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United Mine Workers Union Backs Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Falling in behind the man who looks increasingly like the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the United Mine Workers of America endorsed Barack Obama for president today. The endorsement followed a unanimous vote to throw support his way by the union's National Council of the Coal Miners' Political Action Committee.

Coming the day after the Kentucky primary, which Hillary Clinton won overwhelmingly, and a week after the primary in West Virginia, a coal state also won decisively by Clinton, the endorsement signals a continued consolidation of Democratic-leaning independent group support behind Obama but will have little impact on the small number of remaining voting states or the course of the primary.

"We are extremely proud to make this endorsement today," UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts said in a statement. "Sen. Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families."

The UMWA had previously endorsed John Edwards for president last Labor Day, the same day the United Steelworkers cast their lot with Edwards. After Edwards's endorsement of Obama, the Steelworkers endorsed him, too, citing Edwards's influence.

UMWA president Roberts noted Obama's support for the coal industry in making the endorsement. "Sen. Obama will work to ensure the future of American coal and the jobs that go with it by moving aggressively to develop and implement carbon capture and sequestration technology," Roberts said. "Sen. McCain has advanced proposal after proposal that would cut jobs in the coal industry, especially in the eastern part of the country."

"Sen. Obama is from a coal state," Roberts continued. "He understands that coal will remain a primary source for electricity generation in this country for many decades to come and he will join with the UMWA as we work to ensure that it will be used for that purpose in an environmentally responsible way."

"We will be making these points with our members over the coming months as we move forward to the election in November," Roberts said. "It doesn't matter whether it's our members' jobs, their safety, their health care, their pensions, their children's education, their union, their standard of living, or their very rights as American citizens -- John McCain will do harm to all of them by continuing the failed Bush administration policies."

Founded in 1890, the UMWA today says it represents "105,000 active and retired coal miners, mine construction workers, public service employees, health care workers and manufacturing workers in the U.S. and Canada."

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I would be unable to vote for a candidate who runs a Carl Rove like deeply destructive campaign. I don't care the race, gender, religion, or age of such a mean spirited self centered individual. To encourage such behavior is to encourage what you get when you scratch a modern day Republican (a fascist).

I sincerely hope Mr. Obama has the wisdom to resist putting the 3AM, cocaine surrogate, only whites are hard workers, your just a Jesse Jacson, I'll make sure women never vote for you, divider on the ticket in any shape, manner or form.

Posted by: Hmmm | May 22, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama has come from a poor family who once took food stamps to this. He dedicated much of his adult life to organize poor and uneducated people to help them get jobs, education and a future for their children.

Senator Obama never made over 240,000 dollars in his life until 2001. He has recently made a lot of money from the two books he wrote which are autobiographical in nature.

Senator Obama knows what it is like to be poor and without hope because he has been there and helping the poor and uneducated is what he has been about his entire life.

McCain and Clinton have been waited on hand and foot for so long neither of them could even operate a coffee machine at a convenience store. I want them to wheel out one at the next debate and see which one of the candidates can actually operate one. I guarantee you it will be Obama and not McCain.

Senator Obama has my vote.

Posted by: Deward Bowles | May 21, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is facing and will face very critical and substantial
"Challenges" in coming, months, years, and next

It is very essential as well as critical that we pick
our next
President keeping in mind the following criteria.

1. A candidate who has a clear and candid " Vision
and Mission" for our Nation.

2. A candidate with " Strong Character and Stable
Integrity" in-spite of adversity during our present
election process.

3. A candidate with sound and sustained
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4. A candidate with little "Washington exposure"
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characteristics and has shown constant and consistent
coolness, calmness, and connectedness { PRESIDENTIAL
TEMPERAMENT } is Senator Barrack Obama.

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for Carter, voted for Reagan, voted for First Bush,
and second Bush in 2000 and In the process last
interest in Washington politics and I stopped voting.
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Forensic Psychiatrist.
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Posted by: COl. [retd] A.M.Khajawall | May 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Warren GAMALIEL Harding! That's another horrible, foreign name--in the middle too, just like Barack HUSSEIN Obama!!!

Posted by: 0_o | May 21, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Oh no.

Warren GAMALIEL Harding. Uh oh! How come this wasn't brought to anyone's attention?

Posted by: Blake | May 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Now that the UMWA has endorsed Obama along with his endorsement from Senator Robert C. Byrd, Senator Obama will win West Virginia in the fall!

Posted by: Dianne | May 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Coming the day after the Kentucky primary, which Hillary Clinton won overwhelmingly, and a week after the primary in West Virginia, a coal state also won decisively by Clinton, the endorsement signals a continued consolidation of Democratic-leaning independent group support behind Obama"

...funny, I thought it signaled the union leadership demonstrating its disconnect from the interests and preferences of its membership. The triumph of greed and political ambition over responsible leadership and representation.
I guess that wouldn't fit the "Obama glides to victory" story you're supposed to be typing right now. Sorry.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

That's right, AJ, Barack HUSSEIN Obama is within 62 delegates of clinching the Democratic nomination -- pending an appeal by Clinton to the most unfavorable decision the Rules Committee could make -- keep in mind after that Committee meets May 31st, that the "magic number" could go from 2,026 all the way to 2,210 instead.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

And McCain's befuddled economic plans drawing fire from both sides

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS! Hillary's campaign was $31 million in debt as of May 1st.

BREAKING NEWS! Obama is within 62 delegates of clinching the nomination!

BREAKING NEWS! Latest Reuters/Zogby poll has Obama leading McCain nationally by 8 pts, and leading Hillary nationally by 26 pts!

Posted by: AJ | May 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Barack HUSSEIN Obama's "complicated" record on NUCLEAR POWER too:

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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