I canvassed with this nice person last Sunday, and he agreed to let me share this photo with you:
We were all a little wind-blown by this point, so don’t judge.
I met him once before at an Occupy event (which I covered here for Balloon Juice), and he’s still an active member of that group. He came out to help us with the canvass on his own, not as a member of Occupy. In any event, whatever his affiliations, we were a canvass team and it went well, although you may not be able to pick that up from the photo where he looks a little wary. We polled on Obama and also Sherrod Brown.
I spoke with an older woman for a while who will vote for Obama because she’s as much a radical feminist as any Catholic nun, although she was really concerned about the health care law. She believes Democrats cut Medicare, probably because conservatives and media spent two years telling her Democrats cut Medicare. I asked her if she had noticed any cuts in Medicare and she said “no” and then we just stood there looking at each other. Here’s a RCP Ohio poll average. Obama’s up about 5.
The two (paid) organizers who are working here also went out to canvass. I think that alone will give them more credibility with local volunteers than anything they could say. If they’re asking people to canvass in this overwhelmingly conservative area, they have to be willing to go first, and they did.
Obama and the First Lady are holding a rally at Ohio State on May 5th. I won’t be able to go because I will be in Pittsburgh, and Ohio State is a hike for me anyway, but I imagine they’ll draw a crowd.
What: Rally with the President and First Lady in Columbus
Where: The Schottenstein Center
The Ohio State University
555 Borror Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
When: Saturday, May 5th
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. (time subject to change)