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.


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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THE FOLKS THAT PREFER TO BELIEVE THE LIES

    THAT ARE SPREAD BY SLEAZY TACTICS, ARE THE SAME

    COWARDS THAT ELECTED BUSH SR. & JR. THEY ARE ALSO

    THE AMERICANS LEFT THE FURTHEST BEHIND, BY THE BUSHS'

    ADMINISTRATIONS. BOTH BUSHS APPEALED TO FEAR & HATRED

    FOR THEIR VOTES. BOTH HAVE ONLY WORKED FOR THEMSELVES

    & THEIR MULTI MILLIONAIRES & THE REST OF US ARE WHINERS.

    July 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. JD

    What about the rumor that O'Bama is a Socialst? Oh wait, that is an actual fact!

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I always say where there is smoke there is fire. So if AFL – CIO is denying something, there must be some truth in there somewhere.

    Besides Obama is the riskier of the two candidates. I am afraid of his immature decisions and his hesitancy to go to war when everyone in Congress, the President and foreign leaders think we should.

    Obama is a flipper of the worst kind.

    Watch him try to resurrect the welfare queen industry. if you want someone to protect our values pick McCain, if you want some risky leader choose obama.

    He lives in a state of denial about the surge..........................

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. marianna

    Rezko connection?

    Dropping from Rev. Wright church after 20 years?

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Old Stradlater

    It's a shame this is needed. But that's the nature of Republican politics: smear, smear, smear.

    I guess it's more depressing that a candidate's religion would even be an issue for holding elected office. I don't think Jesus would approve of this hatred of other religions.

    July 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Stephen

    This is great news.

    July 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. jano1234

    Well, come on all of you "Obamamaniacs; let's hear from you.

    July 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Venus

    Way to go team!

    Thank you!

    The GOP crap and lies won't work this time. Not this year!

    July 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. psittacines

    Good for the labor union! It's hard to stay ahead of the GOP "below the belt" ads and press releases....McCain's boast that he would run a "clean campaign" is settling into the toilet with the rest of his memory losses...:)

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. BJKidd

    To the AFL-CIO GOOD FOR YOU. Now here are true PATRIOTS.

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. former Hillary supporter

    I am glad to see a group getting together to try and support senator Obama and get all of the crap that the supposedly honorable Mccain has dishonorably thrown at him like he said he wouldn't do in any campaign. It appears that Mccain will do anything to win this campaign, just like he seems to to be willing to go to any lengths in order to win and take over Iraq. These lame tactics and dishonesty are what made Hillary lose the primaries, so I hope that the American people will be smart enough to make the right choice when the overall election comes.

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Texas trail puppy!

    Watchout!! The MSM with all this excessive coverage of Obama admitting that he is very newsworthy are making the mistake of giving McSame with all his Gaffes a free ride to the Whitehouse. REPORT!!!! more on McSame he wanted more media coverage i say give it to him!!

    July 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. The Truth

    Here we go. That's how you get things done.

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Barack Obama 08

    Thanks AFL-CIO!!! McCain and his 527's only know lies, smears, and personal attacks. Trust, honesty, change and hope will win this election. GREAT JOB!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Moxie

    Instead of spending the many thousands of dollars this effort will take, why doesn't the Union spend it on improving the living conditions of some of it's poorer workers? Or better yet...spend it on food and housing in the "poor neighborhoods" that Obama supposedly worked so hard for.

    July 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Alice Gentry

    AFL-CIO, isn't this the same union that has forced so many US corporations to leave the country because of their strikes for higher/higher/higher wages? Want no part of this criminal bunch...

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Dave

    He doesnt wear a flag pin because he hates this country! He doesnt quote scripture because he doesnt own nor read the bible!

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Hmmm must be a bunch of men. The men in this country have had their head up obama butt for the whole campaign..

    What in the world do they think obama will do for them. He spent 7 long years in the state senate of Illinois. Did not vote for anything, all he did was press the "present" button. Has spent almost four years in the US senate and has not voted more than any other senator except Tim Johnson who had a stroke. Now that the DNC jumped on board and anointed him as the god of the Democrat party and have almost appointed him as the candidate he starts to promise the whole world everything they ever wanted. Darn he better get his butt in gear and start doing something instead of PROMISING THE MOON.

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Too bad repugs can't read, can't think for themselves and get their information from Rush and Hannity.

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. No McCain!

    Some people are just pathetic to believe this rumors. Or are they gullible?

    Obama '08

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Barbara

    This is super! Great to have such an organization as the AFL-CIO to step up to the plate to help get rid of all those lies about Senator Obama.

    "Change We Can Believe In"

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. BlameBarack

    The mailers are pretty clear cut. I like them. And they are positive.

    July 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. DottieF

    Unions are based in Communist so of course they will back the anti-Christ. Did you expect otherwise?

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Lisa

    He's a fraud and everyone knows it.

    If this Fraud doesn't put Hillary on the ticket, he's toast!

    Party's Ovah!

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Nafiadi

    This would be a blow for the ancient man. I don't like Obama but he's better than , , ...surge, surge, surge..... guy.

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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