Obama Truth Team formed

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In 2009, President Barack Obama’s decision to extend loans to auto manufacturers General Motors Corp. and Chrysler saved 1.4 million American jobs, according to a release by the Obama campaign last month. Today, GM, now known as General Motors Co., has regained its status as a global leader in auto sales.

However, just last week at a campaign appearance in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Obama’s bailout of auto manufacturers and denied the president credit for their increasing success. In an effort to combat these kinds of statements, the president’s campaign recently launched the Obama Truth Team.

“We launched the Pennsylvania Truth Team, which is really a grassroots coalition of Obama supporters. There’s a lot of information out there that is difficult for voters to digest,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “This week, Mitt Romney is telling voters in Michigan that President Obama didn’t help the auto industry. It simply isn’t true.”

Last week, Nutter joined elected officials around the country in the launch of Obama Truth Teams in 13 states. Joining him in representing the Pennsylvania Truth Team is Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The Pennsylvania Truth Team, launched on Feb. 16, is a combination of several websites that will serve as resources for information regarding President Obama’s record in office.

“We have seen the attacks already start to fly from the other side,” Fitzgerald said. “Any time a supporter is faced with someone misrepresenting the truth, you’ll be able to use this site as a resource.”

The local branch of the Obama campaign, Obama for America Pennsylvania, hopes the Truth Team site will promote Obama’s achievements and respond to attacks from Republican candidates in the primary and the eventual Republican presidential nominee. The campaign also hopes the Truth Team will inspire the public to volunteer and use the website resources to educate other voters through letters to the editor and other mediums.

“The reason we need a truth squad is because of what we anticipate to be a Republican campaign filled with distortions,” Nutter said. “Even in politics, there’s usually only one truth.”

Since its launch, the Truth Team has held events in several states to address Republican attacks such as Obama’s position on contraception in New Hampshire and Obama’s success in the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in Ohio. The country’s economic recovery has also been a key component of the campaign’s focus.

“I think the numbers will back this up. We’ve got a positive record to run on with what the president has been able to do saving this country from calamity,” Fitzgerald said. “There’s a great record to talk about job growth and prosperity in western Pennsylvania.”

The Obama Truth Team is a combination of the websites BarackObama.com/TruthTeam, KeepingHisWord.com, KeepingGOPHonest.com, and AttackWatch.com. The sites also contain tools for sharing information through Facebook, Twitter and email.

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