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. Mike Green, Beverly Hills

    Don't sleep on Puerto Rico... they can put this thing over-the-top for Hillary. So they don't vote for President... that's GREAT because she's NOT going to be President. Her and Geraldine Ferraro should open up a little shrip shop on the south coast out there in awesome PR (and it is awesome). Hillary can cook... ol' Turkey Neck Ferraro can wait on tables and Billy boy can mix drinks behind the bar. Let's not forget lil Chelsea! Funny face Chelsea can hit the stage and work the pool for the crowd (for tips of course). Yeah! Now that's the ONLY way I want to see any of them. AND I voted for Bill.

    May 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Susan

    Puerto Rico........

    Help Hillary Clinton.

    She will be a good president.

    She is for ALL the people.

    Hillary 08

    May 30, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. The O

    Hey CNN ( clinton news network ) where are the good stories about or any stories about Obama? all I see is a clinton clinton clinton whats up with that!!!!!!

    BARACK / SEBELIUS 08

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. John Doe

    Is it time to cheat Obama because he is black?

    May 30, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Extinct

    Who cares about Hillary in Puerto Rico?

    May 30, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    How? Senator Obama is only 42 give or take away from 2026. Even when they add FL & MI and the 2026 changes, that takes Senator Clinton ever farther away from whatever the magic number ends up being.

    May 30, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. afram

    hilliary are still alive first i told you about your arrogant what god has written is written you can not change it i do not think your christian your totally hipocrity because of your racism sexcism is god who has make you to lose god bless obama and america

    May 30, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    Make your last stand in PR, because Montana and S. Dekota belong to Sen. Obama. And then we won't have to put up with your evil ways anymore.

    May 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Dan (TX)

    I want Chelsea's job. She vacationed (I mean campaigned) in both Hawaii and PR this primary season.

    May 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. SLIMSISTA

    HRC...WE DON'T CARE....

    I AM SO SICK & TIRED OF HRC....EVERY WHERE YOU TURN HER CAMPAIGN IS COMING UP WITH SOMETHING TO UNDERMINE THE FACT THE OBAMA HAS BEATEN HER FAIR & SQUARE...

    NOW THAT THE DNC IS MEETING TMRW, THE RHETORIC IS STARTING UP AGAIN FROM ALL HER CRONIES....

    WE ARE TIRED OF YOU HRC, FERRERO, HER LAWYER WHO JUST WROTE A LETTER TO THE RBC STATING THAT THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT OBAMA GETTING ANY OF THE VOTES FROM MI AND THEY WANT ALL THE DELEGATES SEATED....

    May 30, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. xddy4u

    PR delegation is strange. They can vote in the primaries but not in the general election. Primaries and caucasus are not governed by the Voting Rights Acts per see. Each party can say whose votes counts and whose vote does not, and no one is considered disenfrancised. In the Gerneral Election every vote must count. When it was ruled that Fla and Mich votes would not count
    because they violated the rules, this was not in violation of the VRA. That's why the Federal Court threw the law suit out. Why should the violator of the rules be rewarded? It's in writing. If Dean had some backbone he'd enforce his ruling. The Delegates are hollowing because they want to go to the big hoopla (National Convention), more so than keeping the rules that were agreed upon by all the then candidates. What a misscarriage of justice is to be done Saturday on Obama.

    May 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Cathy in MD

    “Last big prize.” Yes, that’s what this is all about. Even though she knows she can’t win, she is hell-bent to prove how tough she is. In the end, she plans to limp away if necessary with as many trophies as she can get – no matter how she gets them – but not before leaving the Democratic Party divided and the country in emotional shambles. Oh, Hillary, we get it now. This has all been a game. Okay, you "win." You are woman, we hear you roar. Just keep off the mainland.

    May 30, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. TESAP

    UMMMM THEY DO NOT VOTE IN NOVEMBER, SO WHY SHOULD THIS MATTER????

    May 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Signs of things to come. Hillary’s has changed and most of us have noted that already (neurotic: a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality).

    Look out folks I hope and pray that by Wednesday we won’t have a psycho to deal with.
    But then again I thin we are already there (hint-hint fundamental derangement is showing, defective contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior)

    May 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. peter

    thats a great Idea!!! if Hillary steals the nomination from Obama i will just write in his name in the General. Thanks HRC supporters for the good idea. I see that can work both ways.

    May 30, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. JC

    Has Hillary denounce the accusation of that mocking bird Geraldine Ferraro. Talk about voters suppression.

    Puetro Rico votes for Obama!!!

    May 30, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Mike from NJ

    Puerto Rico !?! Puerto Rico!?!
    Everyone knows that in order to get to the White House you have to go through Puerto Rico!
    Jeesh...Give it up already. Obama is in the lead for a reason and it is not because everybody sees the goodness or fairness in Hillary. Her supporters should be vying for that VP spot if she hasn't burned that bridge already of course.
    But I forgot that she is entitled to the presidency so forget it.

    May 30, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Rick

    She still out there ?? Someone end this mess once in for all. When you have Republicans voting for HRC, you know the Greed Over Principle (GOP) party is in bad shape !!

    May 30, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Dee Okla.

    Boost it to where?

    May 30, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Hillary

    SHE SHOULD ALSO CAMPAGIN IN CUBA WHILE SHE IS AT IT.
    TRY FOLLOWING THE RULE OF THE DNC AND NOT YOU TWISTED RULESCHE-BIL-LARY .

    May 30, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Maya

    There are more judas supporting Obama than real people, the latest ones are father Pfleger and Scott McClellan, that tell you about the rest of Obama supporters, all outright disrespectful and abnoxious.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    May 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Mike in Calgary

    What is the educational and leiteracy leval in Puerto Rico. If the voters are educated well read and make informed decisions, it will favour Obama. If on the other hand they are like those of West Virginia – just think of P.T. Barnum talking about fools – they will buy whatever pandering promises Clinton can come up with. There'a a fool born every minute eh?

    Mike

    May 30, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. j

    Bomb, bomb, bomb... bomb, bomb Iran is becoming my favorite ditty. Maybe we can make it our national anthem when John McCain becomes president.

    May 30, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. ZEPPO

    OBAMA = McGOVERN
    MCCAIN=NIXON

    CLINTON=ONLY CHANCE OF WINNING and TRUE CHANGE

    May 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. Beltway Insider

    If you're still supporting this nutjob, you really need to have your own head examined.

    Unless of course you have no problem with lying, deceiving, and shameless hypocrisy – then you've found your dream candidate.

    May 30, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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