Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont addresses the AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester on September 7

Sep 7, 2015 11:37 PM

Steinhauser: Sanders tells NH1 News he's confident of union support

NH1 Political Director -

MILFORD – Bernie Sanders says he thinks “a lot of unions” will endorse his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News minutes before marching in the Milford, New Hampshire Labor Day parade, Sanders said “I am confident that we’ll have the support of more unions” when asked if he thinks labor leaders will hold off on making any endorsements before they get a good look at the independent senator from Vermont.

Sanders kicked off a jam-packed Monday in the first-in-the-nation primary state with a nearly 40 minute long speech at the AFL-CIO breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Manchester’s east side.

Sanders, who joined striking FairPoint communications workers last year, told the audience that “I was proud to be on the picket lines here in New Hampshire and in Vermont in support of the workers who are fighting that unfair contract.”

Sanders, who’s now the front runner in the latest three Democratic presidential nomination polls in New Hampshire, has come under attack in recent days from surrogates of Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state remains the overall front runner for the nomination, but her poll numbers nationally and in the key early voting states have slipped this summer.

Asked about those attacks, Sanders told NH1 News “I think her people look out and see hundreds of people here today, that we have over a 100,000 volunteers all over this country today, people handing out literature, people getting on the phone, talking to people, that we have more individual campaign contributors than any other campaign.”

“I think the sense is that we are a movement here that is growing stronger every single day. You know the more people get to know who I am. A lot of people still don’t know who I am, the more people get to know the issues that we’re talking about, I think we’ll do better and better,” Sanders added.

As Sanders was courting the union vote in the Granite State, Vice President Joe Biden was headlining a major labor rally in Pittsburgh. Biden is seriously considering a third run for the White House.

Asked if he’s had a chance to talk to the vice president recently, Sanders said “I have not. Well, not for the last month or so.”

“Joe Biden’s a friend of mine. Somebody I’ve known for many years, very decent guy. If he chooses to get into the race what I promise him is what I have Hillary Clinton. We don’t run negative ads. We don’t make personal on people. We run issue orientated campaigns talking about the needs of the American people and I look forward having that debate with the vice president if he enters the race,” Sanders continued.

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