The United Steelworkers of America has endorsed Barack Obama in the presidential race. The endorsement comes a day after former presidential candidate John Edwards announced his support for Obama. The Pittsburgh-based union formerly supported Edwards, who dropped out of the race in January. Since then, the union has held discussions with Obama and fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton on issues like trade, workers' rights, and green jobs.
USWA spokesman Marco Trbovich says the union respects Clinton and her decision to stay in the race. A poll of union members found equal support for Obama and Clinton. But Trbovich says the Steelworkers decided it was time to unify voters behind Obama in preparation for the November general election. Trbovich says presumptive Republican nominee John McCain would be a continuation of the Bush administration.