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

Clinton: 'This is Puerto Rico's time'

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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.”


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  1. Mary Smith

    I wish Barack had campaigned more in Puerto Rico, even though it doesn't count for much to win the nomination. Unfortunately HRC supporters don't know how to do math, and if she wins, they take it as another step towards the nomination- A fight which ended a month ago!

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS: BARACK HAS ALREADY WON, GET IT?!!

    May 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Ken

    I am hoping that there is a huge turn out of the voters and that Hillary's numbers climb to a point way above the Barack Hussein's count. That way she will have the popular votes.

    We need Hillary Clinton to become the Democrat nominee, for she is the only one that can beat McCain in November, and then take back the White House.

    May 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. J Williamson

    Where's Obama? Dodging another big primary loss, no doubt. For someone who has already "won" the nomination, Barack certainly doesn't look like a winner. Go Hillary!

    May 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Gaylon

    Hillary, yopu go lady because you are the only hope Americans have of gaining any status and economy back in this country.

    May 31, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. carmen

    The end must be near . She is not wearing a pant suit.

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

    Please fight until end we still need you and you only one qualify for this job Hillary. If not DNC nominee please run for other party and we will support you.

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

    Good for you Hillary.
    You are my president.
    If Obama gets the nomination, I will Write in your name.

    HILLARY CLINTON 08
    Mission Write-In

    May 31, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Lawrence for barack

    How the hell is Puerto Rico time when they cant vote in a GENERAL ELECTION Clinton stop making this people feel stupid please!!! you really need to give it up, beauce there is now way in hell you going to win over Mr President Barack Obama .

    May 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. dwho

    Let Hillary has her way. We know that she has won already by foul play. She disagreed with what she signed in agreement to the DNC rules and regulations. She will be a good president by changing the constitution to fit her ways. A DICTATORHIP

    May 31, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. logical thinker

    Why do we even care about this island? They can't even vote in the general election. I'm sure Mrs. Clinton will try to use this as a reason why she should be president. Another arguement from her that has no merit or logical reasoning behind it. If she becomes the democratic nominee, I'm sure she wil moan and cry about Puerto Rico's voice not being heard in the general election. Only if she is LOSING to McCain of course.

    Oh, Mrs. Clinton, thank you for defranchising me as well. I am one of the people who didn't vote in the Florida primary because I knew the rules and knew it wouldn't count. But you want to count it and now my voice won't be heard because I knew the rules. THANK YOU!

    May 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Luke

    Good for you Hillary.
    You are my President.
    If Obama gets the nomination I will Write you in.

    HILLARY CLINTON 08
    MISSION WRITE-IN

    If Florida and Michigan are not conted in full, Obama would have won the same way Bush did over Gore. NOT ALL VOTES WERE COUNTED!

    May 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Kimberly in Texas

    What did she do for Puerto Rico as First Lady?
    What did she do for Puerto Rico as NY Senator?

    Why believe her now Puerto Rico?
    Anything to win...Clinton Motto

    May 31, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. Didine in Maryland

    Even if HRC win the remaining contest, she will still loose the primary election. She continues to buy more time to stay in the race instead of supporting the winner "Obama" and unifies the party. I truely hope she will gracefuly exit next wednesday after all the contest are over.

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

    Unfortunately for her Puerto Rico is not the 51th state. So enjoy your vacation Hillary before retiring.

    May 31, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. jimmy velman

    HILLARY: PLEASE DONT GIVE UP IF OBAMA WINS THE NOMINATION. IF OBAMA DENIES YOU THE VP SPOT, EXPLORE THE POSIBILITY OF RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT.. ANOTHER
    HISTORIC OPTION: MCCAIN HAD TALKED OF A BIPARTISAN TICKET.. IT WOULD BE STUNNING IF MCCAIN ASKED YOU TO BE HIS VP ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET. WHICH WOULD INSURE MCCAIN 'S ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY.
    THERE ARE NOW A LOT MORE DISGRUNTLED VOTERS AGAINST OBAMA ESP. WITH HIS PASTOR PROBLEMS...

    May 31, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Marc PDX

    I think what Hillary really means is "it's Hillary Time"... after all it's her turn!

    May 31, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. alex from orlando

    go Hillary 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. j

    Puerto Rico doesn't vote in the general election so it's not important.

    May 31, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Rave

    and you will loose.

    May 31, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Ken, Iowa

    Clinton sure is one sick old bag. Full of deceit and selfishness.

    May 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Richard

    Hopefully she will stay there.

    May 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Army Wife

    ----Hillary Clinton=G. Bush=mCain=Liars----

    –Shame on those who cast their votes for those who caused this war.

    –Hillary did NOT bother to read the papers, and authorized iraq war.

    –How can anyone TrUsT her in our W.H????!!!! How can you???!!!!

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

    Hillary shud stay in PR and open a Saloon &Bordello.

    May 31, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. shay

    Just pleeeeeeeeeeze stop!

    May 31, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN

    Why is Puerto Rico is important when they can't even vote in the General election. That is so lame...but then again, so is the Clinton campaign and are The Clintons.

    May 31, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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