August 30th, 2007
12:49 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton gets another big union endorsement

Clinton got another big endorsement Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is moving ahead in the endorsement wars as another major union announced Thursday that it is officially supporting her presidential bid.

“Hillary Clinton earned the IAM’s endorsement by focusing on jobs, health care, education and trade – the bread and butter issues of the American middle class,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger. “She is the only candidate of either party to come forward with a comprehensive manufacturing policy and the only candidate to connect with millions of Americans who feel invisible to the current administration.”

The union, comprised of over 750,000 active and retired members, said it will launch a massive education campaign aimed at swaying other union members to choose Clinton. The IAM also boasts that 450,000 of its members will vote in twenty-five early primary states.

“I am honored to receive the support of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,” Clinton said. “It is time for America’s working families to again share in our nation’s prosperity. They will not be invisible to my administration.”

Clinton was endorsed by the United Transportation Union earlier this week.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd also earned a major endorsement Wednesday from the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union that was credited with helping John Kerry win the Democratic nomination in 2004.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornriech

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  1. John Swanson Chicago

    Only if the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was actually made up of middle class families. I work in a business complex and they have an office in my building. They all drive Mercedes and live in Naperville, Illinois. Yuppie central. Just another magic trick for the clinton gang, and i mean gang. westside!

    August 30, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. onemom

    This was a DUAL endorsement from the IAMAW – they ALSO endorsed Mike Huckabee – why didn't that make your headline?

    August 30, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Bob LaFavor, Woodinville, WA

    It remains continually amazing that the labor unions support the candidate who's partner in crime signed the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) which insured that overseas competition reigned free to undercut decent, middle class, family supporting jobs by Americans. Who is fooling who? The typical American family head knows who is putting butter on his bread. The polictal party that has the economy running on all cylinders, that's who. Only those democrats that preach to the choir rather than the people fool themselves. The 'real' backbone people of America are not fooled by the 'backroom' deals made by the labor unions and the Democratic party.

    August 30, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. spinstopper

    Cronyism and corruption, hand in hand. When do the rest of the union cronies announce their orchestrated endorsements?

    August 30, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Edwards has a valid point and I am not at all happy about it. The frothing, irrational, and undeniable hatred for the Clinton family by Conservatives would once again gridlock the country if Senator Clinton were elected to the presidency. We would once again be shouting at each other about sex in the White House, Whitewater, etc. etc. etc. yadda yadda yadda. The USA, teetering as it is on the brink of so many potential disasters, must be able to focus on real problems. The baggage that Conservatives carry around in their minds regarding anything Clinton cannot be changed. Their passion is irrational.

    Conservatives and Democrats (there are no Liberals in American government at this time) have to be able and willing to work together to prevent our standard of living, our freedoms, and our national security from deteriorating. Four or eight more years of our not-so-gifted leadership screaming applause lines at each other will be disastrous.

    Only a candidate who is not now in the top tier of those being considered will be sufficiently unencumbered to appeal to both sides.

    I hope a miracle candidate appears from nowhere and captures our imaginations. Otherwise, we will live through the end of the American era.

    August 30, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Another Trotskyite labor dinosaur jumps onto the death-wish Dem bandwagon in support of a woman they can't possibly like, and who can't possibly be elected by the thinking voters who don't rely upon legalized extortion to deal with their employers.

    IAM settled a strike earlier this year against Harley-Davidson, a critical American industry, after whining about paying more for health care like virtually every other worker.

    Dinosaurs and Shrillary– Perfect Together.

    August 30, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Daniel SLC UT



    August 30, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Stephen

    She is surrounded by corporate people with corporate money, not to mention union-busting staff members, what are these people thinking? Did you go out and pick up a newspaper and see who is leading in the polls? *Oh it looks like we are going to support Clinton, she is leading in the polls.*

    August 30, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Michael Merenstein, Washington, DC.

    John – My friend Brian and Carl BOTH work in the SAME building as you and your statement is not only untrue, but yet another attempt to try and sway opinion and potential votes away from Senator Clinton. You need to check your facts. If you had even a REASONABLE clue, you would know that the Senator is someone who is CLEARLY for the middle class. I suppose what she has accomplished in the EXTREMELY wealthy state of Arkansas as well as for the people of New York, was/is only for the upper class? Are you kidding me? You are WAAAAAY out of touch!

    August 30, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Mark Billingsley

    Well, now she can "cleanly" accept their lobbyist and PAC money. Out with big oil, in with big labor. Same old, same old. Hope. Action. Change. Obama '08!

    August 30, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Labor dinosaurs for the unelectable woman they can't possibly like. More aiding and abetting snatchers of defeat from the jaws of Repellican-driven Democratic victory.

