Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said May 4 that if elected president he would examine the strict government oversight of the Teamsters union aimed at rooting out corruption, but denied any blanket commitment to end the federal monitoring, Reuters news agency reports.
Mr. Obama was discussing a Wall Street Journal report that said he won the endorsement of the Teamsters after privately telling it he backed an end to special federal oversight set up to eliminate the influence of organized crime in the union.
“I wouldn’t make any blanket commitments,” the Illinois senator told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“What I’ve said is that I would examine what is going on in terms of the federal oversight that’s been taking place, but it’s been in place for many years.”
Mr. Obama said the Teamsters had done “a terrific job cleaning house” and suggested it could be time for the Teamsters “to get treated just like every other union.”
“That’s something that I’ll absolutely examine when I’m president of the United States,” he said.