In a very quiet visit last weekend, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden made a few campaign stops here in the Granite State. The pair traveled from Lebanon to Merrimack on their two-day trip.
On Saturday (Sept 22) the Bidens started off at a local office of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He said
“We’re going to be outspent by these Super PACs considerably. There’s only one antidote, and the people of New Hampshire are used to this. . . it’s a knock on a door, it’s somebody saying ‘Look, I know what you just heard, what you just saw in that ad . . . I’m here to tell you, I know these guys . . . I vouch for them.“
Joe is right. In every single race here in New Hampshire, we are going to be outspent by the Republican Party and super PACs like Americans For Prosperity. Just look at what happened during the Wisconsin recall election: Republicans outspent the Democrats nine-to-one.
The difference is that we have something the Super PACs do not have — lots of people. (Real, human people… not the corporate kind.) We have union members in every corner of the state and every town in between. And we need everyone to get involved.
In the past few decades, attacking our professions has become a talking point for the Republican Party. They talk about union teachers as if they don’t realize educators want what is best for the children they teach. They talk about firefighters’ pensions as if retirement security were a political gift, not hard-earned through sweat and blood. They talk about unions as if we were responsible for “bringing our country down” rather than raising up the middle class.
But it wasn’t that long ago when America had a former Union President serving as President of the United States. He was a Republican as well. Remember? Ronald Reagan served six one year terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild.
President Reagan would not recognize today’s Republican Party – and he wouldn’t agree with the Super PACs’ attacks on America’s unions.
We may not have the money that the Super PACs have, but we can – and will – fight back as we have always done, by standing together and organizing. Together, we will talk to members about the importance of this election. Together we will knock on doors and “vouch for these guys” as Joe Biden suggested. Together we will make a difference and prove that corporate money isn’t the only thing that matters in American elections.
Click here to see some of the local labor walks going on throughout the state. This weekend we will be meeting in Nashua to Get Out The Vote.
Will you join us?