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Obama Campaign Dips Into Wisconsin Recall

Obama Campaign Dips Into Wisconsin Recall

The Wisconsin recall election is going to come down to one basic truth: voter turnout. This is not likely to be an election with a lot of swing or independent voters making up their minds last minute who they will support. The divide is too great and the feelings too bitter.

That’s likely why the President Obama re-election campaign is jumping into the recall with a massive get out the vote drive focused on educating and registering voters in advance of the June 5 election.

The Wisconsin state director for the Obama campaign sent an email to supporters to rally support for Democratic nominee Tom Barrett. The email reads:

The next election here in Wisconsin is coming up on June 5th — and it’s important to make sure your voice is heard.

For the last year and a half, Governor Walker has divided Wisconsin — siding with big corporations and the super-rich at the expense of working, middle-class families. He’s broken our trust in state government: Too many Wisconsin families are out of work, students face crowded classrooms, and working men and women will be hurt by cuts to health care funding.

We can do better. Together, we’ll work to elect Tom Barrett, who will stand up for all Wisconsinites as governor — and that starts with getting the word out now about what’s at stake on June 5th.

The effort is in part due to changes in the voting rules in Wisconsin thanks to a newly enacted voter ID and electoral access bill. While a portion of the bill has been blocked for now, other elements such as residency changes remain in effect.

Plus, a host of educated and registered voters by June certainly wont hurt the Obama campaign come November either.

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3:06AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Those that speak against organized labor simply do not know the history of America before unions.

Getting rid of unions didn't keep manufacturing jobs in America. Now that unions are down to only 7% of the workforce outsourcing has only accelerated.

Unions are the only voice for the American worker.

Better wake up now, it is growing late.

Stop watching Fox "News" they are proven liars.

1:30PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Yes steve but if it was not for the unions we would all be working 70-80 hr weeks no holidays no vacations no sick leave no benefits in a sweatshop alongside of our children. Look at the history of the labor movement and what things were like before unions and what they will be like again without them as they slowly erode our benefits and take away our rights when we no longer have any representation to protect us.

1:27PM PDT on May 15, 2012

3 weeks from today & its BYE BYE WALKER!!!

1:26PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Obama was nowhere to be seen and never made any mention or appearance or showed any support when the protest were going on in Wisconsin and the unions were being dismantled and the democrats being basically run out of state into hiding to try to stop the insane laws. Not one word was spoken from Obama now he shows up like a vulture to take advantage of the situation.

11:41AM PDT on May 15, 2012

I'm taking the blue pill.

11:12AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Forget the union issues. Walkers failure as a governor speaks for itself. He promised 250,000 new jobs, since elected the state has lost almost 35,000 jobs, the most in the country. He's raised taxes on the low and middle classes while giving tax breaks to corporations and the rich. He's a puppet for the Koch brothers and dirty oil. Put aside how you feel about unions, the fact remains that Walker is destroying Wisconsin and its citizens and handing it over to corrupt corporations.

This is the most important election before November and everybody needs to get out and vote in order to save Wisconsin.

10:24AM PDT on May 15, 2012

The advantage a union may have solidarity. Without solidarity there is weakness.

You can keep throwing the red herring around all you want. People can CHOSE by working in a NON UNION shop. But see, they WANT the higher pay and the benefits that would likely NOT exist if there wasn't solidity. ANY time you join a club you pay dues. If you don't, you can't belong. It's not rocket science. Clubs cost money to run. If you WANT the advantages the club gives you, you gladly pay them. That is, except for someone like you that says, YOU CANT FORCE ME TO PAY. Grow up……..if you going a gardening club you pay dues. If you belong to a homeowners group you pay. You pay to get the benefits the group offers.

If you don't want to pay them stop trying to steal the benefits the clubs offer.


9:41AM PDT on May 15, 2012

By By Walker !

8:41AM PDT on May 15, 2012

And here's what the people of Wisconsin will ask themselves:

"Do I want the freedom to CHOOSE whether I join a union and pay dues, or do I want to be FORCED to do so, failing which, I don't get to work and support my family"!

Yes - you know damn well that's what unions do - FORCE you to join and pay dues and deny you work, or intimidate you, even violently, if you don't!

America is supposed to be the "land of the free and the brave" - not the land of the FORCED and INTIMIDATED!

Walker might not be the best governor Wisconsin ever had - but at least he supports workers RIGHTS - the RIGHT to CHOOSE!

Obama must be worried - there is a growing, nationwide dislike of FORCED UNIONISM. Americans no longer buy the crap that unions represent the "middle class". It's become too evident that unions represent UNIONS and their CORRUPT POLITICIANS!

9:31AM PDT on May 14, 2012

It is extremely important to register if you have not or if you have move. There is too much at stake in Wisconsin and the USA not to vote. We need to reelect President Obama and we need to give him a Democrat majority in the Congress. Maybe then we can move forward.

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