January 9th, 2008
08:01 AM ET
5 years ago

Powerful Nevada union backs Obama

(CNN) - The Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama.

"It is clear from the overwhelming participation in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary that Americans are ready for change," said Shauna Hamel, Executive Vice President of the union. "We believe that Obama is the candidate who can bring the country together and we are proud to support his candidacy."

The SEIU represents 1.9 million members in North America, all of whom in Nevada are health care and public service workers. In what was seen as a blow to John Edwards in October, the union announced it would not make a national endorsement, but rather allow the state unions to decide for themselves. Of the early primary states, Nevada's chapter has the most members with 17,500.

The Nevada chapter had whittled the field of candidates down to Obama, Edwards and Hillary Clinton but had delayed endorsement decisions amid rumors of dissent among union management.

Unions play a powerful role in Nevada politics and the SEIU endorsement will be a big boost for Obama. But all eyes Wednesday will be a on 2 p.m. ET press conference when Nevada's strongest union – the Culinary Union with its 60,000 members – will make their endorsement.

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Nevada
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. joyo

    how come the media didn't play the clip about hillary clinton criticizing Iowa over and over again, after she lost this probably won't get posted

    January 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Lone Ranger

    Edwards is the only Candidate in this race that will help labor!!!

    Obama is clearly anti-LABOR!!!!!

    Clinton is a joke in the area of Labor!!!!

    Edwards want to help this country and will have labor at the table in Washington!!

    The only problem with this endorsement is that Obama is anti – Labor and will do anything for endorsements and you seen what happened in New Hampshire!!!

    Mr. Obama do the right thing and Drop out of the race for president so we can have a real candidate for change in this country in John Edwards!!!

    Thanks you!!!!

    January 11, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. Wilhemina

    Bill Clinton was impeached in 1994, so know he is allowed to be priviledge to live in our White House? Let's compromise and put Obama and Edwards in the White House, it doesn't matter who is Vice, they both are WORTHY men.

    January 11, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. Jessica, El Paso, TX

    As a Hispanic, I find it VERY OFFENSIVE that the Obama campagin has chosen to use the slogan "Yes We Can". This is the same slogan that the United Farm Workers used, "Si Se Puede". He is just pandering to the Hispanic vote. Obama has never done anything for Hispanics (or any other minorities for that matter). Well, I can tell you this much, Hillary Clinton leads by wide margins with Hispanics. I also am under the impression that Dolores Huerta (belongs to United Farm Workers) herself has endorsed Hillary.

    January 11, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  5. Justin, Houston, TX

    Wait, so this Union backs Obama after he just said he thought Unions were special interest groups. Wow, they really didn't do their research. And I guess they're okay to him now since one is backing him. Now, that's the kind of CHANGE I'm talking about.

    January 11, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Leilani, Seattle, WA

    There's really nothing offensive about the use of "'Si Se Puede" slogan by the Obama campaign..it's just a slogan and I kinda like it. As a minority, his message of change brings a breath of fresh air and his stand on issues are not dissimilar to that of Hillary Clinton's. Go Obama....'Kia Ora'

    January 12, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  7. Jensen

    Obama's plan for healthcare in this country does NOT cover everyone! Hillary Clinton's plan DOES. Look at the facts: Obama says he will work with insurance companies to ask them to make insurance more affordable (good luck in that), AND he says that once insurance is "affordable" (whatever that means), that everyone will just go out and buy it – even young twenty year olds with low paying jobs! Yeah, right. Last time I checked, most young people thought they were "indestructable", and would rather go out and buy a new flat screen TV, instead of buying health insurance. Obama shows a real lack of understanding of human nature, when he says that young people will all rush out and buy insurance, all on their own! The reality is that everyone needs insurance – because we ALL have to pay for the irresponsible people who refuse to buy their own insurance, once those people get sick (the hospitals raise OUR costs to cover those uninsured people.) People need to pay their fair share. Obama doesn't understand this basic principle – scary! That's why he needs more experience, and time to study issues, before he could even think about becoming president.

    I've noticed that many people, especially young people who support Obama, have NO IDEA of his specific proposals – they are just emotionally swept away by his grandiose "bible revival" style speeches. We need more than just public speaking skills in our next president – we need someone who thoroughly studies problems, pays attention, and develops solutions to our country's complicated issues. We don't need someone who watches a football game in the middle of a national debate (Obama admitted to this during the debate in NH last week.)

    January 12, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Howard Paley

    I have nothing against Hillary Clinton, except that she has a horrible record on illegal immigration. Vote for Hillary and you will have an unbelievable amount of people who will come into our country and get everything free, free medical care, free drivers licenses, add to our welfare rolls, and get jobs from employers without being able to speak english, and pay taxes. Bill Clinton is responsible for sending american jobs overseas. That was the NAFTA trade bill he passed. There are no products made in america except for cars. Everything comes from a foreign country . China owns us.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for another 8 years of corrupt Republicans. Is that what you want after a disastrous 8 years of George W. Bush.

    Vote for OBAMA/Edwards.

    Howard Paley

    January 12, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. ash

    There is a saying: Capitalism teaches you to work hard, milk the cow to the last drop of milk....etc..... Communism takes the cow by nationalising it....socialism kills the cow and all share it equally and nothing is left for tomorrow.

    America has seen plenty of capitalism, China and former East European has seen plenty of communism and africa has seen plenty of socialism.

    Where was America, and where it is today with too much of capitalism and ignoring human role in growth?

    Where China is today after adopting capitalism with controlled economy and iron hand still visible in all human endeavours of China?

    Where Africa is today with all the resources but foreigners from Europe, Australia, Canada and India reaping all the benefits and leaving crums for the locals?

    Ask Obamas, Clintons, Edwards, and McCain and Romney: What model they will use or refine to meet the aspirations of working class, hard working citizens (low income, middle income and high income) with fair reward for all who work and strive to improve their lot and what penalties they will impose on Lazy, criminal minds, instead of promising doles and making these dependents forever on them and others – parasites. We are human beings and not parasites. Don't promise us free/cheaper food, health care etc...Give us blueprint of creating equal opportunities for all to earn decent living. Reward for hard work and not based on race, income and laziness.....

    Create wealth and don't talk about taking away from deserving.

    Unions: Answer what are you looking for than showing your might and ensuring your membership?

    January 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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