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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  1. Eli

    Obama has finally begun to open up, whether you like his message or not, he is reshaping the whole playing field in politics. Lies, negative stuff and old timers will no longer rule this country.

    May 24, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  2. Jack

    Hispanics have rejected Obama all across America.... I don't see Hispanics overseas voting for him either since they talk to relatives in the U.S>

    May 24, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Jose

    Senor Obama sabe las problemas de la jente de color y la pobre. McCain Y Hillary tienen muchos million de dolares y sabe solo de la jente que muy rico. Obama 08. si se puede.

    May 24, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Jeannette W.

    With Obamas' leadership, we will change the world together! Thank you Senator!

    May 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Don

    Keep up the Good Work Obama, unless the people know you, they'll remain as ignorant as those who try to disparage your character with their small minds. If we were judged by the same standard as you are, I dare say none of us would meet the criteria to be president let alone any office that requires us to judge fairly.

    May 24, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Jay

    You fear mongering crap isn't going to work anymore B – NYC.

    May 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Hillary - All the Way to the Convention

    Puerto Ricans will not fall for Obama's empty speeches. He has no experience and offers no details concerning his policies. He has the thinnest skin and gets offended at comments not even directed at him (how will this man deal with world leaders if he did become the nominee – he'd be whinning, misinterpreting comments and incorrectly crying foul all the time – scary!).

    Puerto Ricans are smart and will realize that Senator Clinton is the best candidiate – she has experience, she offers detailed policies, she represents all democrats (including working Democrats), and she can take the heat in the kitchen.

    Obama is not the nominee – he is acting so arrogantly as if he won the nomination already. Neither candidiate has the math to win the nomination without superdelegates – which means this will go all the way to the convention. Clinton has won the popular vote. Let's listen to the voters and not end up with another Bush/Gore 2000.

    Puerto Rico – come out and vote for Sen Clinton. Join the majority of voters. We'd love to have your company.

    May 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Go Obama!!

    B – NYC. Yes he is campaigning, as he should be, he will be the nominee is a few days. And he is as straight forward as he aways has been thru out his campaign. If all the garbage were cleared out of your head you would be able to listen and it would make sence to you....

    May 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Linda

    Quote of the Year: From 'The Audacity Of Hope, "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." – Senator Barack Hussein Obama

    Quote of the Month: "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." – Senator Barack Hussein Obama

    Kentucky Says "NO OBAMA NATION"

    Anti-Obama Mania is growing! Look at our Current Website Visitors on the Map Below

    I think the Kool-Aid is wearing off!

    Barack Obama on Rev. Jeremiah Wright: "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

    So Barack, since making the statement above, you stated that you HAVE disowned Rev. Jeremiah Wright! So our questions to you is, have you also disowned the black community, or are you a liar! You can't have it both ways. Just come clean with the American people and run an honest campaign for "a change we can believe in"!

    --------------------------–

    May 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. kenny cole

    TO THE PIG,B-NYC OR WHAT DO YOU CALL YOUR NAME WHAT IS BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA GOT TO DO WITH HIS NOMINATION,GET THE FACT WE UNDERSTAND RASICTS IS A DESEASE YOU WILL SOON GET OVER IT

    May 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Freedom of speech

    B-NYC, you are a looser and discusting to most members of society with a brain larger then a pea.

    We don't need your vote looser!

    Go Barack!

    May 24, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Bravo

    DON'T BE FOOLED BY ALL THIS PSYCHO PANTS AGINST FOR WHAT IS BETTER FOR OUR COUNTRY.

    OBAMA 08

    May 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. taylor

    I just dont understand why the hispanic people think have an obligation to vote for Hillary Clinton.As far as i'm concerned they are just a bunch of traitors.

    May 24, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. jim t

    the eyes of the nation will be on you puerto ricans to make the right

    and pick obama and not corrupted clinton

    May 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. EDUCATED WHITE WOMEN FOR HILLARY

    OBAMA IS A CHARLATAN...........

    HE PANDERS TO THE INTERESTS AND FEARS OF EACH PARTICULAR GROUP HE IS PERFORMING IN FRONT OF.

    HIS KOOL-AID DRINKING SUPPORTERS, GOONEY LUNEY LEFTIST TALKING HEAD PUNDITS, AND THE MEDIA HAVE TRIED TO MAKE HIS NOMINATION INEVITABLE, BUT THEY WILL SOON SEE THAT IT IS NOT WISE TO ATTEMPT FORCING A CANDIDATE DOWN THE THROATS OF AMERICANS.

    HILLARY WILL BE THE NOMINEE, OR MCCAIN WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    May 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  16. jim t

    correction – right choice

    May 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Scott from VA

    Obama is doing his normal routine of taking cheap shots at his opponents. But, the voters are getting fed up with it, which is why he has lost in a long string of key states (KY, WV, OH, PA and TX) and why he will lose in Puerto Rico.

    May 24, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Henry

    Barack is an admirable man who has not contradicted himself. He is and honorable man.

    P.S. The name is Barack, not Barrack.

    Obama 08

    May 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Eric in Cincy

    I didn' t believe it earlier this year, but some people really are hateful and will use anything to attack someone. Not that Barack has anything to be ashamed of by his middle name, but we know "B-NYC" why you used his middle name above.

    Is this the only way for you to discredit him by trying to make him look Muslim? Just because he has a Muslim name, doesn't make him bad. And if you think so, then that makes you racist.

    Don't hate the playa, hate the game "B-NYC".

    May 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Rick FL

    I do not understand how McCain's campaign can call it "partisan" when the GI Bill was supported by a veto-proof, bipartisan majority. If anything, McCain is playing partisan politics by siding with Bush again–so much for the maverick.

    May 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Fran

    I always find it interesting how the media, across the board, reports on Obama, Clinton... Obama is always mentioned and listed first, unless it is to report something negative about Senator Clinton, then of course she is mentioned first with flashing lights and smiling faces of the reporters and pundits. Obama is a politician through and through, but the media refuses to show that side of him. He plays the game better than anyone else in Washington. He really does contradict himself and his whole campaign. I will never vote for him and I will write in Hillary in November. I want my president to be a person who is willing to fight for me than a person who is only willing to fight for himself.

    May 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Renny Comenencia

    I thingk Clinton should leave the race and join Obama to secure a democrat as the next president.
    The early she does it the better it is for thr democratic party

    May 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Michigan Voter !!!

    CNN You Need To Change The Numbers in Your " National Polls Of Polls "
    Hillary Is Leading In The National Presidential Polls , And State By State Polls Beating Obama 7 – 13 Percentage Points . Obama Is Unelectable Against McCain , Hillary Is Leading McCain In These Recent Polls .

    Hillary President 2008

    May 24, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  24. Tamba Emmanuel

    Can Democrats afford to loose this God given opportunity to win the White house, just because some people cannot see the writing on the wall, is there no Daniel among the Senior Democrats who can read, and interpret those writings, for some people to understand? I know there are. Enough time has been given to McCain to be moving around freely as if he has no opponent. Now he is talking about fund raising ease. Action Democrats, action is needed now!!!!

    May 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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