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. AB

    good news after good news for Obama! You gotta respect Obama even if you don't support him.

    February 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Wallace, Sacramento, CA

    Go Barack.

    Obama 2008!

    February 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Corey

    Go Barack!! Hillary, it's officially a WRAP!

    February 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. krissy


    Obama has the best policy ideas (as fully explained on his website). I am so glad people are looking past the hype and seeing that not only is Obama a great speaker, he has the best policies.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. shaun

    Rack up another endorsement for obama. This is an endorsement that holds weight, and unlike the culinary union in nevada, these people won't be so easily tricked by the clintons manipulation skills.

    February 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Rachelle


    February 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Braineel

    Wonderful! Another big grab for Obama. Thank you Union members. I hope the voters of the upcoming states realize how important it is to get out and vote if they are in the Obama camp. Senator Clinton will stop at nothing, including taking delegates from Michigan (a state where against party rules she kept her name on the ballot and only won because Obama and Edwards names were not on it) and Florida (a state no candidate campaigned in).

    This is before you consider a whole host of lowly attacks and a will to destroy the party if she does not get her way. Democrats if you want to beat Mcain . . .

    February 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Franky

    We got the United Food Commercial Workers Union!!!!! Ohhh yeah, one of the most powerfu Union's in the country. I guess they're motto is less talking more working..........get it??? You know, because Hillary talks a lot, you know? LOL!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Hmmm, I remember the last time I heard about a Union endorsing Obama. Mistake me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it the food worker's union?

    February 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. nht

    I bet this is from his Michelle Obama's efforts. She sits on the board of a meat packing company that supplies Walmart. I don't understand how walmart is a negative for Hillary and a positive for BO

    February 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Kwaku, California

    A big nod for Obama.
    Texas and or Ohio can help end the contest on March 4 by giving Obama a win then we can all get a break from this long and tiring primary season. Texas/Ohio just do it for Obama!

    February 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Truth hurts

    CaN You say OBAMA/Edwards 08!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Jenny

    Great! They too see that Obama is for the working American.

    February 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Yea I Said It

    B B B But ... I thought Mrs. Clinton was the "Labor Candidate".

    Oh Well ... They all are probably former W-a-l-m-a-r-t employees ... So, of course, they don't c o u n t ...

    February 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. cb

    Union members know who will really stand up for them and its not Barack Obama. Just ask Maytag workers.

    February 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. seattle

    go obama

    February 14, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. modza

    Oops– another supposed pillar of Hillary's support erodes...

    February 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Connie, Tn.

    Is this the same union that endorsed him in Nevada? If so, that didn't do a lot of good.

    February 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. kwame


    February 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. David Jones


    February 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Naomi

    Lets not forget Obama's record of voting "present" more than 140 times in the senate. What does this tell us about the JUNIOR senator Obama. It tells us that he doesn't have the guts to take a stance on an issue. So if he failed at a job the voters elected him to do why would he be any different in the whitehouse? Do we want a wimp in the whitehouse. This country needs 2 Presdients in the Whitehouse. Go Hiliary!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Paulo

    I live at Brazil and I am support for Obama. Very good this news. USA need of hopes and changes... USA need new leaders..Go Obama!

    February 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Veronica Ward


    February 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. Chuck in Oregon

    Wolf, I just want to give my thoughts to this. Hillary, I am sure she is aware of this, and now she is pulling out all the stops. Having truly believed that she was going to sweep super Tuesday, and that she would not loose by such large margings these past 8 states; Hillary is operating in the panic mode now. Obama does have a much stronger, well entrenched and well organized campaign, which speaks volumes for his leadership, managerial and fiscial responsibility. On the other hand Hillary has portions of her original staff, called in Bills old staff to support and has had to put 5 million of her own money in to the coffers because her staff has mismanaged the Dollars. Hmmm I wonder who is in a better place to run this country. IF YOU WANT THE OLD WAYS, THEN HILLARY OF COURSE. IF YOU WANT TRUE CHANGE THEN OBAMA AND Hillary knows she is loosing major ground in her run for the white house, so we can expect it to really become very ugly. She is going to wine, cry and carry on with this woooo is me retoric, she is going to fuss about Florida and Michigan even though she agreed

    February 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. Rei for Hillary in FLorida

    Big deal. We all saw what happened in Nevada. Union's who ensore Obama who copy's Hillary's Economic Plan is doomed to implode.

    February 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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