January 18th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton frets over possible union pressure in Nevada vote

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ELKO, Nevada (CNN) - Hillary Clinton expressed concern that undue union pressure might play a role in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, saying that some members are being told they should either caucus for a particular candidate, or just stay home.

“I have some concerns about the process, and I want to be really clear about this to everyone. I am afraid that some people may feel that they can't come, or they shouldn't come, or they can't support the candidate of their choice,” Clinton said at an Elko, Nevada campaign event Friday.

“We know that there are some unions in the south that are telling people who to caucus for... so I am calling on all the candidates and all of the unions to make it clear to their supporters and members that people in Nevada - a free and independent state with a very independent people - are free to stand up for the candidate of their choice,” she said, adding that “There should be no interference with anybody's right to caucus.'

Clinton has been endorsed by twice as many Nevada unions as John Edwards, and more than twice as many as Barack Obama. But the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union, which has endorsed Obama, dwarfs the others combined in size.

Some of Clinton’s supporters recently filed an unsuccessful lawsuit over caucus voting at casino sites, where many Culinary Workers Union members are employed.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Mike Roselli

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Nevada
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Ca Native

    I love it... when the Unions endorse someone OTHER than the Clintons... THEN they worry about undue pressures. If the union had endorsed Hillary... do you REALLY think she would be making these comments??

    Hillary would backstab her own mother if it meant getting votes!

    January 18, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. No to Clinton

    I am sure you won't forget to tell the teachers that...right Hill????

    January 18, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. andrew k

    "There should be no interference with anybody's right to caucus.'


    hillary said this???

    the same campaign that didnt want to culinary workers to causcus because they support obama?

    hillary, you truly are a fraud

    January 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Roger NYC

    Union bosses telling the membership how to vote???/ Why, that's unheard of. Somebody must have misunderstood! Now shuddap and start the caucus.

    January 18, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. DougCA

    Sometimes, as a voter, It's difficult to get down to the true backgrounds of the candidates, with all these short media soundbites, biased reporting, etc.

    Sometime for a new / "inexperienced" politician on the trail, it behooves US, as voters, to search for information ON OUR OWN, prior to casting OUR VOTES.

    For Obama's experience, I invite you all to visit this well-researched, well-written webpage:


    and learn on your own. Pay attention to Obama's achievement during his years in Washington. Amazing stuff. Notice how he works with McCain, other Republicans, across the "Divide".

    Judge for yourself whether he's experienced enough or not. I also read his books, and came to my own conclusion. You can do the same.

    A great, impressive man, from what I personnally see. Very proud of him!

    California Voter

    January 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. mark, san francisco, ca

    "There should be no interference with anybody's right to caucus?????"

    Did she honestly say that??? Hillary, you could not be more of a fraud. Your campaign STRONGLY defended a lawsuit intended to interfere with peoples' right to cause!

    January 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. goriganti

    The crying game again!!

    January 18, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |