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Definition: Robocalls

When a computer dials you up and greets you with an prerecorded message, you've been robo-called. Robocalls, the unenthusiastic way to describe an automated call on behalf of a candidate, are exempt from the Federal Do Not Call Registry.

Under a 1991 law, the dinner-interrupting robots must tell you who is sponsoring the calls as well their return phone numbers. McCain, a victim of smear calls in 2000, defended a recent surge in campaign robocalls which warn voters that they "need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the US Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans." On Sunday, he said: "These are legitimate and truthful and they are far different than the phone calls that were made about my family."

Back when Mitt Romney was hitting up voters with automated calls the majority of you said you'd consider not voting for someone who made a robot call you. Since most Americans despise impersonal, often negative, phone calls, it's a surprise candidates use them.

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True-Song True-Song 8 years
I went, "Squeeeee!"
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
It ranks pretty high on my "worst nightmare" list.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
ain't it the truth?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Better than sharting ;)
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
squeeed, is that peeing and squeeling at the same time? Sounds messy!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Mich, I get calls from campaign workers on my cell. Probably because I have signed up with them to volunteer, though. I got a recorded call from Michelle Obama reminding me to register to vote, and I totally squeeed.
janneth janneth 8 years
Janneth is busy right now, but this is her roboblogger just saying hey everybody.
kythera kythera 8 years
I live in Oklahoma and absolutely no one is calling me. Of course, nothing is going on down here in Oklahoma. The area is mostly Repub...but there are growing numbers of Obama supporters. I saw Gen. Colin Powell's endorsement Sunday, and I was absolutely moved. I respect this man incredibly. My father even once mentioned that he thought Powell should run for President. Obama/Biden 08
hope2be hope2be 8 years
The robo just calls again! LOL. Why can't they stop this, they even call in the weekend, for the love of God. The funny part is, we're UNLISTED in the phone book, I've even put our number to the Federal DO NOT CALL registry, but we did have to submit our phone number in our local union, I suppose, that's where they get our number.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Robocalling is much much worst than any telemarketing I have ever recieved in life....yes even when Stevie Wonder called during the CA primaries to tell me to vote for Barack was still annoying!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
smell bad
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, I don't do et. I had a horrible dream he strangled me with those finger like toes of his. Now, you cut me and it smells like the bog of eternal stench. :wink:
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Thank GOD I have an unlisted number.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
GS My nerd BFF. Oh I am a dork, you cut me? and I bleed reeses pieces and then ET's hand will come out of the cut and scoop them up.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I hang up on those.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
thats funny CG! Honestly though... i doubt anyone is waiting for this call to make up their mind!
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I don't like robocalls :lol: Even the 'positive' ones. Our household has been hit so much with those these days. Of course all of them are from the Dems side since we're in the Union and registered Dems. They always appeared as 'unavailable,' too. I think it was a pretty cheesy robocalls made by the McCain campaign (sure, it may contain some 'facts' some would argue but the way they presented it is just not..'right'), even my fiancee who's going to be voting McCain thought that it's way unnecessary when he heard the McCain's robocalls on CNN the other day.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
My husband thinks I am the biggest nerd of any woman, but now he will know I am not alone.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
CG, you're like my nerd soulmate. And thanks Janneth!
verily verily 8 years
Ugh. When I still had a landline, I would get robocalls from some local rep. talking about 'town hall meetings' that would last so long they'd get cut off on my voicemail. That definitely wasn't the way to get me interested in whatever he wanted to talk about.
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 8 years
That's awesome, CG.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
see if I was running. i would do the Robocalls but have the voice of the computer from War Games do it. That way I was sure to get the 80's generations vote.
janneth janneth 8 years
Cute icon, Great S.
janneth janneth 8 years
I think robocall technology must be relatively cheap. I know real persons calling is the cheapest, but it does require an organized and deep volunteer base.
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