June 19th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Former Clinton-backing union endorses Obama

Sen. Obama met with union leaders Thursday.
Sen. Obama met with union leaders Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – a 1.4 million-member union that backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary – endorsed Barack Obama for president Thursday.

“AFSCME will mobilize more members and invest more resources than ever before to help Senator Obama win the White House,” AFSCME President Gerald McEntee said in a statement. “We will turn out an army of 40,000 AFSCME activists to knock on doors, make phones calls and talk with their co-workers and neighbors to produce an unprecedented turnout in the 2008 election.”

The backing of the nation’s largest public service sector union comes in the midst of a series of meetings in Washington this week between Obama and major labor leaders.


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  1. maksim tsionskiy

    Mary Walsh

    Hey I hope you like High gas prices, and screwed up health care. Guess what, Obama and hillary health care plans very similar, McBushes got no health care plan. If that plan that he proposed its joke,. you vote for him you just go against everything that clinton stand for. Is your own ego is bigger then real cause. PLEASE people if you going to vote for MCSAME do it because you warmonger and you don't care about economy. But if you not that, why in world would you vote for MCBUSH? for 3 reason: you ignorant, racist, stupid, too big of ego. or combo of all of them. And by the way I am white, so yea I know some of you are racist, and that only reason that you not voting for Obama, you just don't want to come out and saying, because you don't have balls to do it. So I say it for you.

    June 19, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. maksim tsionskiy

    Hey Slider?

    Do you even know what really a socialistic system is? I lived in one, so please get facts straight. Research before you come out and spill your trash here

    June 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Kelly, PA

    To Foolishness,
    I've read several posts similar to yours accusing African-Americans of racism for voting for Obama. Consider this, Obama is the fifth African-American to run for President. There was Shirley Chisholm, ('72) Jesse Jackson (84/88), Carol Mosely-Braun (2004), and Al Sharpton (2004). Blacks marginally supported these candidates. And by the way, African-Americans vote 90% for democratic nominees in presidential elections which have all been white. If African Americans wore racist for not voting for Hillary Clinton, then they would have voted for Sharpton instead of Gore in the primaries. That didn't happen. Please stop with such foolish arguments, read a history book, and re-evaluate if your argument makes sense.

    June 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Rob

    Even former life-long Republicans like myself are jumping on the train...go Obama in '08!!!

    Many other Republicans are jumping ship too.

    June 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. MLG

    I work for a union and I will not support Obama!! I know many of us won't!! We DO NOT Trust him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! McCain 08

    June 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. jason in az

    I don't know how anyone who listens to McCain would want someone like him in the White House running our country. He thinks that if we do things the way Bush has been doing them we will be fine. He has his hands in the pot with all the Oil companies and is going to profit just like Bush is if he is president. Obama actually cares about this country and wants to make it better. That is why he is getting endorsed by all these Unions. That is why he has 75,000 people show up for a rally. He inspires people and will do wonders for our country. What does McCain draw about 200 people, come on everyone know that this election will be a blow out.

    Obama is the next president!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. MLG

    I know many of us won't!! We DO NOT Trust him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! McCain 08

    June 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Kelly, PA

    Whoops, I forgot about Alan Keyes and we know how little support African-Americans gave him.

    June 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. John in Iowa

    Another flip-flop for the loser!

    June 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. I know you're sad Mary

    Dear M. Walsh,

    I know you are sad. I am too but voting for someone that is so very against everything Hilary stood for is just not wise. We will go father under an Obama admisntration than we can ver hope to under McCain. PLease come out of teh despression and help us protect the interests of everyday American people. Hillary is doing it we need to keep helping.

    Obama '08, Mary Walsh you can do it.

    June 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Franky

    They can come knock on my door. Then I'll throw a party!!! LOL!!! Hey, anyones welcome now.....

    June 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. mossadek ali

    the vice presidet of the republicans -if they win- will obviously be the president as mccain will not last for 4 years.

    June 19, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Timberdoodle

    Informed voter that an oxymoron when you say informed and voting for mcshame in the same sentence

    June 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Save the party

    Change, where it is? He is one from the same mould saying one thing and doing another; NAFTA, Copmaign financing, Rev Wright, his church – the list is on and on. One wonders why so many idiots still believe in him. Are they blind? The truth is obvious for people who have their eyes and ears open.

    June 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. independent for O

    of course.it was dumb to endorse a loser ,in the first place.has mcbush recieved any union endorsements?i wonder where this elections headed.i smell LANDSLIDE!!!"a change is a comin' "

    June 19, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Connie

    I am very proud of AFSCME for backing Obama, they are following Senator Clinton's request. It was ok that they back Senator Clinton and it is ok that President Clinton does not endorse Barack Obama that is everyones right. I was a state employee for almost 40 years and AFSCME represented most of the state employee's . After Bush's buddy Mitch Daniels became Governor he broke the union. Now he has privatized much of the state and lowered wages. That is why I believe Indiana will turn blue. For all of you out there, you do not have to knock on doors and vote for whom ever you want to, that is all our rights. OBAMA 08

    Connie from Indiana

    June 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Eascogal

    AFSCME demonstrates "teamwork for unity" and that's what counts in elections! For those voters opting to vote for McCain rather than Obama goes to prove "race" an issue!

    June 19, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Jerry

    "DEMOCRAT FOR MCCAIN" YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT
    DEMOCRATS....................Change to the Party that has brought this Country to its knees.....................

    June 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Jack

    Yes yes Welcome

    Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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