Teachers Tap Clinton
Some might say Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on a roll. She picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers today -- an important "get," one that will no doubt add to speculation that she has the whole nomination locked up. "Our members have told us that they want a leader they can trust to strengthen public education, increase access to healthcare, promote commonsense economic priorities and secure America's place in the world," AFT President Edward J. McElroy said in a statement. "Hillary Clinton is that leader." The union represents 1.4 million members.
The campaign of Sen. Barack Obama had been braced for this announcement, after the senator gave a speech to teachers earlier this year in which he backed the idea of merit pay -- which teachers largely oppose. Other Democrats also note that the AFT is a New York-centric organization that considered Clinton a hometown candidate.
In the 2004 race, the AFT declined to endorse a Democratic candidate at this point in the campaign, issuing a statement in October of 2003 saying that, among other things, there was a lack of consensus among its members. The union endorsed Sen. John Kerry in February of 2004, after it was clear he was winning the primaries.
--Anne E. Kornblut
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