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Steelworkers Union Comes Out for Obama

By Matthew Mosk
John Edwards's decision yesterday to fall in behind Sen. Barack Obama continued to have reverberations today with the announcement by the United Steelworkers that it is giving the senator from Illinois its endorsement.

In a press release distributed this morning, the union noted that its leaders "felt strongly that because of Senator John Edwards's deep commitment to working people and because of our shared beliefs, he deserved our strong endorsement."

"Today, by virtue of a unanimous vote of our International Executive Board, we find ourselves once again in agreement with Senator Edwards, this time with his decision last evening to endorse Senator Barack Obama. And thus today, the United Steelworkers enthusiastically endorses Senator Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States," the statement said.

Union spokesman Marco Trbovich said the move had been "long considered, but it moved quickly because of our ties to Edwards and his decision to move." He said the union would become active in the remaining primary states and noted that it had significant membership numbers in Kentucky.

The Steelworkers have not traditionally spent money on advertising. But Trbovich said "we have a very formidable field operation. And within the law, we communicate very significantly to our membership."

The Steelworkers have 650,000 members in the United States, and Trbovich said they could expect to see "a major campaign to persuade our members about the anti-worker sentiments of the McCain agenda."

Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant responded to the announcement by issuing his own statement: "Big union endorsements are no substitute for Obama's serious lack of experience and understanding of economic policy. Obama's poor judgment on economic matters would result in higher taxes on rank-and-file union members and hurt job creation. Americans looking for strong economic leadership won't find it in Obama's tax-and-spend agenda."

Posted at 12:27 PM ET on May 15, 2008
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what what in the butt

Posted by: mysterious | May 23, 2008 10:55 AM

do you want to come over to my house. We can play games

Posted by: the stalker | May 23, 2008 10:54 AM

i have a butt

Posted by: anaynomus | May 23, 2008 10:52 AM

Obama will be a great President in four years.

Posted by: Harry | May 16, 2008 1:11 PM

If Florida and Michigan are counted, they need 2,209 delegates to become the nominee. HANG IN THERE, HILLARY!!!

Posted by: JakeD | May 16, 2008 12:42 PM

Countdown to Nomination
134 to 2025 Obama
306 to 2015 Clinton
230 Supers 189 Elected 419 Total Delegates left

Posted by: Delegate Math | May 15, 2008 5:13 PM

I like how you gave Clinton a 10 point handicap, but I think she also needs 2025.

Posted by: Delegate Police | May 15, 2008 11:23 PM

John who? Does he even matter in the big picture? The media is really artificially pushing the popularity of BHO.

Overwhelmingly beat the other day and I saw one or two news stories about HRC, a has been (or never was) offers an endorsement and I can't click on a web page today without someone telling me about his inevitable nomination. Keep kissing his fanny liberal media. Reagan democrats are going to determine the next president, and they hate BHO's guts!

P.S., Gov Richardson who?

Posted by: Obvious | May 15, 2008 6:49 PM

Prayers are answered!

Obama/Edwards '08

Posted by: puddlescited | May 15, 2008 6:19 PM

Muhammad is right on the mark, and so much more observant than most of those who actually live here in the US.

Obama is more white than black for the very reasons Muhammad stated.

Likewise, Reverend Wright is apparently also more white than black; otherwise, why would he choose to build his mansion in an all-white community (despite his professed hatred for the very same white folk).

Talk is cheap; actions are not.

On a separate note, my wife and I vacationed in Morocco several months ago including a few nights tenting in the far East areas of the Morocca Saharra.

Beautiful country and people.

Posted by: William | May 15, 2008 5:19 PM

Countdown to Nomination
134 to 2025 Obama
306 to 2015 Clinton
230 Supers 189 Elected 419 Total Delegates left

Posted by: Delegate Math | May 15, 2008 5:13 PM

Just when Obama has the nomination clinched for all practical purposes, all he needs is the oh-so-late-coming endorsement of elite-snob-in-chief, John Edwards, who doesn't even condescend to speaking with his next door neighbors. (Of course, their homes don't compare with his palatial estate, so why should he.)

If John is truly a man of the people, why doesn't he offer shelter to a few hundred of his impoverished neighbors in one or two of his outbuildings.

Empathetic talk is cheap; that is as far as John is apparently willing to go.

Obama is far better off without the endorsement of such a supremely egotistical elitist.

