May 31st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: 'This is Puerto Rico's time'


CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign embarked on a jam-packed day of Puerto Rico campaigning Saturday in an effort to get out tomorrow’s primary vote as a Democratic National Committee panel convened in Washington to essentially decide how the Democratic primary process will end.

A Clinton aide said she will likely receive updates from staff at the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting.

Clinton made no mention of the fight to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations during her first stop at a hospital where she talked about her plan to bring equitable and universal health care to Puerto Rico.

Several supporters addressed her as “President Clinton,” prompting cheers from the crowd.

Puerto Rico is not only important to Clinton’s presidential aspirations but also as a senator from New York who represents approximately 1 million Puerto Ricans.

“Campaigning in Puerto Rico is like one long Puerto Rican Day parade,” she said referencing a yearly event in New York City.

Clinton will spend the day “caravanning,” a Puerto Rican political tradition in which the candidate rides through various communities meeting and greeting voters and produces a wild and carnival-like atmosphere.

“I’m dressed for our caravanning,” Clinton said, referring to her festive purple top.

Clinton arrived in San Juan Friday night for a seaside festive rally near a Pina Colada stand.

“I want to see Puerto Rico’s status resolved within my first term,” she said. “I have loved campaigning through Puerto Rico because I believe this is Puerto Rico’s time, that you have waited long enough.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Puerto Rico
soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Junebug

    Hillary all the way...............08.............12..................

    May 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    The way this woman morphs while in every state is truly unbeleivable, even more so that each state she's in buys her crap. Now she's promising them statehood, why didn't her husband do it during his 8 years?

    May 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Bill PA

    Hillary for President............the real deal.................period

    May 31, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Concerned Democrat

    Go Hillary Go!!

    Hillary for President!!

    May 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Morgan

    Backing a losing candidate for the nomination would certainly be counter-productive.

    May 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Bill PA

    Hillary for sure...she has the Knowledge,Skills and ability.

    May 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. MarkieBee

    "And if you vote for me I will promise you the moon and will continue to pander to you every day for eight years. Can I get a shot of whiskey? Not only will I make you the 51st state, but i will ensure that you get to hold your primary before those ingrates from Iowa. Vote for the Panderer in Chief. See you in November...what? You don't get to vote in November? Screw it, where's my shot?"

    May 31, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Change Express , Kissimmee, FL

    OH BROTHER !..This woman is really something else. Relentlessly delusional.

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 31, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. barackobama4prez

    It's obvious that Hillary loves campaigning for the American people. Maybe she can get another 6 months of positive campaigning uniting behind Obama and campaigning for the democratic party!

    May 31, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Olivia

    Viva Puerto Rico! Viva Hillary!

    May 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. What if?

    that's the Clinton, we have gotten to know, that will do and say anything to receive a vote, and now she will wear what ever to.

    May 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. MartaK-Florida

    They can't vote in the general election so why should Puerto Ricans care?

    May 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. MI Women 4 Obama!

    More empty promises and the PR's will fall...hook, line, and sinker. What is the education level of the PR's informed are they...really? How many have computers? So Hillary wants to resolve whatever PR's issues are in her first term....lets see, how many promises has she made state by state for her first term?

    In either won't matter. Hillary you loose. Go home, go away, you and Bill are completely deranged.

    Real change in America will only come from Barack Obama.

    OMABA 08/12 !!!

    May 31, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. tigerakabj

    I tell you Hillary I've waited long enough for is for you to get vetted.

    Your supporters need to know who you are so we can unity. I truly feel for them b/c they've been deceived.

    1. Peter Paul v. Clinton
    2. Clinton Chronicles
    3. Rose Law firm

    May 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Scott C

    All indications show that no more than half a million people will show up to vote, and Clinton is leading by 10+ points.

    That isn't going to be enough to give her the popular vote lead that she DOES NOT have now.

    She will win 100,000+ votes in Puerto Rico, then Obama will take most of that back in Montana, the vote in South Dakota will be too close to give her any kind of real breakaway in vote.

    Puerto Rico isn't going to give her a big enough boost, and they can't vote in the General Election anyway.

    Obama WILL get allocated popular vote in Michigan which will put him so far ahead she can't catch him.

    Obama WON on all fronts. There is nothing more to it.

    May 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. edfeeney

    Hillary, I don't care if you leave as a party hero or if you leave in disgrace but JUST LEAVE.

    May 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. s.positive

    HRC supporters, you now see how deluded you've been... Not anyones fault but yours because you bought a LIE

    May 31, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. fred

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary!!

    The DNC and the media has been railroading you from day one!!

    We the people will decide in November and it won't be Obama!!

    May 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. suz

    Let's hear it for Hillary - next President of the U.S.!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Politically Speaking

    Her smiles are hilarious...they look so contrived.

    May 31, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Rashida for Obama!

    It's no longer your time Hillary............please go back to NYC and unite the party!

    May 31, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Newsdiva

    Geez, Hillary speaks the "truth" FINALLY!!!

    Yeah it's Puerto Rico's "time" cause they can't vote in the general election!!! How strange is it that they actually have a hand in this nominee process and NO VOTE in the general?

    So go ahead Ms. Delusional and bask in your light one last time on Sunday, cause after that YOU ARE SO DONE!!! Thank God and good riddance.

    May 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. mel

    Puerto Rico,Only see Bill Clinton when they see her,she is riding of
    her husband background. latino are very easy to be influence by
    their own peoples across american,they follow the will of the influence. Hillary you need to step down and puerto rico will vote
    for Obama and he will win.

    May 31, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. jim carroll

    Florida and michigan proved that politicans do not need to spend
    a lot of money on advertising for them to know who to vote for. Florida and Michigan's votes should count. Even a write -in vote counts. This
    should also prove that the News Media does a good job in informing
    people about politicans. Give the News Media credit.

    Thank You, Jim Carroll Internet Free Press

    May 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Hey Hillary good thing Puerto Rico is a state and votes in the general!

    O wait they are not!!

    May 31, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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