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. randy

    I fill november 4 to be tomorow i am so casting my vote for barack obama.

    June 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. William Rinds

    Don't you undeerstand, people, that Obama's plan is the 'easiest way out' of every world situation, like oil shortages. He plans to bring American way of life DOWN to fit the rest of the world. He can't imagine the US being ahead of the rest of the world as we have been since WWII. He is a know-nothing smart-mouthed socialist and maybe communist. We don't even know him.

    June 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Beltway Insider

    What's with all you lunatics still rambling on about Hillary? She's out – she's not coming back – get over it.

    Your pathological lunacy is entertaining, but is bordering on scary now. If you're personal identity is so wrapped up in a total stranger whom you never met, you should really get some professional help – for your own good.

    June 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. gary c

    Come on PUMAlover. Get a grip. Take your medication.

    June 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Sue

    Obviously the conservative way is working. Gas prices are high – foreclosures are high – the dollar is falling – college education is out of reach for most. WE NEED CHANGE.

    Obama -08

    June 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Rena

    Betrayed she-cat –

    Do you have any love ones overseas? If not then please shut up! Why don't you and McBush go over their and put your lives on the line. Yeah, I didn't think so. If you had any family over there you wouldn't be talking so crazy.

    June 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Deb of VA

    Way to go - I'm glad to see progress!

    June 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Kevin

    Has anybody endorsed John Mccain?

    June 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. ObamaBot

    McCain Supporters,
    Can you see the Fat Lady taking her sip of water?
    It's okay, don't be cranky.Y'all you had the wheel for eight years. Now it is time for the smart guy to drive.
    Go President Obama!

    June 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. kayla


    June 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Anita from Arizona

    Cool!! Welcome aboard the Obama express. Next stop, the White House. Stick to the issues people. ISSUES!!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. dems be dopes

    Specifically............just some minor nagging questions.

    What is he going to change?
    How is he going to change it?
    How is going to pay for it?

    Maybe when he gets elected he can get his approval rating above the Dem controlled Congress rating of about 18%

    "Change you can believe in, especially if I can get into your pockets to get it."

    and then some......

    June 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. sarah

    who cares? unions should be declared unconstitutional anyway. they are the reason we are losing jobs to mexico and india, are they stupid enough to believe some guy should be paid 30 bucks an hour to push a button 3 times per hour? i dont think so.

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Mary

    I do not understand why any labor organization is for Obama when he is for letting every illegal immigrant in from Mexico and all Third World countries to take over the jobs and lower wages. Seems this is the reverse of the original purpose of labor unions–to protect workers.

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Realistic

    Except for the bitter old feminist ninnies running PUMA - who can't get a single respectable person to sign on with them - it is amazing to see the vast support that Barry is getting. So, so, so many people have concluded that he does have what it takes to be President.

    And besides, if *experience* were so important, then we ought to make Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld the candidates!

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Don't believe the CNN news poll that this guy is ahead of McCain in key states. How ridiculous. Funny that CNN is totally opposite of AOL Polls....McCain ahead 61% to Obama 39%. Obama must be paying CNN a ton of money for this garbage.

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Scottrb

    Barak's character is as empty as his promise of change.
    We'll find out what he really is if he gets elected, AFTER he's "shined your shoes, moved your mountains and marked your cards."

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. ShirleyY - Seattle


    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. DC Insider

    The AFL CIO is Kennedy and Clinton food - This is not change; this is more tax and spend by the new kid on the block.

    June 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. rktsci3127

    Why wouldn't a union support someone with no experience, no accomplishments and no good plans? They did the same for another disaster named Jimmy Carter.

    June 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Val, Atlanta, Ga



    June 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. H-ROD

    I'm just saying stay clear of mccain's breath it's a killer, for real be afraid be very afraid! (yes obama can)!!!!!

    June 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. JT from TN

    woohoo another big endorsement for the best canidate.

    Obama 08'

    June 26, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. DeNel - Dallas, TX

    Smells like a big blow out for the Dems. Change we can believe in will not come with a fight. Let get to work!

    June 26, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    McCain likes the labor members, He will go to bat for them time after time. The union leadership, however, should get on a boat to South America as they will be persona non gratis.

    obama is a disaster waiting to happen. He will tax and spend our money and give big hand outs to the welfare queens in the ghetto,

    He has no plans to withdraw our troops from Iraq. Just big talk. A lot of hot air. No one wants our soldiers in Iraq but no intelligent person wants them out of there so Iran can get control of that oil rich country. So be careful about the guy with cotton candy speeches with no truth to them.

    Vote for McCain, he will be on your side.

    June 26, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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