With thirty-something days to go, 5-15% of Americans still say they are 'undecided.' If everyone reading this blog reached just one person, we could swing the entire election. I've talked about ways to get involved, the importance of getting voters registered. But we also need to stay focused, and be willing to "make the case face to face" with anyone who will listen. So how can regular people make the case?
- Ask everyone you know, "are you registered to vote?"
- Unless they instantly spout Obama slogans, ask "Can McCain count on your support?"
- If the answer is yes, invite them to get involved.
- If the answer is no, please have the courage to ask "why not?"
- Listen. Bite your tongue if you must. Till it bleeds. Let them know you genuinely want to hear their concerns (because you do -- you must if you want their vote).
- Once you know WHY they object to McCain, you can address that concern. Some shortcuts to common objections: age issues, worries about the war, Republican party and bipartisanship, judge appointment, women's issues (beyond just the uterus), and - this is a good one - supporting McCain when he wasn't their first choice.
- Be honest and sincere. Use real sources for your facts - http://www.johnmccain.com/ is the best starting point, other good resources include http://talkstraight.org/ and non-partisan http://www.ontheissues.org/.
- If they're still unsure, invite them to check out the website and if they're friends, let them know you'll still be their friend no matter what they decide. (This shows that you are passionate and sincere but not a stalker!)
- If they're voting McCain, celebrate! Thank them - sincerely - for their vote. Offer to mail their registration, or babysit while they go to the polls. Invite them to volunteer if they're comfortable doing so.
- Remember, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar: be proud of our candidate, share the facts and let people decide for themselves.
You can do it Moms - please share your successes!