September 6th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Edwards and Clinton racking up union support

Edwards picked up another union endorsement Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Presidential rivals, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton, each added another union endorsement to their competing presidential campaigns Thursday, another sign that the race for presidential nominations is heading into the stretch run.

Edwards was formally backed by the Transport Workers Union in New York City - one of the largest local unions in the Big Apple with 200,000 members that includes workers who operate the city’s subway system. Clinton was endorsed by the Transportation Communications Union, which is comprised of 65,000 members, mostly from the railroad industry.

“I’m proud to stand in New York with members of the Transport Workers Union, who keep the City moving and help keep New Yorkers safe,” Edwards said in statement released by his campaign. “For too long, these good union men and women and millions of other working families have been ignored by a broken system in Washington.”

“America’s working families will not be invisible in my administration,” Clinton said in a statement released by her campaign.

Edwards currently leads the Democratic White House contenders with four union endorsements and Clinton currently has three union endorsements.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Edwards grinning ear to ear, pictured above, proudly shows the t-shirt his wife Elizabeth got for him.

    Now if Elizabeth would JUST give John the pants – he could become a real candidate. Rumor has it Elizabeth doesn't understand why John needs the pants now since he's never worn them before in his family.

    September 6, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Tony, Dallas TX

    Will this turn out to be another Gephardt like debacle. Seems like to me. The peoples' endorsement matters most. Dean..Gephardt....hmmmm sound familiar

    September 6, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. xtina chicago IL

    What is he talking about? How have gigantic unions such as Railroad workers been "ignored" by Washington. They continually get massive contract raises thanks to the strong arm techniques and Washington lobbying done by their highly-paid union stewards. TWU, to which Edwards refers only sends Democratic propaganda to their members, and members pay not only union dues but special assessments on a nauseatingly perpetual basis to keep the muscle strong in Washington.

    September 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. John, Ca.

    Senator Edwards is supported by working men and women, because he supports the issues that working men and women care about.

    He will make a fantastic president for the working men and women of this country!

    September 6, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. bprossersme

    That's right folks, go ahead and drive more companies abroad to work. Unions pay floor sweepers $20 bucks an hour, which no American company can afford to pay, thus the company is forced to go abroad for labor that does not drive the company into bankruptcy.

    September 6, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. david hibbs

    both fo you don.t care one way or a nother what happens to the workers or not,you are both full of it.if i hade to vote today i would vot for mrs clinton befor yo

    September 7, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Cathy M in Tn

    Good for Edwards! Now we are moving right along. It's ashame some feel the need to be negative.

    September 7, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. steve albuquerque

    "Now if Elizabeth would JUST give John the pants – he could become a real candidate. Rumor has it Elizabeth doesn't understand why John needs the pants now since he's never worn them before in his family."

    Posted By Rick, Chicago Illinois : September 6, 2007 6:21 pm

    You repubs are pathetic. If you are looking for a case study of a candidate with an overbearing wife, look no further than the "GOP savior" Fred Thompson – how many staffers have left his campaign because they can't stand his wife?

    Many people claim Thompson is bleeding staffers because his wife wants to run his campaign. Add that to the widely held view that Thompson's heart may not really be in this, but he is running because his wife is pushing him to do it.

    So, Rick – if you want to bust someone's b%lls, make sure you have the right candidate

    September 7, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  9. Peter S. Cohl, New York, NY

    John Edwards has a significant advantage in his labor endorsements in that the Steelworkers and the Mineworkers have the potential to heavily influence outcomes in several Battleground states, including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. If he can keep the heat on his opponents with regard to the downside of unfettered free trade in recent years, he has a chance of motivating a large block of voters who have been left behind in the past decade of overall economic expansion.

    Sen. Clinton's challenge with labor is partially a function of a campaign positioning that proffers her "Experience" as her strength. While Sen. Clinton has gone to great lengths in recent weeks to offer criticism of trade agreements such as NAFTA to labor audiences, she will need to find a way to articulate the divergence between her current views and those of her husband's administration.

    Peter S. Cohl
    The Political Brandwagon

    September 7, 2007 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  10. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    I'm soooooooooo happy I don't belong to a union.

    September 7, 2007 06:23 am at 6:23 am |