MoveOn Endorses Barack Obama
For the first time in its history MoveOn.org has endorsed a candidate for the presidency. MoveOn members voted overwhelming to endorse Obama over rival Hillary Clinton. MoveOn, a progressive powerhouse with 3.2 million members nationwide and 1.7 members in the Super Tuesday states will begin immediately to mobilize voters on behalf of Obama.
MoveOn members voted via the internet on which candidate the group should endorse. Obama received 70.4% of the vote with Clinton receiving 29.6%
“We’ve learned that the key to achieving change in Washington without compromising core values is having a galvanized electorate to back you up,” said Executive Director Eli Pariser, “and Barack Obama has our members ‘fired up and ready to go’ on that front.”
Obama welcomed the endorsement on Friday. “In just a few years, the members of MoveOn have once again demonstrated that real change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up. From their principled opposition to the Iraq war – a war I also opposed from the start – to their strong support for a number of progressive causes, MoveOn shows what Americans can achieve when we come together in a grassroots movement for change,” he said in a statement. “I thank them for their support and look forward to working with their members in the weeks and months ahead,” he added.
Organizers said they would “immediately” begin mobilizing on behalf of Obama, leading turnout programs and phone-banking members of MoveOn in targeted states. The group made seven million “GOTV” calls for Democrats in the mid-term elections, and it has an extensive voter file database.
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