    August 30, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Jeff, Rochester, NY


    I live in upstate NY and I can tell you that you have no idea how terrible she has been for us.

    When she ran for the senate in 2000 she promised us upstaters that she would create 200,000 new jobs for upstate NY. The Rochester area alone has LOST 25,000 jobs since she has been elected.

    She cares nothing about us and is only using New York because it is a liberal state that had an open Senate seat. She knew she could use that position as a stepping stone to a white house run. That's why she moved here.

    She is the most insincere person out there.

    August 30, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Michael Merenstein, Washington, DC.

    Stephen – Corporate and individual donations are now VERY HEAVILY monitored so to use the term "surrounded by corporate money" is bogus at best. As for the polls, they speak for themselves. I think the real issue here is that she a woman, a STRONG woman that will not be intimidated by old blue haired men (who lurk in restrooms) or the Republican money machines. Aren't they pretty much the same thing anyway? I live in DC, and those are WELL known facts!

    August 30, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Bill W, Coatesville PA

    Wonder if the unions supporitng her know what TATA Consulting does, and know that she brought them into Downtown Buffalo.

    TATA Consulting is the #1 outsourcer of American jobs to India. And Hillary brought them here and set them up with a sweetheart deal – allowing them to bring people here and to send more and more of our jobs to India.

    So why are American unions supporting Hillary, when she is all about bringing in cheap foreign labor and sending more and more of our jobs overseas?

    As a currently unemployed computer progammer, this just doesn't make sense to me. Can anyone explain it??

    August 30, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Old-Time Politics: Getting the Unions, Special Interests donations, say anything and promise everything.

    How is voting for Hillary a vote for "change"???

    August 30, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Providence, RI

    I just LOVE Hillary and Bill... and I wish her best of luck... she is our pride... She is very intelligent, intellectual, compassionate, atricualte, stylist, fasionable, good speaker and strong...God bless her...

    August 30, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Stephen

    Michael check out ... Hillary Inc.

    August 30, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Michael Merenstein, Washington, DC.

    Hi Jeff – I can understand your frustration. But why then was she re-elected? More importantly, if there were a better option for NYers, why then wouldn't voters exersie their rights and vote her out? I am a former New Yorker (NYC) and I have to tell you that when I visit NYC, (AT least every other month now) the people I speak to LOVE her and feel as though she is a very effective Senator. I just find your assertion curious is all. I can really appreciate comment. =) I think debate is a good and healthy thing and we should continue that dialog. In fact, that has always been Hillary Clinton' position and one I strongly agree with and support.

    August 30, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Sam Shephard, San Diego, CA

    Without Bill Clinton as her husband, Hillary was nobody but a backwater Arkansas lawyer. Why would we want a president who got her power and credibility from her husband's former job as president. The Clinton's bore me now. She's nothing more than a blow-hard socialist on her own imperial agenda to make the USA a socialist, over-taxed, Europe-like country. If she loves the socialist system so much, then her and Slick Willy should go back to Canada.

    August 30, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Doc, Roxboro, NC

    And what exactly is Hillarys' position on the upcoming Labor Day encroachment on our sovereignty? When Mexican trucks and truckers begin rolling unfettered across the border, what will she do to protect the dues paying Union mambership? I believe the Unions have embraced the wrong guy again!

    August 30, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Myron, Honolulu, Hi

    Congratulations are in order

    August 30, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Bill W (from PA.) your posting was excellent and I also work in IT and have seen jobs outsourced because of a thing we like to call NAFTA.

    NAFTA was signed off on while Shrillary was co-president (experience ya' know) and just like Ross Perot and Buchannon said, it will cost us jobs.

    I don't get the unions backing her either as NAFTA and ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION effects lower end workers in the trades as well as IT people.

    Stories like yours my friend will be heard during the real election, and she will call it (sing with me people) "part of the vast right-wing conspiracy", Bill will be biting his lip and the apologists in the media will be out in full force.

    Lots of material people, lots.

    August 30, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Devin Lino, Milton, FL

    I would like to make a comment about an earlier posting, if it's true about the TATA inc. being brought here by Hillary then I've yet one more reason to vote for her. I work for that company, right here in Florida and I must say that the pay and benefits are incredible. I am american 100% born and raised, and this job is one that I am truely thankful for. Awesome job, and a Kudos to our future president!!

    August 30, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. ReadBtwthlins

    Only 14 comments after 6 hrs? Hmmm...

    August 30, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    "Hillary is for the middle class"

    Whoever said that really needs medical attention. It's downright laughable.

    August 30, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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