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. Brian

    Woohoo Puerto Rico will vote for Clinton and then Clinton will say see Americans like me more. There is just one problem. Puerto Rico is NOT a state and has NO say in the Electoral College!

    May 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Sherri

    Puerto Rico, you will have a genuine partner in the White House, if you cast your ballot for Barack Obama.

    Votemos por Barack Obama...para un cambio para todos.

    Si Se Puede, Puerto Rico!

    May 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. James

    Go and set down Hillary, maybe go and buy a dress or something, Hell I don`t know ,you have tried everything else and nothing has worked, maybe if we see you in a dress we might think different about you. You are not really concerned about changing america as much as you are of making history as the first women President.
    The race is over , Obama has won fair and square, Hell Ray Charles could see you can`t win at this point.

    May 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Democrat in NW

    What Geraldine Ferraro says is very true. I am deeply offended by the comments blured out by Obama's Faith consultant Pfleger. Not even he was pretching hate, insulting Hillary, he offended women by portraying them as weak and emotional. Obama and his operatives think that by saying sorry, everything will be OK. Well it will not.

    Millions of women feel betrayed and cheated. That is why they support Hillary because she chapmions their struggle in every day life, working twice as hard, being humilitaed and not taken seriously constantly and not being acknowledged when they have proven to be a better person for the job. Dems are denying themselves of capturing the White House once again by nominating a lesser qualified and unknown candidate who can easily be defeated by the Republicans. Only time will tell.

    May 30, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Change Express , Kissimmee, FL

    Clinton's last Hoorah !

    Montana and South Dakota belongs to Barack.

    Obama 08'/12'

    May 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Debby

    Hey Tony Z there are alot of Puerto Ricans that do vote here in the US. in the swing state of Florida from another posters response on here. So don't think its a wrap for Obama from the Latino communities in the general.

    May 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Francesca

    You are a true fighter, don't let the old dogs (losers of presidential bids) get you down. They are so intimidated and scared to see what a powerful woman can do as President that they only wished for and could not.

    Hillary 08

    May 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Puerto Rico this ain't about Hillary winning the nomination, Obama has already won. Hillary and Bill are pumping up Chelsea's future in politics, keep your money in your pockets. These Clintons are sly foxes so don't let them out fox you.

    May 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. RB from NH

    Puerto Rico gets 55 primary delegates but can't vote in the general election.

    This is a great system we have!

    May 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Anyone who votes for McCain over Obama is a straight up TRAITOR!! If you want to protest Hillary not being the nominee than CHANGE PARTIES TO INDEPENDANT AND VOTE OBAMA!!! This is about the direction of the country .....NOT WHO WEARS THE PANTSUIT!!

    If you vote McCain....SAY GOODBYE TO ROE V WADE...cuz McCain is most definately going to appoint conservative judges and the SC will be 100% conservative for the next 50 years!! Is Hillary really worth that?? Think about it ladies...YOUR FEMINIST VIEWS AND RESENTMENT WILL COST YOU THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENT WOMEN HAVE GOTTEN IN THE 200 YEARS THE U.S. HAS BEEN ALIVE!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    and the insanity continues! why does Chelsea follows her around like a two-year old? why doesn't she spend her time trying to talk some sense into her parents?

    She's 28 years of age. Chelsea should tell her, she's making a fool of herself and a mockery of the US democratic system.

    May 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. vINCe

    Anyone who votes for McCain over Obama is a straight up TRAITOR!! If you want to protest Hillary not being the nominee than CHANGE PARTIES TO INDEPENDANT AND VOTE OBAMA!!! This is about the direction of the country .....NOT WHO WEARS THE PANTSUIT!!

    If you vote McCain....SAY GOODBYE TO ROE V WADE...cuz McCain is most definately going to appoint conservative judges and the SC will be 100% conservative for the next 50 years!! Is Hillary really worth that?? Think about it ladies...YOUR FEMINIST VIEWS AND RESENTMENT WILL COST YOU THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENT WOMEN HAVE GOTTEN IN THE 200 YEARS THE U.S. HAS BEEN ALIVE!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Chi4Obama

    Let me guess, the road to the White House now runs through Puerto Rico........

