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. U.S. Common Sense

    I thought Obama was against Special Interest groups and their infleunces in the campaign.

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Progressive

    Very cool and quickly informative.

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Ricky - Hispanic/Educated and voting for Obama

    Im tired of Republicans just bashing Obama instead of pushing their policies. Now McCain would support a 16 month withdrawal "IF". Oh and he now changes his mind on not increasing taxes at all, oh and he's flip floppin on affirm. action. Yet he puts out all of these bogus ads.

    I'm tired of Republicans, they're scums and trying to con the Americans who dont have access to all the news and hoping they'll believe them out of fear.

    July 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Lisa J

    It's not the union members these need to be going to, it's the republican swift boaters that forward the vile, racist, hate filled e-mails all over the place. I hope this country isn't stupid enough to fall for it a third time!

    July 29, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. meg

    maybe the union can help him win in germany?? here in the US we only vote for americans

    July 29, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Lisa

    The DNC had to Audacity to send me an email from Michelle Obama begging for money!

    I don't like her or her husband.

    July 29, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Ted

    Hopefully other major supporters will join in and help beat back the McCain Smear Machine who seem very dedicated to muddy the weaters with half truths and innuendo.

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Obama bring it on 08/12

    At Last ! Put all these false Far Right rumors where they belong thats with the far right where the sun don't shine .

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Carl from MI

    Amazing that they have to go thru all this just because of the dishonesty of Republicans and the RNC spreading the rumours and dis-information. McCain was even a victim of it with Rove's push-polling back in '00, and yet his people are doing it to Obama. The sliminess of the Republican Party and their operatives cannot be measured... sacrificing honesty and integrity all in the name of PARTY before COUNTRY!! If that isn't un-patriotic, I don't know what is!

    Ann Coulter would call it 'treasonous' if it was the Dems who were doing it...

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Obama el Falso

    Send all the mailers you want, people are bent on believing what they want about Obama.

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Brian, Pittsburgh

    The TRUTH shall set us FREE!!

    Thank you, AFL-CIO!!

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. GP

    Why should I believe anything circulated by AFL-CIO?

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Jose

    Go ALF-CIO! Democrats in '08!!!

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Faith

    This is a good thing. As a supporter of Barack Obama's, I have been fighting to get through to some who are absolutely convinced that all the rumors about him are true. Way to go AFL-CIO..

    July 29, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Hope So

    Good news. Has the Birth Certificate been seen by anyone with credentials and has this been verified, Hope so.

    July 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. AR Graham

    HIS NAME IS STILL HUSSEIN....

    July 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Allan

    I don't care.No obama. He is fake.

    July 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Damond "Hussein" Brown, Orlando

    This is a great plan AFL-CIO!

    Obama 08!

    July 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. laurence

    if obama were not black none of this would be necessary. what a shame america. at this rate we may yet live up to that name and its ideals in let's say, 50-60 years?

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Canadian black man for Obama.

    No more smear attack McCain , let the campaign begin.

    There still people who just won't get out of false romour, dip down in their mind they know Obama is not a muslim. He is a christian and he born and raise in America with a White American mother.

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. anonymous

    Tsk tsk, how much is NOBAMA paying them? What an empty-suited loser!

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Pat Riot

    Talk about in bed with a lobbyist. The AFL-CIO is probably the worst you can have on your side and we all know they are coupled with the Israel Lobby.

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Dana, Arizona

    And all that stuff guarantees what?

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Bill from ALabama

    ps What if the PUMA's are able to get Hillary Clinton back in the contest.All of that advertising for Obama will be in vain.

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Penny

    What a waste of tax payers money...! A former Democrat, not voting for Barack Hussein Obama....!

    July 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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