Addressing Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members on January 5, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama reminded the crowd that he is firmly tied to the SEIU:
I come from an organizing background. I've been working with the SEIU before I was elected to anything. When I was a community organizer SEIU Local 880 and myself we organized people ... we organized voter registration drives. That's how we developed political power on the South side of Chicago.... And now the time has come for us to do it all across this country. We are going to paint the nation purple with SEIU.
SEIU I'm glad you are with me. Let's together change the country.
Then Obama leads the crowd in an SEIU chant, SEIU, SEIU, SEIU ....
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