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. joe





    February 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Mr. T

    This is a great news for Obama. It will help him a lot in Ohio and Pennsylvania. For those of you who say this is not Obama's time, I just want to say that this is not a royal system. Everyone has the right to be a president at anytime.

    February 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Nancy Levin

    Perhaps Michelle could be the next Hillary!!! Go Obamacrats!

    February 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. White, female boomer for Obama

    Oh Noemi...it's not about whose turn it is...it's about who is best for the country at this time...and the voters decide...not someone who says it is her turn..

    February 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Poppa

    Former Ohio Senator and astronaut John Glenn endorses Hillary Clinton.

    Post that on the Ticker.

    February 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Rohn J

    I just find the comment from noemi so ironic. There's not a single supporter of Hillary's I've spoken to who doesn't say "it's time to elect a woman."

    In contrast, Obama has *never* said, "elect me because I'm black." He's about moving this country to a truly post-gender, post-racial, post-polarized society.

    It was never Hillary's time. But this is Obama's time, and he's earned it by mobilizing the majority of Democrats and Independents behind him.

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Clarence LeBreton

    While so many countries around the world are in a leadership vacuum,our americans neighbors are blessed to have such an inspiring candidate for president as Barack Obama.Yes you can! ! ! Clarence LeBreton New Brunswick Canada

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Marc, WSU

    It's a major MEDIA TALKING POINT.

    The same Unions are downsizing and not protecting their members.

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Bebble

    This is not a race of who's better. It's a race war and the repercussions of this will last long after the election.

    Yes, there will be change as all you Obama followers want; but remember be careful what you wish for as you just might get it.

    I want to hear Obama answer questions about the issues and how he plans to implement them. He refuses to debate as he will not be able to paraphrase ML King and JF Kennedy as he does in his speeches.

    The newscasters need to stop fueling this dangerous fire!

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Clint

    Kathleen Sebelius would make an excellent President. Hillary is too polarizing a figure (not her fault).

    February 14, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. zambulal

    So this is how democracy works:

    February 14, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Marc, WSU

    It's been nothing but RACE vs. GENDER since John Edwards stepped out.

    February 14, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Kyle






    February 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. J in AZ

    How much did BHO have to pay for this? The same price he's paying to buy Super Delegates?

    February 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Kyle

    Do you see how you Obama people talk?

    Bunch of wactivists. You sound so deluded.

    February 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Doc Jerome

    It appears, that all is going the good Senator's way. This is the time to be very careful.

    February 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Mr. C

    LOL @ Noemi. So how about this. If Barack Obama is not nominated, it would be a very long time before another black man like Obama could have a chance to be President. How about that.

    Hillary's time was 16yrs ago with her husband.

    February 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. dave

    Did the big union endorsement in Nevada produce a win for Barack(Barry) Obama, NO. Hillary Clinton won . To all you Barack(Barry) Obama supporters he lost New Mexico.

    February 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Sparkle, MO

    This is major. Unions represent blue collar America, the forgotten citizens in the past 2 Presidencies. I hope that the members of each of the 2 unions supporting Obama will take a good look at the differences between the two candidates and make an informed decision to vote for BARACK OBAMA for President!!

    February 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Tony

    Noemi that is truly silly if its her time she would win for real its Obama 08 😉 cause hes right-n-ready day one how lets go on and beat mccain ok

    February 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Julian

    Looks like Hillary has hit the iceberg and there's not enough boats. Just 6 weeks ago I would have voted for her and written Obama off as someone to take seriously only after he acquired some more experience. Only after seeing what a petty, shrill campaign H has conducted and reading both of B's books, do I feel this man deserves my support. He got my vote on Super Tuesday and he's getting a check if he goes the distance and get the nomination.

    February 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. O8

    Yes we Can..............Obama 08

    February 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Deann

    I would project that, if democratic has paying the race vs. gender, the next president should belong to republican; the history has told us the fact...

    democratic party should stop this, to look at a candidate qualification, should review that person's history, background, the experience, as a human, they need nine months to proceed then to grow up, nothing can jump up without taken this step, if not, it must fail, it is fairy tale.

    February 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. rm

    actually, Elizabeth Dole would have made a great president if we had wanted a woman so badly in the Oval Office...

    February 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Obamacan

    Former Ohio Senator and astronaut John Glenn has not formally endorsed Hillary Clinton. Why not? Could it be the Keating Five scandal, which he was investigated with McCain?

    Hillary disclose your tax returns. How can you say you're fully vetted if you want participate with full diclosure?

    February 14, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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