May 24th, 2008
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Obama, Clinton court Puerto Rico's voters

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Sen. Barack Obama talks to veterans in Puerto Rico on Saturday morning.
Sen. Barack Obama talks to veterans in Puerto Rico on Saturday morning.

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took their campaigns to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Saturday in an effort to woo voters before the June 1 primary.

There are 55 Democratic delegates up for grabs, though voters cannot take part in the general election in November.

Obama campaigned early Saturday at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon, where he praised the nation's veterans before Memorial Day.

"It's fitting to be here today, not just because Memorial Day is around the corner but because Puerto Ricans are such an important part of the United States military. On this island and in Puerto Rican neighborhoods across America, you can go into almost any home and find a veteran living there or a photograph of a loved one in uniform hanging on the wall," he said.

Obama also took aim at Republican Sen. John McCain over his opposition to an update of the GI Bill. The legislation passed the Senate on Thursday afternoon by a 75-22 vote and passed the House this month by a similar margin. It proposes to essentially provide a full scholarship to in-state public universities for members of the military who have served for at least three years.

"I don't understand why John McCain would side with George Bush and oppose our plan to make college more affordable for our veterans. ... Putting a college degree within reach for our veterans isn't being too generous; it's the least we can do for our heroes," Obama said.

Shortly after Obama's remarks, the McCain campaign hit back.

"Barack Obama talks about helping veterans, but when the choice came between delivering for our military men and women and playing partisan politics, he decided politics was more important," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Saturday.

Clinton, meanwhile, hosts a "Solutions for Puerto Rico's Families" town hall in Aguadilla on Saturday.

Clinton has done well among Hispanic voters in this year's primaries. She is expected to do well Puerto Rico's primary; Puerto Ricans make up a large swath of her New York constituency.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. B - NYC

    Barrack Hussein Obama has been doing a great deal of "politics as usual" lately...
    Seems to contradict himself quite a bit...

    May 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Lucas

    Say what you will about the damage that may have been done to obama or the democratic party due to the prolonged primary, but you can't argue with this. When was the last time Puerto Rico mattered? When was the last time you saw candidate actively campaigning there? This will work to the Dem's advantage in November, no doubt about it.

    May 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Hillary is Going Down!

    Security....security....please watch Sen Obama carefully. Hillary is also in Puerto Rico and she drop the message that she is staying is the race because you may never know what can happen before June.

    Obama Administration 08"

    May 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Bruce TX

    Ok Quote : There are 55 Democratic delegates up for grabs, though voters cannot take part in the general election in November., ok Obama if you with the delegates and they can not Vote in November what makes you think you can beat Mc Cain, Hillary all the Way, at Least she can win the High Population States that would Rather Vote Jeffery Dalmer than Obama!

    May 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    B-NYC, you have not a clue. He has not done any politics as usual. He is preparing for the national election, plus he is hittin McCain as he should be.

    May 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Do you allow people to call Obama Hussein? Can CNN explain why they allow people to write all these comments?

    May 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Josh

    GO AWAY FROM US LATINOS OBAMA!!! WE WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU DO NOT CARE FOR US AT ALL LIKE HILLARY CLINTON DOES! SHE HAS FOUGHT FOR YEARS FOR OUR RIGHTS AND YOU HAVE DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR THE LATINO COMMUNITY! GO BACK HOME TO ILLINOIS WE DON'T WANT YOU AS PRESIDENT!

    IF HILLARY IS NOT THE NOMINEE.......SI MCCAIN!!!

    May 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. vince

    You haven't seen anything yet. This guy is a blank sheet of paper. When it comes to ideas about change he is clueless. On a side note I do have to admit that since his supporters spend so much time blogging , lawn jobs and the amount of beer bottles tossed on lawns has decreased.

    May 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Joe Reg

    Is HRC still campaigning?

    Oh! she is campaigning for 2012 already!!!

    May 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Marilyn

    I hope Hillary does really well in Puerto Rico. She is the only chance for a Democratic win in the Fall. Obama does nothing for me – he is an empty suit, all talk and no action.

    May 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Texan for Obama

    Looks like Puerto Rico is glad to have him there. Hillary may not have quite as much support as she would have had earlier. Her constituency is shrinking daily.

    May 24, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Dealt

    "I won't ever give up", "I keep coming back". HRC sounding like the mummy in the horror movie (maybe it's her subsconscious speaking out those lines),

    P.S. for B. NY: Barack Hussein Obama, is Obama's name, yes. But you pointing it out is not innocent as he is for having been named that way. And besides, what's in a name? We never choose ours, have you noticed? Also, those are common names. "Our lady of Fatima", for example, is a well known catholic shrine. And Fatimah was also the name of Muhammads sister. The King of Jordan is also Hussein, for example and he's so much more reasonable than USA's Bush.

