WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, D- New York, was endorsed Wednesday by the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents 1.4 million educators, healthcare professionals and government employees nationwide.
“Our members have told us that they want a leader they can trust to strengthen public education, increase access to healthcare, promote commonsense economic priorities and secure America’s place in the world,” said AFT President Edward McElroy said in a statement released by the union. “Hillary Clinton is that leader.”
The union said seven Democratic candidates sought the union’s backing.
"This means a lot to me personally, but also of course politically," Clinton said at the news conference announcing the endorsement.
The AFT said it will urge its members to try and help elect Clinton.
– CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron