The Washington Times - October 22, 2008, 12:37AM

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden sent supporters an e-mail tonight asking them to make phone calls to counteract McCain campaign’s robo-calls.



Here is a portion of his note:


The McCain campaign is flooding swing voters with “robocalls” — automated phone calls smearing Barack’s character.

They don’t hurt Barack or me, but these dirty tactics hurt America by distracting voters from the issues that matter.

But just one phone call from you is enough to counteract dozens of these dishonest “robocalls.” You can help a supporter find their polling location or reassure a voter who needs to hear the truth about Barack.

This weekend, join your neighbors at a Last Call for Change phonebank near you. All you need to do is bring a cell phone — and some friends if you’d like — and we’ll take care of the rest.

Our opponent’s automated “hate calls,” as John McCain once called them, won’t reform health care or make our economy fair again. They will only mislead voters with lies and distortions.

The voice of a supporter like you will always be much stronger. sent members an e-mail this week warning that polls showing Obama with a healthy lead could be wrong and outlining several reasons that activists must keep working.


“No one knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters — or what they do in the voting booth. And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his campaign has gone even more negative,” MoveOn told members.


The group also said voters should be wary of “dirty tricks” and an “October surprise.”


“In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a crisis with Iran, or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse,” the group wrote, later adding, “Races can shift—fast!”


But MoveOn also raises the “L” word: “Landslide. Even with Barack Obama in the White House, passing universal health care and a new clean energy policy is going to be hard. Insurance, drug and oil companies will fight us every step of the way. We need the kind of landslide that will give Barack a huge mandate.”


“It all boils down to this: We can’t afford to take our eye off the ball. After eight long years, we’re just 15 days away from turning the page on the Bush era — but we’ve got to keep pushing, right down to the wire, to get every last Obama supporter out to vote.”


“Some progressives may be starting to think this one’s in the bag, and that could be a fatal error. So please pass this email along to a few friends right now. And invite them to come volunteer with you,” the group concluded.


Finally, a housekeeping note. Thanks to everyone for all your comments and e-mails about my blog yesterday showing McCain supporters heckling voters at the polls in North Carolina. I just got back from a long trip for a political project so that’s why there’s been light blogging the last few days.


We clocked about 1,300 miles (in a brand-new Kia rental with a leaky gas tank - but that’s another story) going through Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Mountain State was beautiful, and a lot of fun.


It marks my 26th state of the campaign.


We met voters of all political stripes and will be telling their stories in coming days. If you have reports from these regions, or any battleground state, please send them my way.



Speaking of North Carolina, Team Obama is urging supporters to head to the Tarheel State to volunteer.




Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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