May 31st, 2008
04:00 PM ET
7 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.”


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

    How can Hillary Clinton honestly ask for all delegates to be seated when she understood and apparently agreed to the fact that the Michigan and Florida primaries would not count? You can't change the rules in the middle of the ballgame because you're behind and apparently are going to lose. Whatever was agreed to beforehand should stand, period! I was a huge Clinton fan until this fiasco. What's worse is that the democratic party is spending time and money to decide whether or not to change the rules toward the end of the nomination process. This does not reflect well on the party, but I hope that they can all come together and support each other come November.

    May 31, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. California for Obama

    At least she is not bashing Sen. Obama for now. It's good she is getting some relaxation she will need it after the DNC hands down their decision. Let's hope she is intelligent enough to accept whatever decision they come to.

    May 31, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Joseph Adewole

    This is srrange...very strange.

    May 31, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Shannon

    Go Hillary, it seems that half of Democrats want you to win, the Obama side is trying to suppress the vote of millions, it is a hate filled, racist campaign that says it's for hope and change. The media is leading the charge for Obama for President, just like it lead us into a war. It seems a great many Americans are sheep, listening to empty words instead of looking at the actions of their candidate. He voted for the Cheney Energy bill, he skipped the votes on FISA and Kyle Lieberman. He missed 42% of the total votes in the senate, he voted present 8 times on issues involving a woman's right to choose. He surrounds himself with people who hate America and white people. His wife says America is mean, and she isn't proud to be an American. Is this the person we want to lead America. Read the Obama supporters here on CN, .they post, they want hope and change, while their posts are filled with hate and insults. The whole campaign is fake, right down to his saying they want to unite America. How does hate unite us.
    Vote for HIllary in the General Election, write her name in. Anyone but Obama!

    May 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. PinoyAko

    Delivered like a true Traditional Politician.

    May 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. outsider

    Is the word grace in your vocabulary, Hillary?
    Regardless win or lose, there is tomorrow. Leave a little bit grace for tomorrow if there is any.

    May 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    OMG...she needs to go home....now....Bills probaly not home....but that hasn't bothered her for years...but they are a "close" couple – not

    May 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. carmen

    What a hipocrate. Stay there and be President- your ambition.

    May 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. spencer

    Keep on truckin Hillary, I for you...Fight all the way to the convention...

    May 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. annie

    KEEP GOING HILLARY – SAVE OUR COUNTRY!!

    May 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Dave in Pa

    Can we convince Hillary to stay down there and ship bill there as well?

    Is this the type of president we want? One who helps make the rules and agree to the rules. And then when your loosing, try to change the rules. She should be removed from Senate as well. The United States does not need this type of leadership.

    May 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Women for Obama!

    She's much worse than Fatal Attraction. Say Goodbye Hilliary, Say Goodbye already!!!!

    May 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Marie in California

    Go Clinton! Win Puerto Rico! Win the nomination! Save me from having to vote for McCain in November!

    May 31, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Joe Reg

    You can have the territory.

    The end is near.

    They can't vote in November anyhow.

    May 31, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. CARMEN

    PUERTO RICO LOVE U

    May 31, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Sara from Arizona

    Just go away, sore loser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. wyoming dem

    Puerto Rico can't vote in the general election. When they can, then it will mean something. She is wasting her time and last breath.

    May 31, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE HEARINGS SINCE THEY BEGAN--IT HAS BEEN VERY VERY INTERESTING. HILLRY'S FOLLOWERS STILL THINK SHE SHOULD GET THE NOMINATION BECAUSE SHE MIGHT HAVE THE POPULAR VOTE. I CAN THINK OF A VERY GOOD REASON WHY SHE SHOULD NOT BE THE NOMINEE-–
    SHE IS NOT CAPABLE OF RAISING THE MONEY TO FIGHT OFF JOHN McCAIN. SHE HAS ALREADY LOANED HER CAMPAIGN TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS, IT WOULD TAKE ANOTHER 100 MILLION TO BEAT McCAIN.
    OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT..

    May 31, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Mike

    Remember Puerto Picans. It was my Husband Bill at my orders. That released and pardoned all those FALN Puerto Rican terror bombers.
    Yay Me!

    May 31, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. K.L. Sullivan

    I hope sho cleans his plow this week, then if the supers go for Obama we will know the fix is in.........

    May 31, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. they don't count

    Puerto Ricans are as low as the W. Virginians.

    They don't count.

    All the Obama supporters SAY so. They, who claim to believe in unity and inclusion, continually post hateful, racist, sexist, vulgar insults about OTHER democrats and fellow Americans.

    The Obama worshippers can not dialogue with nor be respectful to other Democrats...yet they think that they are wise enough to engage our international enemies in a nice peaceful dialogue.

    What are you going to do when they disagree with you? Call them uneducated, ignorant, inbred morons?

    Good luck with your style of diplomacy and unity and inclusiveness. It may just lose the DEMs the election in Nov.

    You have lost my vote for Obama.

    May 31, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. mike in Houston

    It is always when she knows she is winning there .

    May 31, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Ali from NJ

    Obama will not win the nomination because he did not defend the people of the United states.

    Florida an Michigan will not vote or vote for McCain.

    May 31, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. DAN

    Hillary or McCain

    May 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. MD

    Wherever Hillary goes, it is the time of that state or territory. Hillary is going to be a study of how NOT to campaign for the rest of time.

    May 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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