The Obama campaign Monday announced they will set up a “Truth Team,” that will include a series of websites designed to rebut GOP criticisms of the president by his opponents and dispel what Obama aides consider to be falsehoods about his record.
In the new initiative, Obama supporters can sign up on the campaign’s website to receive e-mails that will defend the president. The idea is supporters will then have specific talking points to use when talking to friends, co-workers and others about the president. And the campaign is setting up a trio of websites, attackwatch.com, keepinggophonest.com and keepinghisword.com that will promote the president’s record and criticize the Republicans.
“Communicating about the President’s record — and that of our opponents — is what I do full-time. But people don’t just want to hear from campaign statements or ads — they want to hear from the family and friends they trust,” said Stephanie Cutter, a top Obama campaign adviser, in an e-mail to supporters.” The President needs folks on board to roll up their sleeves, stand with him, and get the truth out all over the country.”
The effort is the 2012 version of an initiative called “Fight the Smears” the campaign launched four years ago. Illustrating the change over the last years, that program targeted falsehoods about the president’s personal background, particularly that he was a Muslim.
Now, with conservatives more focused on Obama’s policies than his background, the “Truth Team” is largely about the president’s record on key issues.