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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:45 PM

Labor union (SEIU) limits focus to 8 battleground states

Source: Associated Press

Labor union limits focus to 8 battleground states

By SAM HANANEL Associated Press

WASHINGTON—One of the nation's most politically active labor unions plans to focus its resources on fewer states this year while working to help re-elect President Barack Obama.

The Service Employees International Union said Tuesday it will target its massive field campaign on turning out voters in just eight battleground states—about half the number it focused on in 2008.
At the same time, the 2.1 million-member union hopes to get 100,000 of its members to volunteer in its political program, twice as many as in the last presidential race.

Overall, the union is expected to spend at least $85 million to help Obama win, similar to what it spent in 2008.

"It's a matter of figuring out where we can have the greatest impact," said Brandon Davis, the union's national political director. "You'll see an expansion of what we're able to do on the ground by being more efficient with our resources."

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Reply Labor union (SEIU) limits focus to 8 battleground states (Original post)
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Drunken Irishman Jun 2012 #5
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 12:52 PM

1. BAD BAD mistake what ever happened to Deans 50 state strategy

DAMN I miss that man as DNC Chairman

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

2. A reflection of the fight against Citizens United?

In states that everyone knows it will be critical to the presidential election, it makes sense to offset the dollar dump with boots on the ground.

We all agree that changing Congress is the long term solution, but keeping PBO in office will keep wolves at bay. Any state has a chance to swing a seat or two, so they should work on the local level to do that with all the resources they can muster.

Won't fault SEIU for focusing their resources. We all have to make choices with our time and money.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

3. This is what happenes when we retreat to the 20 state theory. n/t

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 02:07 PM

4. The DNC should fight in all 50 states.

A union should use its assets where it sees fit.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:24 PM

5. The 50 State Strategy wasn't even a 50 State Strategy...

Do you really expect Obama and the unions to put their resources in states he has absolutely no chance of winning? Utah, Idaho, Wyoming - they're all going Romney by decisive numbers. Even in '08, Obama realized he couldn't play the entire field and instead focused on the crucial states: Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia & North Carolina.

Focusing on all 50 states would limit your resources and doom you to election defeat.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 10:49 AM

6. This is a union, not the DNC, they have limited resources and have to pick their fights.

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