Obama 2012 Is Ready to Rumble

The campaign is creating "truth teams" to debunk rivals’ lies and defend the president’s record.

Posted: 02/14/2012 02:15 PM EST
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The 2012 presidential election is going to get dirty — no lie. Conservative super PACs will be spewing super-smack all over the airwaves and the GOP’s eventual nominee isn’t going to hold any punches when attacking President Obama’s record. In a move that essentially says "bring it on," Obama 2012 on Monday launched a Truth Team initiative to punch right back.

 

“If the other guys are going to run a campaign based on misrepresenting the president's record — and their own — we have two options: sit back and let these lies go unchallenged, or fight back with the truth,” deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in an email to supporters.

 

It’s a grassroots affair, much like the 2008 campaign’s “Fight the Smears” effort, and aims to recruit two million supporters to help spread the truth. State legislators and other local leaders in several key battleground states, including Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, will lead the teams.

 

There also are three websites: Attack Watch, to address claims Republicans make against Obama, Keeping GOP Honest, to challenge Republican proposals, and Keeping His Word, which will defend the president’s record. The campaign also wants volunteers to write letters to the editor of their local newspapers and send postcards to undecided voters about Obama’s record.

 

“Communicating about the president’s record — and that of our opponents — is what I do full-time,” Cutter added. “But people don’t just want to hear from campaign statements or ads — they want to hear from the family and friends they trust.”

 

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