Teamsters Endorse Obama Over Clinton

It's another troubling sign for Hillary and her base
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2008 3:31 PM CST
Teamsters President James Hoffa addresses the Teamsters annual women's conference in Houston, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in Houston. (AP Photo/The Chronicle, Steve Campbell)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Teamsters union endorsed Barack Obama today, giving him a chance to make further inroads into Hillary Clinton's base of blue-collar workers. Obama met with Teamsters chief Jim Hoffa today, who afterward gave Obama the backing of the 1.4-million-member union, the Chicago Tribune reports. The move could help in Ohio and Pennsylvania, two big upcoming primaries.

“Sen. Obama understands the challenges working people face every day,” Hoffa said. "He is the candidate in the best position to lead our movement to restore the American dream for working people in this country." Obama picked up two other big union nods last week—the Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.