February 14th, 2008
05:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Major union nod for Obama

(CNN) - One of the country’s biggest unions - the United Food and Commercial Workers Union - voted Thursday to endorse Barack Obama.

Obama’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, had also hoped for the union’s nod.

The union, which has more than a million members, is very active in Ohio and Texas - both contests the Clinton campaign is counting on to help her regain momentum in the Democratic presidential race.

It is also very strong in Pennsylvania, another major contest looming on the horizon, and is a major force in voter turnout in all three states.

The union represents workers in the meatpacking industry, in supermarkets and food processing.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. John

    send a postcard to the culinary union of nevada! Im sure they will love to hear that 😉

    February 14, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Mr Bre


    This is what we mean by change. All of are hungry for that and no more going back.


    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Davis

    Excellent. Keep on pushing Sen. Obama. Your supporters are behind you all the way, because it ain't won till it's won.

    Obama '08

    February 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Jason

    Chalk up another feather in the hat for Obama. I like Hillary but this can't help matters for her in the 3 up and coming must wins for her... 🙁

    February 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Susan

    Senator Obama is a good and decent man. He will make a fantastic President. America is lucky to have him.


    February 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Amy in Iowa

    Thanks guys for letting Mama know you're for Obama. He is the only change we can BELIEVE in! Hillary still won't even release her tax records.

    February 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Marty, Orlando Fl

    woohoo!! that's wonderful news.

    We're all behind you.

    Obama' 08

    February 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Dee

    Is this going to help Obama? I hope so

    February 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. chevy

    Yes, yes yes we can. Another big namer for obama. If things keep on coming like this, and The Texans and Ohioians are smarter than we take them for and vote for Obama this country will be in great euphoria.

    February 14, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Independent

    Clinton always hopes for the big endorsements. But when Obama gets them, she always comes out and say endorsements don't matter. And that's the woman who wants to be our next president - God forbids.

    February 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Dre Atlanta

    I think this wonderful for the endorsement Obama is getting because American People want changes and they know Obama would bring the country together. Hillary is not to be trusted, I wonder what going on with a campaign managers I feel Hillary should step down and let Obama get the demoncratic party do they job blasting McCain

    February 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. LatinoNation

    Not all union members care what there people at the top due lmao! I dont and Im a Teamster for Hillary

    February 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. James

    Hilary Clinton is nice but I dont think we should trust her-- just as Bill Clinton cannot be really trusted. they are one mind you!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    As far as endorsements go, this could be a big one.

    Obama 08!

    February 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Corey

    Go Obama!

    February 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    Yes We Can.

    Obama '08!

    February 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Murry

    Yeah UFCW! My dad worked for that union.

    Obama will do right by you!

    Now we know where all the Edwards supporters are going.

    February 14, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Eric

    Obama's campaign has benefitted immensely from exposure. His numbers have continued to rise in states wherein he can devote time to pre-primary campaigning. So when he can now add to that the endorsement of a major labor union active in Texas, Ohio and PA, he'll be certainly able to chip away at her presumptive lead in those states. Who knows, he might even take one of those states. Either way, Hillary's campaign is starting to resemble the Hindenburg.

    February 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. An Agnostic Democrat

    Welcome aboard! Let's get down to work and organize.

    Looks like people are waking up to the fact that Hillary's campaign manager, Mark Penn, has a well documented history of union busting!

    February 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Ade

    Game, set and match for Obama?

    February 14, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Minda Lillie

    Seems to me these endorsements haven't produced the results those at the top of these unions think they will. You can suggest to the rank and file, but they can and do actually vote for whomever they want to in the end. I think the bigger problem is race for Obama and gender for Clinton. If voters can get over those two hurtles, then perhaps we would have a more fair process. Obama has benefited from men who don't want a woman at the top, and Hillary has benefited from those who don't want an untested black man at the top. Either way this election will test the prejudices of American voters this fall. Will we continue to be run by men who have messed it up badly or give a woman the chance for once? Will blacks riot in the street if their candidate doesn't win? Obama has already threatened "trouble" if he doesn't win.

    February 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Papa Roach

    Great News! the folks on the ground understand the importance of this election and they will not allow those 'pocket elected democrats' direct them in the wrong direction.

    After this election Mrs. Bill Clinton will go back to BAU and forget she even stepped foot in Texas... eating her 'hot peppers'.........

    February 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. Amy

    Two points for Obama to state to Hillary Clinton and her supporters:
    ..'nuff said.

    February 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Alohilani

    Congratulations, Sen. Obama!

    February 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. Las Mascaras de la Nada

    As time goes by, Obama (i.e. warmed over Kerry) looks more and more liberal...so much for change : (

    February 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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