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November 2, 2008

2 Days To Election Day! Obama’s The BEST Candidate. EVERY Vote Counts!

 After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George Bush, and twenty-one months of campaigning – Tuesday is our opportunity to bring this country the change we need.

We face the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. 760,000 workers have lost their jobs this year.  Businesses and families can’t get credit.  Home values are falling, and pensions are disappearing.  Wages are lower than they’ve been in a decade, at a time when the costs of health care and college have never been higher.

At a moment like this, with so much at stake, we can’t afford four more years of the tired, old, trickle-down, on your own philosophy that got us into this mess.

America needs a new direction.  That’s why I’m running for President of the United States.

Senator McCain has served his country honorably. But when it comes to the economy, John McCain still can’t tell the American people one major thing he’d do differently from George Bush.

At a time when so many families are hurting, John McCain wants to give a $700,000 tax cut to the average Fortune 500 CEO, but not one penny of relief to more than 100 million middle-class Americans.  That’s not change.

In this election, the biggest gamble we can take is embracing the same old Bush-McCain policies that have failed us for the last eight years.

We’ve tried it their way. It hasn’t worked.  It’s time to turn the page.

As President, I’ll give a tax break to 95 percent of workers and their families, and eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.

Unlike John McCain, I’ll end tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give them to companies that create jobs here in America.

We’ll create two million new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and laying broadband lines that reach every corner of the country.



October 18, 2008

Get Out The Vote (GOTV): Don’t Be Seduced or Fooled By The Poll Numbers

 Election Day is ONLY 17 days away and even though the polls reflect that Senator Obama is leading, I’m telling you – don’t be seduced by the poll numbers. Don’t believe the hype.

 We (Democrats) can’t start celebrating in the 4th quarter; we have to end the game strong.  We’re at the one yard line, now is the time to keep up the pressure, follow the game plan and guarantee the touch-down.

 Senators Obama and Biden are depending on you personally – EVERY VOTE counts.  Every person matters.  Every state matters.

None of us should look at the numbers and think, ‘Obama is going to win anyway, so I don’t have to vote’.  If enough people think that way Obama will not win.

Add that thinking to the allegations of illegal purging of voters all across the country – which will adversely affect newly registered voters –  and it is even more obvious that every vote is needed to win this election.

 A recent report in The New York Times stated that, “Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least 6 swing states have been removed from the voter rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law according to a review of state records and social security data by the NYT.”

The NYT said that this was attributed to errors in handling the registrations; it also said that it will adversely affect Democrats since there are more newly registered Democratic voters.  This will also cause confusion and frustration on Election Day when all these newly registered voters who are excited to vote are challenged by election officials.

We only have to look at the stealing of the 2000 and 2004 elections to be reminded how seemingly ‘little things’ can change the results of an election. We only have to look at the current financial crisis in America and now globally to see that having the wrong person as president can and will affect us all and can result in loss of savings, loss of jobs, loss of opportunities and cause us to struggle with basic things such as putting food on the table.


October 9, 2008

Polls Are Too Close To Call: Now Is The Time To Get Out The Vote! (GoTV)

  Family and friends, now is the time to use your charm and personality to talk with people you meet each day. Don’t be shy.  If someone is negative then don’t speak with them but we have to try and ‘touch’ each person that crosses our path each day.

We have to be ambassadors for Senator Obama.  He can get us there 75% but we have to help him.  Now is not the time to be comfortable or complacent no matter what the polls say.  No is the time to work EXTRA hard for Obama.  Onward!!!

Ask independents and undecideds what issue in particular is important to them as they make the final decision about who they will vote for.  Is it the economy, healthcare, education, jobs, social security, Iraq, energy prices?

You can say something to them to the effect:  I support Senator Obama because he UNDERSTANDS the struggles Americans are facing whereas John McCain does not.

Obama has been

·        calling for an additional round of rebate checks to help Americans pay for the rising cost of gas,

·        senior citizens WILL NOT have to file a tax return if they make less than $50,000

·        Obama has offered a plan to make quality health care affordable and accessible for everyone,

·        Obama will provide a middle-class tax cut of $1,000 per family for 95% of American families.  If your family makes less than $250,000 your taxes WILL NOT increase by even a dime!