After all, Obama has the Reverend Wright; that's more than enough.

Posted by: Bill M | May 15, 2008 5:01 PM

I am enjoying the US presidential race from far away. I like Obama, and my comments are not meant to harm him. I also like Hillary and McCain, who are good friends of my country, Morocco.
My impression is that Americans are looking for the perfect "black" to become president, so that they can come to grips with part of their history. It's a sort of exorcism. But they are being very hypocritical and, in some cases, naive about it. Obama is not a "black" man, he is half-white and he was raised by his white family. His "black" half has nothing to do with slavery and its aftermath, it's Kenyan and fresh and not loaded with reverend Wright's feelings. He is African-American, but not according to current terminology.
You guys are looking for the perfect "negroe", but you don't really want a real one. It's just like cinema made Sidney Poitier an African-American idol, icon, legend, etc. He knew nothing about the US until he was 15, and then discovered in New York what it was like to be a "negroe", but only superficially. A Wright, who looks white to me, knows about being "black" in America, but his like will never get past the first primary.

Posted by: Muhammad Lebbadi | May 15, 2008 4:44 PM

BHO will get 50 or so more delegates on Tuesday. Just 80 more will end this thing. Edwards endorsement could reduce that number to about 62.

Just noticed two more supers for Obama; make the magic number 60.

Out of 796 superdelegates, 562 have pledged to one of the two remaining leaving 234 not committed either way. If ~1/4 of them support Obama on Wednesday, we can finally start the real campaign.

Too bad for the Hillary hold-outs. She gets an 'A' for effort but an 'F' for trying to trump this country's sexism with its racism.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 15, 2008 4:25 PM

This is great for Obama. This is huge. The Steelworkers union!

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Posted by: America for Obama | May 15, 2008 4:13 PM

For the one proposing Colin Powell... is Colin Powell the same person that in front of the UN show pictures to the whole world that Saddam had weapons.
Very qualified for POTUS

Posted by: Gus | May 15, 2008 3:28 PM

Hillary is an experienced loser.

Posted by: Franky | May 15, 2008 2:29 PM

What IS all of the experience that Hillary Clinton claims to have?! Is having lived in the White House now the prerequisite qualification for becoming the President? Obama has MORE years of elected service (and experience) than Hillary does.

Also, please note that Obama's vote total in West Virginia was greater than McCain's.

Posted by: Deborah J. | May 15, 2008 2:26 PM

This nation is ready for either a woman or an African/American (why can't they just be American?) for President but neither of these two Democrats fit the bill.

Give me Colin Powell or Thomas Sowell over Obama and the odds would be greatly improved. Obama has more "baggage" then we have seen thus far but it will be brought our very vividly as soon as he is the nominee.

Hillary Clinton, in deference to her continued insistence, has had no experience whatsoever. Being First Lady does not count and representing NY is no big accomplishment - those folks weren't even smart enough not to elect a "carpet bagger." Most apparent however, is the simple fact that she is a pathological liar and will say what ever benefits her at the moment. The Bosnia "sniper fire" being the most flagrant. Surely all you ladies out there can find a far more reputable representative of your gender than this hillbilly.

And since when did "experience" come into the equation for President? Go back thru the presidents all the way to Roosevelt in '32 and review their histories and you will discover that none of them had ever truly accomplished a great deal in government prior to their election. Eisenhower never spent a day in government.

What we have here for choices are the "best" of the worst. Sad day in America.

Posted by: dharper | May 15, 2008 2:17 PM

FYI, Republicans such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had some of the longest resumes and most experience. Are they any good for our country?

Posted by: Seth | May 15, 2008 1:59 PM


Posted by: GREENINIL | May 15, 2008 1:55 PM

...means "handsome" in Arabic?

Posted by: JakeD | May 15, 2008 1:38 PM

Does anyone else find it funny that the Republicans now speak Arabic!? LOL - Figures, as that's who pays their bills also!

Posted by: Franky | May 15, 2008 1:52 PM

Obama can get all the endorsers he wants, but he does NOT have the majority of the PEOPLE'S voice and vote in America. And that is what matters. We have READ his books.
No "American" President in this candidates viewpoints!

Posted by: Dem | May 15, 2008 1:49 PM

If I want to elect a cute guy with no experience for President I can write in my neighbor who at least volunteers as a firefighter every weekend. Obama seems to love his mirror more than the country.

