Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 7th, 2007 8:25 am by HL
The Democratic presidential candidates will stand before organized labor tonight at Soldier Field, in a debate sponsored by the AFL-CIO. From a debating perspective, the event will probably be a snoozer, at least when the candidates are discussing the bread and butter issues that are important to the AFL-CIO. (Foreign policy, if it comes up, might be a different matter.)
On merits alone, the most clearly “pro-labor” candidate is John Edwards. Since the end of the last campaign, Edwards has been on a relentless journey to secure labor’s endorsement. His luxurious house and hedge fund gig not withstanding, Edwards walked picket lines with union members, cultivated relationships with key labor leaders, stacked his campaign with former union staffers, and spoken the populist rhetoric that the AFL-CIO craves.
I wonder if anyone will ask the candidates which ones are in favor of repealing NAFTA, and bringing American jobs home instead of sending them to India, and other countries where big buisness can hire people for 6 cents an hour. I wonder what Hilary will say about that. Will she dodge the question like she did last weekend at the blogger convention?