    May 24, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. A

    Obama 08!

    B- It would help your case a little if you spelled his name right. lol

    May 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Arlene Tognetti

    If you have been to any of the Rally's, Townhall Meetings
    and gathering for Senator Barack Obama...He is VERY
    consistant in his speaking and directing his focus towards
    three MAIN THINGS
    Iraqi War
    Health Care for ALL
    and
    JOBS coming back into America
    and fourth thing :
    Bringing America back up in the Global
    Respect place we should be:
    He has been consistant in every single
    State.locale and rally: I have heard them all
    been to many:
    Senator Barack Obama also votes consistantly
    the same way: he has never changed his vote in
    the Senate
    Can't speak for Hillary or John McCain
    but I can for Barack Obama ....
    You all should listen and watch each candidates
    speeches and campaign focus and also check out
    their voting records: Then you will know and can vote
    objectively

    Thanks
    Arlene in Seattle

    Obama 2008

    May 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. trudy

    well i wonder what you have in mind to remind us of his full name. it is oldnews. next?

    May 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Democrats Unite!

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    For all those saying that Why does obama now support seating the delegates from Michigan and Florida while he "blocked all efforts to do so" before… THAT IS NOT TRUE, some say that some of his attorneys were working to prevent a revote. Well even if that is true, he was not blocking seating the delegates, he never did and still hasnt. He has said that he will let the DNC decide and that he supports seating the delegates as long as Clinton for instance doesnt get every single Michigan vote and Delegate as she proposes just for BREAKING THE RULES and putting her name on the ballot.

    Please read the facts!

    May 24, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Clinton and McCain Love Strawmen Games

    Obama will close the gap there too real soon.

    May 24, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Florida for Obama

    B-NYC, why don't you get it that the more you embrace racist, uneducated jargon, the more Clinton loses. Get a clue.

    May 24, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Reggie - TX

    Barack Hussein Obama will be the next president of the United States....GO BARACK GO!!!! Obama is creating a coalition of voters that resembles the diversity of our great country and although P.R. can't vote in the general, all people deserve a chance to see such an inspiration political figure. Mr. Obama, you are our hope for a better future. I'm proud that my generation's Kennedy has finally come!!!

    May 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. John

    Yes, Hussein. So what? Hussein is an Arabic name. There are many Africans that answer English names and many Amerricans that answer Polish, English, Irish, and other such names. So what? Grow up and wisen up. Your myopic and narrow view of the world is akin to George Bush's understanding of the world and John McCain's lack of understanding of the difference between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam. Those views got us into this pit that we now find ourselves in. Your days of prejudice are gone and they no longer have any place in American politics. Our time for change has come! Thank God for Obama.

    May 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. jimmy velman

    OBAMA AND CLINTON TOGETHER IN PUERTO RICO IS PERFECT.
    THEY SHOULD BE TOGETHER ON THE DEMS PRESIDENTIAL TICKET AS WELL.. THEY BOTH (TOGETHER) WILL WIN THE
    GENERAL ELECTION AS PREZ AND VP.

    OBAMA WITHOUT HILLARY AS VP = MCCAIN !!!!

    WE WILL VOTE MCCAIN IF HILLARY IS IGNORED BY OBAMA CAMP.

    TRY US.

    May 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. SHIRLEY,OH

    I hope Hillary comes out smelling like a rose! She has been trashed all along and I'm tired of it. McCain will win this election if Obama is the nominee. I do not trust Obama! I received an e-mail some time ago and it stated: If Obama was the president, we would have the enemy working from the inside out. I feel that this has some truth to it. Just can't get myself to vote for Obama, its Hillary or McCain.

    May 24, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Gobama

    If people will not leave the military to be with their families, they will leave for a cheap scholarship? tsk tsk

    Guys like McCain't belong to the past. They don't think much!

    So it is very very important to call out McCain't to the American people at this point; because Mr Bombbombbomb bombbomb Iran would widen the Iraq war.

    The last thing Americans need is an intemperate and churlish leader. John McCain't would be a nightmare for America.

    McCain't want to ensure that he has soldiers to toss in the Iraqi hell hole. That is why he's reluctant to ensure a reasonable amount of gratitude for the vets.

    If someone put his life on the line for even a day, especially in war time, this country can afford scholarship money for the 'gamble' to serve.

    Moreover, Americans ARE NOT reluctant to serve the nation when the cause is just and reasonable.
    Even the unwise and wasteful Iraq war STILL attracts Americans to sign up for duty.

    So it is only those vision-less and lost leaders who would think that offering scholarships to vets would cause them to quit the military in a time of need.

    May 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Larry?

    Report on Larry Sinclair allegations regarding Obama
    larrysinclair0926.wordpress.com/

    May 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Oh, please B-NYC you are not the least bit clever.

    May 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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