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Change To Win Endorses Obama

UPDATE, 10:30 Eastern Time, Feb. 21:

Change To Win has officially decided to throw its endorsement behind Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to Anna Burger, the chair of the group.

"Change to Win is excited to announce the endorsement of Barack Obama for President. We are the unions that organize and mobilize working people and believe that we can make a huge difference on the ground in the upcoming primaries. Change To Win is the new labor movement, the labor movement of the 21st century and we are excited about our ability to make a difference."

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UPDATE, 4:00 p.m. Eastern time: An astute reader notes that the Farm Workers had previously endorsed Hillary Clinton in late January. That means that either the Change To Win endorsement of Barack Obama -- if it happens -- won't be unanimous or it will be a HUGE story that the Farm Workers changed candidate. The former scenario is far more likely.

ORIGINAL POST

Change To Win, the rump group of labor organizations that broke off from AFL-CIO in 2005, will hold a conference call tomorrow morning to consider an endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), according to sources familiar with the group's thinking.

The leadership council of Change To Win, which includes the presidents of the seven member unions as well as chair Anna Burger and two other members, will convene tomorrow at 10 a.m. to consider a potential endorsement.

Of the group's seven member unions, four have endorsed Obama: Service Employees International Union, UNITE Here, Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers. For Change To Win to offer a formal endorsement, two-thirds of the member unions or unions representing two-thirds of the total membership must agree on a single candidate. There may well be a desire to offer a unanimous endorsement, however, which would mean the Laborers International Union, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the United Farm Workers would have to jump on board with Obama.

The support from Change To Win would be yet another piece in Obama's winning puzzle for the nomination. Labor had largely split in the early days of the race -- the AFL-CIO chose not to endorse and other major unions like SEIU were unable to come to a consensus pick. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees was a rare exception -- weighing in on behalf of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).

But, after former senator John Edwards (N.C.), a labor darling, dropped out of the race and as Obama has accumulated 10 wins in the wake of the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday voting, labor has begun to jump off the fence. SEIU went for Obama late last week and the Boilermakers and Teamsters went with Obama today.

Change To Win has a national membership of roughly six million people. The support from such a large conglomeration of unions would provide Obama with even more ground troops in advance of crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas on March 4 and Pennsylvania on April 22 and further add to the growing sense of momentum (and, dare we say it, inevitability) surrounding his candidacy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 21, 2008; 10:52 AM ET
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Posted by: tabita | February 22, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Integrity, intelligence, leadership and change! That's Obama! Go Obama! Vote Obama! He would be a great asset to this country and to ALL AMERICANS!

Posted by: RANSOM11 | February 22, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope all of you Obama supporter are correct in choosing him. When all the good speeches and all the party dies down, let's hope we still have something left in this country to be proud of.

I don't know why there are so much hatred against Hillary...Why do you need to tear her down? Why can't people just said they support Obama and leave it as it is.


"If Clinton is nominated, the Democratic Party automatically loses several million votes, because I and millions of other Democrats will not hold our collective noses once again to vote for someone who voted for the Iraq War and actively supported it.

Posted by: richardb1 "

Doesn't this make you look like a Bush puppet? If you are not with us then you are against us. We knows that Hillary and Obama have pretty similiar stands on most issue. With that in mind...I would guess you are voting emotionally because of your hatred of Hillary.

I personally don't care who wins..just as long as it isn't another republican.

Posted by: Aeldas | February 21, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"obama lacks the fierce passion of authentic leaders"

You're kidding, right?

Posted by: bsimon | February 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

obama lacks the fierce passion of authentic
leaders
michelle as next dominatrix of us?
self promotion and well crafted pr speeches
is what we idiotized masses are getting
instead of real inspiration.


Posted by: tabita | February 21, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

obama lacks the fierce passion of authentic
leaders
michelle as next dominatrix of us?
self promotion and well crafted pr speeches
is what we idiotized masses are getting
instead of real inspiration.


Posted by: tabita | February 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If Clinton is nominated, the Democratic Party automatically loses several million votes, because I and millions of other Democrats will not hold our collective noses once again to vote for someone who voted for the Iraq War and actively supported it.

Posted by: richardb1 | February 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

2/3 of the CtW are needed to make an endorsement, thats 5 altogether. 4 CtW unions had already backed Obama, leaving the Laborers and the Carpenters and the Farmowrkers. Farmworkers backed Clinton. Carpenters backed Edwards. In this vote the Laborers abstained. My guess. Carpenters switched to Obama.

Posted by: jwendland | February 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Mark, is this what you're tlaking about doing in Texas?

"Since Texas has on open primary, Republicans and Independents should sign in at their polling place and request a Democratic ballot. They should then vote for Barack Obama. Even James Carville admits that if Hillary loses Texas, "she's done!" Republicans can help make this a reality!!! Just think, no more Clintons in the White House!