    May 30, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Proud1of 26% in WV

    She looked for Ohio,Texas,Pa,WV and Kentucky all for boosts .They were all like putting a thimble of gas in your car.Peurto Rico has always been in her win column,Delegate count is all that matters.So just another thimble full.

    May 30, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Steve, New York, New York

    I am so sick and tired of Hillary.

    Ms. Clinton, please go back to Arkansas. With that Yale law degree of yours, maybe you can tutor Geraldine Ferraro, so she can finally obtain her high school diploma.

    May 30, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Rave

    I think the proper way for Americans to teach an other Lying, Cheating Politician like Hillary is to defeat her miserably in PR. It is not about Hillary's ego we are voting for in these primaries. All she cares is about going and sitting again in the white house and she will try to do anything for that.
    Teach her a nice lesson Folks...
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 30, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Marc PDX

    Hillary is going to steal this campaign right out from under Obama. Why? Because she knows what she's doing and he doesn't. He lacks political experience and the Clinton machine has plenty of it. I wrote off Hillary a couple of months ago. But then Rev. Wright showed up, and Bill Ayers and now Rev. Pfleger. Hillary is deftly driving a wedge between white voters, concerned over the racist rhetoric endlessly streaming from Obama's church, and Obama. She outperformed him in the last few debates (he lacks the experience to have formed well thought out positions on many issues, unlike Hillary). Now she will probably wind up with the majority of popular votes and she is working hard (and probably unethically) to garner electoral votes from Florida and Michigan. With a popular vote majority, a close electoral margin, and a strong message about white voters turning away from Obama, she now has a credible case for the superdelegates to weigh in who is the more electable candidate against John McCain. She knows she is still in the game and will probably continue to do better than Obama over the final three state primaries – as he continues to slip due to the ongoing racist overtones coming from his church and friends. Hillary's not out yet thanks to Obama's inexperience and poor judgement in his campaign.

    May 30, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Hillary Is Scary As Hell

    And this is the continued behavior that explains why we won't be seeing a female president anytime soon. Way to go Hillary! This is how you take one for the team (women)...NOT!

    May 30, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Brian MacDougall

    And remember, Obama supporters, no Democrat was ever elected to the White House who didn't win Puerto Rico!

    Oh, wait? That's not true? Oh, never mind.

    May 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. James

    SAVE US FROM OBAMA PLEASE!!! If the superdelegates give this to blowbama then to hell with the party and long live Hillary, our next President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Rick in Florida

    Puerto Rico has MORE DELEGATES than Oregon, Kentucky or West Virginia!!!!!!! And that makes sense HOW????? They don't vote in the November election so WHY on Earth should they participate in the process of picking a nominee????

    Soon Hillary will COMPLAIN that PR should also get Electoral Votes, and that IF THEY DID, it would "put her over the top". PLEASE!!!!!!!

    If I get through November without being permanently damaged by Hillary and Bill Cinton's illogical logic it will be amazing.

    May 30, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    He already did quit smoking!

    May 30, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Mike

    Hillary ran a stupid campaign!! Why is Obama blamed for that??

    She lost 12 contest in a row!! Why is Obama blamed for that??

    Her campaign changed themes several times!! Why is Obama blamed for that??

    For people to say that they will not vote for Obama because of this priest comments are saying that they really don't care about the people who needs Obama's solutions to these problems.

    If you care about people who need affordable healthcare, housing help, tax breaks, kids home from Iraq, then who cares about the comments of the knucklehead!!

    May 30, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. MO

    OH GOD WHEN HILLARY IS GOING TO GET IT. THIS LADY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S OVER NO MATTER WHAT. IT SEEMS SHE IS STUBBORN AS BUSH.

    May 30, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. wonder

    A, if Puerto Rico can vote in the primary, they can vote in the General. Where do you get the idea they can't???

    May 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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