February 14th, 2008
11:46 PM ET
12 years ago

SEIU poised to endorse Obama

(CNN) - CNN has learned the 1.9 million-member Service Employees International Union is poised to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for President.

Three sources familiar with the deliberations said union leaders met via conference call Thursday to deliberate on the endorsement issue. These sources, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, said Obama was the overwhelming choice of the union's state and national leadership.

Barring an unexpected complication, the endorsement could be announced as early as Friday morning, the sources said.

It would be a significant boost for Obama, including in the coming major primary battlegrounds of Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Thursday afternoon, Obama received another major labor endorsement likely to help in those delegate rich-states, when the 1.3-million member United Food and Commercial Workers Union decided to back his presidential bid.

–CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

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  1. Becky Backstrom

    Can any one out there tell me his plans on any of the "everyone's issues...nothing new issues" that he has mentioned in all of his speeches, debates and his entire campaigne.

    I have not heard him mention how he is going do any of the "all the things he say's he is going to do"! Rhetoric...just more rhectoric! Do any of you out there have a brain enough to see this? "or even stop and wonder this yourself.? You people scare me...including Obama!

    Even his wife admitts to his over-sized ego! And i noticed a change in how he precents his speech toward his on-lookers now that he won a few more delgates...he projects himself like our great MLK and JFK and so on... He cant even project himself now...who really is he?

    I hope we find these things oput before it's too late...America's voters do not need another slap in the face from the elected official!

    February 14, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. illinoisindie

    To ALL you Hillbillys that are under the spell of HRC and continue to ignorantly say that Barack has no substance hopefully this educates you... we highly educated over 250K people would not be voting for him if he didnt. Forget all the inspiration for one moment and get the facts. Mr. Obama gives great speeches. And guess what - he's proposed some concrete policies too

    (1) Eliminating the tax subsidies for oil drilling (a completely outdated subsidy that hampers the development of alternative fuel sources). (2) 1% of oil companies' profits will placed into a "green" fund that will subsidize development of alternative fuel sources and green energy. (3) Creation of "green jobs" through small business and research and development subsidies. (4) Raise the payroll tax ceiling from its current level of $97,500 to ensure that Social Security stays solvent. (5) Open up Congress's health care plan to everybody and give subsidies and tax credits for citizens to buy into that plan. NOTE: The *only* difference between Obama's plan and Clinton's plan is that Clinton mandates that every American purchase health insurance. In theory Clinton's plan would create a risk pool free of adverse selection and thereby slightly lower health care premiums for all. But in practice the amount of tax dollars spent on the enforcement mechanism would dwarf any premiums savings created by the mandate. Moreover, I have not seen any evidence to support the idea that, on average, Americans currently without health insurance are healthier than Americans with insurance. Thus, the whole theoretical basis behind the health insurance mandate - eliminating adverse selection - is not backed up by empirics. (6) Get out of Iraq within first 16 months of office. (7) End the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000. NOTE: That would include me, and I'm fine with that. (8) Create an Infrastructure Bank Fund that would create millions of new construction jobs for rebuidling our bridges and interstate highway system. (9) End tax breaks for American companies that ship jobs overseas. NOTE: A version of this plan is already in existence. It is called The Patriot Company Act, I believe. I'm pretty sure Obama is a co-sponsor. (10) Diplomacy before war with our so-called "enemies." (11) Ban torture. (12) Focus any anti-terror military effort in Afghanistan's hills where Al Qaeda is hiding. NOTE: This is far, far, far different than Bush's idiotic nation-building foreign policy. (13) Raising the maximum Pell Grant to over $5000 so that more students can afford public university tuition. (14) Create a $4000 per year college tuition credit for students that engage in public service. NOTE: This is an absolutely fantastic idea that will shift young peoples' resources to areas that need it, such as communities hard hit by a poor economy, etc. (15) A federal education policy that doesn't place schools under the tyranny of an unfunded federal mandate that requires teachers to "teach to a test." (16) Reforming our draconian crack laws that have ruined inner city communities. (17) A general change in the tenor of American politics. Is this enough "substance" for you?

    February 14, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  3. Kim

    Since Senator Obama has not taken any special interest PAC or registered lobby bundling money, Senator Obama clearly will not be beholden to these special interests. Senator Obama will be beholden to the interests of the American People– yes, that is right, we funded his campaign, we organized his campaign. Remember folks Senator Obama asked us to do this. It is a new day and Senator Obama is not only the best candidate, he is the only candidate who can bring America solutions to the multitude of problems our She faces.

    As for it being Senator Clinton's "turn," this isn't a hereditary monarchy; this is the United States of America where government is for the people, by the people and of the people. As such, it is NEVER anyone's turn.

