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. obamerican canada

    to ohiovoter,

    are you a pastor,visioner,

    if you can see what will happen in november,why dont you see the midwest drought,the engulfing fir blazes,twisters, e.t.c ?. so you can advise them to evacuate on time, why don you see the ressesion coming?.

    you are just an animal.

    peter -canada-

    June 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Veteran for McCain

    SO why is this news? Haven't the AFL-CIO sided with the Democratic Nominee the last several elections? The mighty will fall even harder now, I hope you Dems can take it once Obama loses in November.

    GO McCAIN!!!!

    June 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Case Closed

    You've got my vote, my money, and my support. Let's go Barack and Michelle–all the way.

    June 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Dan (Redmond, WA)


    June 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Frank

    True conservatives will vote for Bob Barr.

    June 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. BOB


    June 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. SANTE


    June 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. tj from nj

    Can you believe someone who has supported Bush for Eight Years
    and now supports McSame is calling the rest of us "Boobs"

    June 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. USA All The Way

    And I'm proud to be an American...where at least I know I'm free.....

    Obama 08

    June 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Obama: "Change" that looks like 1979

    This just in... water is wet.

    June 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Team O

    It's not too late to join the greatest party this country will see in a lifetime. Be on the right side of history–vote for Barack Obama.

    June 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. P. Morrison

    Ohiovoter, I seem to recall we had Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Clinton-unless my US History was wrong-they weren't Reps. Without the US Supreme Court, in its' infinite wisdom, LOL, we wouldn't have suffered the last 8 yrs. with GWB!


    June 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Dood

    Do union members really listen much to union leaders these days when it comes to voting?

    I bet most of them don't.

    June 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |


    June 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Man Without a Planet

    I heard someone say that if McCain won they were moving to Canada.
    But if Obama wins where can one go?

    June 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. oil rules

    Are they forgetting who sent jobs overseas in the first place? (NAFTA/Clinton) The union bosses hold onto their power and money while the laborer suffers the pain. Working for a corporation that employs unions I don't have big problem with them – EXCEPT they make it out like the compnay is against them. They forget who is supplying the jobs in the first place. It is sad that the union drives a wedge in the workplace and productivity and jobs suffer the consequences. Go Obama!

    Obama/Mugabe 08

    June 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. nancy

    And rightly SO! Way to go AFL-CIO.

    June 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Clinton/McCain

    I guess they want this country to continue heading in the wrong direction. That IS why they endorsed Obama, right?

    June 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Barack Obama is Our 44th president! YES WE CAN !

    If the truth be told, Sen. Obama is the only candidate who has the mind, heart , and spirit to lead the fight to turn around America.

    Washington is on the wrong track – 82% of the American people believes it – and it's long overdue to get back on track and reverse the wrongdoings. It's tme to restore, renew, and repair all of the damage done from bad and unfair policies.

    Welcome aboard AFL-CIO.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time for Barack Obama for president !

    June 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Peter E

    I thought 'clean boy' Obama wasn't going to get anywhere near lobbyists and special interests...
    Oh, but now that they're in Obama's camp instead of Hillary's they're no longer labeled special interest... no, they're now the 'people's voice...'

    June 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Peter E

    Weren't these same labor organizations decried as special interests by Obama supporters when they were behind Hillary?
    Hypocrisy alert!

    June 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. People come on

    i'm so happy right now i'm dancing on the table tops this is great news it shows that we are ready for some change...THE WORLD is ready for a change.

    June 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Sue

    Rendell is a snake. He railed about how sorry Obama is and now supports him. What a snake!! (both of them)

    June 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Cosmo

    Pro special interest,Pro Nafta,Pro Fisa,surrounded by Trilateral and Skull and Bones goons,related to Cheney and Bush,just another illuminati aristocrat....We nee devine intervention...NOW!

    June 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. JR, Columbus, Ohio

    A union endorsing a Democrat? That's different.

    June 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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