reform, and worker's rights. (View the second mailer [PDF])

"The mailers are the leading edge of a massive campaign in August to clearly define Sen. Obama among millions of union voters and to contrast the policies and plans of Sen. Obama with those of Sen. [John] McCain," AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith said.

That massive campaign will include a large-scale mobilization effort in 24 states, targeting 13 million union voters. The organization will also deliver more than 1 million fliers touting Obama's record at work sites across the country in August.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Cody

    I don't know. I mean, everything official that I've seen seems to suggest that Obama isn't a secret muslim and that he was born in the United States. But then again, I did get this poorly written e-mail saying that he was...

    July 29, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Ina Jones

    Live better work union!

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Latisha Hopkins

    I dont know. My mother always said, "where there's smoke, there's fire." So while I don't believe everything I hear, it makes me wonder where the truth is.

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Nick

    Once again unions spend their members money for what the upper management wants and does not represent the views of the rank and file members

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Abby

    Sad that this is necessary but glad that they are doing it.

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Fred

    Its hard to have a fair campaign when the conservaive media calls McCain a war hero with no flaws and Obama a muslim extremist and such. It doesnt seem fair in my eyes.

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. brian

    Please, AFL-CIO, tell me if Obamessiah can still walk on water or turn it into wine!

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Accountant Guy

    Good to see that smart educated people are doing things like this to get the truth out!!

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. NC Dem

    Most of these people that believe these rumors are racists, and will never vote for Obama anyway. The campaign knows that, and the media refuses to acknowledge the racism factor in regards to why the polls are so close even after 8 yrs of Republican disaster in the White House.

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. blaising

    You gotta' fight fire with fire. Get down in the trenches and SMEAR.

    -McCreepy applied for a marriage license to 'Ol Creepyeyes while still married to his ex.
    -McCreepy never loved this country until AFTER he was POW.
    -McCreepy wants to play "Army" with your sons and daughters lives.

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Jan Illinois

    Ill try Again Who's seen the birth certificate?

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Emi

    I'm not usually pro union, but thank you AFL-CIO for stepping up to help fight these rumors that Rush and his cronies keep pushing. The republicans have stooped to a new low this year with the smear compaign they are running.

    July 29, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. First Time Voter

    This should've happened a long time ago.

    July 29, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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