As the Democratic Presidential primaries inch closer, two of the front-runners took time recently to join picketers at Chicago’s Congress Hotel. Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards made separate stops at the the picket line to show their solidarity with the workers’ cause.
"Your cause is the cause of working people," Edwards proclaimed. "Making sure that those who work earn a decent wage, get health care coverage and can actually support their families and their children." The visit was a return trip for Edwards who stopped by to show his support four years ago, at the beginning of the strike.
Several weeks earlier, Barack Obama’s presence at the hotel saw him waving a UNITE HERE placard over his head. "You are going to have a friend in the White House who believes that workers can organize," Obama shouted. "Who believes in union."
Illinois’ large population and bumped-up primary date makes it an important stop for candidates seeking nomination.