Posted by: hhkeller | May 15, 2008 1:45 PM

Obama should win for world peace

Posted by: Arif Siddiquie | May 15, 2008 1:43 PM


Indeed. Did you also know that HUSSEIN means "handsome" in Arabic?

Posted by: JakeD | May 15, 2008 1:38 PM

Direct off the presses, direct quotes from McMoron's speech on what he will do in his first time...

Here's a short list of What freakin' planet are you standing on??? quotes...

- The increase in... intelligence... led to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden.
Um... Since when??

- The size of the Army and Marine Corps has been... increased, and are now better equipped and trained to defend us.
There was an article not TWO DAYS ago that said up tp 10% of ppl in Iraq were categorized as MEDICALLY unfit for service.

- Americans again have confidence in their economic future.
Again... I'm sorry, what??? Maybe if you meant walking confidentally in to foreclosure.

-The world food crisis has ended, inflation is low, and the quality of life not only in our country, but in some of the most impoverished countries around the world is much improved.
Our country? He must not be opening the paper, because I keep hearing about how people can barely afford milk.
The rest of the world? Umm... Anyone been to Myanmar lately?

- The United States is well on the way to independence from foreign sources of oil
Let all those people with a car, raise their hand...

McCain, I will vote for you the day I move to your planet.

Obama '08

Posted by: jencm | May 15, 2008 1:30 PM

To JAKE (I love the all caps thing, so powerful). Your use of the Hussein middle name is so childish. There have been great men named Hussein as well.

Posted by: Jim | May 15, 2008 1:28 PM


Posted by: HL | May 15, 2008 1:28 PM

Give Obama a chance. He is an intelligent educated man with good common sense. Has all those so called experienced Republicans have made the United States stronger, Hell NO!!!!! Our economy and morale is the lowest it has been. Look at the great leadership we have had for the last 8 years. I am sure Obama will have experience people advising him. He listens better than what we have now.

Posted by: Danny | May 15, 2008 1:26 PM

OH MY GOD. The cult got to them and brainwashed them into supporting Obama...or something like that.

They made the right choice.

Posted by: Shawn | May 15, 2008 1:26 PM

So what has he promised THEM????

See what ABC is reporting today...

Obama Helped Supporters Get Millions in Illinois State Business

John Rogers, Whose Business Obama Helped as a State Senator, Is Now One of Obama's Chief Fundraisers

May 15, 2008

In a speech to the Urban League last July, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., boasted of his efforts in 2001 to help a handful of African American-owned investment firms in Chicago get a larger share of business with Illinois state pension funds.

"And in six months, they got about a half-billion dollars' worth of business simply on their excellence," Obama said.

What he did not say in his speech was that the owner of one of the investment firms, John Rogers of Ariel Capital, is a principal campaign fundraiser.

Nor did he reveal that employees of the firms he helped have since contributed to or helped to raise more than $765,000 for his campaigns, according to campaign documents. Nor did he mention that two of the firms have allowed him to use their private jets. Nor did he mention that two of the firms have since been dismissed by the state pension fund for "underperformance."

(This quote is only the beginning of the story...go to ABC te read it all..


Posted by: Steve Mc | May 15, 2008 1:25 PM

And the RNC's comments carry so much weight because their last best candidates, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, are a shining example of the experience and leadership America needs.

I get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing they have our best interests at heart.

Posted by: DonJulio | May 15, 2008 1:16 PM

I doubt that "Obama is inexperienced and Obama is a tax-and-spend Democrat" will be the only attacks ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 15, 2008 12:52 PM

If Hillary is still doing fund raising just to pay off her debts, no one should give her a cent. In fact it will be a Ponzy scheme and a fraud as she defrauds people out of their money thinking they are funding a campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 15, 2008 12:50 PM

Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

If the only statements RNC are going to repeat are "Obama is inexperienced and Obama is a tax-and-spend Democrat". Not only will the RNC lose the Presidency in 2008 but also a lot of congressional seats.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: AJ | May 15, 2008 12:44 PM

I have to agree with Alex Conant -- even John Edwards (completing his one Senate term) has more "experience" than Barack HUSSEIN Obama -- now, if the Union can swing the Kentucky primary for him, this particular endorsement would at least mean something ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 15, 2008 12:33 PM

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