Obama urges supporters to correct misinformation from conservative news

President Obama on Tuesday called for his supporters to correct their Republican friends when they spout incorrect facts they heard from conservative news outlets.

Obama also suggested opposition to his signature health-care law is based on such misinformation and is causing people who would benefit to not sign up.

"If you reach out to your Republican friend who can't stand Obama, but is basically a nice person ... but they watch the wrong newscast or -- you all know those folks," Obama said at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, according to a transcript. "Some uncle or cousin, you love them to death, but they come in with all this information that's just wrong, and you’re shaking your head, but you decide you don't want to get in an argument with them because you haven’t seen them in a while and you miss them. Right?"

Obama added: "So if you’re able to reach out to them, and you just say, take a look, here, here, let’s get on the Web site. There’s the price. There’s the plan. Here’s the tax credit. Here’s what it will cost for you. Come on, Uncle Joe, I know you don't have health insurance. You may not like the president, but this really is a good deal."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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