Senator McCain and Governor Palin appeared on CNBC Tuesday for an interview conducted by Maria Bartiromo, who asked about the Employee Free Choice Act, i.e., the card check legislation that would encourage union intimidation of employees who do not want to join a union. From the CNBC transcript:
BARTIROMO: In addition to taxes, unions. Why haven’t you made the union issue a campaign issue? That is, the right to have a secret ballot. Why isn’t this a major issue on your agenda?
Sen. McCAIN: You know, we’ve talked about it a lot and unfortunately, there’s three or four issues that you can get out strongly. But this is–we’ve been talking about for a long time. This is a threat to the fundamental of labor management relations. It’s fundamental to democracy, the right to have a secret ballot. The way that Senator Obama envisions and the unions–and this is their big push, and they’ve gotten commitments from Senator Obama and Senator Biden–union organizer goes to your house and says, “Hey, Joe, can I sign you up for the union?’ That is–we all know what that opens the door to. It’s dangerous for America, it’s dangerous to small business and I think it’s a threat to one of the fundamentals of democracy.
BARTIROMO: Will you veto the bill?
Sen. McCAIN: In a New York minute, if I may say that. I will do everything in my power to block such legislation. And imagine, Senator Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushing the union agenda. It’d be very, very, very unfortunate.
The presidential candidates have been on the record about card check for quite some time now; Obama voted for cloture when H.R. 800 came to the Senate floor in June 2007, and McCain voted no. (Roll call vote.)
But the issue has never been engaged in the presidential campaign: Debate moderators skipped the issue, unfortunately so. In addition, the mainstream media* have shown little interest in the union scheme that would institutionalize union abuse of employees while reorganizing the U.S. labor market along more static, European lines.
So, to CNBC and Mario Bartiromo, thank you for posing the question. We look forward to Senator Obama being queried in the same fashion.
* CNBC and Fox News have highlighted the issue, and in the print media, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page has recently published several important pieces on card check:
- Labor Unions Prolonged the Depression, October 28, Mark Mix, President, National Right to Work Committee.
- The Election Choice: Unions — Obama’s pro-union agenda is the most ambitious in decades, October 27, Jason L. Riley.
- A Liberal Supermajority, October 17, editorial.
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