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much of our get out the vote operations depends on people sitting around and making phone calls in which they read a prepared script to whoever happens to answer. I think most people are sick and tired of receiving these sorts of phone calls and are not easily persuaded by the canned arguments that are more effectively used in television advertising.

I believe that the best way to get someone's vote is simply to get them thinking about the issues. Because it is so obvious that Republicans are on the wrong side of virtually every issue people will vote our way if we can just convince them that once you think about the issues you must get out there and vote. I would rather see us asking the kinds of questions that will provoke the potential voters into thinking about the issues on which we clearly have a winning hand. So I suggest using the questions presented below the fold to get people to come out and support us on Tuesday.

I think most people know where each of the parties stand on almost every issue. It isn't necessary to beat people over the head with the superiority of the Democrats. Instead, we just need people to consider the answers to the following questions among others:

Do you know anyone who needs more healthcare than is presently available to them?

Do you think the system of Social Security that has been used since the second world war should continue?

Do you feel that our elected officials should be concerned with the potential effects of climate change?

Should there be any limits at all on what large corporations are allowed to do in pursuit of profits?

Is maximizing profits always  in the best interests of the American people?

Is it important to preserve the constitutional liberties set forth in the Bill of Rights?

Should the government worked to improve infrastructure, such as roads, rail systems, air transport, bridges, and other facilities that span more than one state?

Do you know anyone who has benefited from public education?

Do you agree that corporations should have every one of the rights that individual citizens have without restriction?

Should personal wealth be the most significant factor in getting elected to public office?

after you have asked some of these questions, you should then ask the person what they think is important. It really doesn't matter what the answer is. The key thing is to get them thinking about some issue so that they will have an incentive to get out and vote. it isn't about making promises since at this point, most voters are sufficiently skeptical that this will not have any influence. It also isn't about the individual qualifications of the candidates, because they don't matter all that much in terms of the legislation that will be enacted if they are elected.

Politics in America is a team sport. It is unfortunate, but that's the case. No matter how disillusioned people may be with the current administration and the economy, we have to make them realize that our team still represents our shared American values and offers the best chance of getting out of this mess. The Republicans rely on emotion and smears and really don't want anyone thinking about the issues. If we get people thinking about the issues we win.

Originally posted to MakeChessNotWar on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 03:51 PM PDT.


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  •  Another question (4+ / 0-)

    Do you have children between the ages of 18 and 26?  Or are you between those ages?  Did those children (or you) have access to health care insurance before the health care reform law?  Do you have preexisting conditions that could have your insurance coverage revoked right when you need it most?  Most people will answer yes.  Then ask if they want those provisions revoked.

    I'm only hard headed when you take me for granite

    by Im a frayed knot on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 04:00:43 PM PDT

  •  those are great questions (5+ / 0-)

    you know what Bill Clinton says:   if people think, Democrats win.

  •  Script sounds canned (5+ / 0-)

    Identify yourself and who you are with and just be person to person and tell our achievements.  Best way.  People want to talk or vent but either way it is better than just going through the motions.

  •   a question (6+ / 0-)

    Do you realize that veterans got better benefits under the new GI Education bill along with dropping the special conditions of priorties to keep some of our veterans from being seen. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HELPED THE VETS UNDER GENERAL SCHENESKI, his VA Secretary.  We also have sped up the benefit process and made it easier for PTSD to be compensated for our veterans.

  •  I have been beating myself up all day (1+ / 0-)
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    for not grabbing an opportunity to question a voter today while phone banking for Sestak.  She said she is disgusted with the Democrats because of the health care bill,  According to her, health care and socialism don't go together.  I told her the bill was a great start because I could put my sons back on and now the one that needs expensive medication can get it.  She said there were some good things but it is socialism so it is bad.  I should have asked her if she was for corporate socialism and then explained how corporations get billions of dollars of subsidies and favors.  I also wanted to ask her what she was really worried about because the socialsm stuff is just a canard, there is no socialism.  I should have probed her for more info because that usually exposes to them that their argument is not valid.  I know that she still wouldn't have voted for Sestak but I could have started a ball rolling perhaps.

