February 14th, 2008
11:46 PM ET
11 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

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Jonathan Williams

    GREAT!!! SPLENDID!!! PILE THE ENDORSEMENTS ON!!! PILE THEM UP BY THE BOATLOADS!!! GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Jenny

    I cannot describe my feelings. Go Obama, America loves you.


    Obama '08.

    February 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |


    February 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Jeff CA

    The Service Employees International Union's endorsement in California didn't do Obama any good at all. I am a member of the SEIU and no one I know even considered changing their vote because of the union's endorsement.

    February 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Obamacan

    I'm a Republican that back Obama because I don't believe in the war. Barack has a vision, inspiration and better policies coupled with the best minds behind him… he is a leader. Hillary has solutions… she is a consultant not a leader. As Huck said, "Voters, ultimately, when they think about a leader, are not thinking about somebody who can fix the carburetor as much as it is they want someone who can drive the car and … describe the destination they want to go". If Hillary want to make solutions with out a vision, she need to keep her day job

    February 14, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Terry

    Can someone please help me understand Hillary Clinton's claim of 35 years of experience? I think she's been a Senator for 4 years, so where did the rest come from? Please help me understand where she's coming up with that?

    February 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Shawn Miehlke

    Chalk up another win for Obama, he can not be stopped right now!

    February 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. noemi

    It seems to be that the democratic primary is becoming about race vs gender and not qualifications. If Hillary is not nominated it would be a very long time before another woman like Hillary could have a chance to be President.

    Obama time was not now it was Hillary time.

    February 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Obama, you go boy!!! Sorry, or should I say great job young man!!
    Either way you can't stop the OBAMA-TRAIN!

    I KNOW WE CAN!!! YES WE CAN!!! OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    February 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Amy, Ohio

    Looks like another demographic of Hillary's base is being eroded by Obama. Ouch!

    February 14, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    McCain is running on the same fear tactics as Bush. It's again all about make the people scared and they'll vote for anybody who tells them to fear. McCain will continue the same tactic with nothing new because he knows it worked for Bush. Don't let it work again, Vote Obama.

    February 14, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. LoungeLizard

    That's no surprise considering the majority of those union members are black!

    February 14, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. chevy

    Excellent. America is sending a message to the Clintons, Your reign is OVER!

    February 14, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. mary c

    Alright! NOW I can sleep tonight. OBAMA is the right candidate – right now!

    February 14, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Mike

    Great Choice! Bravo!!

    February 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Mike

    Let's hope for a win in Wisconsin and Hawaii next Tuesday.

    And let's all work to win Ohio and Texas (as well as Vermont and RI).

    OBAMA 08

    February 14, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. GP

    If 90 percent of the blacks are voting for Obama...what can I say?

    February 14, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Ed Zachary

    The idea that this was Hillary's "time" is just plain silly. You don't take turns running for president. Frankly, she's past her time and getting less and less relevant every day.

    February 14, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. B I

    Noemi, this election is the past versus the future

    February 14, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Randy W. Ill.


    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Betsy

    I agree with Noemi.. It seems like is all about race vs qualifications.

    February 14, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Noemi... it seems that the only qualification you bothered mentioning for hillary was "it would be a very long time before another woman like Hillary could have a chance to be President."... interesting that it was after you accused others of making it about "about race vs gender".

    Obama is the most qualified to bring change and not play politics and sell out to money (as Hillaries record shows she has done... she used to be good)

    Hillary will be hated by at least 45% of this country according to polls... we do not need to replace one hated president wih another.

    OBAMA 08

    February 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Nathan

    obama 08

    February 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. Mark

    I pray we never get another woman like Hillary running for any office. If she does get into the White house, you will get the government you deserve. The Clintons will rape and pillage the United States and divide the spoils between Asia, Mexico, and the Middle East.
    No, I'm not a Bush supporter, he did much the same but it will be many times worse with the Clintons. Go McCain!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Over the Meadow

    This is WONDERFUL!

    SEIU - You are the BEST union of all. You have only endorsed two candidates (Mayor and President, City Council, of Baltimore city) I have dis-agreed with you.

    SEIU ROCKS!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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