August 30th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
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Edwards earns carpenters' union endorsement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will be endorsed by a major carpenters' union at a rally next week, the Edwards campaign announced Thursday.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, a union representing more than 500,000 carpenters and tradespeople, did not endorse anyone during the last presidential election. The union's executive board chose to support Edwards after meeting with him in Las Vegas last week.

"Our endorsement is based on the Senator's outspoken support for all of organized labor and his focus on America's working families," Carpenters' President Douglas J. McCarron said. "In addition to his support for labor, our leadership was particularly impressed with the Senator's strong stand on trade."

Edwards has been focusing on what he calls building "One America," which would strengthen the middle class by increasing wages, establishing universal health care and protecting unions.

"I am honored to receive the support of the Carpenters Union," said Edwards. "For more than a century, they have been fighting for working Americans and standing up for the values that have made our country great – hard work, responsibility, and fairness. America was built by men and women who worked with their hands, and it's labor that made our country great."

The union will formally endorse Edwards at a rally in New Hampshire on September 8.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Just as the UTU nod is irrelevant for HRC, so is this one because unions are Industrial Revolution dinosaurs, but at least the joiners have picked an electable candidate.

    August 30, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Ron, TX

    Edwards is in good company... Jesus was a carpenter!

    August 30, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Wonder if the Carpenters Union could build John a set of balls to go with that endorsement?

    August 30, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Good. Edwards really would make a fine President. I honestly believe he would follow his principles and look out for the common man.

    However, I still believe an Obama/Edwards ticket would be even more unbeatable.

    August 30, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Esther, Boca Raton FL

    Unions continue to try and ruin what is supposed to be an ambitious, go-get-em capitalistic society of ours In the meantime, hopeful Democratic presidential candidates cozy up in order to milk their votes and get media exposure for being attentive to working class needs.

    August 30, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Louise, Boston MA

    Nothing could be more bogus than the John Edwards ploy of "One America". What a foolish premise – and a dangerous one: what makes this country great is that we AREN'T a nation of one – we are actually a nation of over three-hundred million, and with just as many opinions. We are proudly American because we like differences. There are reasons people have different incomes, and no one should be proposing a solution to change that because it will always happen. As true as bad luck and laziness, there will always be a degree of poverty. A wealthy , pompous, delusional white southern lawyer won't change it. There are better policies to focus on than false hopes, John.

    August 30, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. name, city, ST

    I wonder if that Obama guy has gotten any endorsements lately. Like maybe from Zbigniew Brzezinski or Douglas Wilder or the only Iraq vet in Congress.

    August 30, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. David, Chattanooga

    Edwards is on his way to victory!!!!

    EDWARDS 08!

    August 30, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. fxc577

    I wonder if Senator Edwards knows that the Carpenters Union is not affiliated with the AFL-CIO. In fact, in Mass., the Carpenters Union is often at odds with other Unions which the Senator is courting. The Carpenters Union has pulled out of the Mass. State Building Trades Council a few years back. They are also out of the Boston Building Trades. In fact, a lot of Union Tradesman consider the Carpenters non-union workers.
    Carpenters President Douglas McCarron has led the UBC down a slippery slope for his own reasons. It is a shame to me , because as a Union Painter and son of a 40 year Union Carpenter, my best friends are still Union Carpenters who I do not want to compete against but my family comes first.
    Senator Edwards should consider his endorsements more carefully if he wants the Unions in Mass. to support him.

    August 30, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Ij

    Indeed, this is for John or for Elizabeth?

    August 30, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Cathy Turtletown Tn

    Thank goodness
    This is great news! The hard working men know who will make a difference in their life.
    Edwards 08 for change (that's needed)

    August 30, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    So John Edwards is for enforcing our borders? I must have missed that.

    Carpenters are one of the many professions hardest hit by the illegal immigrants who supposedly only do jobs that most Americans won't do.

    August 31, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. jamie, morgantown, w. va.

    Some (but not all) unions are corrupt, agenda-driven and greedy. They are the reason the auto industry and now the medical field are suffering and failing.

    August 31, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Bit by bit, one at a time...Just keep stepping UP for what's right, John Edwards. Keep going until you (and Elizabeth) reach OUR White House!!!!


    August 31, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. HammerHead

    This crushes my theory about it taking studs to build a house..

    August 31, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. spinstopper

    Edwards is in good company… Jesus was a carpenter! –Ron, TX

    Except that Jesus would not be a member of today's union, for obvious corruption reasons..

    August 31, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. spinstopper

    Nor would Jesus turn a blind eye to abortion while saying he was against it at the same time..

    August 31, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    Edwards campaign is in worse shape than McCain's....Maybe Elizabeth Edwards can gain momentum by running with Elizabeth least they would both represent the best each marriage had to offer US Politics...

    September 1, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  19. Kevin Chicago, Illinois

    Edwards is in good company… Jesus was a carpenter! –Ron, TX

    Except that Jesus would not be a member of today's union, for obvious corruption reasons..
    Posted By spinstopper : August 31, 2007 2:45 pm

    Well, union "corruption" is hardly as widespread as anti-worker parrots would have you believe.

    I've never been a big fan of speculation, especially on the deeds of biblical figures. I would suspect, however, that Jesus would in fact join a union, especially a corrupt one. After all, he spent much of His time among us with the sinners, not the saved.

    September 3, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Zach, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Way to go John! Keep up the good work and you will sweep from the great midwest to the rest of the country!! People are now realizing you are the most electable!

    September 3, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |