Updating the Obameter and the GOP Pledge-O-Meter
By Bill Adair
Published on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
With the election over, we're now turning our attention to another important aspect of our work -- tracking campaign promises.
Four years ago, we launched the Obameter, our feature on President Barack Obama's promises from the 2008 campaign. We identified 508 promises and have been rating them on a scale from In the Works to Promise Broken. Two years ago, we created the GOP Pledge-O-Meter, which tracks the promises of the House Republicans.
In the next few weeks, we'll be updating our ratings on the 2008 Obameter and the Pledge-O-Meter and collecting new ones from President Obama's 2012 campaign.
We'd love your help.
For the Pledge-O-Meter and our original Obameter, we'll be updating the promises now rated In the Works or Stalled. If you know of any progress -- or a lack of progress -- on any of them, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us with the hashtags #obameter or #goppledge.
For the 2012 campaign, we're compiling a list of every promise that Obama made. We're scouring his campaign website, speeches and comments from debates and interviews. If you know of specific promises you believe we should include, please email us at the same address -- email@example.com or tweet with the hashtag #obameter2012.
We want to hear your suggestions and comments.
For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.
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