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. Dan, MA

    La'Kitgum, thanks for your post, but I disagree. The issues don't matter to most Americans. Voters like to think they vote on the issues, and they often cry foul when the tone of the debate turns away from content, but the truth is that the average American doesn't understand the issues.

    A 2006 survey showed that 75% of Americans between 18 and 24 are unable to identify Israel on a map. 60% don't know where Iraq is, and 33% can't identify the state of Louisiana... this is AFTER Hurricane Katrina. Let's face it: we don't understand the world or the people around us. Even you are still using the word "oriental" to refer to Asians!

    Knowing this, how can we expect that the average voter will understand a politician when he/she discusses the finer points of his/her health care plan, or his thoughts on peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, or her opinions on progress towards debathification. We all say we want to hear their thoughts, but when they really discuss this stuff in more than 30-second sound bites, all of it goes right over our heads. I'm guessing most of us would have trouble defining the word "amnesty," yet John McCain's campaign almost went under because he made the unfortunate mistake of uttering the word at some point over the summer.

    The point is this. If Americans vote based on their own understanding of the issues then this country is in real trouble. How we can we vote based on what we think about the war in Iraq when we don't even know where it is? It's not that we're not intelligent enough to educate ourselves on the important issues, but rather that most of us just don't care to put in the time. This is why I find it so frustrating that people claim to want to hear more about the issues when election season rolls around. We insist that the debate be centered on the issues, we pretend we understand, and then when asked why we voted for Clinton we say "because she has more experience." When asked why we voted for Romney we say "because Washington is broken and we need an outsider in the White House." After all the dust settles, after all our illusions about the issues have washed away, we regurgitate the canned messages we've seen 20 times in TV ads.

    I'd rather we were honest about this whole process. The difference between Obama and Clinton is tiny when it comes to the issues. They are both intelligent, thoughtful people. If you don't believe it about Obama, read his book "The Audacity of Hope." His genuine thoughtfulness and balanced perspective is hard to miss. The real difference lies in their abilities to inspire Americans to engage, to learn, to organize, to become active participants in the effort to make things better. I won't vote for someone because I think he or she can do the job alone. That's an impossible task. I will vote for someone who has the ability to make us see that it's our own job to do.

    January 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Things seem to be getting back to normal. Hillary is simply not Presidential, I don't feel a sense of pride to have her represent me in this country. With Obama I'm happy to be a part of this country and believe we are spoken of, and spoken of well under his Leadership. Hats Off to the Culinary Union, I support your decision, as woman I'm moved to tears by this endorsement!

    January 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. Jane

    Miguel in Hanover, NH: You made my day with your news about the delegates!
    This 60 year old woman, her 65 year old bestfriend & her 50 year old sister have been supporters of Obama for months. Not all women over 40 support HRC.
    I agree with tennesse gurl about the dislike & partisanship that would result from
    the nomination of HRC. When Obama speaks he talks about "we" & "us".
    HRC talks about "I" ...what "I will do for you". And she reminds us that
    "lobbyists are people too". The Clintons think they have a right to the White House now that the Bush's are done for a while. Though a lifelong democrat, I want a
    candidate that will unite the country and have a cabinet with members of both partys and I don't want a Clinton or Bush. How HRC,who was part of the administration that created NAFTA & legislation that made possible the current pay gaps between CEO's & their corporate employees as well as tax breaks for moving US jobs overseas, dares to come to us & talk about making change is a travesty!
    No more Clintons & No more Bushs – thank you ! Your family's have done enough for this country. Let someone else have a chance.

    January 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. TheRealMcCoy

    Iowa and NH should be a wake up call to all the Hillary supporters out there. In both instances Obama was cordial, professional, and graceful, thanking Hillary for a well fought fight. In contrast, after her Iowa defeat Hillary released her attack dogs (including Bill), cried, and basically used George Bushes tactic of "scare them into voting for me" by suggesting that electing Obama could lead to the destruction of the country. After her win in NH, Obama was still "Presidential", congradulating her and then rallying his followers to continue the good fight. Over the last few days I think Obama has shown the the leadership qualities that we want in the next President, while Hillary simply showed herself to be a petulent spoiled brat willing to do anything to get what she wants. Haven't we had enough of that?

