During the '90s boom, wooing labor endorsements was less of a priority for centrist Democrats, but hard economic times have pushed labor issues to the forefront of the Democratic primary. Is labor still a political powerhouse? Do the candidates need the unions' support to win?
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Larry Scanlon, political director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Harley Shaiken professor of Social and Cultural Studies and an expert on Labor issues, University of California Berkeley
Thomas Edsall, political correspondent, The Washington Post
This program aired on August 5, 2003.