Lur­ing Team­sters

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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