McCain will provide more tax breaks to corporations that ship American jobs overseas and McCain will provide NO direct relief AT ALL to more than 100 middle class families. 

That’s why I support Obama, will you join us?

The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts.

“I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent.

Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election.

“The Sunday before the election the dam burst,” Zogby said of the 1980 tilt. “That’s when voters determined they were comfortable with Reagan.”

Now voters are wrestling with two senators with opposite resumes – Obama, at 47, the unknown, and the established 72-year-old McCain.


July 9, 2008

Polls: McCain’s Age Bigger Problem Than Obama’s Race

  23% of Americans say John McCain’s age would make him a less effective president were he to win in November, while only 8% say Barack Obama’s race would make him less effective.

These results come from two questions included in a USA Today/Gallup poll. One question asked respondents whether Obama’s race would make him more effective, would make him less effective, or would make no difference if he were to be elected president.

A parallel question asked about the perceived impact of the fact that McCain would be 72 when inaugurated next January, were he to win.

More than 8 out of 10 Americans say Obama’s race would make no difference in terms of his effectiveness in the White House. Of the rest, just as many say his being black would make him more effective as president as say it would make him less effective. So, as far the public is concerned, Obama’s race appears to be neutral in terms of perceptions about his ability to serve effectively as president.

There is more expressed concerned about McCain’s age. As is the case with Obama’s race, the majority of Americans say that McCain’s being 72 next January would not make any difference in terms of his effectiveness in the White House. But 23% say McCain would be less effective as a result of his age. The net result is a slightly negative view of the impact of McCain’s advanced age.

Exactly the same percentage — 82% — of both Obama voters and McCain voters say Obama’s being black would make no difference in terms of his effectiveness as a president. But, importantly, only 14% of McCain voters have a negative view of the impact of Obama’s race (compared with the 37% of Obama voters who view the impact of McCain’s age negatively).

Independents, the key group that both campaigns are heavily targeting, basically reflect the opinions of the overall average in their views of the impact of Obama’s race and McCain’s age.

June 18, 2008

Obama Leads McCain in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio

Obama Leads McCain in Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Poll Shows

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Democrat Barack Obama is leading Republican John McCain in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the first time he’s had an advantage in all three electoral battleground states, a Quinnipiac University poll found.

Obama got a boost in support after securing the Democratic nomination in the final round of primaries June 3 and following the departure of Senator Hillary Clinton from the race, said Peter A. Brown, assistant director for the Hamden, Connecticut, university’s polling institute.

“Obama is certainly not out of the woods, but these results are a good indication that he enters the summer slightly ahead in the race to be the next president,” Brown said in a statement.

Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio together have 68 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency and have swung between both parties in recent presidential elections. No candidate has won the presidency since 1960 without taking at least two of the three.

Obama is ahead of McCain by a statistically significant margin in each state. He leads:

§        47 percent to 43 percent in Florida

§        48 to 42 percent in Ohio

§        52 to 40 percent in Pennsylvania

Both candidates are making appeals to independent voters in their campaigns. Obama, an Illinois senator, is ahead of McCain among self-identified independents in Florida and Pennsylvania and runs 2 percentage points behind the Arizona senator among independents in Ohio.

Bush, Iraq War

McCain is suffering because the approval ratings for fellow Republican President George W. Bush are 27 percent or less in each of the states, and because by a two-to-one margin voters say the Iraq War was a mistake, according to the poll.

Still, voters are split over whether the U.S. should begin an immediate withdrawal of troops, as Obama says, or stay until Iraq is stabilized, as McCain argues.

“The only good news for McCain in these numbers is that despite voters’ views on the war, he is holding his own with them about where to go from here,” Brown said.

The economy was listed as the top issue in the election by majorities in all three states, followed by the war.

The poll was conducted between June 9-16.

Quinnipiac surveyed:

§        1,453 likely voters in Florida, 1,396 in Ohio and 1,511 in Pennsylvania.

The margin of error was plus or minus 2.6 percentage points in Florida and Ohio and 2.5 percentage points in Pennsylvania.

Contact the reporter on this story: Mark Drajem in Washington at mdrajem@bloomberg.net

By Mark Drajem/Bloomberg




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