The governing council of the union's campaign finance committee, or PAC, backed Smith's comment and added Romney is unacceptable so far, too.
The Fire Fighters, one of the most politically active unions - and one that is plurality Republican - formally endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama.
Below are excerpts of a speech by Richard Trumka to the Center for National Policy, a think tank that in concentrated on national security issues.
With the presidential campaign in full swing following President Obama's formal re-election announcement, two top unions jumped in hard.
The AFL-CIO described it as "deeply disappointing and troubling."
The right wing's use of the Supreme Court to try to destroy President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act endangers the very health of the American people.
"As president, Barack Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery and to our full potential as a nation," Richard Trumka said during the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting.
The AFT, like a number of other unions, had already endorsed President Barack Obama before this meeting.
Labor-backed Interfaith Worker Justice is mobilizing support for home health care workers.
Podhorzer said that by the end of today the AFL-CIO would be kicking off its 2012 election effort by issuing an official endorsement of President Obama's bid for re-election.