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. Joe Six

    I see the special interest money pouring in. More government workers to pay dues, more benefits for government to pay, more IOUs for Obama to write. No wonder Obama doesn't need public financing.

    June 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. R.I.F.

    Well, in other news, Senator McCain was endorsed by Every Major Oil Company. They will also do everything they can do to get Senator McCain elected.

    This comes in the midst of a series of meetings in Houston between McCain and major oil company leaders.

    June 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. CD

    Here we go!

    June 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Wonderful, the Obama Campaign is looking good.
    If you are on the Obama's e-mail list, he will explain to you about the Public Finance position.

    Don't listen to what McCain's campaign says get it from Obama's mouth.

    Thanks to the big union.

    June 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. CD

    Obama train is picking up speed and if you haven't joined the train yet you will have to wait at the next stop. Next stop will be in 5 minutes so hurry up :)

    June 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. jfs Memhis, Tn

    LYING is a rather harse term. But what difference would that make to McCain. I think that side has MUCH more to be concerned about than how his opponent intends to fund his campaign. John you need to understand what the vast number of voters expect and need from our government. You were so busy hanging out in DC getting experirnce that you neglected to LISTEN to the nation. Better re-evaluate and come up with a new plan. That's called having the ability to CHANGE.

    June 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. James, SC

    Unity!!!!!!!!!! I love it.

    June 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. JOYCE

    hats off to 40,000 people.
    wear some comfortable shoes. good luck supporters
    god bless

    June 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. CLINTON 08 VP

    UNITED WE ARE STRONGER

    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014

    VOTING FOR MCCAIN IS SUICIDAL, HE HAS THE "WAR-SICKNESS" FROM BEING A PRISONER IN VIETNAM

    June 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Erick FL

    I miss Hilary...Barack is so boring & predictable. McCain puts me to sleep.

    June 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    They aren't stupid cause they know they are already hurting and if john mcwar or any other repub gets in they will be hurting even more.

    June 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Jack, Boston MA

    America is Waking Up!
    Go Obama 08!

    June 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. s for obama

    Union - all aboard!!! The right choice. We thank you!!! You know what is right.

    Obama '08 & '12!!!!!

    June 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Welcome!

    The hard working men and women in this great nation know that voting for Barack Obama is in their economic interest!

    The choice couldn't be more obvious!

    Obama's ground game is going to swamp that Navy vets swift-boat.

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond.

    June 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Emily

    All the way to the White House.

    Obama 08

    June 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Tell the truth

    so many people are backing Obama. Where is McCain base? He might wanted to take a stand on pro choice/pro life or like bush taxes cut or dislike bush taxes cut for drilling or against drilling. for the rich or for the poor. McCain have changed his views to many times that why he has no base. I can not wait until Nov because I think this will be a blow out by Obama. That last statement is my opinion

    June 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Wow....McCain needs to just hang it up. What endorsements have McCain received lately? No announcements????

    June 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Kenneth

    I am a former SEIU LOCAL officer I am seen union strenght grow weaker each year under the REP's and your buying dollar getteing smaller. And you vote for Mccanin why?

    June 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Great!

    Obamanation '08

    YES WE CAN!

    June 19, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Heidi from California

    Good news!

    June 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain Doesnt Have A Chance!

    June 19, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Jon

    How do these unions decide who to endorse? I'm in a union, and no one ever asked my opinion.

    June 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. TheTruthHurts

    As an Obama supporter I call on all fellow supporters to stop the bashing, raise the level of dialog and show respect to everyone, including Hillary, McCain and their respective supporters.

    I know we don't always get the same respect. We should know this. Change comes at a price. We don't expect terrorists to respect our laws, but we're bigger than that. Many in the south didn't respect King's non-violence, but he and our forebearers were bigger than that. The 527s in the fall won't have integrity or dignity, but we are better than that.

    Let's not just win, but show them how the game should be played.

    Obama/America '08 and beyond.

    June 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. Ralph

    McCain is so unelectable. He will be landslided by historical proportion in Nov.

    June 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. BK

    They will be sorry they backed Obama. He will break this country.

    June 19, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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