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March 28, 2007--Edward Sullivan, president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, presided over the presidential forum during the BCTD's annual legislative conference.  Seven Democratic candidates addressed the forum; Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) was a late addition to the program while Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) was a late scratch.  Before the Democrats spoke, Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) presented a Republican viewpoint.  Boehner received some boos when he addressed Iraq, but Sullivan noted that "he was so important to us on the pension bill."  "We can disagree without being disagreeable," Sullivan said.  Summing up the event, Sullivan said, "I think everybody did a good job."  He further stated, "This is a first impression for a lot of our members."  Sullivan said a decision on an endorsement would come later.  "We're all trying to stick together," he said.  The BCTD encompasses 12 affiliated unions with two million active members.

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Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

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