August 7, 2007
Democratic presidential candidates will meet working families Aug. 7 at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum in Chicago.
When: 7-8:30 p.m. tonight
Where: telecast on MSNBC, forum at Soldier Field in Chicago
Working men and women will ask the candidates questions focusing on issues that affect the daily lives of working families—from jobs and wages to health care, retirement, education and Iraq. Some of the questions will be submitted and selected by visitors to the AFL-CIO’s Working Families Vote 2008 website.
We encourage working family activists to host friends, colleagues and family at "watch parties" to see and discuss the forum and critical issues in the 2008 election.
To learn how to host your own watch party, download the toolkit available here (PDF).
The presidential forum, the seven AFL-CIO townhall meetings with presidential candidates that preceded it and the interactive Working Families Vote 2008 website are part of the AFL-CIO’s work to involve union members in selecting America’s next president and to ensure that the candidates are hearing working families’ concerns. As another part of that effort, the AFL-CIO sent working family issues questionnaires to all major candidates for the presidency, Republicans and Democrats. Only Democratic candidates have responded. Questionnaires are online here. The AFL-CIO has not endorsed a presidential candidate.