May 30th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
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Clinton looks to Puerto Rico to boost her campaign

Sen. Clinton speaks at a Cuban social club, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, May 25.
Sen. Clinton speaks at a Cuban social club, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, May 25.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is spending her second straight weekend campaigning in Puerto Rico before the island territory's June 1 primary. It could be one of her last chances to boost her popular vote total.

For Clinton, it's a family affair - with both husband Bill and daughter Chelsea making the rounds.

"Chelsea and I and Hillary have now been to 42 of Puerto Rico's municipalities campaigning for the votes of the people of Puerto Rico," Bill Clinton said Thursday.

"She represents more Puerto Ricans than anyone in the world except someone who is elected here. Send the message back to the mainland on Sunday that Puerto Rico deserves to be considered and its potential is unlimited if only you had a genuine partner in the White House," he added.

She's counting on a strong showing on Sunday. With 55 delegates up for grabs Tuesday, it's the last big prize before the primaries end.

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Sharon Minnesota

    There is still six months to go before the General Election takes place. If you have already made your decision for Barack Obama, may I suggest that you take a step back and keep your options open. The Chicago Senator has a huge iceberg floating around out there of which we have only seen the tip. To date, his true story has not been fully revealed by the major news networks regarding the shenanigans that took place to further his political career in Chicago. My feeling is that the democrats are going to commit suicide and/or implode from their own zeal to get back into the white house. Popularity contests are generally not very substantial when electing the leader of the USA.

    If you're a democrat and you're fed up with all the liberal fanfare and hoopla, now is the time to start a new chapter in life while it's still possible to do so. Don't vote for Obama, Clinton or George W. Bush #2. Join the new republican party and vote for John McCain #1 before it's too late to live in a free society.

    May 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Louis

    What planet is Geraldine Ferraro from? She's so ugly. She's got this scary face to say the least. She is as ugly as the words that come out of her filthy mouth. Who is giving this frog eyed woman some cheap publicity anyway?

    Shame of you Ferraro. Most Americans can't stand you. You are so disgusting.

    May 30, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yes, this week the road to the white house goes thru Peurto Rico.
    And next week thru another place.

    May 30, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Can we just not let her back in this country.

    May 30, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Mat

    Hillary went to Florida the day of the primary and even said that their votes should count – get your facts right before you say something –

    This is all a big joke – and is tearing the party apart – I hope we're all excited about another 4 years of Bush Administration, lies and more lies

    May 30, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Ralph

    Boost it? Boost it to where?

    May 30, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    ONE QUESTION, WHEN DID PR HELP ELECT A PRESIDENT. THIS THING IS OVER IF THE GAME IS PLAYED FAIRLY. THE SHAME OF POLITICS IS THAT IT MOTTO IS - "ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR".
    THANKS TO GOD WE ARE NOT DEALING WITH ONLY POLITICS THIS TIME AROUND. WE ARE DEALING WITH WHAT GOD WANTS.
    WE BELEIVE THAT WHEN YOU STEP ON GOD'S CHURCH AND HIS CHILDREN NO GOOD WILL COME TO YOU. BEING THE SENIOR OF OUR CREW, I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED, AFTER 11 ELECTIONS,
    SEEN RACE, CHURCH AND SEX USED IN SO OPENLY AND HURTFUL WAYS. nOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH.

    May 30, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    I'm just waiting to hear what family roots she supposedly has in Puerto Rico now.

    May 30, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. AmericanPeople

    In 2000, we saw one highly qualified person (Gore) for this job walked away. Look what a mess we are in now. We only left ourselves to blame. Sadly, seven years later, it happened again. History will tell.

    May 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Zoe

    Look for more and more desperate, staged "protests" organized by the Clintons.....its all sham! Women want her out also....she is too
    damaging to the DNP.

    The Owen and Taylor women for Obama

    May 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama can’t close the deal
    So
    Hillary 08

    May 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    Some articles close so fast makes you wonder who decides to pull the plug. The Reagan Democrats will rise up against Obama and his racist church. I am one of those Reagan Democrats who think of country first, party second. The Obama-bots are fools. I think of Obama as a craze, like Cabbage Patch Dolls and Tickle Me Elmo. That is the only explaination I can come up with since we have a blank resume for Obama. "I did not vote for the War"? ( I also did not vote on much else.) That is it??

