January 9th, 2008
02:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama gets Culinary endorsement

(CNN) - The Nevada local of the Culinary Workers Union gave its official backing to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today in Las Vegas. The backing of the 60,000-member union is a major boon to Obama’s campaign in a state where there are fewer than half a million registered Democrats and causes are, as elsewhere, generally sparsely attended.

Nevada’s Democratic caucuses will be held January 19.

The announcement came just hours after the Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union, with its membership of 17,500, also announced that it was endorsing Obama. The national SEIU announced recently that it would not be endorsing a candidate, leaving locals in each state to make their own decision.

– CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. jones...Mpls

    very good news

    January 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Dan

    This is huge. And was announced earlier this morning. HRC won the union vote in NH by 10%. This will be Obama's advantage in Nevada. Way to get up to speed CNN.

    January 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. La'Kitgum, Concorde, NH

    Nevada will obviously go for Clinton as Culinary employees vote individually in droves for her.

    The truth is coming out. Starting NH, Americans are beginning to understand that in politics, endogenous is more important than exogenous – that reality and fact are more important than rhetoric and body language or charisma without substance. Americans are beginning to understand that Hillary stands for what the President of the USA should be and not Obama with his empty promises. Obama's leadership leaves a lot more questions to be answered but foremost, how can he be an agent of change without experience? How can he change what he does not know? How can he change what he does not have? Experience in economy, healthcare and security are all in Hillary's bag and Hillary can change them for the good of all America. Obama has a bag of experience but it is empty. He has nothing to change.

    My prayers and Best wishes to Hillary and I urge all Americans (black, white, oriental, hispanic) to support Clinton because they will never regret their votes. We did it in NH. NH understands that it is issues, not body language, which stands out in this campaign and Hillary is all about issues. Listen to her carefully instead of cheering at her and you will understand just like the people of NH did – the issues matter,

    January 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    Worth noting that Obama also got the backing of the national union tied to the culinary union, Unite Here... 500,000+ strong.

    So much for Hillary's Chinatown dishwasher donations...

    January 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Eric

    Don't discount the negative effect that Mark Penn's role in the Hillary campaign had on these unions deliberations. He has helped anti-union forces all over the country and this is yet another reason why he needs to go.

    January 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Iowa gal

    Go O! You WILL be President some day.

    January 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Ean

    A person cannot argue with Obama's leadership skills and his ability to communicate effectively. However, that's not all there is to becoming our nation's president. I want to see Obama fight for votes. I believe the game has changed a bit, and Clinton has proved she is a very strong competitor. It's time to utilize what Chicago politics teaches a person. It’s time to become a bit more edgy. Remember, nice guys finish last (well, at least second). In addition, I recommend he try a crying bit before the Nevada vote. That seemed to work for the saps in New Hampshire. In fact, we now have a solution to turn around GW’s approval rating! Try crying George! I know some shallow people that will eat that act up!

    January 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Maria, Houston

    YAYYYYY!!! This is important ! Last night they were pressured to stay neutral...Way to go Nevada!

    January 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Nick

    DNC LISTEN: No Obama No Vote. ABC/ Anybody But Clinton

    January 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Ca Native

    I was very disappointed in NH voters – rewarding Hillary, the political cameleon. Perhaps NV voters will vote for an authentic candidate (Obama) over the power-at-any-cost candidate (Clinton).

    Wonder if Michigan voters will vote "Clinton" since she back-stabbed the other democratic candidates by refusing to remove her name (as she originally agreed with other candidates). An Obama write-in victory would be huge!

    January 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. pam s.c.

    OBAMA keep the faith in the american people

    January 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. ghy345

    Great the kids that were too lazy to pursue anything intellectual in high school have formed a union and have made their political choice. NOW I know how to vote.

    I guess "Line Cook, Prep Cook, Dishwasher and Bus Boy Union" name was already taken by someone else.

    Obama has promised to double the minimum wage and peg it to the inflation rate (according to his official website). Middle class people this means that YOUR money will now be worth less and the "Culinarists" of America can pimp their ride and get that new flat screen tv.

    Socialism and Pity in America.

