June 26th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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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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  1. JDC // Ohio

    Whoopi Do!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. JB

    Democrats are gonna win this year! Yahoo!

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Freida, NYC

    Disgusting!!!! NO OBAMA period.

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Midwest

    Could somebody explain why we have so many blind Americans? They obviously can't see through Obama's superficial front. This man offers nothing to this country.

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Jeebs

    Ohio Voter----

    Please remove head from sand – Johnny ain't gonna win!

    June 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Tom

    I have a question after reading a bunch of these comments after different articles – If Obama supporters are already threatening to not vote for Hillary in 2012 if Obama loses this election because they've decided that the only way Obama can lose is if it's Hillary's fault, why would they think that Hillary supporters would "do the right thing" in obamakid's minds and back Obama now? That's like Michelle Obama saying she wasn't sure if she'd vote for Hillary if Hillary was the nominee. If Michelle wouldn't have voted for Hillary, how can she or anyone else expect Hillary supporters to back Obama? Pretty hypocritical.

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. sherry

    TO DISGUSTED...........YOU REALLY ARENT THINKING RATIONAL IF YOURE GOING TO VOTE FOT McCAIN

    SO HILARY LOST.....DEAL WITH IT!

    YOU WILL SEE THAT OBAMA WAS THE BEST CHOICE WHEN HE IS COMMANDER AND CHIEF.

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. RJ from NJ

    oh what a shock! O-blah-blah gets the AFL-CIO endorsement! Very fitting. The union leaders can join the rest of the slimy characters surrounding Hussein.

    NO-Bama EVER!!

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Texas Trail Dog

    WAY TO AFL-CIO YOU HAVE DEFINITELY MESSED YOUR BRITCHES AGAIN WITH THIS LOSER. THERE IS NO WAY THE PUBLIC IS GOING TO LET THIS CORRUPT INDIVIDUAL INTO THE OVAL OFFICE. OH WHERE IS JIMMY HOFFA?

    June 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Silvia Salcido

    LATINOS FOR MCCAIN!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. FactCheck

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

    Heck of a job Nader did for the Unions by effectively getting Bush elected in 2000. Or did you think we'd all conveniently forget that little fact.

    June 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Priscilla for Obama

    Go Obama – We love you – Yes We Can!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Texas Trail Dog

    TO KEEP ON TRUCKIN' – MARVIN GAY WOULD SAY WHO'S THAT HOMO WHO'S ABOUT TO GAIN THE OVAL OFFICE.

    June 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Tony

    Don't cry Johnny McBush. Your Stepford wife will take you out and buy you something to cheer you up!

    LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. MARLA

    LOOK OUT CONGRESS, BECAUSE YOU ARE THE NEXT TO GO. BUSHES, MCCAINS – YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN CARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ONLY YOUR OWN SELF INTERESTS. CHECK OUT WEB BLOWOUTCONGRESS.COM

    June 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Tony

    OH SUE?

    What politician isn't a SNAKE? What planet are you on?

    June 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. K of TX

    Keep 'em coming!!!

    Obama 08'-12'

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Country first party second

    Of course this is no surprise, most blue collar workers are democrats so of course they would endorse Obama. NO SURPRISE. Now if a big time Republican endorsed Obama that would be big news but this is not.

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Tony, Miami

    Peter E
    Where did you get your informations? Having bad dreams lately? Be happy there is a cure available now, OBAMA koolaid

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Alex from Strohs

    Oil hit $140 a barrel today. Yeay! Good news is that it is no longer cost effective to ship jobs overseas. The USA will soon be getting back into the manufacturing business. Obama and the labor unions already understand that fact.

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. RB from NH

    Raymond Duke

    A BILLION dollars a month of our paychecks go to Iraqis right now!

    Oil is $140 a barrel, thank you middle east.

    You'll KEEP more paycheck with Obama than McCain because our money will stay HERE in the UNITED STATES!

    June 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Cliff

    I wholeheartly agree what Mike has posted .This country needs more UNION control,less GOP control .Most of the time they are truly lost on how to run this once great country .GWB has set America back about fifty years .GO OBAMA GO WE need a leader not a puppet ,lioke we have now .Cliff

    June 26, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Living in the USA

    GO OBAMA GO. Just keep doing it, doing it and doing it well. Duke shouldn't you be giving that speech to the multimillionaire Clintons who is looking for SOMEONE else to pay THIER campaign debt they created.

    June 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. MD

    You liberals are why this country is the way it is. This country is a mess and we can thank the liberals. You liberals will be the first to cry when things start to happen. obama has no back bone and we are in for real trouble if he becomes president . God help us all if he does.

    June 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Rick

    McCain told the Michigan laid off auto workers that they would have to find other work and to trainithemselves for new jobs at McDonalds, Wal Mart, Burger King and other fast food manufacturing plants. Sort of like the movie Soylent Green form the 70;s !!

    At least Obama will help us workers here in Ohio, don't need any more Greed Over Principle (GOP) job exporters, outsources and union killers no more !!! Fear mongering will not work this time around for the GOP !! Carl Rove is back !!!

    June 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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