Voting Democratic this one time will have NO effect on your ability to vote in the next Republican primary or obviously on your vote in November. Since John McCain has the Republican nomination locked up, voting for McCain or Huckabee at this point will have no effect on the outcome on the Republican side.

"After you vote during early voting or on March 4th, you ARE NOT done! Report back to your regular polling place at 7PM on March 4th to sign the Barack Obama list for caucus delegates. In a little known Texas voting quirk, 67 delegates to the Democratic convention will be seated because of these caucuses. This is a full one-third of the total number of Texas delegates. For Hillary to lose, she has to lose the primary votes AND the caucus votes. I urge you to vote against Hillary Clinton by voting for Barack Obama.""

Posted by: drindl | February 21, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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SENATOR CLINTON' WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME
WHAT SHE HAS EVER DONE TO YOU, ALL BUT SHE
IS THE FIRST LADY' THAT HAD [BALL'S] BIG
ENOUGHT TO TRY TO BE PRESIDENT' IT WOULD
BLOW ALL YOU BIG WHEEL OFF YOUR ROCKER'S
ALL SHE HAS EVER DONE' IS TRY TO HELP THE
POOR; I KNOW THAT IS HARD FOR YOU TO-TAKE
THIS OLD-70YR.VET. OF KOREA' WILL VOTE FOR
HER IF IT HAIR-LIP'S---HELL''

Posted by: CSNEED1937 | February 21, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Chris, did the Farm Workers change their endorsement to make it unanimous, or is the endorsement merely a majority of Change to Win unions?

Posted by: bsimon | February 21, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton can barely keep her campaign together. With the "35 years experience" why is she not able to compete in this race. The ways of HRC and John McCain are not going to help us move into the 21st Century.

Posted by: arbaleste | February 21, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It is good to see Unions getting behind our next President Barack Obama. I think most people's mind is already made up;so why should Barack debate? Barack Obamamania is all around us. I'm just waiting for the action figure to come out which I'll surely purchase.

Power to the little people,

Willie in Kansas

Posted by: willie1231966 | February 21, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Has everyone gone mad! The endorsement of Barack Obama is a reflection of the confusion this country is in. This man has done absolutely nothing to deserve any one of his endorsements. We are choosing experience and leadership for empty words. Its nice to know that my fellow Americans are so easliy taken in by a smooth talker. This man has come out of nowhere and has brainwashed the country. Sure we all want change, but we cannot blame the disarray in Washington on Clinton. WE cannot blame the ways of the world on her. She is a movement for change herself and wants to change the condition of this country just as much as Obama. I just hope this cloud of confusion will clear up before we make the wrong decision. God Bless Us!

Posted by: Mani2008 | February 21, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

When people like you, they like you. And vice versa. In other words Hillary, it is what it is. BTW, I am a liberal and I like George Will. He tells it like it is.

Posted by: Gharza | February 21, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

In other politic news, Hillary looks to jumpstart her campaign with "Yes We Will" chants.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhCikLeXb7c

.. and McCain cheats on his wife.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojYeqZOe7s

Posted by: bdn70 | February 21, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse


I loved this part of the George Will piece of being "Fair":

He says, "Nothing, however, will assuage Clinton supporters' sense of injustice if the upstart Obama supplants her. Their, and her, sense of entitlement is encapsulated in her constant invocations of her "35 years" of "experience." Well.

She is 60. She left Yale Law School at age 25. Evidently she considers everything she has done since school, from her years at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm to her good fortune with cattle futures, as presidentially relevant experience.

The president who came to office with the most glittering array of experiences had served 10 years in the House of Representatives, then became minister to Russia, then served 10 years in the Senate, then four years as secretary of state (during a war that enlarged the nation by 33 percent), then was minister to Britain. Then, in 1856, James Buchanan was elected president and in just one term secured a strong claim to being ranked as America's worst president"

Posted by: CitizenXX | February 21, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about this? The big news is McCain playing hide the salami with a lobbyist!

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 21, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Was the endorsement unanimous? Any word about changes in the Carpenters or Farm Workers endorsements from Clinton?

Posted by: optimyst | February 21, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

wpost4112

I'm glad you are around since you are good with numbers, maybe you can explain why everybody is giving Obama as a winner based on delegates count

Posted by: trace-sc | February 20, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

claudialong,

Did O'Reiley really say that?

If so what a D-bag.

http://theghostofedmuskie.blogspot.com/

Posted by: srg5007 | February 20, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"At least you should be proud of our country that you can spout your treasonous and unpatrotic ripostes with worrying about being jailed."
------------------

The greatest thing about living in a free society is that feeling proud about one's country is not necessary to being a patriot.

To have pride in its Constitution and Bill of Rights is.

But it is legitimate to express that one is not proud of how the country has or has not lived up to those originating documents.

A true patriot would die for her right to say what she has said. And she has more than enough reason to say it.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 20, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain's flip-flop on waterboarding, Alito and Bush's tax cut cost him my vote. He panders as well as the best of them

So much for integrity.

