June 26th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Largest labor organization endorses Obama

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(CNN)—The AFL-CIO endorsed Sen. Barack Obama Thursday, kicking one of the broadest grassroots mobilizations in recent history into “high gear.”

“In so many ways―on jobs, health care, gas prices and the war in Iraq―our country is headed in the wrong direction,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement announcing the endorsement. “Barack Obama has proven from his days as an organizer, to his time in the Senate and his historic run for the presidency, that he’s leading the fight to turn around America."

The endorsement is expected to help rally support around the presumptive Democratic nominee in the critical swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota where union voters make up between 25 and 35 percent of the total vote.

With an outreach of more than 13 million registered voters in 24 ‘top-tier’ states, the AFL-CIO will send volunteers to the homes of 300,000 union voters, with the 56 member-unions collectively spending more than $200 million in the 2008 election between the presidential, Senate, and House races nationwide.

“We’ll work our hearts out for Barack Obama,” said AFSCME President and AFL-CIO Political Committee Chair Gerald McEntee. “Our program is going to be worker to worker and neighbor to neighbor. We’re ready to mobilize. We’re ready to rock and roll. This country and our people are ready for change.”

The group has been running an active campaign against presumptive Republican nominee John McCain since early March, aimed at defining the Arizona senator’s stances on jobs, trade and health care among union members. Currently, AFL-CIO volunteers have knocked on 60,000 doors and distributed 1.5 million flyers critical of the Arizona senator’s economic record.

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. JT

    To borrow from a favorite song:

    "Ain't no stoppin' us now, we're on the move!!!!"

    June 26, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Mr. B.

    Ladies & Gentleman.............

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    June 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Willow, from Iowa

    I'm glad to hear it. that's a large organization, and the more the better.

    Go Obama 08/12

    June 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. William, from Cali!

    Now, that's what I would call, having the Election , "in your pocket";being backed by Labor............What's new?...............................Nothing!

    June 26, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. diziz31

    This endorsement has by far greater outreach and meaning thant those on the fence HRC supporters. It means that the people (working people union and not big business) are absolutely interested in this election.

    June 26, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Len in Washington

    To "PUMAlover"

    So much for your love of Hillary. She didn't "betray" you...I think it might be the other way around. Shows where your head was all along.

    Hillary is a Democrat. She has a long and distinguished career in front of her and she's doing what she should. Supporting the Democratic Candidate.

    June 26, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. vw

    Again, this endorsement means the hijacked party will lose in Nov, the country may be stepping down from his superpower/empire position.

    Please choose the best candidate (either Hillary or McCain) for this country. GOD BLESS AMERICAN.

    June 26, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Sam

    Sorry Unions.....don't tell me how to vote....I am voting for John McCain. And yes, I am a Union member.

    June 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Sarah

    The GOP is not bigger than GOD. Nothing is going to happen to Barack, except he will be our next PRESIDENT. Just do your part by bringing in more votes.

    Obama 08

    June 26, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    It would appear that Obama's campaign has reached another level.

    June 26, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Ohiovoter

    Some idiots came to our neighborhood asking us to sign something sending a message to our congress. All I had to do is see AFL-CIO on it and I was instantly turned off. The AFL-CIO stinks.

    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Concerned America

    This is a great endorsement for Obama, and the guy with the green tie is so fine!!!

    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Jim

    More lobbyist endorsements.

    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. YES WE CAN!



    June 26, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Cherry

    As a long time clinton supporter, i am now posed to vote for Obama, our future democratic president.

    There is no way i can vote republican, there is just too much at risk.

    June 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Claudia

    I've lived a long time, but this is one of the most exciting campaigns I've ever seen. I would say the most exciting.

    Obama, 08

    June 26, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Democrats Unite!!!

    Done Deal!

    Put OH, PA, MI, WI and MN solidly in the Obama column.

    I believe this race is over!

    June 26, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Justin, Ohio

    Control your health care and decide for you what treatment you get? Yes he can!
    Control the oil industry and allow the government to price oil and raise the price at the pump? Yes he can!
    Give terrorists rights under OUR Constitution? Yes he can!
    Change America, even though he loves this country? Yes he can!
    Get rich and powerful while fooling Americans into believing he stands EXACTLY for what they do? YES HE IS!

    Don't be fooled by inexperience, Marxist views and empty promises.

    McCain 08.

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Larry

    I must confess....we are a team of Obama CNN bloggers who will sit here all day and wait for a new blog to open so we can fill it up with anti-McCain rhetoric....I am so ashamed at this underhandedness.

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Proud American

    In your face mcCain. Unions only endorse the candidate that benefits them and in turn the American workers benefit from the Unions. God Bless America!

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Jeff

    I think this is all such a joke. No one with a modicum of intelligence can dispute that our nation is on the wrong track, but what is really amusing is the number of idiots that believe that Obama will put it on the right track. Obama is clueless and is really not concerned with the welfare of the nation. Obama is concerned only about himself. I am a lifelong democrat and don’t think I can bring myself to support McCain but I know I can’t support Obama either. We are stuck with terrible choices in presidential candidates this year. If this is an example of Americas best and brightest it’s time to be very afraid.

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    GoBama!!! Millions of us are behind you!!! I become more impressed with you every day!!!

    Older Women for Obama/????, 08

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. brainsplus

    impressive, good luck Senator Obama D-IL ... the time for democrats is now, thanks a trillion

    June 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Loose Rational

    This cat is super smooth.

    June 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Mike from kentucky

    If Hillary isnt on the ticket my vote goes to McCain.Obama knows the only reason he won was because the republicans gave him alot of money and support.If it wasnt for all the Hillary haters Obama would be a foot note.Lets see how wise he really is.

    June 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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