    January 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. russ H

    Since I don't see my first or second comments I would like to see a McCain/Lieberman ticket. Hiliary's tears are fake. You can see what it did in the voting. The people in Iowa kow who to pick....

    January 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Truethis

    SEIU thank you. It time for change so that we can grow together and bring respect back to our country.

    JOHN EDWARD, I have been a big fan of yours sinces 2004, you motivate and touch me but it obvious it's not your time. Please save face and let Obama and Clinton fight this out because I know you want the same thing that Obama want and that's true change. I can truely see a Obama/Edward ticket. A perfect match.

    January 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Lauren

    To Dan from MA: THANK YOU!! I'm glad to see that someone else is tuned in to what's really going on. People say Obama has no positions, he hasn't laid out a plan, he doesn't make it clear where he stands on the issues. These are talking points, not facts. Obama wrote a 362-page book about his positions, about the issues, about his plan for how America can turn itself around. It is contains well-written, thoughtful analyses of the issues facing this country and how he proposes we make change. If you read the book and disagree with his positions, that's one thing. But the problem is that most people refuse to read a 362 page book about politics, or any book about politics for that matter. They want to be spoon-fed the information by the media, and so they miss out on who these candidates really are.

    Obama has more than 11 years experience as an elected official. Hillary has more than 7. There are different ways to dissect this issue of experience, but you have to look beyond the rhetoric.

    Clearly, this goes beyond Obama. Hillary would never be where she is today if she wasn't "hopeful" and she has surely inspired many people with her achievements. And perhaps a lot of people don't like her, but it's obvious that many people do.

    The candidates cannot knock on the door of every single American and answer his/her questions directly. If you care about issues, investigate. Find out where they do stand. I agree with Dan, that Clinton and Obama (and Edwards) basically agree on most of the issues in a broad sense. In general, they are all working towards the same goal of moving on from the current administration and making positive "change" (see, we all use talking points) in health care and the economy, etc.

    For me, it's about being inspired. Words do matter, at least to me. I've been moved and inspired to action by great books, by interesting stories, and by Barack Obama. That is meaningful and rare. And many people have been inspired by Hillary Clinton. We are all different. We are all inspired by different things. But I believe Obama helps us to see we still have a lot in common.

    January 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. South Carolina

    1. Hillary is ahead in the delegate count.
    2. I'm surprised that Obama supporters continue to spew incessantly such hateful, unproductive, vitriol. The leader whom you so admire, are so inspired says he's above this. If hes a real leader, as you claim, then you should follow his example and end this hateful rhetoric and maybe focus on something real and substantive.

    You people are NOT helping to heal our country and is the reason why Obama is trying to fix it.

    With that said, I do not think he is prepared to be president, his record is questionable (and extremely thin) and there is too much at stake to gamble. Look, if Obama gets the nomination, when the Republicans are done with him, he won't be likeable either.

    If Hillary is truly a partisan, please explain to me why she has been so successful in the Senate at working with members of all parties. She's done amazing things for New York.

    Hillary in 08.

    January 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. andy

    Spanish-language newspaper in Las Vegas endorses Clinton

    By: KATHLEEN HENNESSEY – Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS - A prominent Spanish language newspaper in southern Nevada plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, the publisher said Thursday.

    El Mundo publisher Eddie Escobedo says the endorsement will appear in Friday's edition of the 35,500-circulation, free weekly.

    El Mundo is the oldest and most politically engaged Spanish paper in Nevada, where Hispanics make up nearly 25 percent of the population but a far smaller portion of the electorate. The group will be closely watched in Nevada Democrats' Jan. 19 presidential caucus.

