Union workers in four Wisconsin cities hope to persuade other union members to vote Democrat this fall. Exit polling four years ago suggested that thirty-two percent of union members voted for President Bush. Sara Rogers, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Executive Vice President, says the member-to- member door knocking campaign tonight aims to tell union members what's really going on at the Republican National Convention. "The Republicans do not want to talk about the economy," says Palin. "They want to talk about scare tactics to union members, or to the general public, those who are undecided." Union members will canvass fellow union members in neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire and Green Bay, as John McCain accepts the Republican nomination in St. Paul. "We know that union members talking directly to union members, one-on-one . . . is the most effective way that we can communicate with our members," says Rogers.
Rogers says the GOP selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin doesn't make any real difference, despite Palin's working class background. "As a woman, I'm certainly excited that Senator McCain decided to select a woman," she says, adding that in choosing the conservative Palin as his running mate, McCain was "kowtowing to the extreme right wing faction of the Republican Party."