    I might add that I am a white woman over 40 who would very much like to vote for a woman like Senator Clinton, but I will not do this when the other candidate running, Senator Obama is so obviously superior. America cannot afford to elect another candidate on a "one issue platform" - in this case, the "one issue" being feminism. We are in too much trouble to attempt that one. We need the right candidate, at this time who has the right message to lead America into a much better future - and that candidate is Senator Barack Obama.

    Yes we can, Obama '08.

    February 14, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. sam

    obama has lots of money to through at superdeligates and for endorsement.

    February 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Proud 2 be an Obamacan

    GO BARACK!! Hillary... you're toast!

    February 14, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Seth in Minneapolis

    I can't believe people are still calling Obama a muslim. People like Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, Pat Robertson, Bush, and yes even the Clintons use fear and mis-information to get the ignorant behind them.

    Here is a quote by Hitler:
    "By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise. How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. "

    Read a book!

    February 14, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. ees

    It is pretty obvious that the Obama supporters are now becoming anxious because Hillary is doing very well and leading Obama according to the recent polling. It appears that they are consoling themselves with the forthcoming endorsement of Obama by the SIEU. SIEU and the culinary union endorsements did not work in Nevada or CA because voters will decide and cast their vote for the candidate they deem is their leader and champion. Leaders are doers not just talkers. They plan agendas and set specific goals for change and Hillary is this kind of a leader. Leaders do not follow and steal ideas of others. Leaders must be authentic and must always remain steadfast. These are some of Hillary's distinct leadership abilities that separates her from the rest of the candidates. Hillary all the way for '08.

    February 15, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  8. rasil

    Dave, she lost New Mexico because her corrupt supporters etc.,took several ballot boxes home, tampered with them, and just finished the count. Get your facts straight. She is corrupt and will do anything to win. Lie, steal, and even cry. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. Sorry to disappoint you. S and will do anything including breaking your kneecap to get into the White House. She is still the loser because Barack is a man of integrity, a galvanizer, and a force to be reckoned.
    Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we can!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  9. Esther

    Hillary is leading by double digits in Ohio and she already has Texas.

    February 15, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  10. Ed

    Karen You are reading way too much into words that are on the face of it clear." They" in that context means the other side( Hilary camp) or skeptics and does not mean the white folk.

    February 15, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |

    I believe in new change and obama is my new change.go obama go ooooooo>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    February 15, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. WIll

    I do understanding that everyone has the right to go for who that would like to see as the next president; however most people in the united states is going for the reason. If the americans would do research on the person that they are endorsing as well voting for they will then realize why they are going for the wrong person. Hillary Clinton is the person that I will be voting for in the November 2008 election. I have done the research, its now your turn to do the same!!!!! Remember we need change, Hillary is ready is Obama?

    Hillary Clinton '08!!! FOR PRESIDENT!!!!

    February 15, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  13. For Authenticity & Real Ability

    sam, barack's money comes from average americans, whereas the clintons money comes from special interests, lobbyists, and PACS, not to mention their personal fortunes in the 50 million or so range. they are the ones who have been calling on superdelegates to back them b/c of past favors. they think they can buy this win and twist people's arms to endorse them. i encourage you to spend some time actually researching the facts!

    February 15, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  14. Robert

    I think I was wrong about Obama. I switched to the Dem party to vote for him in my state's primary but then I read the CNN article that stated he had the most liberal voting record on the senate floor. So, I decided to check to see if he supported an important issue to me, partial birth abortion ban. Although he wasn't a senator when this bill went through, he stated that he was against the Supreme Court's upholding the bill. Obama looks and sounds great but have some of us forgotten the issues. I made a big mistake. I only wish the republican party had a better candidate to vote for.
    Robert from CT

    February 15, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  15. daryn

    hey kyle & dave dont be mad because hillary did not get these most recent union endorsements. obama has had some & hillary has to. both of them have had success because of them. and last but not least you guys are bragging about hillary winning in cali, nv, & slow counting new mexico. do i have to remind you both that obama has won 8 in a ROW and has been RUN OVER by the OBAMA EXPRESS. CHEW CHEW.......................

    February 15, 2008 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  16. Cali

    You go Senator Obama! We support you all they way!
    Obama '08!

    February 15, 2008 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  17. daryn

    hillary has been RUN OVER by the OBAMA EXPRESS.

    February 15, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  18. Paris Hillary

    Hi !
    I'm not american but I'm just wondering how Mrs Clinton can claim to have solutions (about health care, and so on...) whereas she didn't apply her plan anywhere in the United State of America. Because for me, to have a solution means you have tried or applied your ideas somewhere and worked, well as far as I know she didn't do it yet. But how can she claim to have a solution of all the issues ? It's strange for me!
    Neither Obama nor Clinton can claim to have a solution. The only thing they have is a suggestion but nobody knows if both plans will work. On the other we all know that Bush's plan does not work because he applied it and we have the results.

    February 15, 2008 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
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