The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) says that both Michelle Obama as well as John And Elizabeth Edwards have cancelled upcoming appearances on ABC’s The View “in support of our striking writers there. We hope others continue to follow their example.” Most of the Democratic presidential candidates — John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden and Bill Richardson — have publicly pledged not to cross the WGA picket lines as well as picket lines at CBS should WGA-CBS News members go on strike. But the potential walkout could cancel a December 10th debate scheduled among the contenders in Los Angeles because CBS is to broadcast the event co-sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. “It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News, but let me be clear: I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike,” Hillary Clinton said. Edwards, on a conference call with reporters, said he would not cross the picket line in the event of a strike. Spokesmen for Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Joe Biden and Chris Dodd also said those candidates would not participate. CBS News writers on Monday authorized their union leaders to call a national strike. Democratic spokeswoman Karen Finney said the committee would monitor the CBS labor situation, and she indicated the party would cancel the debate in the event of a strike. “The Democratic Party believes the right to organize and collectively bargain is one of our most fundamental rights, and we are proud to stand with the working men and women in the labor movement,” Finney said. “Given the Democratic Party’s long history of supporting the labor movement in America, if the strike is still going on, we will not cross the picket lines.” Meanwhile, here’s a new article on the difficult relationship caused by the WGA strike between the Democratic White House wannabes and their Hollywood mogul campaign contributors from the conservative viewpoint Weekly Standard.
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