IAM to Host Presidential Candidates Aug. 27-28 in Orlando, Florida

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2007 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will host a discussion of domestic issues with presidential candidates from both parties on August 27-28 at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, FL.

The IAM’s Conversation with the Candidates will begin with New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton at 3:30 pm on Aug. 27. At 7:30 pm on Aug. 27, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter will take part and may be joined by former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, former New York Republican Mayor Rudy Giulianiand Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

On Aug. 28, at 7:30 pm, candidates will include former North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards and Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Delaware Democratic Sen. Joe Biden may also attend.

The candidate conversations will be moderated by Erin Moriarty of CBS News and take place during the IAM’s National Staff Conference, an annual planning meeting of more than 600 local and national IAM representatives.

Following the staff conference, and with input from IAM members nationwide, union leaders will consider a primary endorsement for a candidate from each party. Such a dual endorsement would be a first in the IAM’s 119-year history.

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