    January 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. tennessee gurl

    Here’s is a dose of reality that does not come from the bastions of Hillaryland (NYC and LA). Hilary Clinton will continue the partisanship that has got nothing done in Washington. She is strongly disliked by both Democrats and Republicans. Too bad the establishment sheep do not see it. (She has 47% unfavorable ratings and half of the country wouldn’t vote for her if you paid us). If Clinton wins the nomination I predict the return of bimbo eruptions, White Water, Travel gate, the politics of personal destruction and legislative gridlock. The do nothing Congress will continue to do nothing and the Congressional races in swing districts will flip Republican maybe even the White House.

    January 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Skyler

    Obama has no experience to manage change. How can people vote this man with no credentials but hope to run the country. There is too much at stake. He should take a vice-presidentship and learn and then run the presidency that way everyone wins.

    January 9, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Miguel, Hanover, NH

    I voted for Obama and am amused to hear Clinton supporters say that NH shows how the rest of the country is going to stand behind Clinton's experience. I'd just like to point out that Clinton won with only 8,000 more votes, and that Obama ended up getting more delegates than Clinton (due to superdelegates). I think Obama's victory in Iowa and strong showing in NH will make him a serious contender in SC and Nevada, with more black and minority voters. It's shaping out to be a very interesting race, and I'm very curious to see what happens in the next 4 weeks.

    January 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Tom, Minneapolis

    No More Clintons! No More Bush clones! Your life for the past 20 years have been ran by a Clinton or Bush. Are you seriously okay with that?

    January 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Skyler – you need to educate yourself in regards to Obama's background. No one has "experience" in running the country until they have served 4 year in the head office. Judgment is what counts and what advisors they choose.

    January 9, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Harold Bishop, NH

    But Skyler, I think experience is totally overrated.

    The truth is, Hillary is older, NOT substantially more experienced.

    January 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Wayne, Greenville TX

    When I saw the headline about Obama getting a culinary endorsement, I was thinking it was either Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, or one of the Iron Chefs. :-)

    January 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Eric

    Super delegates can and will switch as the nominee is known so using these people as an example of anything is meaningless.

    January 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. adams

    Will someone please tell Obama to stop lip singing Edwards.

    notice how Obama said every thing Edwards was saying in a slightly different way in the N.H. debates.

    Hand the white house to the Neo cons on a silver platter vote obama.

    January 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Ron, TX

    La'Kitgum, from "Concord-e" NH, if that's your real name and "city",

    Clinton was handily beating Obama -everywhere- until the Iowa upset where Obama beat Hillary by 8%. That completely disproves your statement that America is "just now" (with New Hampshire's 'lead'?) starting to realize dynasties and "experience as first lady" are important. That's obviously what they thought for the past 9 months. I guess if your memory only lasts 72 hours, as is common in news reporting, then you may have forgotten that Obama has been fighting to take the lead from Clinton since this started in early 2007.

    The reality is, that Hillary Clinton was handily beat by Obama in Iowa, and she barely scrapped up enough votes to beat him by popular vote in New Hampshire, even though Obama beats Hillary on the New Hampshire delegate count. Ironic eh? Hillary lost New Hampshire the same way Al Gore lost the presidency.

    January 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Steve, Florida

    I have been a registered Dem for more than 40 years; raised money, ran campaigns and worked in state Democratic administrations. For the first time ever for me, I say that if a Dem candidate wins the nomination, I will not vote for her. Count me in the 47%+ of the country that, for one reason or another, want to move past the BushClintonBush partisan and counterproductive wars to a reasoned and civil and hopeful future.

    January 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. nevadamuley Las Vegas, Nevada

    Mr. Obama needs to start spinning that he's going to win Nevada because of this endorsement...yeah, right.

    Nevada is Clinton Country!

    I think Hillary will win Nevada with at least a 22% lead over Obama.

    Maybe he should bring Opra out again.

    Nevada Democrats and Independents for Hillary are ready, come rain, sleet or snow.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is Battle Tested and her Nevada Supporters are BATTLE BORN!

    NEVADA WILL START THE WESTERN WAVE FOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON!

    January 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Another Steve

    Thank you Nevada Culinary Union. We desperately need new ideas in Washington and I don't see Hillary doing this as she is too much part of the problem. Unfortunately Edwards who can't win the nomination is hurting Obama's chances and hopefully he is thinking about this. I believe an Obama/Edwards ticket would be the best thing we've seen in many years.

    January 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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