May 30th, 2008
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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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  1. Phong Nguyen

    S. Obama has won more small swing states and S. Clinton has won more large swing states; therefore, in November S. Clinton will have a better chance to win. After the racial remarks by Rev. Wright and S. Obama's "bitterness and frustration" remarks, his momentum has been blunted. His overall lead was the results of votes before people learned more about his negative side. I hope that the DNC and the superdelegates will pick the strongest candidate to win in November.

    May 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. PT WI

    Regarding FL and MI...
    What about the 48 states who played fair, didnt break the rules..!!
    I would be OUTRAGED if Clinton manages to squirm her way through a closed crack!

    YOU BROKE THE RULES!!!! DEAL WITH IT!!!!

    AND dont blame obama!! Clinton signed the same statement.. Cant you see that she's manipulating the whole system to suit herself?
    She doesnt care about you, she ONLY CARES ABOUT YOUR VOTES!

    IF SHE CARED ABOUT YOU, SHE WOULD WANT TO INCLUDE VOTES FROM THE CAUCUS STATES… BUT THEY DONT COUNT IN HER POPULAR VOTE ARGUMENT! OH AND NEITHER DID THE "SMALL STATES" UNTIL SHE FOUND HERSELF LOSING..

    WAKE UP!

    May 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Paul

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary, or run Independent!!

    Puerto Rico for Hillary

    We love you Madame President!

    Yes you will!!

    May 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. La Raza

    Mark PDX and others,

    the rules are the rules. It these were all primaries and Hillary won then so be it. We would support Hillary. But the election is comprised of caucuses and primaries like it or not. The end result is that Obama is winning as the rules stand now, not "what if", "if this or that."
    Now, if by chance, knowing that Obama is playing by the set rules, and is winning, and somehow, Hillary is the nominee, then that would be viewed as not "fair and square". In addition to Democratic defection or simply Dems. not voting, you may have civil unrest as a form of expression of the unfairness done to the Obama campaign.

    May 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Jerry in Boston

    Seeing as CNN keeps closing comments after about 5 mins, let's try it here...

    "Who signed the agreement that MI and FL would not be allowed to seat delegates if they moved their primaries? Oh yes, Hillary Clinton." asks Pat.

    This is a very common accusation from Obama supporters. Please show me the agreement that Clinton signed stating that Florida and Michigan delegates should not be seated.

    This is the declaration they signed....

    I shall not campaign or participate in any state which schedules a presidential election primary or caucus before Feb. 5, 2008, except for the states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as "campaigning" is defined by rules and regulations of the DNC.

    The word participate is vague and open to interpretation, but as stated, "Campaign" is defined by the rules and regulations of the DNC.

    Here's how the DNC defines campaigning...

    "Campaigning" for purposes of this section includes, but is not limited to, purchasing print, internet, or electronic advertising that reaches a significant percentage of the voters in the aforementioned state; hiring campaign workers; opening an office; making public appearances; holding news conferences; coordinating volunteer activities; sending mail, other than fundraising requests that are also sent to potential donors in other states; using paid or volunteer phoners or automated calls to contact voters; sending emails or establishing a website specific to that state; holding events to which Democratic voters are invited; attending events sponsored by state or local Democratic organizations; or paying for campaign materials to be used in such a state. The Rules and Bylaws Committee will determine whether candidate activities are covered by this section.

    Now let me see, who purchased "electronic advertising that reaches a significant percentage of the voters" in Florida? Who held a news conference in Florida?

    That would be Obama.

    Tell me again, WHO broke the rules???

    May 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. aware

    Go Hillary – 2008 and 2012! :)

    America deserves the best! You want Dem unity – vote for Hillary.

    May 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. sozzi

    FALN,

    Puerto Rico owes the Clintons for FALN.

    It's payback time.

    May 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Clinton is best

    I'm rooting for this good woman because of the raw deal she has been given by the DNC, democratic elites, the biased media, Obama, and his supporters.

    She is so clearly the best qualified, the most experienced- and although similar, her platform is superior to Obama's in every way. From the only universal health care plan to domestic concerns and to how to deal with our international enemies.

    May 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. bridgette

    There is no campaign it is over. Whether people want it too be or not it is over. Ladies of a certain generation deal with it. Whether you vote for Obama or not it is over. She lost. Whatever you do is on you. If you don't want to vote for the best candidate because yours didn't win that is on you but it is over.

    May 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. William Ca.

    Good, now move the whole family there!

    May 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. fixed for Obama

    Obama thinks he can waltz into the white house with absolutely no qualifications, and having done nothing for his country.

    Why? He is counting on America being sick and tired of Bush and voting for the democrat no matter what.

    He feels as a black man he is entitled to both the nomination and the residency just because he can deliver a speech well and because the country is eager for change.

    That is a flawed argument. Most voters want the most qualified- and will actually vote against the WORST candidate.

    So Hillary will win and Obama will lose.

    Millions of democrats will join the republicans to this end.

    Why? We are protesting the DNC swiftboating its best candidate and installing the great Obama.

