Speaking to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO where the endorsement was announced by the union's president, Henry Nicholas, Obama said:
I’m tired of playing defense. I know the AFL-CIO is tired of playing defense. We’re ready to play some offense. We’re ready to play offense for a decent wage. We’re ready to play offense for retirement security. We’re ready to play offense for universal health care….It’s time we had a president who didn’t choke saying the word “union.”
For her part, Sen. Clinton suggested she would make trade agreements that are competitive and good for workers.