    May 30, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Helene

    The point of the matter is : Puerto Rico is NOT the 51th state. So, they will not vote in November. If Clinton is so keen about their votes she should move there and frankly what a relief it would be not to have this silly, arrogant liar appearing in her frumpy pant-suits on TV.

    May 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. JC

    Oh No, neither candidate will win.
    The way it goes, it will be President McCain, Nader or Barr.
    I do hope Lou Dobbs join in soon.
    DNC is dead to have let the Clintons kill the party.
    This is the best election for Independents.

    May 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. The Lady

    June 4th 2008.

    May 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Michael Straight Talk

    HRC will get a shock of her life in PR! Watch and learn!

    May 30, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Beltway Insider

    "Hillary spent summers growing up in Puerto Rico with her great aunt – that's right, Hillary is part Puerto Rican. She recalled stories of getting up before sunrise to pick coffee beans and eating delicious plantains for breakfast.

    She developed a real connection with the Puerto Rican people and has fought consistently and diligently for them ever since her husband was elected governor of Arkansas. She has always fought for their rights and has made it her number one mission to push for statehood for Puerto Rico."

    Sad thing is, if I read this on her website I wouldn't even flinch. I almost expect her to have grown up in every American state and territory at some point, and for every state and territory to be her number one priority.

    May 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. slipstich

    fixed get a life, read be informed C+CLINTON N=NATIONAL N=NEWS. So biased they put on their site what they want, to hell with first amandment rights, you are for criminal clinton so you are heard, I am not so I get blocked. just one more nail in cnn coffin

    May 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Barack the Vote in RI

    Look people – all you HRC supporters are setting yourselves up for a big let-down for 2 big reasons. First, if you give HRC 100% of the votes for Puerto Rico, 100% of the votes for Kentucky and 100% of the votes for Montana (which incidentally, the polls seem to be in Obama's favor) and NONE of the votes to Obama...PLUS 75% of the remaining superdelegates to HRC and only 25% to Obama.....he STILL reaches the magic number easily with HRC still far behind so no matter what the outcome is in Puerto Rico – the results remain the same. Popular vote, schmopular vote....do the math...you can't argue the facts. Nationwide he won more than 1/2 of the 50 states in total and after this Saturday, with the remaining SD's revealing the obvious choice.....it's a done deal.

    Stick a fork in this lady.....she's done.

    May 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. NickNas

    CNN What the HELL are you doing???? You made an ARTICLE and posted on the Ticker that a Hillary SUPPORTER called her President????????

    Can you stroke this insane woman any more ...I mean can you keep her supporters lathered up ANY MORE than you do each and EVERY day???

    Can you dig up another 30 or so useless non-news Items to prop up this miserable woman???? All the While burying the REAL News that Obama is making and his Delegate lead growing and great statements he is making on policy???

    OOPS I think Hillary Farted into the wind so I bet you didn't even get to the end of my comment.

    May 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    If Puerto Rico doesn't count, why do they have so many delegates. The delegates count in the primary don't they? They at least have a say as to the nominee. The Gov. of Puerto Rico, who supports Obama, is under indictment. Obama has a lot of questionable people on his side? All these mentors he has to throw under the bus? LMAO

    May 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. bill

    You Obama fanatics amaze me. Your man speaks of change – but no receipe for change. With our current conditions, Pee Wee Herman would look impressive. Four years ago we elected a majority Democratic congress with a current approval rating of 16%. I think uncle George has had plenty of company in getting our country in its current position. This has not been a one man show.

    May 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    TO ALL THOSE HRC, MCCAIN AND OBAMA SUPPORTERS. SPEAKING AS THE SENIOR OF THIS M.D. CREW, NAME CALLING AND RACIAL AND SEXIST STATEMENT WILL NOT CHANGE FACT THAT OUR POLITICAL SYSTEMS IN A ROYAL MESS. IT WILL ALMOST TAKE AN ACT OF GOD TO CLEAN IT UP WERE IT WILL HELP ALL THE PEOPLE . IT SEEMS THAT THEIR ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT THINK THAT COLOR AND SEX IS GOING TO MAKE THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THE FACE OF GOD. ONE THING THAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT WE ALL GET OLD AND DIE AND OVER TIME BOTH BECOME TOATALLY UNIMPORTANT IN THE GREAT SCHEME OF LIFE.

    May 30, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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