NEA Endorses Obama For Re-Election In 2012

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The nation’s largest union – the National Education Association, meeting here in Chicago – has endorsed President Obama for re-election.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, the vote was 72 percent in favor of endorsing Obama for re-election and almost 28 percent against it.

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Never before has the NEA endorsed a candidate so early in the election cycle. But labor leaders in this teachers’ union wanted to get things lined up for Obama.

They’ve run into some opposition from the rank and file, however.

Vice President Biden spoke earlier to the NEA meeting at McCormick Place, talking about a “new” Republican Party that doesn’t see public education the way he said he – and teachers – do.

The teachers union has not always agreed with the Obama administration.

The Obama administration has been more in favor of charter schools than teachers’ unions – and Obama has supported getting rid of ineffective teachers more easily than unions would like.

The NEA has never endorsed a Republican for president.

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  • Gerri A

    Well here’s a surprise! They endorse someone when they don’t even know who the GOP candidate is? I am shocked! NOT!

  • Reality Check

    Doesn’t matter who the GOP candidate is as they all spout the same traitorous, un-American talking points. Tax cuts for the top 2% yet Union men and women are the enemy. The first thing any GOP candidate wants to do is somehow slash education, yet the Pentagon gets a blank check as well as their cronies. The article says the NEA has never endorsed a Republican, and why would they when the GOP has stated they’d abolish it? Obama wants to overhaul, yes, not destroy it completely. The Right wants us all to be Fox News indoctrinated, right-wing drones who don’t believe in science. This 4th of July people better wake up!

    • PatriotsRUs

      Bwaaaahahahaha! Don’t you know, that the 4th of July is a Republican thing? Harvard has a study out about it.

    • Truth B Told

      @ Reality Check………… Are you really that stupid? Actually, Republicans are more in tuned with science than democrats. Your foolish logic is just plain, well, stupid. I believe there are many good teachers across America. Unfortunately, the majority of the good teachers are not in major cities. As one can attest to by the poor educational systems in our major cities. i.e. Chicago.

      • Reality Check

        Untruth B Told, is my logic “foolish” just because YOU say so? Unlike the Right I don’t ignore or belittle FACTS and seek out Fox News and like-minded yes-men to confirm my prejudices! All your post does is confirm your anti-city bias (a.k.a. racism), which is typical of your ilk.

        And speaking of “stupid” logic, the NEA covers suburban teachers as well. So much for your simple-minded, bumper-sticker conservative logic.


    • Suburbanite

      Never in the history of this country have we ever paid this much for education and yet obtain so very little in return. The NEA would have you think that you need to satisfy a black hole of financing in order to produce the ultimately trained student. Lets face the facts: for the NEA, it’s never been about the student, but about their political clout and $$$. I just need to citeAlbert Shanker who headed NYC’s publics school employees union. He said that he would “start representing school children” when they start paying union dues. What a shame, but also it is the truth!

  • Roy Durbin

    Democrats is the NEA GOD .

  • bill

    anyone who endorses this traitor is a fool, there is 0% chance im wrong he represents the u.n. not the american people!WAKE UP

    • Mr. Justice

      You Are Correct!

  • Ggeorge Washington

    Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.
    Mr. Paul has not survived in politics for 22 years and maintain the ethics and morality he has by being anything other than stellar.
    If You refute the above comment, then I please invite You to listen to him speak about key issues. It is amazing how well he comes across because he doesn’t have to remember lies like other politicians. He understands what is happening in the world and knows how to apply the basic principles of liberty to achieve the real change that America so desperately deserves.
    American to American we are all on the same team. So I present Mr. Ron Paul as my Candidate for 2011 and invite anybody to meaningfully and respectfully debate why he is not the best for American and its people in 2012.
    Ron Paul = A real change, not for special interest, but for America’s Interests!
    Thank You for Your time
    Ron Paul 2012

    • Reality Check

      Donald Duck’s got more of a chance than Ron Paul, hahaha! Like our great American Jesse Jackson says: KEEP HOPE ALIVE! ;)

      By the way I love how this guy can’t even spell “George.” Cons are so stupid.

      • Italianwoman

        Jesse Jaackson— as Austin Powers would say “Righttttttt”.

  • Bob

    shows you why our students are doing so poorly… no intelligence leading them.

  • RI

    If he had any backbone he wouldn’t take their money until they reform. The tenure is to easily obtained. The tenured have no incentive to be good teachers.

    • Roberta Waker

      With teachers from India educating our children via the internet in some Chicago schools and doing an excellent job; I would think the teachers have more to worry about than who they will endorse in 2012.

  • tom Sharp

    Gee I can’t imagine why. Wait, it might be the opposition: 2 idiot women who don’t know basic historic facts. Newt the cheater and abuser, and a Morman. Even with a C- President, it looks like a landslide to me!

  • George Washington.

    I wouldn’t give a plug nickle for odumbie,the teachers union or the overpaid teachers put that in your pipe and smoke it all you anti-american lefties.

  • Suburbanite

    This is news? The NEA demands the presence of a marxist socialist in order for them to survive. Without force redistribution, the NEA would collapse like stacked cards.

  • Roberta Waker

    And I thought teachers were smart. How can they endorse ANYONE until they know who is running and what they stand for? Some teachers in Chicago have been replaced with teachers from India who are educating our children via the internet and doing a very good job. Seems to me the NEA should be more concerned about this than who they are endorsing in 2012.

  • Crooks

    Regardless if they are Democrats or Republicans, I would never vote for a candidate backed by unions.

  • J.t. Williams

    The NEA, for Obama!?? No. Even this article tries to make out as if Obama has been tough on the teacher’s unions, they play to public ignorance. Obama may have made some statements sounding tough on unaccountable teachers, but it’s only rhetoric. He also said he would not hire lobbyists for advisors, said that the military should not be used, except in the case of grave threat to AMERICANS, and that executive orders were immoral and unconstitutional! Noone should support Barack Obama in 2012. But you rubes hired the gangster Rahm Emanuel, so I won’t hold my breath

  • Roberta Waker

    The teachers don’t collect Social Security so they don’t care about the cuts Obama wants to make because they don’t think it will affect them. Wake up, teachers. If he can cut Social Security and Medicare, he can eliminate or cut your pensions just as easily. And you want to endorse him? Thought you were smarter than that.

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