Clinton got another big endorsement Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is moving ahead in the endorsement wars as another major union announced Thursday that it is officially supporting her presidential bid.
“Hillary Clinton earned the IAM’s endorsement by focusing on jobs, health care, education and trade – the bread and butter issues of the American middle class,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger. “She is the only candidate of either party to come forward with a comprehensive manufacturing policy and the only candidate to connect with millions of Americans who feel invisible to the current administration.”
The union, comprised of over 750,000 active and retired members, said it will launch a massive education campaign aimed at swaying other union members to choose Clinton. The IAM also boasts that 450,000 of its members will vote in twenty-five early primary states.
“I am honored to receive the support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,” Clinton said. “It is time for America’s working families to again share in our nation’s prosperity. They will not be invisible to my administration.”
Clinton was endorsed by the United Transportation Union earlier this week.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd also earned a major endorsement Wednesday from the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union that was credited with helping John Kerry win the Democratic nomination in 2004.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornriech