September 17th, 2007
05:08 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson botches union name at conference

Richardson called the SEIU by the wrong name Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Note to presidential candidates: When seeking a union's endorsement it helps to get its name right.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended an address to the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Political Action Conference in Washington Monday by saying "Thank You AFSCME.”

AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

But it's easy to see why Richardson may have been confused. Both unions are roughly the same size (between 1.3 and 1.4 million) and are very important for Democrats who are seeking their party’s presidential nomination.

- CNN's Xuan Thai and Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Say rapidly three times: Troglodyte Trotskyite Dinosaurs.

    September 17, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Jimmy Toomer

    SEIU has 1.9 million members... get your facts straight CNN

    September 17, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Hmmm..Bush misspeaks during a Pre-Presidential election and he's dumb and doesn't know the answer...Richardson misspeaks and it's labeled misspeaking...How much does the media control elections?

    September 17, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Richard Williamson, NYC, NY

    I couldn't help but to laugh out loud when I read this. Brief laughter, but nonetheless. Thank you CNN.

    September 17, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. sparky

    unions are for losers who cant make their own way in the world..all 1.9 million average and ordinary overpaid ones of them!

    September 17, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    and this is important because????

    CNN is once again leading the industry in reporting totally meaningless information

    September 18, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  7. sonya, atlanta, ga

    What about mentioning that Obama rocked the SEIU house and Hillary only recieved polite appaulase. Truly this is the Clinton National Network. How much has CNN and its employees and stock holders contributed to HRC campaign?

    September 18, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  8. MBW, Tempe AZ

    Unfortunately, the MSM has decided that verbal gaffes are going to be the narrative for Bill Richardson.

    To bad that the media, for some reason, doesn't seem to want to report on the high level of substance and experience Richardson has brought to this campaign.

    September 18, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Dean, Boston MA

    Richardson's campaign is so worthless at this point it doesn't matter what he botches – nothing could make it sink any lower!

    September 18, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Chris, MIddletown, CT

    A party run by the union....sympathetic to unions is NOT what this country needs....we lag behind in everything the unions are involved in....ask cars are "made in America" – yeah....North America...i.e. Canada and Mexico – Dems need to drop the unions....and concentrate on our place in the global economy

    September 19, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Paul, Phoenix, Arizona


    First prize for biggest non-story of the year.

    September 19, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |