69-year-old Dorothy Touchstone lives in Texas, and she has a skin condition that prevents her from spending much time outside. But she doesn’t let that stop her from making a difference in this election.
“The only things I know how to do on a computer are what I love doing—staying in touch with my kids, keeping up with the news, and making phone calls for the President.”
From her home in LaPorte, Dorothy has made thousands of phone calls using the Obama 2012 call tool and stands alone atop the caller leaderboard.
“I try to sit down and make calls at least three or four times a week. But when I sit down, I make up my mind that I’m gonna do 100 calls or more. My goal is 200, and I have gone over 250 before. I’ll start around 1:00 p.m. and I’ll finish around 7:00 p.m. with a break in between.
“Even if they’re not home, I talk to the person who’s there. One lady, I said, well I was calling for this person, but since I have you on phone, can you get your entire family to vote for President Obama?”
Dorothy normally calls folks in the battleground state of Florida. As a retired nurse, she often talks to them about Medicare, but she also encourages people to volunteer with the campaign. One time, a visually impaired woman answered the phone, asking how she could get involved.
“She said, ‘I can’t get around, I can’t go anywhere. But oh, I just want to do something so bad.’ She was on disability, and she couldn’t get out and help. But she kept getting calls asking for donations. And I said, ‘You can make calls!’ So I gave her the website and she was able to make calls. I said, ‘Don’t feel bad because you cannot afford to spend the money—do what you can do. That’s what’s important, and you can help make history.’
“To me, it’s easier than going door to door. This is something anyone can do, and I can reach more people. Some elderly women I call will say, ‘Oh I’m so proud of you for calling.’ And I say, ‘Why don’t you do me a favor? Go to your neighbors, your friends, your family, your church, and ask them to vote because it’s good for their well-being.
“People are very, very important to me. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they are, doesn’t matter whether they’re rich or poor. But I love people. I want to make a difference. And the difference I can make—I can’t go out and walk from door to door to door. But phone calling is for me.”
With thousands of calls made and 35 days left to go, Dorothy’s not done yet.
“Anything that I do, I try to do my best in. I’m gonna tell my granddaughter how many calls I’ve made because I want her to know that you have to work for what you get. We’re going to win this election.”