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. Cali

    Yeah Senator Obama! On to the White House!

    P.S. It is a known fact that some of our greatest leaders were great speakers: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, etc.

    February 14, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. michele

    The inexperienced and drugs addicted guy will turn our country into another Kenya or even Baghdad, Iraq. I wonder If he take any Cocaine everytime he delivered his speech.

    February 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Txn

    Most of the Obama supporters are getting a little arrogant. Didn't we see this from the "W" people 8 years ago when an inexperienced fresh guy was running for president? How'd that turn out?

    February 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. carolina

    I thing you all obama voters shouldwake up. We are headind to a big free fall. The world is in trouble how can the most powerful country vote on someone so inesperient that is going to follow what everibody say.

    February 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. GoHillary2008

    Dear Obama:

    NO YOU CAN'T!!! Stop spreading your lies and giving people false hopes. You're full of it and you're in for a real wake up call when the results from Texas and Ohio come in.

    GO HILLARY '08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Swahili Nation, Ohio

    Ohio is not New York!!!! What a difference that Clinton has yet to figure! she will be amazed to jet back to NY with an empty basket.......................................................................................................................................................O-H-I-O ...........................FOR OBAMA..................08!!!!

    February 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Lydia

    If the endorsement translates into votes this is great news! If not, well, the endorsement will be underwhelming.

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Jules

    A nice nod, but it's true- people vote for all kinds of very personal and political reasons and who their union endorses rarely makes much of a difference. I'm a piblic school teacher and have never let my union's choice influence my decision. Obama is right- he needs to be out talking to people, not at them via debates and rallys. He's made a wise choice. Get out there and let those voters see what you're made of and that you are listening. They'll see what substance really means.

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. CommonSense

    From looking at comments above I see this race going
    80 – 20 points for Obama!

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Dorian

    The Culinary Workers Union in Nevada and the huge SEIU union in California endorsed Obama and it didn't help. Their members payed attention to the messages of the candidates, voted with independent minds, and Clinton won.

    February 14, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Texas-Home

    Obama will loose 45 state in the General election form McCain.

    Only his home state,DC,Maryland ,Delware ,Mn in play.

    February 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Harold

    Obama is not going to win. The moment(s) he stole Hillary's positions, and at the same time try to downplay her, that shows the inexperience he has.

    What would happen when the terrorist attack again? He won't have Hillary's ideas to steal from then.

    People, you need to think about these things. Charisma can get you so far, but experience, a strong political background and the commitment to take action supersedes that.

    And, by the way, the Republicans are scared of Hillary that's why they are attacking her all the time. But, I'm happy McCain and his supportrs are beginning to take stabs at Obama...this is great, and it will show us how strong of a candidate he is.

    February 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Elizabeth .N NJ

    Yes we can change that we can belie.Obama you have worked so hard and God will see you through thick and thin despite all the obstacles.

    February 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Justin

    Count Florida & Michigan then see who is ahead. This is big mess by DNC.

    February 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Frank Lawlor

    Hillary thought this campaign was going to be a coronation, instead she got a competition. Keep pushing Senator Obama, but Hillary's mad so watch your back, Barak.

    Frank, Virginia

    February 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. Sara

    Riots in the streets when Reagan ran? The last great President.

    February 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Yes We Can!! Go Obama!!

    February 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. dyinglikeflies

    Since McCain and Clinton are both moderates, if Clinton is gone I'm voting for McCain. I'm not voting for the guy with the most liberal voting record in the Senate, Obama (that's when he actually votes instead of chickening out and voting "present"). What an empty suit.

    February 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  19. Allen, Redlands CA

    Even though I'm a loyal Dem. I realize that unions are special interests just like all the Republican special interests. Though I strongly support Obama, this isn't necessarily a good thing for him.

    February 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Minority

    Conspiracy Theory:

    Republicans have united in force to beat out Clinton by endorsing Obama. Psyche war tactic.

    Democrats must not fall into this trap! Obama does not stand a chance with McCain!!! Many many many Democrats will vote for McCain if Clinton is not nominated.

    February 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Al

    Sad to say, but Obama will not carry his place of birth, Hawaii. I do hope that he can at least split the vote in Texas and Ohio. Doubt he does well in PA-neighbor to NY.
    It's gonna be tough for Obama to go over that mountain.
    Think the country better get ready, Bill is back in the White House!

    February 14, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. lovepolisci

    It's very disappointing that Hilary supporters have so much anger against Obama! I don't get it, so you support Hillary and if she losses the nomination you now support McCain?!?!? I see Hilary and McCain are in the same party, represent the same ideas that you have! Stop being bitter people. Whoever wins, support the Democratic Candidates

    February 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. CEDRIC

    AMERICA, let us unite our voices throughout the UNITED STATES with the call that has been heard,"YES WE CAN" CHANGE.
    Where do you stand ? Stand for a real change.

    February 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Liziman

    Obama all the way for all America citizens who love this great country.
    Obama 2008

    February 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Deann

    WHY some nosy people are must need to know and so interested in the tax records for Hillary, are you the government or auditor of IRS??????????

    February 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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