    Escobedo, who said he feels "a loyalty to the Clintons," had previously announced his personal support for the New York senator. A vote by the paper's editorial staff was 4-2 for Clinton over New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, he said.

    Escobedo described the choice not to endorse Richardson as difficult. The governor and former U.N. ambassador grew up in Mexico, often campaigns in Spanish and has aggressively tried to organize supporters in Las Vegas' Hispanic community.

    "We went along with Clinton because of her background," he said, citing her years as first lady of Arkansas and the U.S., and extensive travel. "She knows the people, she could negotiate any deal."

    Southern Nevada's other major Spanish-langauge weekly, El Tiempo, does not plan to endorse a candidate for president, said Geoff Schumacher, director of community publications. The paper has a circulation of 50,000 and is published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, part of the Stephens Media.

    January 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. T

    Obama win Nevada? You must be dreaming.
    According to the latest RCP poll, Clinton leads Obama by 20% in Nevada. I don't care how many endorsements he gets, Obama's not winning Nevada.

    January 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. JACK, NY, NY

    who cares? CNN is making such big deal out of it. Obama's supporters are going gaga over this....walking with HOPE...just HOPE...Reality is votes matter.

    January 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Ray

    I am a Hispanic and I get shocked every time when Clinton brings experience and accomplishments as her strong points. Can someone who's Clinton fan explain to me what has she done other then pushing Bush's agenda and burying us deeper into this stupid WAR. I am for Barrack I have always voted independent and will never vote for a person who's sole ambition is to be a president no matter at what cost.

    Why on Earth she supports Bush every time, she is a WAR monger. World expects a better reasonable candidate and if you want to reach out to Muslim World then please put a man who's skin color will not scare the Muslim population.

    January 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Hey Clintons-NO THIRD TERM!!!

    January 9, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Andrews

    I think Obama is the best candidate among all presidential candidates.

    January 9, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. Nick in Las Vegas

    I've worked in Strip resturants that were unionized and though I am no longer a member of The Union. Talking with my friends who still are (many) union members, we agree this endorsement means very little. There are no candidates on the Dem side that are seen as threatening to Union Job Security people will vote for who they like. In VEGAS, BTW the favorite is definately our girl Hillary.

    January 9, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "If Clinton wins the nomination I predict the return of bimbo eruptions,..."

    ...as opposed to underage page molesting, and homophobic homosexuals holding secret trysts, then lying like shameless worms when caught, literally, with their pants down...

    " White Water,..."

    The Iraqi invasion; Enron; tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate; (corporate) energy plan, unreleased to public; Ashcroft, fer cripe's sake; the unConstitutional "Patriot" (read: Repression) Act;...

    " Travel gate,..."

    Halliburton swindle; Brown & Kellog criminal conduct in Iraq; no bid contracts; Halliburton employees – almost EVERY ONE – driving trucks leased and paid for by taxpayers, sometimes at over $300,000 for ONE YEAR, while soldiers grew sick mere miles away in moldy tents supplied by Halliburton.

    " the politics of personal destruction and legislative gridlock."

    Outing a field CIA agent by Cheney; Cheney still paid monthly by Halliburton; Cheney forcing the CIA – the same ones who tried to tell Stupid George in July that Al Queda would 'attack inside the US' – to pretend that Iraq had nukes, and other WMD; Cheney shooting a friend "accidentally," then failing to report the incident for over 18 hours, like he's effin' Goebbels.

    " The do nothing Congress will continue to do nothing..."

    That's how it was designed, dimwit. A system of checks and balances so hysterical mobs can't suddenly change the law in their favor. Executive, Legislative, Judicial: together, now *that's* a holy trinity I can respect.

    " and the Congressional races in swing districts will flip Republican maybe even the White House."

    In your dreams. The Republicans won't be back for quite a while.

