September 24th, 2007
09:31 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton and Obama announce endorsements

Obama and Clinton both announced high-profile endorsements Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - I see your union endorsement and raise you a U.S. senator.

Two of the leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination
will each announce a union endorsement Monday and one will receive the backing of a senior member of Congress. And there is likely to be at least one more endorsement unveiled Monday.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, announced the backing of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, an organization that boasts a membership of 100,000 "skilled masonry-trowel trades craftworkers."

Later in the day, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, will also endorse Clinton for president, a source close to Clinton tells CNN.

The New York Democrat unveiled her union endorsement soon after news leaked that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, would head to Clinton's home turf to unveil his own union endorsement. The Correction Officers' Benevolent
Association, a New York City union that represents 9,000 jail workers., will announce they are backing him at a late morning news conference, a source close to Obama tells CNN.

An Obama official tells CNN that the campaign will unveil another endorsement prior to the New York announcement. A media call has been scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.

While endorsements are often seen as a sign of a candidate's strength within the political class, the support of unions is particularly important because these organizations often provide a motivated group of ground troops to work on behalf of the candidate.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. b-rocks New York, NY

    Wow, CNN actually put up a posting that doesn't seem to favor Hillary Clinton.

    Good for you, CNN!

    September 24, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. John, London, UK

    Bush also thought tha

    Harriet Meiers would be confirmed to the supreme court.

    Donald Rumsfeld would be an effective defense secretary.

    Republicans would retain control of congress in 2006.

    His tax cuts wouldn't erase Clinton's budget surplus.

    Tax cuts are a good idea when the government is running a deficit.

    Dick Cheney is Credible

    September 24, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. D, Laurel MD

    To the poster above who mentioned the "Bush also thought..."

    You are missing the most obvious miscalculations. That he also thought:

    Iraq had WMD
    That we would be greated as liberators
    That we wouldn't be "Nation Builders"
    That we wouldn't have a longterm military commitment in Iraq
    That the insurgancy was in its last throws

    Should I go on?

    September 24, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. HadEnough?

    More corrupt cronies = More corrupt politicians

    September 24, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. jacob,nyc,ny

    I hope were are not in dictatorship!

    September 24, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Mike Orlando,FL

    GO HILLARY! Yet another great achievement in her campaign. She's got what it takes, and she's racking up the endorsements.

    September 24, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Travis

    Clinton, Obama, Clinton and Obama, Clinton, Obama, Clinton. Just summarizing CNN's ticker headlines.

    September 24, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Rigs, Somerville MA

    hah, Obama gets a local union with 9000, this guy is out of his league.

    September 24, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Marc, New York, NY

    They both look like they're posing for a "not gonna' happen" White House portrait.

    September 24, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Atlanta,Ga

    The one problem that most of these Candidates lack is the clarity to do what is needed. I do not! And I have the clarity to solve problems, which need to be fixed now without the usual political double talk and excuses. Actions count more than words.
    In today's political environment we need Action and Goals, and removing decades of government bureaucracy. This will take a radical new way of thinking, and the ability to put politics aside for the good of America's future.

    September 24, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    One of these 2 is a proponent of outsourcing, who as junior senator of New York, brought the #1 outsourcer of US jobs to India to that state. Guess which one?

    And SHE continues to be endorsed by LABOR UNIONS? There are those of us who worry desperately every day about how we are going to keep our high tech jobs. Go figure which one the unions should be supporting. ABH – Anybody But Hillary!

    September 24, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    It's simply too early for unions to endorse, especially when they pick unelectables like Hill and Bama.

    September 24, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Unions are so good for this country....I mean why not pay a janitor $25 an hour...and keep even the most unproductive employees employed – this worked for the auto workers unions (what? are you telling me that cars "made in America" are made in "North America" – and that Detroit is a ghost town?? Oh my – I guess I have to rethink this "union" endorsement deal...at least the teachers union has our childrens best interest at heart (what?? are you saying they will defend even the most inept teachers) – the insanity – nice job liberals....

    September 24, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |