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Joe Biden visits Flat Rock, Michigan auto plant. September 21, 2008

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Obama supporter and Flat Rock auto worker Fred Butler speaks candidly on why he supports the Obama/Biden ticket.


AFL-CIO plans economy mailer on McCain’s ‘strong’ remark September 19, 2008

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September 19, 2008 Posted: 10:23 AM ET


(CNN)—In the face of growing economic concerns, the AFL-CIO will being sending out a new mailer Monday taking direct aim at Sen. John McCain’s recent comment that the fundamentals of the U.S. economy are “strong.”

“John McCain says the economy is fundamentally strong,” the mailer reads. “John McCain is fundamentally wrong.”

McCain made the comments at a campaign event in Florida hours after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last Monday.  Source Article

“Need Education” Ad September 18, 2008

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Joe Biden: Akron, Ohio September 18, 2008

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Joe Biden spoke to LIUNA Local 894 in Akron, Ohio. He said that one of the most defining things between the Obama-Biden ticket and the McCain-Palin ticket is how they view labor. John McCain and the Bush Administration have declared a war on labors house. Joe went on to say that Labor Unions are the only thing that has protected the middle class from being trampled. He concluded that the right to work is about more than a paycheck. It is about dignity, respect and pride.


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Washington Monthly/Political Animal

By Steve Benen and featuring Hilzoy

September 11, 2008

There was a fascinating exchange the other day between Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton (D) and former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow (R) on John McCain’s position on equal pay for women. ThinkProgress posted this great clip, and it’s well worth watching.

Farrow, a member of McCain’s “Palin Truth Squad” and a campaign surrogate, repeatedly emphasized the notion that McCain supports “the concept” of equal pay, regardless of what he does in practice.

I have no idea what this defense is supposed to mean. Adam Jentleson recently explained, “In April, McCain opposed a major Senate bill seeking equal pay for women…. In 2000, McCain opposed an amendment that aimed to ‘provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.’ In 1985, McCain voted against a study to investigate pay differences among federal employees, and determine whether they were the result of discrimination.”

Indeed, after the ridiculous Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter, McCain “dismissed the importance of equal pay, saying that women simply need ‘education and training‘” — as if employers who discriminate against women will stop if women have better credentials. Source Article

Citing grim jobs report, Obama reaches out to blue-collar voters September 6, 2008

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By Scott Helman

Globe Staff / September 6, 2008

Senator Barack Obama, trying to build on his show of strength at the Democratic National Convention, is targeting one of his biggest weaknesses: his standing with white, blue-collar voters.

While Republicans convened in St. Paul to anoint Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as their nominees, Obama this week zeroed in on the Rust Belt communities where he struggled during the primaries – courting rural voters at a farm in Dillonvale, Ohio (population 800), holding a barbecue with labor leaders in Monroe, Mich. (population 22,000), and leading an economic discussion in York, Pa. (population 41,000). Source Article

Obama, McCain react to unemployment rise September 5, 2008

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Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor September 5, 2008 11:52 AM

The presidential candidates weighed in today on the sobering report that unemployment jumped to 6.1 percent last month as the US economy lost another 84,000 jobs.

Democrat Barack Obama used the news to try to tie Republican rival John McCain to President Bush, while McCain warned about Obama’s tax proposals.

Obama said in a statement: “Today’s jobs report is a reminder of what’s at stake in this election – John McCain showed last night that he is intent on continuing the economic policies that just this year have caused the American economy to lose 605,000 jobs. John McCain may believe that the fundamentals of our economy are ‘strong,’ but the working men and women I meet every day are working harder for less, the typical working age family’s income is down $2,000 since George Bush took office, and their purchasing power is as low as it’s been in a decade. John McCain’s answer is more of the same: $200 billion in tax cuts to big corporations and oil companies, and not one dime of tax relief to more than 100 million middle-class families. If I am President, I will cut taxes for 95% of all working families and provide an immediate $50 billion to struggling states so that they don’t have to cut back on health care and education and can rebuild roads and schools. That’s the change working families need right now.” Source Article

Steelworkers President To Palin: ‘Stop Using Your Husband’s Membership In The USW As A Prop’ September 4, 2008

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Think Progress

By Ali on Sep 4th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

When Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, he trumpeted her husband’s union membership: “The person I’m about to introduce to you was a union member and is married to a union member, and understands the problems, the hopes and the values of working people,” he said. That day, and again last night, Palin also emphasized that her husband is “a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union.”

Conservatives are hoping the reference will play well in Michigan and Ohio. But the United Steelworkers union (USW) isn’t so pleased. USW President Leo Gerard noted that just because Todd Palin is a union member doesn’t mean that Palin is automatically qualified to represent labor interests:

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Welcome To Ohio, John McCain! August 29, 2008

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Video: McCain “Americans Won’t Pick Lettuce for $50/hr” August 23, 2008

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Whoa…McCain gets booed defending illegal immigrants by saying that Americans won’t do the same jobs illegal immigrants would.

You don’t understand how much I want to yell out MCCAINS AN ELITIST. I can’t believe McCain would basically call Americans lazy and then offers $50..Y&^@&*#^&* never mind heres the video,

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