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. Joe

    "Hillary complaint about ties of Obama to Exelon"

    Now it turns out that Mr. Penn’s company, Burson Marsteller, has also been an Exelon consultant. An Exelon spokesman confirmed a report today on the Huffington Post that Mr. Penn’s firm was recently paid $230,000 for public relations work last year in New Jersey, where Exelon was seeking to renew a license for one of its nuclear plants.

    Mr. Penn’s memo also left out another inconvenient fact, one that had been mentioned in The Times story: Mrs. Clinton was a co-sponsor of Mr. Obama’s radioactive-leaks bill.

    February 14, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. tom

    we are now the party of hate i've never seen so many hateful people towards a woman no less.she should just get out no one deserves to be treated this way .we are a cold heartless country and no wonder we are viewed as such!

    February 14, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. RR

    Awesome. Go Obama!

    February 14, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. john doe

    edd its not CNN how can you vote hillary when she cannot tell you how she got her money from? wake up and see the truth.

    February 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Linda Flayton

    Beware the Clinton machine!! Complacency could be Obama's downfall. Gontinue the momentum!!

    February 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Jo

    Talking facts is not negative campaigning. Obama cannot lead this country - he does not have the character, experience, or guts required. Hillary does. You don't have to like her, but you do have to respect her if you really examine her record.

    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Brad

    There's a reason McCain would rather run against the Clintons than he would against Obama. He believes the republicans can beat the Clintons; wouldn't anyone rather run against the weakest candidate?

    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. bp

    Congrats Sen Obama. By the way, is the Hillary campaign reimbursing the Secret Service budget for all the extra agents and hundreds of hours of overtime (not to mention the jet fuel) while Bill "defends" campaings coast to coast for his wife.

    As a taxpayer, I believe we should protect former Presidents but I did not sign on for this. Get that Burkle money out and pay us back. Who do we see about that????

    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. bjoebear

    Hey kids...get a grip...Obama is the new Jimmy Carter. An indecisve, reformist, and unltimately weak Democartic presidential candidate. Those of us who are old enough to remember know how this will play out. Washington is not going to simply roll over and allow Barack to have his way because he claims to be the current 'candidate of change." This is not how our government opperates. Like it or not, the "change" your looking for can and will be dicussed this year, but won't be realized for a decade or more. I'm putting this out to you as simply as I know how...Clinton will produce a lot more bang for your vote than Obam Will. She's been there and knows how to maneuver her way thjrough this system.

    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Oona

    This race is not against Hillary; its against Bush. Hillary did not distinguish her self separate from Bush when it counted, (the war votes) and now she is doomed to suffer the consequences. Barack is the anti-Bush. He is intelligent, of good character and a good team leader.

    The inexperienced guy is showing them how to run a stellar campaign, and soon he'll show them all how to run the country!

    Our votes are thanks for his even agreeing to take on this formidable job and pledging to do his best to stand up for the best in all of us come what may!!

    Cheers to you Senator Obama!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Obama-bots are happy, I kind of hope he wins 'cause I don't want riots in the streets. I'll just be a cross-over democrat like when Reagan ran.

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. ken

    Yeah like the endorsement in Nevada did Obama any good.

    Go Hillary!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. vince

    Yes we can!!! I can feel the change coming. Momentum builds and grows!! I like Hillary and any other year i would have supported her.

    February 14, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Pepou

    Yes for Obama. This is wonderful news that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union endorsed Barack. He will win, I know he will win !!!

    February 14, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Two more delegates that were behind Clinton changed their mind and are now endorsing Obama!

    Texans for Obama !!! Yes we can! Si se puede!

    Obama '08

    February 14, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Okyere

    I believe Senetor Obama will make a great president in the history of United States of America by bringing a realistic change in the lives of American people. Let's all give him our support. He is ordained to win the democratic nominee. Bravo! Sen. Obama.

    Okyere, Toronto

    February 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. OH Hillary

    I am a Hillary supporter but I believe that at this point in time in history she should support barack and allow the people to really speak in the general election! I dont want her to allow the republican party to energize itself and allow them to get thier voters back! If we are going to win this thing we are going to have to win on all fronts even some republicans! Hillary is my girl and I love her and want the first woman president to be her But I have never seen so many people waiting for her to get the nod just to get on thier feet and knock her off hers and then we will have a 3rd Bush term!

    I am so upset that Hillary has this effect on so many but it just is there. WE should all take another look at what party we plan on putting into the general election and into the White House

    February 14, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Kate

    Edd, Hillary was a headline a few hours ago when I read it...can we end this media conspiracy theory...no one seemed to complain when the clintons were the media darlings who could do no wrong during their many,many,many scandals. Now the tables are turned and they cry foul...

    February 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. observer#1

    As a union member for over 26 years, with several years served on the exective board, I support Hillary , as does my International Union. Hillary, as a Senator has helped my particular union get funding that was essential to our jobs ,not once but many times. Can anyone quote a single time that Obama has helped unions? I look at his support for charter schooling , which drains public school systems funding and think of how that wil hurt the School Teachers Unions. I look at how Obama handled Exelon and know he will never pose a threat to big corporates, and in fact, he has received over $200,000 in campaign contributions from Exelon. He wants to ban the manufacturing, sell and possession of hand guns , yet he was only 1 of 3 to vote against harsher punishment for street gang members. Show me a positive for Obama, I can't find one and fail to hear anything that would make me ever want to see him as President.

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Jane

    Would not want the Billary camp to figure out the obvious, but when the country is yearning and practically desperate for change, she keeps on with the same line, "...ready to go on the first day!" Subliminal translation to American voters: I'll be ready, just like I was during the entire Clinton Whitehouse dynasty. Billary's new campaign manager better come up with a new, different theme.

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Sue - BC Canada

    Way to go! It's good to know people that the old oxymoron "honest politician" does NOT apply to Obama!

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Suzanne

    They are both good candidates, but Obama is better because he connects with people. People trust him. He trusts himself. This is important. He remains congruent with his values. I believe he is brilliant enough to manage to come up with needed "solutions". He is Presidential, with presence, excellent diplomatic skills, and he is not afraid to speak the truth and tell it how it is. We need a Presidential President to represent America across the globe. We need to reinvest in America as he suggests and target terrorism where it really is, not get distracted from reality due to fear. WE need courage now, courage to face reality and STAND UP FOR CHANGE. Yes WE can. Not just Obama. He says, yes WE can, not "yes I can". Change is a WE thing.

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. NJ Friend of Obama

    Union members should not feel forced to vote for any particular candidate. The endorsement means that the union organization as a whole states it's support. Every individual must decide for him-herself. If you take time to really get to know both sides well and think about it completely, it will be very clear to you for many good reasons that we must choose Obama and must not choose Clinton.

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. JOHN


    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Sherry in California

    Some of the rank and file may decide to vote against their union's endorsement (as happened in Nevada), however, the important thing for the Obama campaign is that that union's GOTV (get out the vote) apparatus will be available to HIM and NOT FOR Hillary. That's the most important part, especially since the Clinton campaign thought it would be all over after Super Tuesday and didn't organize in any real way for the post ST states, and now they're scrambling. Its also important given the comparative financial disparity, the Clinton campaign told Gov. Rendell in Pennsylvania there was no money for the direct mail campaign he wanted to do. Having a major union in the state endorse your opponent just doesn't help.

    February 14, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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