Teachers Union Endorses Clinton

Oct 3, 2007 12:09pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: One of the nation’s most politically influential unions is endorsing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, in another dose of good news for the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The American Federation of Teachers, which boasts 1.4 million members, plans to announce the endorsement at 1 pm ET Wednesday, at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

"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 press release announcing the endorsement. "Hillary Clinton is that leader."

All of the major Democratic candidates were seeking the AFT’s endorsement. All of the Democrats — particularly former senator John Edwards, D-N.C. — have aggressively sought labor endorsements in the Democratic primary.

Another politically active union, the Service Employees International Union, announced this month that none of the candidates has enough support among its members to secure an endorsement at this time.

In endorsing Clinton, the AFT said it would enlist its members in a "political mobilization program" on behalf of the union’s chosen candidate.

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