By Kevin Bogardus - 10/01/12 10:00 AM EDT
The AFL-CIO is taking aim at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks in a direct-mail campaign this week in swing states.
Direct-mail pieces being sent to union households in Ohio and Wisconsin will say that Romney can’t represent them after saying at a private fundraiser earlier this year that 47 percent of Americans feel entitled to government assistance.
The direct-mail pieces targeting Romney will go to more than 75,000 union households in Ohio and almost 70,000 in Wisconsin. The AFL-CIO is also sending a different direct-mail piece to more than 66,000 union households in Florida — hitting Romney on his education plan and tax cuts for the wealthy.
The AFL-CIO will also be sending direct mail to union households for Senate races in Massachusetts, Ohio and Wisconsin this week. Each recipient of a mailer will also get a robo-call from the AFL-CIO before and after they receive the mail, according to an AFL-CIO official.
The direct-mail campaign comes as the presidential race heats up this week, with the first debate between President Obama and Romney. The AFL-CIO, which has endorsed Obama for reelection, and others in labor will be key for Democrats this election as they help get the vote out in November.