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. DJ in TX

    Let's hope this works. Thanks to the AFL-CIO. I really hope this quells some of the rumors surrounding Senator Obama.

    July 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Good deal! American Labor fights against the Swift Boat hatemongers...may their little swiftboats have a swift trip to Davy Jones' Locker!

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. maria

    obama will win by a land slide in november.
    obama 08,12

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. PUMA

    My union dues are going to this? This is ridiculous that my money, that is supposed to represent my interests, is going to a candidate that does not represent me or my values.

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Griff

    Too much of a Coincidence? A Guy leaves East Africa, just when they are getting their Indepence from Britain? Goes to a Place that is 89% Moslum... Nothing e4lse known, and his Mum is Pure-White, and he is as "Black" as Soot...You did say he is 46yrs of Age...

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and of course the sheeple will believe every word....

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Phil-Little Rock

    What a bunch of idiots. Remember, Bush wore his flag pin every day he was sending your husbands, wives, children and grandchildren to fight in a war that has only made Oil Street ultra-rich.

    For you bunch of morons to continue to persist that he's a Muslim or he's un-American, you're either born stupid, paid for lessons, or are merely looking for any modicum of a reason not to vote for him anyway; at any rate, the level of intelligence among these bunch of dummies is astoundingly faint at best.

    Go Obama. And Go Home, Obama-Haters.

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. PJ

    These are just stabs against the next great president of the united states.

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Annette

    GO AFLCIO.....

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. dissapointing

    The fact that some of those questions even need to be asked and answered show how inaccurate a picture of Obama the GOP has managed to paint over the last year or so.

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Is This True

    I have read...

    McCain was responsible for the Forrestal fire. Something made the plane behind McCain fired a rocket, which hit McCain's external center fuel tank, and caused a fire. McCain panicked, and dropped two bombs into the fire.

    Surviving crewmen and those who investigated the Forrestal fire case reported that McCain deliberately 'wet-started' his A-4E Skyhawk to shake up the guy in the F-4 Phantom behind his plane.

    When the carrier Oriskany came along side, and McCain was put in a chopper and whisked away. McCain was the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred.

    Is this true?

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Texas Voter

    Maybe Obama should address the real questions.

    Like why did Obama go to a racist church for 20 years?
    Why is Obama friends with the known terrorist William Ayers?
    Why does Obama need 300 advisors?
    Why did Obama refuse to visit our troops in Germany?
    Why has Obama changed his position on every major issue?

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Jackie from Minneapolis

    Good. It's hard to believe that there are so many people who still believe that is a Muslium and that he wasn't born here. Some people really are that ignorant as to what the facts are. Obama was born here and raised by his white mother and grandmother. End of story. I can't these same people get to vote. Many of them don't even try to find out the truth – they heard it once (somewhere) and they take it as complete fact. It's pure ignorance and stupidity.

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Adam

    The most corrupt people in the United States, next to Politicians are Unions. They have caused the downfall of the auto industry with their thirst for more demands. No wonder they support the power hungry Obama

    July 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. voting for Obama

    I'm glad that this mailer will help to dispel some of the lies that have been spread about Senator Obama. However, in the big picture, other candidates/Presidents also do/did all of those things and perhaps it proves their patriotism, but it doesn't mean that they made a good President. Bush does all those things, but he still managed to screw up. I only hope that people look at Obama's work and his ideas and vote based on his platform and what he can do to help this country move forward and become once again what it boasts to be. Placing your hand on your heart during the pledge of allegiance doesn't make you a better American, it just shows you can do what you're taught to do. It is better revealed in the daily things you do to help your neighbors, your city, your environment.

    July 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. aware

    Great way to spend/waste your money because none of those issues are the reason people do not trust Obama.

    Obama is a one trick pony with a one act drama in which he is a great pretender with no substance! He is an arrogant, egomaniac with an excessive lust for power and a top priority of wining. He has no moral center, no core principles and no judgment! 🙁

    Former Democrat voting for McCain 08 – a man of character and integrity. 🙂

    July 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Bob

    Well golly gee, if the AFL-CIO says so...

    Wake up – we know your more interest in new members "illegal" or not than you are in our well being. You have as much control over your members as my grandmother has over her bladder. Sorry granma.

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Super D

    The reason they have to go to all this trouble to dispell so called
    "Obama rumors" is that there is validity in each one of them.

    B. Hussein Obama is very creepy. I sure don't trust him

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. JoelWhy

    It's pathetic that this flier had to even be printed. Flag lapel? Placing your hand over your heart during the pledge? My goodness, if that's all it took, I'm pretty sure my dog is qualified to be President!

    And yet, these are the issues that concern millions of Americans.

    I'm NOT blaming Obama for combating these idiotic rumors. I am, however, blaming the American voters for concerning themselves with such trivialities (and the press for perpetuating them.)

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. John

    their going to tell me he put his hand over his heart during the anthem when I seen him not do it!? go to their site and it goes back to the pledge,wth!!! Maybe they should just worry about keeping their members job's.

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Ian MacIsaac

    Thank God. Hopefully we can get these stupid rumors out in the open and have them disproved. Polls have shown that the more people know about Obama, the more they like him. This is evidenced by the fact that his poll numbers have, on average, continually gone up while he was campaigning, starting out 25 points below Hillary, then beating her. Tied with McCain, now 5-7 points over him. If we can just get all sides of
    Senator Obama exposed, he'll be President Obama come next year.

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Arkay, MI

    It is a sad sad commentary on this nation that these questions need be answered for someone to be elected president.

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. Esther Marie

    way to go AFL-CIO I am proud of you

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Sara

    Those believing these rumors after all this time really don't want to know the truth or admit the truth. John McCain is leading a very ugly campaign. His negative ads against Obama is mostly false. It would be good if people would investigate the issues rather than just taking everything said for granted. Barack Obama is the only candidate who can bring the dignity and strength needed to lead our country. McCain is senile (putting it mildly).

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Phil

    What does the AFL-CIO know they backed Bush in the lat election

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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