September 3rd, 2007
03:22 PM ET
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In the battle for union workers: Edwards winning

John Edwards has garnered three union endorsements so far during the 2008 presidential race

(CNN) – Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards, who has made a strong push for union support on the campaign trail, picked up two major endorsements Monday, making him the leading candidate for labor endorsements in the presidential field.

The United Steelworkers and the United Mine Workers of America announced their support of Edwards at a rally in downtown Pittsburgh this Labor Day. In a statement, Steelworkers president Leo Gerard said, "All of the Democratic candidates in the field share our values, and any one of them would be a major improvement over the current administration. But none of them is a more forceful advocate for those values than John Edwards. Senator Edwards is committed, as he has been throughout his life, to going to bat for everyday Americans and to changing a broken political system that leaves millions of Americans without a voice in their government."

Edwards told the boisterous rally, “America was not built on Wall Street. America was built by steelworkers and mine workers.”

The Steelworkers in endorsement called Edwards the most electable Democrat in the general election. The candidate said on stage, “I am proud of the fact that these great unions are supporting and endorsing me, and that they said, in the endorsement, that John Edwards is the candidate for president who can campaign and win, in Pennsylvania, in Ohio, in West Virginia, all the places in America where we have to be able to compete and win. I will campaign everywhere”

Full story: Edwards picks up two major union endorsements

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Sharon, Baltimiore, MD

    Interesting. My comment from earlier was removed from this post. I will try again. I cannot support a candidate who wants to mandate certain medical tests/exams as part of his national healthcare plan. I do not want the government making my healthcare decisions. Make healthcare available and affordable to all and let us decide what to do with our bodies.

    September 3, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Mrs. America

    He could pull it off. There are quite a few people around who wouldn't vote for a woman but would vote for Edwards.

    September 3, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. xtina chicago IL

    Sharon in MD, you are not the only one; I also totally dread the government taking over health. They can't even do FEMA, Walter Reed Hospital, and Homeland Security well. The local USPS service (that is, in the city of Chicago) was voted WORST in the nation in 2007. To give these same government people the medical system is not wise. However, the cost of free market services and medications is ridiculous and somehow must be reigned in. I think through competition ( such as WalMart's $4 Prescriptions ) and through torte reform the country would see lower costs.

    September 3, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    We should hold union endorsements against candidates. Given that unions want the president who is the most prone to handouts, the unions will only support those candidates who have unreasonable spending practices and those who will use taxpayer money as their personal piggy banks. I'm not surprised that Edwards has the union endorsements.

    September 4, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  5. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Sharon of Baltimore and xtina, I agree with you completely. Any candidate who thinks that every personal problem or every personal choice begins and ends with a government solution is no candidate of mine.

    September 4, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. David, Salinas, CA

    Independent Voter, TN writes: “I posted a comment earlier which CNN apparently did not seem to want to print”

    CNN regularly deletes on-topic posts. I don’t think it’s media bias so much as bad software engineering. In any case, I’m tired of posting, getting deleted, re-posting and getting locked out of the system.

    I’m done with Ticker until they get the bugs out of their system.

    Good luck all. Bye.

    September 4, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Mike, Milwaukee, Wis

    The GOP didn't want Edwards to be the nominee last time.....and the don't want him to be the nominee this time. If he is the nominee, the Dems will have the White house faster than you can count McCain and Guliani's ex-wives!

    September 4, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Billy, Greenville, NC

    Edwards is our southern boy. Don't listen to the people on here who bash him from the south. I'm from NC, and have been a native for 46 years. My wife, my kids, and I fully support Mr. Edwards.

    I live in Greenville, and was here for all the trials of Edwards against the big companies. Don't believe those who call him an ambulance chaser... Those mothers injured by doctor's traditional views of harming them during pregnancy instead of having new methods of chils birth to safely protect the mothers and babies, and those companies who made defective equipment that injured and killed those kids should be held accountable. That is not the definition of an ambulance's called holding hospitals and companies accountable for their irresponsible actions.

    And I'm so sick of people from California, Illinois, Florida, NC, or even the Yankees from NY stating that Edwards couldn't even win his own state. The fact is, the ONLY reason he didn't carry NC in 2004 was because Kerry was #1 on the ticket, and most here thought Kerry was fake. Y'all have no idea how many people that actually like Edwards, but didn't vote for him because he wasn't #1 on the ticket. In addition, y'all haven't looked at the polls lately, because he is clearly leading the NC primaries over Clinton and Obama.

    Let's face it, the DEMS will carry the usual blue states regardless of who gets the nomination...Let's get a nominee in there who will sure up the midwest and put the south in play.

    Amazing how y'all from wealthy states don't want the government to help you, when you don't even get out of your own selfish world and realize those down south and in other poor areas of the country have MANY without health insurance. It's called HELP, and any of y'all who don't want to help others with health insurance because you already have it are obviously selfish individuals... But then again, you're probably voting for stuck up Hillary, or the guy currently in the White House.

    September 4, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Wait! David fr. Salinas – come back. I enjoy your comments. I have noticed the mod. here sometimes combines threads that have similar topics if the comment count is low. Then you may see your comment moved over to another post. You're not the only one to which it's happening and you're not the only one who gets deleted.

    September 4, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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