Obama Supporters Kick Campaign Into High Gear
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- There are 100 days left until the presidential election. That's 2,400 more hours left to campaign. Every minute counts, as well as every single vote.
Campaigning in Mesa County is well underway. Rachel Seiff, a volunteer with Organizing for America, said, "It takes one conversation, one volunteer who can change the progression of the election."
Local supporters of Gov. Romney came out in large numbers when he spoke in Grand Junction earlier this month.
Now local supporters of President Obama are taking their campaign into high gear.
"They're going to do one day of knocking on doors, one shift of calling people on the phones. They're going to talk to one person every day at work," Seiff said.
Another local volunteer, Chani Capps, said, "Grassroots is people, committed people, deciding to stand up for what they believe in."
Even 15-year-old Samuel McBurney joined in the campaigning efforts for Obama. "In 2008, that was the first year I really started getting involved in election season. I think he's been doing great for the past four years."
On Sunday volunteers talked about why they've stepped onto the campaign trail. "I feel like it's my job as a citizen in the democratic society," Capps said.
Seiff said, "President Obama has done a lot in the last three-and-a-half years, and we should give him more time to finish fixing America."
"I fear not being able to decide what to do with my body. I also fear my father not being able to pay for his medications because he's a veteran," Capps added.
Dean Seiff, another volunteer, said, "You can't complain about our society unless you're out there voting. If you don't vote, you shouldn't complain for the next four years."
Volunteers also believe that social media will be a crucial tool in the next 100 days. "You can talk to someone who is from somewhere else and we can talk about things that are important. I get to know why they support the president," said Rachel Seiff.
Volunteer efforts from both parties can tip the scale in either direction, and could very well be the deciding factor in who becomes America's next president.