Chuck Watts, Elected OH Senate District 17 Representative

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Obama Talking Points In Ohio

by Chuck Watts

I am very happy to be able to post the following talking points I will be using for phone banking and canvassing on behalf of the Obama for America campaign. I requested and received permission for use from Greg Schultz, Director, Ohio Campaign. Here is page 1, 2 & 3 of the authorizing email. Here are revised and original talking points with the original indented.

Introduction (Revised)

Hi, (name), my name is (name), and I’m a volunteer with Obama for America. We need your help “to make a habit of empathy” and build a moral economy where hard work pays no matter who you are. Have you made a decision in the Presidential race? “Obama 04/23/09”

Introduction (Original)

Hi, (name), my name is (name), and I’m a volunteer calling today in response to Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan for vice president. Ryan believes in the same top-down economic policies that Romney wants to take us back to. Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most Americans’ values. He would take us backward on women’s health and equal rights.

Bailouts (Revised)

The partnership of unethical bankers and their extreme conservative enablers inside government caused the economic meltdown of 2008, and the subsequent stimulus President Bush signed into law. President Obama, using human rights principles of public  transparency and accountability, restored responsibility and empathy to the public’s guidance of top executives, recovering $13 billion more than was loaned.

Bailouts (Original)

The bank bailouts were proposed by the Bush administration and signed into law in October 2008 by President Bush, months before President Obama took office. President Obama has demanded extraordinary transparency from the firms that used bailout funds and placed tough restrictions on their top executives. Under President Obama taxpayers have made a profit from the bank bailouts, recovering $13 billon on top of what was loaned.

Taxes (Revised)

Extreme conservatism wants no public revenue — period. Grover Norquist wants to shrink public government via under-taxation of millionaires, so, as he puts it, “government can be drowned in a bathtub.” In contrast, President Obama wants the wealthiest Americans, who benefit the most from America’s infrastructure, to pay their fair share for its upkeep.

Taxes (Original)

The average middle class family has lower taxes today than when President Obama took office. President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses and cut taxes for all American workers.

Healthcare (Revised)

America’s new healthcare plan saves lives, and expands your freedom. Your freedom to choose your doctor expands. Your freedom to choose your hospital expands. And your freedom to choose your medicine expands. You are free to KEEP your current healthcare insurance. America’s new healthcare plan helps reverse what President Obama called our “national empathy deficit,”

Healthcare (Original)

Health care reform strengthens the existing health insurance market by protecting consumers and providing tax breaks to help more people afford insurance. It puts people, not insurance companies or government, in charge of health care. If you like your health insurance as it is, it won’t change. The Affordable Care Act will not lead to a government takeover of health care. There is no government-sponsored, public, or “single payer” plan in the law.

Immigration (Revised)

Extreme conservatism has no compassion for economic refugees seeking freedom in America. Compassion is the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the US sponsored at the United Nations in 1948. Regarding the Dream act, the President said this about undocumented Americans, “I’ve met these young people . . . They are Americans in their hearts, in their minds . . . through and through. And all they want is to go to college and give back to the country they love.”

Immigration (Original)

Under the President’s leadership, the federal government has put “more boots on the ground” than ever before, and there are fewer illegal crossings now than when President Obama took office. He is pushing for a system where everyone’s accountable, the federal government secures the border, and those who are already here pay their taxes, follow the law, and get on the path to earning citizenship.

Guns (Original / No Revision)

Since Barack Obama became president no new gun restrictions have been passed and not one law-abiding American citizen has had a gun taken away by the federal government. The President believes that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.

Citizenship (Revised)

A law suit filed by three anti-compassion conservatives, including Alan Keyes, former political opponent of the President, challenged the President’s citizenship. On June 11, 2012, the Supreme Court refused, without comment, to hear the case. Citizenship is about love, marriage, family, and freedom. The President learned this lesson of empathy on his mother’s knee in Hawaii where he was born. Empathy and compassion is why the President wants full citizenship for all Americans, including gay Americans.

Citizenship (Original)

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, at Kapi olani (kah pee oh lah nee) Maternity and Gynecological Hospital (Now called the Kapi olani Medical Center for Women and Children) on August 4, 1961. You can view two versions of his birth certificate (“long” and “short” form) at and the birth announcement in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin at

2 comments on “Obama Talking Points In Ohio

  1. Chuck Watts, Co-Founder
    August 22, 2012

    Here are two more talking points I will be using:

    Women’s Religious Freedom Defender (Revised)

    In America’s new healthcare plan, President Obama is a remarkable defender of freedom of religion for women. Romney promises to repeal women’s freedom of religion in healthcare. The president allows each woman to determine for herself whether she should ask her insurance company to cover contraception. If contraception violates a woman’s religious principles, she will NOT ask. Romney wants to repeal freedom of religion for women.

    Women’s Health (Original)

    President Obama has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families. President Obama passed the Affordable Care Act to restore health care as a basic cornerstone of middle-class security in America. From fair pay to education to access to quality health care, the President’s agenda is one that showcases his commitment to ensuring that we provide security to working and middle class families by building an economy where responsibility is rewarded, hard work pays, and everyone plays by the rules.

  2. Chuck Watts, Co-Founder
    September 30, 2012

    Phone Bank / Canvass Introduction I’m using:

    Hi, is (Name) available. Great. This is (name) and I live in (city). I’m with the Make A Habit of Empathy Campaign. We’re looking for caring citizens who want to help President Obama make a habit of empathy in their own neighborhoods. Would you be that caring citizen? (Wait for answer.)

    If Yes – – – Can we count on you to vote for President Obama for re-election to a second term as president? (Continue script)

    If No – – – (Continue as you see fit, i.e. thank them for their time, or persuade.)

    “Make a habit of empathy” references the President’s message to America found on this video. The reference is made around the 1 minute mark.

    “caring citizens” reminds us of the President’s acceptance speech when he referenced citizenship. Find the entire speech at NPR >

    Here’s an excerpt:

    “But we also believe in something called citizenship — (cheers, applause) — citizenship, a word at the very heart of our founding, a word at the very essence of our democracy, the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.

    We believe that when a CEO pays his autoworkers enough to buy the cars that they build, the whole company does better. (Cheers, applause.)

    We believe that when a family can no longer be tricked into signing a mortgage they can’t afford, that family’s protected, but so is the value of other people’s homes — (cheers, applause) — and so is the entire economy. (Applause.)

    We believe the little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the next Steve Jobs or the scientist who cures cancer or the president of the United States — (cheers, applause) — and it is in our power to give her that chance. (Cheers, applause.)

    We know that churches and charities can often make more of a difference than a poverty program alone. We don’t want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we certainly don’t want bailouts for banks that break the rules. (Cheers, applause.)

    We don’t think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don’t think the government is the source of all of our problems — (cheers, applause) — any more than our welfare recipients or corporations or unions or immigrants or gays or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles — (cheers, applause) — because — because America, we understand that this democracy is ours.

    We, the people — (cheers) — recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which asks only, what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. (Cheers, applause.)

    As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together — (cheers, applause) — through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s what we believe.

    So you see, the election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. (Cheers, applause.) My fellow citizens — you were the change. (Cheers, applause.)

    You’re the reason there’s a little girl with a heart disorder in Phoenix who’ll get the surgery she needs because an insurance company can’t limit her coverage. You did that. (Cheers, applause.)”

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