    May 30, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Sandy from Ohio

    Hey Hillary if you think that any one cares if you win Puerto Rico your nuts who cares they can't vote in November so their a lost cause 55 dead DELIGATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you just can't stand the fact that your not top dog Move to Puerto Rico we won't miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Kiah

    LMAO! All things HRC are complete and utter hilariousness to me now! She's SUCH a joke!

    May 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Maggie

    First of All this Man Sen. Obama cannot really have you all so stary eyed that you cannot see the trees for the forest. This man STOLE the election in Chicago from the other two candidates on a technicality, and now he is up in arms over Clinton trying to do the same? SHAME on all of you doe eyed followers. Sen. Obama's church has a full house and here comes Father Mike preaching about the HATE of Whites to a majority of blacks. Well folks here it is, Obama has attended a church for 20 years and he has no idea these are the feelings of the Pastor…That was the last excuse, this time it is a white Preist and he is Preachinig in Obamas church of 20 years and again, preaching White hate to a majority of balcks (I saw the video, most attended that day were back)..the parishioners were up on their feet, cheering, clapping and LAUGHING….They are not laughing at the Priest, they are laughing at the Obama supporters who think he is for the change of Good. Sure he will change the way whites and blacks interact and it will be BAD folks, real bad. Sure he has experience, learing how the black man has been kept down by the white man. NO WAY HE WINS IN NOVEMBER. DNC wake up stop thie madness and put the real candidate in Sen. Hillary Rodam Clinton not Sen. Barack Hussin Obama.

    May 30, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Maxine

    What is she smoking??? One minute it is who can when in the GE and now she is stroking PR who don't count in the GE. Oh and wait she signed an agreement regarding FL and MI and now her attorney says that doesn't matter, she gets them all and Obama gets none, since his name wasn't on the ballot....because he signed the agreement.

    Way to go Cheaters of America.....does anyone not remember all the court cases this family was and is still in....give me a break.

    I am so sick of this crap.

    May 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Paul from Kissimmee

    Don't worry Obamabots. You'll have your man for the general election. Just don't cry when McCain wins the presidency. Obama spends too much time covering up and apologizing for "mistatements ' and "I condemn my supporter's actions" to figure out what it takes to be President of the United States.

    May 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. weak Obama

    Clinton is clearly the best candidate and the left-wingers need to see it before it is too late.

    Superdelegates should wait until the convention to weigh in- AND they need to do their job and fulfill their purpose.

    They are there because Obama WILL not have won enough pledged delegates to win. They must decide why he can't seal the deal. They must vote accordingly.

    THOSE ARE the party rules. always enforced for white male candidates. Why now push the female out early? A weak Obama?

    May 30, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Brendose, Oceanside Ca

    ok, and the gas tax is where??????

    May 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    If, as I just heard that the powers that be in the Democratic party are counting on the fact that the Hillary supporters because they are long time Democrats, will put aside their differences and support Obama while the Obama supporters, the new voters and Blacks can not be expected to to the same.
    Well I for one believe "Whats good for the Goose is good for the Gander," will not vote for Obama.
    So screw the "LEFT" wing of the Democratic Party, who have fostered on the Party losing candidate after candidate. Even after winning the 2006 general election, with a mandate given you by the American People, you let the Republicans stymie you at every turn and most of the time not with actions by with threats.
    I will write in Hillary's name, and wait till 2012. Hopefully then the center of the Democratic Party will emerge and we will become a viable national party, not just a regional party.

    May 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    WHY SHE HAS LOST AND CAN NOT BE PRESIDENT IN MY BOOK!

    Bush, McCain, GOP and CLINTON voted to send 4100 troops to there death and for what? That is the real story here!

    1. Is Iran stronger or weaker since Bush/McCain's invasions of Iraq?

    2. Has Osama bin Laden been killed or captured since Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    3. Are we paying more for gas now or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    4. Is our economy better of now or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    5. Is the White Houses creditability better now or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    6. Is the budget deficit higher now or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    7. Is the Middle East more peaceful now or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    8. Do we have more American Solders dead or before Bush/McCain's invasion of Iraq?

    This WAR has cost us so much; it is unbelievable that damage that Bush administration has done to this nation. The saddest thing about this WAR most of the American cannot comprehend what has happen during the last seven years of this administration. Further, McCain wants to go down the same road as well disgruntled Hillary supporters! Go figure the blood of these solders are on your hands!

    May 30, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Franky

    "WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO BILLARY FIGHTING FOR THAT TAX HOLIDAY ON GASOLINE?"

    LOL!!!!!!! Good point! LOL!!!!! It is funny though...LOL!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Reid Pelosi

    Please, Sen Clinton, take notice that the democrats have stabbed you in the back because they, as a party, want to "change" our nation's way of doing things to support the Black Liberation theories.

    You should secede with your supporters from this God-forsaken bunch of crazies and run as an Independent. Please!!

    May 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. JJ

    Does anyone know the reason why PR and Guam cannot vote in the general election?

    I have been trying to research it but I can't find anything on it. If someone could post a link I would appreciate it!

    May 30, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. La Raza

    to fixed for Obama,

    I understand your frustration, but not this time, not in this election. Punch the wall, kick the cat, howl at the moon, but Obama will be the nominee.

    May 30, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. canadian

    I wish all the best to american people in this election.

    May 30, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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