October 21st, 2008
09:00 AM ET
14 years ago

AFL-CIO kicks off largest Get Out The Vote effort ever

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(CNN)—With less than two weeks to go before voters cast their ballots, the AFL-CIO launched a massive Get Out The Vote campaign Tuesday, targeting over 13 million union voters across the country in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial battleground states.

250,000 volunteers will disperse across the country in 20 presidential battleground states, including some “non-traditional’ key states like North Carolina and Indiana.

The efforts will also target 12 Senate races and 60 House races in an effort to secure a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

The group, which has been targeting union voters throughout the campaign season, says it also plans to increase the volume of phone calls and door to door knocking in the key states, with an emphasis on veterans, elderly voters and gun owners, who are typically harder to contact.

According to AFL-CIO Spokesman Steve Smith, in 2004 and 2006 the grassroots organization had about 200,000 volunteers working in only 13 states. Compared to the efforts in 2008, Smith says they are targeting “more states and more House and Senate races than ever.”

These final efforts wrap up a $250 million grassroots mobilization which began in late June after the organization threw its support behind Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Filed under: AFL-CIO • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (219 Responses)

    Our prayers are with you and your Grandmother. . .

    Everyone else. . . get out and VOTE for this man. He is good, he is kind, and most of all he is what this Country needs as a leader.

    I can not even begin to express in words the absolute disgust I feel for Palin. McCain is bad, she is worse. She knows no bounds, there are no depths she wouldn't go to to get power.

    BUT THE POWER IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do the right thing and VOTE. Vote early!! You never know what might happen on the 4th and your vote IS CRUCIAL.

    October 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. TexicoFromMexico

    Please Post this CNN

    Larry King stated last night that McCain promised him in July that he would have the VP of his choice on his show as is tradition! Palin has time to do SNL ( a stupid comedy) and she is not allowed to go on Larry King? Larry bless him asks softball questions, are they too tough for her to answer? CNN should demand that this promise is kept BEFORE the election!!!! CNN YOU NEED TO PUSH THIS!!!! WHY HAS SARAH PLAIN NOT TAKEN 1 HOUR OF HER TIME TO BE ON LARRY'S SHOW? WHO IS THE REAL SHARAH PALIN? WE DONT KNOW CAUSE SHE HAS ONLY GIVEN THREE REAL INTERVIEWS....WAKE UP AMERICA!! THREE INTERVIEWS AND COULD BE YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT! ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY???

    October 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Neal

    No matter what side of the fence your on. If you're paying attention, and you're not a nut job, you got to be impressed by the Obama team.
    These people are darn good.
    Doing every right thing, coordinating their efforts with other groups, just really really well planned.
    We need a president with that kind of team and leadership.
    I mean that was what made Bush seem ok, he had a great election team, unfortunately that didn't amount to good governance.

    October 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. RosieBaby

    Washington State – 4 More Early Voters for OBAMA/BIDEN – 2 seniors, 1 40s & 1 30s.

    Unite our country, vote Obama/Binen '08.

    Get out & VOTE!

    October 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Latina for Obama (nj)

    I know is off subject,but I went to foxnews.com and i am disgusted after reading all the negative comments in regards to Obama leaving the trail to visit his sick grandmother.Im actually in tears...how can people be so mean????
    Barack, my prayers are with you and your family..I hope she gets better so she can witness you making history.


    October 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Rob

    Jake: "The media bias of CNN, MSNBC and many others is disguisting. I hope you all get what you deserve. Barak Obama."

    I would like to point out to you that there is media bias at Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and a host of others that are Bias to the otherside so just quit your drivel you have no point here. As far as getting what I deserve........Yes Please.........Obama/Biden!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Desmond Sequeira

    You may never get the unintelligent, impressionable ones who will succumb to the "smear and fear" nastiness of the F A I L I N /McSAME hate machine, but let's get everybody else. THANK YOU AFL-CIO

    October 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Here's hoping Barack can help his Grandmother pull through. Your are so blessed to still have your granny.

    We will keep the voting trial hot for you. Have a safe trip.

    October 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Dawn

    My father and husband are proud Union workers. I also know that the Teamsters are also endorsing Sen. Obama. One thing I need to say to anyone, "Unite we stand, Divided we fall." is anyone out there beyond the post agree with me? When you runaround saying Socialist, terrorist? Guess what we could be divided. Sen. Obama said, "This is not red States, nor blue States this is United States.
    Now that is off my chest, please go out and vote with your heart not your fear.

    Me it is Obama/Biden08/12

    October 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Andy

    Unions support Democrats. That must explain why unions went from 35% of the work force to 8%. And they will keep voting for Democrats who will keep targeting companies who will keep moving their businesses out of the US who will keep lessening the amount of union membership.

    Unintended Consequences. On a good note, Obama can take money from whatever businesses are left and give that money to unemployed union workers.

    October 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Your vote counts

    AFL-CIO, thanks a heap! We need all the help we can get to oust McCain and Palin packing for Alaska.

    I'd like to label Palin a name as well but I'll be kind in this email.



    October 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Bill from Walla Walla

    Just voted for Barack Obama. First, and maybe last time voting for a Democrat, but Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden earned my vote. I respect you Mr. McCain, but your campaign talked at, not to, the American people – and your tone and message was a diatribe against Mr. Obama, not a platform for the country.

    October 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Zagazaw

    People of this great nation, if after 40 years of experience, McCain cannot evevn effectively express his plan for this nation without being dirty and nagative toward a young, inexperience JR senator, how can he handle any kind of crisis, how will he deal with world issue, attact them with nagative comment?

    October 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Latina for Obama (nj)

    To coco 5..I feel the same way!

    October 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Only in America would people rally against workers earning a living wage, have the right to health care, and an education for their children.

    October 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Latina for Obama (nj)

    To jill american...there are tons of signs in nj...Wayne,saddle brook...west paterson..and there are two in MY LAWN!!


    October 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Christiane

    I pray for you and your Family, Barack. I hope your Grandmother feels better soon

    October 21, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Born Republican and Proud

    Obama I can't believe that you want to lead this country and play dirty politics like you have. You sure will not get my vote.

    October 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Obamalism

    AFL-CIO – This organization gives ACORN a run for their money on corruption.

    They take hard working americans money and give them pennies on the dollar for return. They then use their influence to goad members into voting for candidates that hardly reflect their best interest.

    Why would a labor organization endorse a candidate who's economic policy threatens jobs? A poll of 75% large companies think Barack's Tax and Economic Policy will be a disaster. While you might disagree, it certainly makes me wonder about their intentions to expand business with such gloomy predictions.

    October 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Jim - Kingston, Pa

    The Republican Party is pathetic....they are corrupt, greedy, religious manipulators....the Democratic party is not much better but its unfortunate we are subjected to a two-party system.

    October 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. BS not Maverick

    Go get em!

    October 21, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Marie Canada

    The Daily Show last night showed a person in Wasilla Alaska being interviewed and this person said he was a member of the AIP and so was Todd Palin. They both want to separate from the U.S.

    Why no coverage of this CNN?

    October 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. rebecca

    I agrree with Freddie from Oh.... I also voted yesterday here in Nevada. It was a beautiful day of 75 degress. It was busy for early voting, everyone working was VERY nice and informative.. everyone get out and vote!!! oh by the way" for Obama and Biden!!!

    October 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Sara Mae

    The voter fraud was on the Republicans side. Can you believe that after so much on Obama and Dems. That goes to show what goes around comes around.

    October 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?


    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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