Edwards Receives Support of Carpenters Union at Nashua Event

Union endorses Edwards as the strongest candidate to win the election and help working Americans, makes formal announcement before energized crowd in Nashua

(Manchester, NH) - The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, representing more than 520,000 members nationally and over 2,100 members in New Hampshire alone, today endorsed Senator John Edwards for president. John Edwards joined Carpenters President Douglas J. McCarron and a crowd of energized workers this morning in Nashua to formally receive the union’s support.

After carefully considering all the candidates from both parties, the Carpenters Union chose Edwards as the candidate with the best chance of winning the White House and the person who will best represent hard-working families. Edwards' endorsement is the union's first endorsement in the primaries in several presidential cycles.

"I am honored to receive the support of the Carpenters Union," said Edwards. "For more than a century, they have been fighting for working Americans and standing up for the values that have made our country great - hard work, responsibility, and fairness. America was built by men and women who worked with their hands, and it's labor that made our country great. I look forward to joining with the Carpenters to build one America, whereevery person has the chance to work hard and get ahead."

"Our endorsement is based on the Senator's outspoken support for all of organized labor and his focus on America's working families," said Carpenters President Douglas J. McCarron. "In addition to his support for labor, our leadership was particularly impressed with the Senator's strong stand on trade."

"We also believe that Senator Edwards will have a great appeal in a general election," McCarron continued. "He has the ability to reach out to moderate voters, including the members of our union, and to address their very real concerns about jobs, health care and the economy."

After the event this morning, Edwards attended house parties in Nashua, Derry, Stratham and Manchester, where he talked with New Hampshire voters about his plans to strengthen the middle class, guarantee truly universal health care, bring our troops home from Iraq and enact smart and aggressive counterterrorism policies.