The AFL-CIO is blasting out a new mailer to its members, trumpeting Barack Obama's credentials on a key issue of the day -- job creation -- and a potential perceived weakness, gun control.
The mailer quotes Mike Day, a union member, declaring: "I want to protect two things: my job and my gun. That's why I'm supporting Barack Obama." It also touts Obama's tax cuts for the middle class and his support for the Employee Free Choice Act, a top legislative priority for the labor movement. John McCain isn't mentioned.
The new communications blitz is aimed at a "microtargeted group of the hardest to reach union household voters -- gun owners, veterans and retirees," AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith said.
The mailer will begin arriving on Tuesday at the homes of 80,000 swing voters and gun owners in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It follows an eight-state mailing last week to veterans hammering McCain's record on veterans' health care.