    •  You could try this (3+ / 0-)
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      samddobermann, tobendaro, NFT220DC

      Suggest she go to a library or website and read some Karl Marx and see if she can match that with anything that Obama does.

      Define socialism as the workers controlling the means of production and ask where that can be found in America.

      If she isa worried about government control ask if we should get rid of drivers' licenses.

      Is it not written "There's a lot goes on we don't get told."? (Lu Tze)

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 04:33:58 PM PDT

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    •  Since we're now in GOTV mode, not persuasion mode (2+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, Ms Citizen

      If you get someone like this, give a very short attempt at learning more and persuading, but then move on. You could complete 3 or 4 calls to voters who WILL vote for Sestak in the time you might convince one such misinformed person that they might want to reconsider one issue. It's not worth it.

      Two weeks ago was persuasion time. Now is mobilize those who are likely to vote for your candidate.

      (Not directing this at you, specifically, but it's important for people to recognize the different phase we're in.)

      Also, when doing GOTV calling, an important way to go off script is to ask people questions that will get them visualizing their plan to vote. Get them to basically map the trip to the polls with things like, asking if they know the location of their polling place (visualize the building), what time it closes (set their voting time), and whether or not they'll need a ride (imagine themselves getting there). On the latter, I've only had one person ever need a ride. We got a campaign volunteer in the same district to pick her up and take her over.

  •  I'm calling to make sure our Dems vote, (2+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, whoknu

    and today, 9/10ths of them hung up on me, if they even answered to begin with.  

    What will it take to convince party leaders and other issues organizations that the constant, unceasing barrage of robo-calling is hurting the GOTV effort?

    People are SICK of the phone calls.
    I changed my personal so-called script, and started with "Hi I'm Merry, I'm calling to make sure you're voting on November 2."  They still hung up on  me.

    -7.38/-6.05 If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a terrible warning. Anon.

    by Merry Light on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 05:19:00 PM PDT

    •  Try something a little less forward (0+ / 0-)

      I am assuming that your calling list is NOT undecided voters, but voters who have been ID'ed as in favor of your candidate.  Make sure this is true before you go off script!!! If your candidate is having a hard time coming up with sufficient numbers, they MAY still be doing persuasion calling, in which case the following is the WRONG thing to do.

      "Hi, is this [name]?


      Ah, hi!  This is [your own first name], how are you?

      [their response.

      "I'm glad to hear that," or "That's too bad, I hope things get better for you" (or whatever's relevant).

      The reason I'm calling is to make sure everyone who wants to can get to the polls this week. Do you think you'll need a ride to the polls on Tuesday? [they invariably say "no"] Oh, good! Well I hope you plan to get to there early to beat the lines! Do you know your polling place?

      [yes, no, or they hang up on you. If no, get them the info - you may have to tell them you'll get the info for them and call back, if you don't have the info readily to hand. If "yes" say "that's great!"].

      Thanks for your time, have a great evening!

      If, during the call, they ask where you're calling from, tell them "I'm a volunteer for [whatever your affiliation is]. I think this election is so important, I just had to squeeze out some time to help out."

      The goal is to leave them feeling good about being contacted (someone wanted to help them and wasn't calling about a candidate) while getting them to visualize themselves voting.

      Since these are people who ARE going to vote for your candidate IF they get to the polls, you don't have to convince them about the candidate - you just have to get them to the polls. People automatically rise to the expectations they think others have of them. You've just told them that you expect them to be voting.

      •  Thanks for the advice, but I'm an old hand. (0+ / 0-)

        No matter what I try, they hang up.  We're past the persuasion phase.  We're just calling those Dems who haven't voted yet.  It's an auto dial system & we don't know their names, it's very sophisticated.  They still hang up.

        -7.38/-6.05 If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a terrible warning. Anon.

        by Merry Light on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:52:12 PM PDT

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