To those skeptics who don't believe that Barack Obama would really announce his running mate by email and text message to thousands and thousands of supporters, his campaign manager offers words of reassurance.
"The answer is yes," campaign manager David Plouffe said in a message to backers. "Let me be very clear. You are the ones who built this campaign, and Barack wants you to be the first to know who will join him in leading our movement for change."
So taking Plouffe at his word, the vice presidential pick won't be leaked in advance to a newspaper or TV network. And the offer to sign up for email updates on the veep selection wasn't a ploy to raise money or organize.
Those who did sign up did get a "welcome" message, complete with online tools. "As we get ready for the general election, we want to make sure everyone knows about all the opportunities to get involved in your community and online," it said. "Check out the resources below -- learn how you can connect with fellow supporters, organize in your neighborhood, build our national grassroots organization, and stay in touch with the very latest campaign news. Explore these resources yourself and forward this message to anyone you know who wants to get involved."
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