June 26th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Largest labor organization endorses Obama

The AFL-CIO endorsed Obama Thursday.
The AFL-CIO endorsed Obama Thursday.

(CNN)—The AFL-CIO endorsed Sen. Barack Obama Thursday, kicking one of the broadest grassroots mobilizations in recent history into “high gear.”

“In so many ways―on jobs, health care, gas prices and the war in Iraq―our country is headed in the wrong direction,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement announcing the endorsement. “Barack Obama has proven from his days as an organizer, to his time in the Senate and his historic run for the presidency, that he’s leading the fight to turn around America."

The endorsement is expected to help rally support around the presumptive Democratic nominee in the critical swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota where union voters make up between 25 and 35 percent of the total vote.

With an outreach of more than 13 million registered voters in 24 ‘top-tier’ states, the AFL-CIO will send volunteers to the homes of 300,000 union voters, with the 56 member-unions collectively spending more than $200 million in the 2008 election between the presidential, Senate, and House races nationwide.

“We’ll work our hearts out for Barack Obama,” said AFSCME President and AFL-CIO Political Committee Chair Gerald McEntee. “Our program is going to be worker to worker and neighbor to neighbor. We’re ready to mobilize. We’re ready to rock and roll. This country and our people are ready for change.”

The group has been running an active campaign against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain since early March, aimed at defining the Arizona senator’s stances on jobs, trade and health care among union members. Currently, AFL-CIO volunteers have knocked on 60,000 doors and distributed 1.5 million flyers critical of the Arizona senator’s economic record.


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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. Kris

    Welcome aboard :-)

    June 26, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    Way to go

    June 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. unions are not stupid

    welcome aboard!

    June 26, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. PUMAlover

    oh, nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Poor Uneducated Miserable Adults (PUMAs) are AGAINST!!!!!!!

    WE LOVED YOU, HILLARY, BUT YOU BETRAYED US!! SHAME ON YOU!!!
    We will vote for mcsame now!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Franky

    Yep, this only increases my boy's stock....

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. @everyamericans

    this is a tidal wave. can old pa mcbush can stand the movement?

    Not This Time

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. saga for Obama

    cant stop progress

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Nova from NV

    LOL!, after president Obama start to tax corporations, they would move over sea or go out of business and those labors would be out of work.America is a great country thanks to opportunity from the business community. Take that away, then we could be as great as the former USSR.

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. NC Attorney

    YES WE CAN!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. jaye

    AFL-CIO is another coup for Senator Obama!
    VOTE SMART – VOTE OBAMA '08!

    June 26, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. John in Ohio

    As an Obama supporter, no big surprise here.

    Honestly though, I'd prefer to see unions take less of a role in politics, same as I'd like to see churches do likewise. Unions drive the Democrats like megachurches drive the Republicans, and neither relationship is particularly beneficial.

    June 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    Nothing like getting support from the organizations that drive up the cost of living for the rest of us!

    June 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. independent

    anyone else smell a landslide?"a change is a comin' ",a 'wise' man once said.

    June 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Bishop

    "With an outreach of more than 13 million registered voters in 24 ‘top-tier’ states, the AFL-CIO will send volunteers to the homes of 300,000 union voters, with the 56 member-unions collectively spending more than $200 million in the 2008 election between the presidential, Senate, and House races nationwide."

    Wow! Its good to be the KING!!!

    Obama '08

    June 26, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Joe Utha

    i love this. great news Obama we are really happy to see you win. obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!no flip flop mcBush

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. It's a done deal

    Hear that noise? It's a landslide coming.

    June 26, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Vote Nader

    Don't these guys know that Ralph Nader is more Union friendly than any corporate-controlled Democratic candidate?

    VotePact

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Gorbashov

    Let's get those ground troops out there for a fifty state strategy.

    A rising tide raises all boats, and swamps the USS McSame!

    YES WE CAN!

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond!

    June 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    There are those who would argue that labor unions are no longer relevant. But they deliver like no other organization. If they truly make up 25 – 35% of the voting block in the states mentioned, that will be BIG.

    June 26, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. betrayed she-cat

    I will never forgive Clintons now. How dared they to endorse *61? He doesn't have experience!

    *61 (Obama) will NEVER be such a good president as G.W. Bush!

    June 26, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Like A Mack Truck

    The Obama campaign is like a Mack truck barreling down on the Straight Talk Express.

    What can John do, but move out of the way. We are taking our country back and we're serious. The Bushes and McBushes will be history in November.

    Press on Barack, we are with you.

    June 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    McSame and the pitiful remnants of his party are going to be "buried alive in the blues" come November...

    June 26, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Alex

    Don't under estimate the republiclan machine. Thought I welcome any new body count...

    June 26, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Sarah, 23, FL

    independent June 26th, 2008 1:12 pm ET

    anyone else smell a landslide?"a change is a comin' ",a 'wise' man once said.
    _______________________________________________

    YES, CHANGE IS COMING.....

    NO MORE BUSH POLICY....

    WHEN OBAMA IS PRESIDENT, WE'LL TRULY BE LIVING IN A FREE WORLD...

    OBAMA '08

    June 26, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    listen up people your not just electing a president but an administration and you can bet your bottom dollar hillary will be part of that admin i dont think as vp but something somewhere vote for mccain and guess what NO HILLARY and that woul be a shame!!

    June 26, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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