"This is How We Win"- phone banking success on 1st daySubmitted by Economist on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 03:04
Howdy fellow liberty lovers. I'm a long-time lurker and veteran of the 2008 campaign. I've been sending money and talking up RP around my friends and family, but I wanted to do something more constructive for the campaign. So I finally signed up for phone banking and started yesterday.
I want to share how this went to encourage others to do it. I feel great about it and want to encourage as many other supporters to do something very very constructive to help RP win.
I called 116 Nevada phone numbers. I probably had about 30 people actually pick up the phone. Of those, 14 people completed the survey. Of those, one was already a Ron Paul supporter (woo-hoo!), and I'm sure she felt buoyed by the fact that the RP campaign was contacting her.
But here's the great part: I talked for probably 10 minutes with a gentleman who initially identified himself as a Romney supporter.
Once I mentioned the phone call was from the RP campaign, he said "I just don't know enough about him--he doesn't get to talk in the debates." Well, it turns out this gentleman was very well informed on the Fed, on the US debt crisis. Because I'm an economist and actually talk about this stuff in my classrooms every day, this was a great entree for me to talk up Ron Paul: how he's the one who made the Fed an issue in the first place, how he's the only one who is serious about balancing the budget and ending our fiscal crisis. Needless to say, this conversation went extremely well, and I will be personally following up with this gentleman with some good Ron Paul literature. I don't want to say I won a "convert"--I simply shed more light on Ron Paul's bona fides in a friendly, credible fashion. This man was already a Ron Paul supporter and just didn't know it yet.
Folks, this is exactly how phone banking is supposed to work! We don't win by converting the masses, but by energizing and motivating the small group of knowledgeable, intelligent people to go to the polls. I'm hooked, and I can't wait to start making calls tomorrow. I cannot recommend this activity enough! If you're a DP reader and not making phone calls yet, please, please, please do this! It is easy, fun and highly effective!
THIS IS HOW WE WIN!
See you on the phones everybody...