Posted by: wpost4112 | February 20, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

'Drindl: You of all people should be able to identify with Michelle Obama's remarks. Its syptomatic of you and the rest of your crowd to have no pride in your country. At least you should be proud of our country that you can spout your treasonous and unpatrotic ripostes with worrying about being jailed.'

'the rest of your crowd' -- and who would thse be? you know my friends, right, who i hang out with... i guess you can read my mind too. it's 'syptomatic' of YOU that you can criticize this country any way you want to, [incuding regarding immigration] but according to you, i may not. it's also 'syptomatic' that you'd actually prefer a dictator who WOULD jail people for things which YOU decide are unpatriotic. you the decider, kid? is that what you think?

you think michelle obama should be 'lynched' like Bill O'Reilly does?

Posted by: drindl | February 20, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain: I was against waterboarding before I was for it but before I was against it but only if done by certain people and I am for it if done by other people. blah blah blah, right old man, well said.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-McCain-Torture.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 20, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

thecrises: Why stop a winning message, it fits the template of you guys, that is why it continues to be so effective. If you want us to stop, quit giving us so much ammo.

Posted by: vbhoomes | February 20, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

No one makes major life decisions lightly. And when we decide to get on the wagon train going west into the land of hope we continue to have reservations and fears - but we go because to stay is to live in a life of Prozac.....
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/02/20/america-hope-or-prazac-nation/

Posted by: glclark4750 | February 20, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes,

"At least you should be proud of our country that you can spout your treasonous and unpatrotic ripostes with worrying about being jailed."

Hmm, that sounds like something a fascist dictator would say after being thrown out of office.

You know, it's okay to be upset with the direction of your country. Your right-wing radio gods complain about the country every day. First, they define the U.S. on their terms, then they attack liberals for not believing in the same U.S.

It is not in the Constitution that we all have to say patriotic things all of the time to be real Americans. It doesn't even say we have to be proud of our country. Dissent is the most pure form of democracy because it defines the borders of free speech, which can only be pushed farther and farther outward.

Stop crying about people disliking your theocratic, militant demigods. We are just people who want a better leader that will take us to a bright future in this world, not someone who wants to find an expensive and violent military solution to every little problem we face.

Just shut up with the patriotic crap, just for once. Please. You're exhausting us.

Posted by: thecrisis | February 20, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I just sent this message to the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

This is the COMMERCIAL I WANT TO SEE because I was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio,
as was my father before me, and my grandfather nearby. American steel jobs were the reason for my great-grandparent's immigration from Italy. My grandfather had his head busted in the union organization movement. Union belief in fair treatment provided the American dream for our family.

While I presently live in Cleveland, I am honored that you have not forgotten us. I am sorry that CNN chose to discontinue coverage of your speech last night to my hardworking hometown. In fairness, they could have time delayed Mr. Obama's speech, (not that they cared to when he spoke over Mr. McCain). They are a 24-hour channel after all.

This morning I went online to read your speech. Thank you!
Now, please get a commercial together that uses this part. It is simple, elegant and true.

"Finally, let's get real about supporting the working men and women of this country again. I'm proud to be here with so many of my friends from labor. I'm proud to have the support of more than a dozen unions representing six million working families nationwide...
I am proud to be a pro-labor candidate because I always tell people if you want to know how America got its great middle class, how we got fair wages, how we got benefits and a shot at the American dream - because of unions. Because they stood up, they spoke out and they refused to back down.

People sometimes ask me, when you are president will labor have a seat at the table? Here's my answer - labor built that table! You had better believe labor will have a seat at the table...

When the speeches are over and the cameras are gone, who can you count on to listen to you? ...
when I say I'll stand up for you, I will, and when I say I'll fight for you, I will."

I am a healthcare professional. Professionals put in way more than 40 hours per week uncompensated. We are in need of fair representation too.

Posted by: kdchuparkoff | February 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The UFW already endorsed HRC. So a unanimous endorsement by CTW would take a switch on their part.

Posted by: wldrake | February 20, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing like winning to get all of the opportunists behind you. If nothing else I will take sadistic pleasure watching the Clintons come unglued and feeling sorry for themselves.
Drindl: You of all people should be able to identify with Michelle Obama's remarks. Its syptomatic of you and the rest of your crowd to have no pride in your country. At least you should be proud of our country that you can spout your treasonous and unpatrotic ripostes with worrying about being jailed.

Posted by: vbhoomes | February 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This is nice to see, all things lining up nicely for Obama, just as he's about to hit 1,000,000 (one million!!!) individual, small dollar donors for his primary campaign.

Also, according to realclearpolitics.com's delegate counts, Clinton could win every single state left with a 10% margin and she'd still be behind by about 60 pledged delegates. Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, etc.

Even though Obama will win several of these states by large margins, it's nice to see that Clinton has no realistic way of winning this election without the superdelegates overthrowing the popular/pledged vote.

Posted by: thecrisis | February 20, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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