February 20th, 2008
01:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Teamsters union to endorse Obama

 The 1.4-million Teamsters union will endorse Sen. Barack Obama, sources tell CNN.

The 1.4-million Teamsters union will endorse Sen. Barack Obama, sources tell CNN.

(CNN) - Two Democratic sources tell CNN's Candy Crowley the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will endorse Barack Obama.

The Teamsters represents roughly 1.4 million members, making it one of the largest and influential labor unions.

Obama was endorsed Friday by the Service Employees International Union, the largest union with a membership of 1.5 million.

The Obama campaign also announced that the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers had decided to back the Illinois senator's White House bid.

UPDATE: Obama will meet with Teamsters leader James Hoffa later Wednesday.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Peter Canada 4 Obama!

    Way to go man, everyone likes your attitude.

    Oh..I am still waiting to see Hillary with boxing clove in Texas. oh is she running away.!
    Okay she is hiding her clove now that it is clear that Texas have dumped her for Obama.
    She is getting stronger, she didn't cry on Monday eve of election.
    Hillary partup and go home....with respect.
    Thank you from someone that cares.
    God Bless you all for sharing your comment, it make it great to read.
    After all the negative comments we all agree that let the best win.

    Important people take time to study this man and they have chosen him to be our next president.

    February 20, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Lolu

    Clinton needs to give up and stop attacking Obama. She's only giving the republicans ammo for november

    February 20, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Yes SIRRRRRR! This is about the third large union to endorse Obama in the last two weeks. I believe Obama has most of the major union endorsements now. Now it is time for the Obama camp to put these union folks on the ground to help support the campaign.

    Obama in 08!

    February 20, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. SM

    Obama in '08. Clinton is too late

    February 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Marie

    Why would unions endorse a man that is on record in Chicago as ANTIunion. Think before you vote!

    February 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Holio

    Cool, congrats Obama.
    ...I like the "And?" post.. is she upset?

    February 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Michael

    How can you Americans (I'm a Canadian) vote for Obama for the most important job in the world- no experience and a potential first lady who says she is only now proud of her country. McCains's/Hilary's new slogan should be- ALWAYS PROUD.

    February 20, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Ronald, American living abroad

    The Clinton campaign is imploding. They have been grasping at straws for two weeks now. PLEASE stop now and save the last bit of dignity you still have. I know a plea to save the Democratic party is not in your best interest. IT IS IN YOUR OWN BEST INTEREST TO STEP ASIDE NOW!! YOU ARE ENDANGERING BEING RE-ELECTED IN YOUR NEXT SENATE BID IF YOU KEEP ON THIS TRACK.

    February 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. ADV

    Looks like the Republicans will get what they want. I'm with them. McCain in 08!!

    February 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. sulaiman

    good news for Obama

    clinton plesae stop behaving like huckobee of the republican who is fighting the worst battle in his life. the white house is for recycle- bush to bush and clinton to clinton. give chance to a new name.

    February 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    I don't understand why you HIllary people are so upset. Obama has a very real chance of beating McCain...Hillary does not...if you are TRULY interested in a Democratic president than join the movement and support Barack Obama! It's not about your personal choice....IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY!!

    February 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Robert in GA

    I agree with one of the posters below. Edwards needs to come out in support of one of the candidates before the March 4th primary. After March 4th, Obama is going to have unstoppable momentum if he wins, or Hillary is going to kick start her campaign again if she wins.

    Honestly I'm tired of Bush's and Clinton's. If Obama wins the primary I'm voting Democratic this year. If Hillary wins, I probably won't vote at all.

    February 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Lewis

    YES! WE CAN!

    February 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. ronald bergman

    Jack it is time for the USA to see that we want a fresh leader not one from the past. Send Hillary back to Ark and Bill back to the retirement section. Tell Chelse to get a job! Hasn't anybody remembered the white house sandles that went on when Bill was President? Today Hillary said it was time to get real, does that meant that anything that has happened up to now is not real and the people are not real?

    February 20, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. missy, nashville, tn

    John Mc cain will defeat Obama in the fall. Once the clintons are out of the way, the media will begin to show america who Obama and his wife are. racist and bigots. Michelle gave us a glimps yesterday into her way of thinking. First time she is proud of America.

    February 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Austin, TX 4 Hillary!

    A bunch of men afraid of women in power! That's all it is. Hillary can win this without those fancy endorsements. The thing about Hillary, she has to work hard at the job that she is applying for her. It's not being "given" to her by the media or is she being moved on down the river by a current. She actually has to paddle and fight the currents. That to me represents the hard working America way. Many of us do not get anything handed to us. We work hard for it and many times we come across hostility and obstacles along the way to our goal, but we keep on no matter who tries to discourage us or tell us to just give up and quit! She's a fighter and a doer and she will prevail!

    February 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Debra

    I agree w/Jimmy – Where is Edwards? Now is the time for his endorsement of Obama so that we can end this madness.


    February 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Hylaab

    For Hillary, it is all about power or the Clintons for that matter. I don't believe she will concede and put the Dems and our country ahead. She fight a dirty fight and be the most hated, value-less and pretender presidential candidate in US history.

    February 20, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Ken a Teamster

    You Obama supporters make me sick. The Clintons served this country very well. The 8 years they were in office were prosperous, the economy was great, other countries actually LIKED us, and we had a surplus not a deficit in government. Why NOT have more of that? I will not vote for Obama.

    February 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. TAA

    What is wrong with everyone in our country. I have a hard time with people jumping on Obama's band wagon, what has this man done for our country??? The answer is NOTHING he has no proven track record at leading and most importantly succedding in his legislative work. This reminds me of Jimmy Carter, a nice guy but made a very bad President, lets not let this happen again. WAKE UP PEOPLE AND STOP VOTING FOR OBAMA JUST BECAUSE HE CAN SPEAK WELL, WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN ACCOMPLISH AND LEAD. OBAMA SOUNDS LIKE A PREACHER NOT A LEADER!!!!! WAKE UP EVERYONE, PLEASE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!!

    February 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Dennis Green

    My Man ...Obama..way to go... as the crooked nose guys would say to Hillary.."fugetaboutit

    February 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Robert in RI

    I find it interesting how a lot of people seem to knock all these union endorsements because they're not for hillary or supposedly because it's a union so it's automatically all the bigwigs who made this happen and not the people in the union itself.

    If the unions can draw at least one vote for the Obama campaign that perhaps it didn't before, it's making a difference. As Barack Obama has stated many times already, every delgate counts so therefore really every vote counts.

    This is one of the many reasons why Obama has won 10 states in a row, and double the amount that Hillary has.
    Obama 08

    February 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Orlando Omoruyi

    Obama is ready to lead from day one because he was right from day one. Obama presidency will not only change United State of Ameria, but will change the world.

    February 20, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. jackie

    Obama is the only candidate who can change and unite all American people. Great job! Obama.

    February 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. alexa

    I cannot believe how stupid this whole country is to put somone like Obama in office for president. NO EXPIERENCE!!!!!!!! NO SUBSTANCE!!

    Start building your disaster shelters now. Like the ones that were built during the cold war because you will need them.

    February 20, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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