    January 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I didn't real

    January 9, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. frequantFlyr

    AS @5:40pm. When I think of "new ideas" I don't think of unions. They represent the worst of special interest, big BIG money politics. With Obama and Hillary , the corporate Washington will be alive and well. Only Ron Paul would really CHANGE things in Washington!

    January 9, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. leroy

    I consider hillary clinton a phony ,that stunt she pulled in new hampshire was clearly to get pity so as to sway those who voted.
    she is dwelling on the experience theory,But if she has all this experience why did she vote to commit troops to iraq,and her excuse is, if I had KNOWN WHAT i know now ,I would have done differently.
    let's assume that it was something related to a nuclear attack ,would she had gone ahead, and press that button not knowing the facts,and then say to the american people if i had known what i know now i would not have done it.

    Hillary clinton voted to send americans in killing ground in iraq without clear evidence of what was going on,how's that for expierence,and as a result of that war, people in america lost they home ,businesses,and much more,people are hurting.this united states is in big trouble financially.
    all hillary is talking about is experience,so one wonders how much experience george bush had when he became president,and not once did i hear her question his credentials ,but rather gave him the okay to go into iraq.

    January 9, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Clinton is a 'Calculator'

    I don't think money is the big issue here. Despite the enormous spending by candidates such as Clinton and Romney, this has not been translated to votes. For example, Huckabee was outspent 15 to 1 by Romney, yet claimed a decisive victory.

    Ron Paul is fine but we must ask: Is he electable? Or are we wasting votes on a candidate who will get crushed by Clinton or Obama?

    On the democratic side, many are skeptical of Obama's electability. But his victory in Iowa and his strong second placing in New Hampshire by only 2 points just proves it: Obama's brand of change is one that is both desired and practical. Just the fact that all the candidates are using the word 'change' whenever they can, with Clinton even adopting the name 'Agent of Change' shows how influential and inspirational Obama can be.

    If there's a candidate who really deserves a chance, it's Barack Obama.

    January 9, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Mitchel

    Great news. Go OBAMA '08!

    January 9, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Brod

    at the beginning: i am not an american...i am an austrain (small country in the middle of europe...austria...not australia)

    someone here wrote, that you don´t need a change....
    i am an unimportant austrian, but i say: you need nothing more than a change.
    forget the past. do not believe in blue states and red states. do not believe in republicans and democrats. do not believe in fundamentalism or in evolution.
    believe in your voice....that´s what this electiion is about: your voice....all together you are not ONE voice....you are THE voice.
    believe in this voice...and believe in the volume of this voice...i know that the voice of the unidet states of america is a loud one, and it have to be a loud one, not only for the united states, but also for europe and the rest of the world.

    i hear the speeches of barack obama, i read the books of barack obama and i want to say something to you: we austrains, we want that your next president will be named barack obama and not hilary clinton. we also want that your next vice president will be named john edwards and not hilary clinton.

    do not vote the false woman...vote the right man. do not vote democrats or republicans....vote obama. do not vote for red states or blue states...vote obama. do not vote for the past...vote obama. do not see the differences...see obama.

    do not believe in everything, but believe in obama.
    you have now the chance to change, not only the unided states of america, but the whole world.
    once upon a time martin luther king jr. had a drem....let barrack obama fullfill this dream.

    i think thats everything i have to say....

    sry for my mistakes...i am not a native speaker...and i am only 19 years old....if anyone wants to write me....my mail add is berni_lang@gmx.at.

    January 9, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Gabby

    I f you saw the news tonight, you saw Bush trying to start a rift with Iran. Seems to me he wants to go out of office with a big blow out trying to KILL more of our children. Any thoughts?

    January 9, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    Great, Hillary gets a Spanish speaking newspaper endorsement! How many of their readers can legally vote! Puh-leeze!

    January 9, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. Ben

    PLEASE STOP WITH THE WHOLE NOT ENOUGH EXPERIENCE SPILL. This man can unite a country that has been divided for 8 years. He inspires the best out of all of us when he gets up to the podium and speak. He will not only change America he will change the world.

    January 9, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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