New AFL-CIO PAC plans to go door to door for Obama

AFL- CIO boss Richard Trumka made an appearance at the Center for National Policy Wednesday to give praise to Obama and speak about the steps the organization would be taking to making sure he gets re-elected.

Trumka credited Obama for saving the American auto industry claiming Obama’s “been willing to make the decisions to revive the American manufacturing, and the toughest and most important decision that President Obama made was to save the American auto industry from the disastrous Wall Street reaction that led to the collapse of a financial system in 2008.”

Trumka then claimed “that those companies are now growing, they’re hiring and most important they’re moving into the technology in key areas like plugged in hybrid or electric hybrid, and the fact the Ford, Chrysler and General Motors are alive and prospering today.” Trumka did not mention that General Motors and the old Chrysler have not paid back all the money they have received from the U.S. government.

Although the AFL-CIO recently created it’s own Super PAC, Trumka criticized Citizens United, saying it “allows money to pollute the Democratic system in unheard of amounts.”

Trumka explained AFL-CIO’s new Super PAC’s plan was to make sure Obama and other “progressive candidates get elected.” Trumka said that they would be talking to non-union workers in addition to union workers.

“We’re going to be out on the ground and our goal is to have 400,000 volunteer this year on the ground this year talking to people door to door,” he said.

One of the main concerns of the AFL-CIO this election is to advocate for more healthcare reform.

“We’re the richest country on the face of the earth at our most rich point of time and yet were told that we can’t afford healthcare and pensions when the rest of the world’s figured this out we cant do it,” Trumka said. “I don’t think we’re that dumb.”

The AFL-CIO has decided that in this election season they would do things differently. Instead of being finished once election day is over, they have set up permanent structures, which will stay in effect after Election Day. At that time the AFL-CIO plans to shift from advocacy to accountability to“make sure the people that they elected don’t get amnesia and forget about creating jobs, we’ll remind them.”

Comments

Polititainment

Kimmel: Stoner idea or gov. expenditure?
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R – Okla.) fifth annual “Wastebook” was released Wednesday and some of the federally funded projects are so outrageous that they can be hard to believe. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel had the same thought and offered his audience a quiz. He read the name of a project, some real and some […]
Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]
Stewart and Colbert go after 'Fangate'

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

O'Reilly v Stewart on 'white privilege'

Jon Stewart had one goal in bringing Bill O’Reilly on his show Tuesday evening: "I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege."

White House

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]
Obama reveals his favorite Supreme Court decision

President Obama dished on his favorite Supreme Court decision during his presidency, and it wasn’t either of his interviewer’s top guesses.

Congress

CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers to snoop
Despite a number of growing foreign and domestic threats over the summer, the CIA admitted that they had been using their resources to spy on elected officials in the Senate. Now, insiders are alleging that it’s not just what they did that is the problem, but how they went about it. A new piece by the […]
Republicans say they will reform the IRS

Republicans are talking about reforming the IRS if they gain the majority in the Senate next month, but seem to be treading with caution on making any specific promises.

'Wastebook' finds $25B in 'unnecessary' spending
Monkey gambling, synchronized swimming sea monkeys, and mountain lions on treadmills, oh my! Sen. Tom Coburn (R – Okla.) released his fifth and final “Wastebook” Wednesday, chronicling $25 billion tax dollars spent on 100  “silly, unnecessary, and low priority projects” this year. His findings are absolutely astonishing. Coburn, who is retiring this year, is not letting his fellow […]
Dems target Republicans as extremists on ed issues

Democrats this election cycle are working hard to paint their Republican opponents as wild extremists who would slash all funding for student loans.

Udall struggles to think of his favorite books

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) seemed a bit rattled in his recent interview with ABC 7 News.