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

Clinton: 'This is Puerto Rico's time'

ALT TEXT

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. Rob

    Puerto Rico's time for what. They are not a state. They can't vote for president . This is a joke. It doesn't make a difference who wins there

    May 31, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. GERALD STROTHER

    who give a dame she has lost it over !!!!!!! he will win MT AND SD!! if she won all of them it is still over math 101 haas it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    thank god this harpy is almost history.... I'm sick to death of her idiotic mouth

    May 31, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. emmy

    Hillary is the best..i will always vote for her

    May 31, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Terry

    Once again.... obama exercises BAD judgement by removing his name from the Michigan ballot.
    I am astonished at the number of times he has used BAD judgement in matters that show us who he is: roscoe, his 2 racist preachers just to mention a few.
    Terry

    May 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. jeremy

    way to lead in a place that has no say in the GE Hillary. I guess you are much more electable outside of the US than Obama

    2008 OBAMA!

    May 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Laidetea

    It's time for Puerto Rico to vote against Hillary Clinton. That's what time is for Puerto Ricans. The Clinton made promises and broke them all.

    NO MORE CLINTONS LEGACY.

    May 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Drew, Central FL

    Not! For all the talk about PR's time, they don't have a say come November. It's shameless how Puerto Ricans are being manipulated.

    May 31, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Go Hillary! Go Puerto Rico!

    Hillary is looking fantastic! Puerto Rico loves her just like the majority over Democratic voters do here on the Mainland, the United States of America.

    I hope it is another landslide victory for Hillary in Puerto Rico just as West Virginia and Kentucky were.

    Go Hillary! Go Puerto Rico!

    May 31, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. jonathan

    Obama's endless connection to vile Pastors, Priests and Reverends begs the question; if he is all about change and new government and mending the divides, why does he surround himself with childish, inappropriate campaigners and supporters, who every time they open their mouth it is to viciously attack Senator Clinton or the nation as a whole, or if Obama removes them from his campaign then LIES about knowing what they say than how well they know each other, they attack, in turn attack him. And this doesn't exclude the quick P.R. switch the brainwashed media has done for Michelle Obama.

    May 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. GB

    I have a question, I do not understand how as Puerto Rieo is not a state, how can they vote in a president election for president of the united states?

    May 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Sylvia Johnsen

    I think Puerto Rico will be tough on her, Obama decided to campaign again and always cuts the numbers when he do. Why didn't he stick to the belittleling cheekiness that handed Clinton WV +41% and KC +35... Well, well. Clinton still has a good platform, and I hope the people of Puerto Rico sees how important it is for them to save the Dems from suicide.

    May 31, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. MICHAEL JIMENEZ LYTLE

    GO HILLARY GO!....THE LATINO VOTE IS BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY...I CAN TRULY TELL YOU THAT THE MAJORITY OF US ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR PRESIDENTAL BID AND FEEL THAT YOU SHOULD CONTINUE ALL THE WAY TILL WE HAVE YOU AS OUR NOMINEE!...AS A LATINO I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE MAJORITY OF US SUPPORT YOU FOR PRESIDENT!

    HILLARY '08

    JOIN ME IN A PRESIDENTIAL WRITE IN FOR HILLARY CLINTON IF SHE IS NOT ON THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET! SUPERDELEGATES THE POPULAR VOTE SHOULD BE THE DECIDING FACTOR...PELOSI HAS WARNED ABOUT GOING AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!

    May 31, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. James

    If she loves P.R. so much, why doesn't she endorse statehood for the commonwealth? Why doesn't she speak Spanish?

    May 31, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Elizabeth, NC

    Good to hear that and see you are also happy because this is the only time you are ever going to be referred to as such. It will not even happen in your dreams.

    May 31, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. robert

    why is it impossible to just have a new primary in each state with each candidate having 2/3 weeks to campaign? When Al Gore was defeated by the narrowest of margins and there was so much fraud there should have been a revote. There was none and now we have been forced to live with a flawed GENERAL ELECTION result for 8 long years instead of just saying, you know what, we need a revote.

    Also, both states said they sought a revote and the legislatures voted against this... are the legislatures in each state controlled by Republicans? bottom line is NO ONE, congressman or not, SHOULD EVER HAVE THE RIGHT TO PREVENT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS! THE CONSTITUTION OF OUR COUNTRY NEEDS ANOTHER AMENDMENT SPECIFYING THAT THE COST OF VOTING/REVOTING SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT ANOTHER VOTE IS "NECESSARY" OR SHOULD TAKE PLACE. IT SHOULD BE MANDATED. Cost should never enter the equation or thought process.

    The senator from michigan is correct about the primaries rotating and ALWAYS reflecting a mixed demographic in the early stages of the primaries.

    May 31, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Thompson

    I haven't done any research on this, but what did Hillary do for those 1 million Puerto Ricans as the Senator of New York–specifically?

    May 31, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Jana

    What she forgets to mention is that with voting privileges comes federal taxes. But I guess the details don't matter...

    May 31, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Republican Hillary Supporter

    Please don't give up Hillary for the country needs you!!!! We need your leadership as our next president!!!

    May 31, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. agib

    You have to win Mam , for the sake of history , for the sake of millions of strong women like you waiting for their turn in history , you are strong capable and real leader , you should not conceed for a lightweight mideocre politian just cos he is black or can read few speeches very well..

    May 31, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    As an Obama supporter,
    Good luck in Puerto Rico Senator Clinton. Stay positive and stay on point – that is, Senator McCain is not the kind of change this country needs coming up in November.

    If you do that, you can have your wonderful, graceful exit.

    May 31, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. B. Churchill

    I really don't want to say this, but I feel I must: the way that so many women "of a certain age" (which happens to be my age) carry on about the all-but-failed nomination effort of HRC – spewing vitriol, impervious to math or logic – give credence to arguments of long ago that women are too emotional to be trusted with the vote. Their railing that the failures and shortcomings of their standard bearer are the result of some media conspiracy, the DNC, or sexism – anything other than her own responsibility – are unworthy of adults. The notion, stated over and over again – by them, not me – that unless their gal gets the prom crown regardless of how poorly she has run her campaign, regardless of what rules she previously agreed to, regardless of the obvious unfairness of counting votes in a state where their nemesis wasn't even on the ballot, they will take their hissy fit over to the camp which has relentlessly strategized against their interests on all fronts for decades (health care, education, environment, economy, etc.) is staggering in its implications. Thank heaven their daughters can grow up, even if they can't.

    May 31, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Never Obama

    We love you Hillary!

    Let's drive this thing ALL the WAY to the CONVENTION if WE need to!

    Hillary or McCain. There is no other choice.

    Sorry Obamabots! We want EXPERIENCE. Don't take it personal. It is what it is.

    May 31, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. El Máximo Gutierrez

    iT'S MILLER TIME FOR SENATOR CLINTON!!!

    IT'S PRESIDENTIAL TIME FOR SENATOR OBAMA!!!!!

    WHOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Si Se PuEdE jEs We CaN sI sE pUeDe JeS wE cAN!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Lynn in NM

    If caucus states don't count (according to Hillary) but they can vote in the general election, then why does Puerto Rico count when they can NOT vote in the general election?

    May 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5