July 30th, 2008
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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. Honestlady

    Good Idea:)!

    July 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Tejano

    Another effort from the Socialist Unions to sell their candidate to the
    American electorate. Who are you going to believe, Obama's own
    book or the propaganda from the AFL-CIO. The history is there all you have to do is be willing to face the truth. Born a Muslim, Raised a Muslim will always be a Muslim.

    July 29, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Mrs.L


    July 29, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Barack a vote

    About time, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will be upset.

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Hojo

    All we ask is for the truth to come out. No more lies and distortions by the right wing radicals.

    July 29, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. gotcha

    What record? I am not aware that he has a record on anything, except arrogance.

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Tricia

    Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh will upset now with their lies with faux news.

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Tania

    This whole election is becoming one big joke.
    The money that is being spent to get votes is truly bordering on obscenity.
    It appears that elections in America are for sale.
    Let the candidates present their stand on issues and debate them.
    I am sure that Americans are of sound mind to make their own choices.
    Endorsements , be they from politicians or celebrities , are vaccuous statements and organizations who try to sway the voter , usually have their own agenda.
    Politicians should be reminded that they are public servants , that means, ' to serve the public and not themselves '.

    July 29, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. California Gold

    Good call by the AFL-CIO. McCain's camp best be mindful of the sort of dirty campaign ads running on his behalf. McCain's record may just come back to haunt him.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Only the dumb and misinformed still believe the rumors. The type who don't pay attention to the election until 2 days before it is time to vote.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Robert NYC & Miami


    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Joe M

    If we'd get past all this nonsense on both candidates, we'd have a lot better chance to discuss issues and solutions. For the record, both candidates were born in U.S. territory. McCain in the Canal Zone and Obama in Hawaii. McCain's now Baptist and Obama, despite the vitriol, is a Christian. Some organization should do the same for McCain and the groundless charges of senility and so much more. Sometimes I think we are a nation of idiots.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Veteran in Kansas

    Beware of swiftboaters of a different name. Rumors shall fly and the ultra right shall lie through their teeth once again.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Ian MN

    YESSSS! no more jibber-jabber. Now we will start to see the landslide affect

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Gobama

    On the way to victory.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Kris from AZ

    I think it is sad that Obama has to come out with having to explain himself for being an AMERICAN. You sick conservatives..I should say the ones that are closed minded. It is truely sad.

    July 29, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Joseph L

    The greatest car salesman ever Obama.This guy will not be our president he will not have town hall meetings.Just listen to him answer unscripted questions.He stutters like a teenage boy.I want to go to one of his big events and turn the teleprompter off.

    July 29, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. art serpa

    As a retired dem. union member, my comment is keep in mind that Obama is no Colin Powel. I would say that 90 percent of us veterans will be backing Mcain- he knows what the sting of battle is all about. Yes Obama is very smart but not ready to run this nation. I was very disapointed that Biden was not picked to be the Demo. candidate.

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Dave

    Is it true that he rides a unicorn that has a rainbow coming out of its butt?

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. It Doesnt Matter

    I'm all for what they're doing but to a lot of "white" folks, it still won't matter because they will still vote based on color anyway.

    July 29, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Bill from ALabama

    What are they going to do to dispell the fact that he has no experince,he's got to spend the first four years making his strongest affiliates happy in order to get re-elected, and what are they going to do to erase twenty year affiliations and friendships with the likes of the Rev Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers,and Father Pfleger? How are they going to handle that?? They better get behind McCain,if they want a future!

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Lola

    Let's see, at least half of these mails will be in the trash bin without opening! No joking!

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. John From Illinois

    I noticed their mailing doesn't try to say Obama is not a socialist. Oh, that's right, THEY CAN'T!

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Debbie

    It is so sad and pathetic that efforts have to be made to dispell suche out and out lies about Obama – who & how did these rumors even start in the first place?
    So much for campainging on the issues – did this all start with the Hillary Clinton campaign against Obama.

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Bert

    I wonder how much this is costing him?

    July 29, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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