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Response to budkin (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:05 PM

15. You are not a telemarketer.

Some ignorant people may treat you like a telemarketer, but you have to remember that what you're doing is very different from telemarketing. Not only are you not getting paid for the calls you make, but you are participating in the political process, calling your fellow voters to have conversations about issues that matter to them. Anyone can refuse to buy a product a salesperson is trying to sell them, but no one can avoid the consequences of an election. This is why the calls we make are protected under the first amendment. There is no do-not-call list for political or charity calls.

I've been making calls for several weeks now. I'm like you: I get nervous, and I don't always make the case well to an undecided voter. It's always painful when someone is rude, but the occasional Obama supporter more than makes up for it. Even after a particularly bad session, I feel a sense of accomplishment because I went out there and did something that was uncomfortable for me, and I did it because it matters, because the President can't win this without our efforts.

In 2000, we lost the election by 537 votes. The calls you make can make the difference between a Romney presidency and a second Obama term. Be proud of what you're doing. I'm proud of what you're doing. Let's make sure the President wins this!

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