February 13th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Puerto Rico's governor backs Obama

CNN’s Candy Crowley reports that sources inside and outside the Obama campaign confirm that Puerto Rico’s Democratic governor, Anibal Acevedo Vila, will endorse Barack Obama for president - possibly as soon as today.

The island has 63 delegates to this year’s convention - a total far higher than many states that have already weighed in.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. AJ, IL

    Excellente! Si se puede! He's a superdelegate!

    I expect to hear many more Obama endorsements come out over the next two weeks.

    Obama in 08!

    February 13, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Norman, Atlanta Georgia

    Such is the nature of our 'leaders' - they follow, not lead

    February 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. David Jones

    Way to go!

    Hispanics for Obama!!

    Go Obama!!!!

    February 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. lucky

    good for him

    February 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. PL

    I don't understand the irrational hubris that people are showing in favor of Obama. I liked the man to a lottery ticket – a lot of promises and long shot chances of succeeding. He is big on promises and visions, but without details.

    February 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Adam

    woo woo, thats the sound of the Obama train leaving the station!!!! Too bad Billary were too busy focusing on themselves instead of what really matters...us! Let's see if she sucks up for a VP slot. Hopefully Obama won't fall for it. By the way, I am now a proud Obamacan!!

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Bobby Jones

    Aluta Continua!!!!Yes, we can

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. kizzi

    sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Mercedes Rodriguez

    It's good to see that some hispanics are coming to some sense and giving their vote to someone that really will bring change to this country. I hope more latinos would come to their sense and see Obama for what he respresents and not jump onto the back wagon because the spanish broadcasting channels give Hilary more media coverage.

    February 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. FRANK

    Bienvenido ! Puerto Rico et los Latinos de los E.U. con OBAMA !

    We stand together ! Viva Obama !

    February 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. nadine jennings

    I think that CNN has not been giving Hillary a fair chance. Down grading her.
    I think Obama sounds just like George Bush braging.

    February 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. changing times

    hmmm... could it be Hispanic voters will begin to open up to Obama in greater numbers. I think if they will listen they will find this man is not only a dynamic speaker, but a doer also. He's a fighter and he gets things done. We have all witnessed his savy and brilliance in bringing this campaign to where it is today.
    Want to know more: read his website, read his books, go to his town meetings and you will find out where he stands on the issues and how deeply he loves this country. I do believe he's an open book-not perfect, but an open book.

    February 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Means and Ends

    This is an interesting development, clearly not only for the delegate possibilities (last group to be counted before the convention and a place where I expect neither campaign has major inroads so the Governor and related groundtroops will help).

    More generally, I love this campaign season – it is nice that every state and even "territories" are having to be courted because things are so close. Even those going as late as May might have a big role to play...

    February 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Natainos

    Si Se Puede!!!! Proud Boricua, who is glad to hear this news. OBAMA '08

    February 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Kevin, Illinois

    Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila is an outstanding leader for the Puerto Rican people. Puerto Rico should be captured by Obama by at least 90 percent of the vote.

    ¡Sí, Se Puede!

    February 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. WakeUp!!!

    Just an FYI, how Clinton Camp is pressuring super delegates.
    When former presidential candidate and Clinton-administration energy secretary Bill Richardson declined to endorse Hillary Clinton after dropping out, the candidate's husband, as Fornier notes, placed an angry call to the New Mexico governor.

    "What," Bill Clinton asked Richardson, "isn't two Cabinet posts enough?"

    February 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Lena

    Thank you, Sir!

    February 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Gov. Vila, we all love Puerto Rico which is my next vacation spot. Obama is simply the best.

    February 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. nery

    THE GOVERNOR THE PR ENDORSE TO Obama but the people in the island love very much to hillari clinton viva PUERTO RICO REMENBER SHE WANT HEALT CARE FOR ALL CHILDREN AND ALL AMERICAN HAVE JOB AND GOOD ECONOMY GO HILLARY

    February 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Hillary is the Status Quo

    I guess the real question is, will this endorsement carry any weight with Tx Latinos?

    My guess is no, but it can't hurt.

    Then again with Virginia Latinos giving Obama a second look perhaps Texans will view this a more momentum validating the legitimacy of Obama.

    February 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Trenchtownrock

    The winds of change has reached the Caribbean. Stay humble Obama because the Clintons have nine lives.

    February 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. More Good News

    This is excellent! Not only because it is an important endorsement for Obama, but because it is more people entering and being involved in the process. This is good for America!

    February 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Heather

    Go Puerto Rico!!!!!!!!! We love you our spanish brethen and sistren.

    Obama '08 & '12

    February 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. nery

    REMENBER THE ALL PEOPLE IN PR LOVE HILLARY SHE IS THE PRESIDENT USA

    February 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. pam Eugene OR

    That is fantastic! Yes, and do stay humble Barack so we can unite our party.

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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