Labor plays a big role in the Democratic primary and the Dem rival campaigns won’t cross striking writers picket lines. Michelle Obama, scheduled to co-host ABC’s “The View” on Dec. 5 will not cross, the campaign announced Wednesday.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said she won’t cross CBS lines if they strike.
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) said he and wife Elizabeth will cancel their appearance on “The View” next week and will honor any CBS line—including for the CBS presidential debate in Los Angeles next month. Edwards walked a Writers Guild of America picket line last Friday in Los Angeles. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also said he won't cross CBS lines, even for the debate.
statements from campaigns...
EDWARDS TO HONOR WRITERS GUILD PICKET LINES
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Today, Senator John Edwards released the following statement:
“Elizabeth and I will honor the members of the Writers Guild of America who are on strike at ‘The View’ by canceling our appearance on the show next week. I call on all of my fellow candidates and their campaigns to do the same.
“In addition, we will also honor any picket lines at CBS News, up to and including the CBS presidential debate on December 10th. As I said when I walked the WGA picket line in California last Friday, these workers are making a simple request for their fair share of the huge profits being made by multinational media corporations.
Clinton issued the following statement:
“The workers at CBS News have been without a contract for close to two and a half years. It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News but let me be clear:
“I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike.
“America’s unions are the backbone of America’s middle class and I will always stand with America’s working men and women in the fight to ensure that they are able to earn a fair wage.”
SANTA FE, NM-- New Mexico Governor and Presidential candidate Bill Richardson today released the following statement on the circumstances surrounding the upcoming debate in Los Angeles, California:
"I have long stood with labor. If the CBS writers are still on strike, I will not cross the picket line for the upcoming Presidential debate.
"Supporting workers' rights is more important than anything I will say at the debate."
Michelle Obama will not cross a picket to line to appear on 'the View.' When the strike ends she looks forward to appearing.