May 24th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Obama's 'caminata'

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(Courtesy: CNN's Chris Welch)

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Barack Obama talked to supporters along a parade route in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Saturday. The event was referred to as a "caminata," a traditional parade for a candidate on the island.

Standing on the wooden box, Obama told supporters, "I am absolutely confident that if that we keep on working hard, there's no reason why we cant win here in Puerto Rico and if we win Puerto Rico we will win the nomination and if we win the nomination, we will win the general election."


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soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Axel

    Obama has steel to secure the Democratic Party candidacy; 2026 delegates in total. Sen. Clinton has all the rights to continue with her campaign. These are the rules. Have problem with this; take it to the DNC. “Stop nagging you idiots”.

    May 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. David

    Hillary Clinton has this believe that she suppose to be the nominee.
    Forgotten that the DNC rules is first the majority of delegates is all what matters.
    DNC makes rules before Hillary Clinton became a member of the party and in that rule, a state can vote on a period of time and if you violate it you vote will not be counted.
    If she is really for the good of the party without, why can she just accept the party rules rather than trying to change the rules?
    How can she want to be a president while she don't even believe in party rules?
    Why should DNC make rules if they not enforceable?

    May 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Texan for Obama

    Just shows he will talk with anyone at anytime. This even looks authentic...no staged pickup trucks from the 50's.

    Looks like everyone is having fun.

    May 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Jim

    Hillary can save the Dems chances! SUPERDELEGATES WAKE UP!!!
    This guy will never make it and you know it. This is only a bandwagon game and a show and it has been from the beginning.

    He cannot win Ohio, Florida, and many other crucial States. His campaign is surrounded by scandals and the Republicans are ready to drown him if they ever get their hands on him.

    HE IS NOT CUT OUT TO BE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY AND REVERAND WRIGHT ARE A WEIRD GROUP UNWORTHY TO BE AT THE HEAD OF OUR COUNTRY!

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

    its like 60s in USA, playing all over again. History really do repeat.

    May 24, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. jimmy velman

    OBAMA-CLINTON TICKET CERTAIN WINNING DEMS TICKET. AND WINNER OF GENERAL ELECTIONS.
    HILLARY HAS MOST NUMBER OF VOTES TO BE ON THE DEMS
    TICKET THAN ALL THE REST OF THE WANNABEES DEMS CANDIDATES INCLUDING DODD, RICHARDSON, BIDEN, ETC.

    IF HILLARY NOT CHOSEN BY OBAMA AS VP RUNNING MATE. WE WILL GET TOGETHER A COALITION AND CAMPAIGN AGGRESSSIVELY TO DEFEAT OBAMA.

    GENERAL WESELY CLARK PERFECT FOR SECRETARY OF STATE OR DEFENSE. ON OBAMA CABINET.

    AL GORE ALSO PERFECT CABINET POST.

    May 24, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Never Obama

    Still not voting for him.

    The move has started….

    It is a FACT that Hillary supporters will not support Obama in November IF he is the nominee. This is a sincere movement that has started networking through emails and websites. Currently our projections are just at 50% of Hillary supporters who have dedicated their vote and campaign help to McCain.

    Sorry Obots. We want EXPERIENCE. Don't take it personal. It is what it is.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 24, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Curacao Island

    I'm not a US Citizen but we are following Obama all the way to the White House. This guy is verry inspiring and bring confindent back in the world. Wish i could vote for him. Obam the nation island of Curacao support you. In our language we would say "Dal bai Obama" wich means go on Obama.

    May 24, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. peace-lover

    All 3 major candidates in the US Presidential election are US Senators who keep voting YES to military funding authorization bills. The US Senate could stop the Iraq war, despite Bush and Cheney's love of the war, if a simple majority of Senators voted NO every time a military-spending-authorization bill comes to the floor of the US Senate for a vote.

    The Dems say they want an end to the war, but they keep voting YES for funding the war. The Repubs are less hypocritical. They admit they like the war.

    But the basic fact is that both parties continue to fund the war with their votes for military-funding-authorization bills in the UX Congress.

    McCain, Clinton, and Obama are all guilty of perpetuating the US military operations in Iraq and elsewhere overseas.

    May 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. CB, NY

    This is a good and important tactic for him to campaign there (although apparently it's a lost cause as a primary) – he does need to focus a LOT on the hispanic vote...but he should think outside the Puerto Rican box to the communities who are affected by immigration stances (Puerto Ricans of course are not)... McCain impressed a lot of people with at least a willingness to address that topic. Obama needs to take a clear and vocal stance on that issue also, so that they know what they are getting. If he gets 90% of the african american vote, and 60-70% of the hispanic vote, plus lets say 65% of a well-turned-out youth vote....he is pretty much guaranteed to be president, and can almost ignore the people who would never vote for him because of who he is (liberal mixed-race politian=bye bye traditions).

    May 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. syl

    McCain is right. Obama takes very cheap shots.
    Remember how he ridiculed Hillary having a drink in the bar, or carrying a gun or dusting his jacket. It all a patter ...his cheap shots..His campaign by the examples above also shows signs of sexism.

    May 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. El Máximo Gutierrez

    SI SE PUEDE SENOR OBAMA!!!

    JES WE CAN!!!

    YOU ARE THE BEST SENATOR OBAMA!!! WE LOVE YOU!!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. MAY THE BEST PERSON WIN...

    I WAS AN AVID HILLARY SUPPORTER. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT SHE WISH SENATOR OBAMA HARM WHEN SHE MADE THE RFK REFERENCE BUT IT IS AN INDICATION THAT SHE IS REACHING WAY TOO HARD FOR REASON, EXAMPLES, ANY EXCUSE TO CONTINUE IN THIS PURSUIT. NO OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE THE NOMINATION AND LIFE DOES HAPPEN. I HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS TO HIM. IT IS CLEARLY TIME FOR ME TO THROW MY SUPPORT TO THE PERSON WHO HAS RUN THE BEST CAMPAIGN ON ALL LEVELS.

    HILLARY NEEDS TO REGROUP AND COME BACK LATER. THIS WAS NOT HER TIME.

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

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

    May 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Kattia

    Puerto Ricans are not typical "Hispanic" voters. Don't be surprised if Puerto Rico comes out and votes for Barack Obama.

    May 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. usa

    hillary is worst than bush.

    there is NOTHING good about her that i want my little girl to look up to, nothing.

    u must be a fool to vote for hillary.

    May 24, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Caroll

    Hillary has a right to stay in the campaign. Obama and his naive supporters want her out because they are afraid she is going to keep winning the last few states and delegates and make him look bad. He has already made himself look bad with his wishywashy realtionship to his pastor and his alienating statements to country voters. Also, they want an easy win for Obama rather than have him work for the nomination. Why should she hand him the nomination? I didn't notice Obama handing anything over to Hillary, especially any weak caucus wins. Hillary has won more of the popular vote, which should indicate that the will of the people is more in line with Hillary than Barack. Go Hillary. The better candidate is Hillary.

    May 24, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Robert Nyarko, Apam, Ghana

    He's simply the people's choice. Obama is not white nor black, he's an American. He's a representation of the entire American populace and will be a unifier of the polarized American society.

    Yes We Can. OBAMA '08

    May 24, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. JERRY LEACH

    It seems to me that there are a lots of people with short memories that go around running their mouth about things. I remember that one president walked all around with his wife and finaly won the president's job. What happened there? We had a plane load of american citizens hi-jacked by Iran. The was the only thing the was good on that other farmers getting raises on pea-nuts.

    Now we have a man running for President who has been caught in several lies not to mention the preacher he worked with was a radical. He says he didn't know anything about that teaching for twenty years
    That is all we know about him and you want to make him President Whats wrong with Hillary. At least we know she won't turn against us. Personaly she is the only one that knows all the crooks in DC. I hope she turns Independent, that would upset the whole apple cart.

    KILROY

    May 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. RealDeal

    Love you Obama!! Bring home for us Puerto Rico.

    May 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Gerri

    I was SUUUUCCCHHH a Hilary supporter, basically because I am a woman. I felt she was in this to help raise the status of women everywhere. Now I see the light. Hillary you have shown what many have told me from the beginning, You will do anything to get the nomination.

    May 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Gordi Canada

    Is it fair that some how we made obama responsable for rev wrights
    comments, but we alwaysattribute the words from clintons mouth acceptable because she is tired or we didn't get what she was saying .TO THE SUPER D'S, YOU SEEM TO SHOW MORE RESPECT TO HER THAN HIM, he deserves better and if you don't jump on board with this she will continue to make a joke of your party.I am a quit sure she can't wrap her mind arround the fact she is losing (lets hope she dosn't run as an independant)She sure comes across to me that she wants to win more than anything else not caring whom she has to step on or lie to, to get there.CONGRATULATIONS, OBAMA.

    May 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Linda

    Hillary for President

    May 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Kea

    It's amazing how Puerto Rico can help make history, yet not even have a voice in the General Election. If their residents want to say they helped to elect the US President, they need to vote Obama. If they vote any different, they might as well just stay home, since a Clinton vote has the same weight as a no vote. You wouldn't want to tell your grandkids years from now that you made a mistake by voting Clinton 08, do you?

    May 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Tony - Indiana Moderate

    Let's hope the good people of Puerto Rico have enough insight to see how gone Hillary's campaign truly is now. Hopefully they have saw through the lies that counting every vote will make her the popular vote leader. The only way this is true is if we take two states that broke the rules, where people stayed home knowing their votes wouldn't count. Not to mention, as we all know, he received ZERO votes in Michigan, while she received around 337,000. Come on PR, let's send Hillary a message.

    May 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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