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. Iris E. Acevedo

    Puerto Rico is in need of a change, not necesarily of Political Party but of someone who is really ready to face the many problems our country is currently and has been facing for many years now. When you have a monetary problem that you are obligated to close schools before the official ending day, someone, somewhere should realize that Puerto Rico is struggling to survive. Bringing on taxes from zero to seven percent, who are we trying to help! Whether Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton is chosen, hopefully someone will take the initiative to help Puerto Rico progress. We the Puertoricans are losing many jobs and the opportunities of getting one. Why ? Because many well named companies are closing to move elsewhere! Bottom line, may the Best Candidate win...

    February 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    Obama doesn't want super delegates to decide, let the people decide??? That's what he says over and over. But he continues to exploit the support of super-delegates so long as it helps him.

    Look closer people, this man says one thing (just the thing you want to hear), then does another. He is more the same. He does not represent change we can believe in.

    My vote is for Hillary!

    February 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. LP

    This is great news! OBAMA '08

    February 13, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. sam

    i think the puerto rican governor should campagn for obama in texas and ohio

    February 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. David

    Puerto Ricans for Obama!

    February 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Carlos M

    and here are the facts:

    1. Our Governor's endorsement – does not mean Obama will get the delegates.

    2. If a Democratic Party Primary is held in PR, you will see Mrs. Clinton win by a big margin.

    3. Stan – we do not hate mexicans.

    4. Whatever the outcome of the delegates decision in PR will carry no weight or influence the decision of other "hispanics" in the remainder states that are up for grabs.

    February 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Eric

    Now that the NAACP has chimed i the Michigan – Florida debacle, here is my proposed solution:

    In Florida: Allocate 50% of the delegates according to the Jan 29 election results, then conduct a mini primary or caucus to allocate the remaining 50%.

    In Michigan: Since Obama's name did not appear on the ballot, allocate a lower percentage of the delegates, say 25% based on the Jan election, then conduct a new mini primary or caucus to allocate the remaining delegates.

    A mini primary is one that allows polls to be opened for about 6 hours instead of the usual 12 hours. this would cut down costs.

    I further suggest that these mini primariaes be held on April 16, same day as the Penn primary, that way on April 16, the Dems would be sure of a definite resolution to the struggle.

    February 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. MI Independent

    Obama is all talk and people are so desperate after the Bush years that they will believe anything positive someone SAYS. How about looking at what Obama has DONE – minimal when compared with Hillary.

    The media will not vet this guy, but the republicans will. I did my homework and what I see scares me. NO TRACK RECORD. He uses the same exact rhetoric that Bush used during his first run at the white house "I'll be a uniter, not a divider". Remember, talk is cheap, it's what you do. Obama is an inspirational speaker, not a leader BASED ON HIS MINIMAL RECORD.

    I will not vote for Obama under any circumstances and I think the democrats will not win in November if this guy is carrying the banner.
    I always was amazed at how Americans could vote Bush into office not once, but TWICE. Watching people fall for Obama's empty promises reminds me how gullible Americans are for pretty words. Obama is just a liberal version of Bush. We will never learn.

    February 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Faiz

    Si se puede! It looks like we can and we are. Obama '08

    February 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. KM


    February 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Grif

    Panco Vila??????????????

    February 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Laura

    Viva Puerto Rico! Ya es tiempo que la gente sepa que los hispanicos aman Barack Obama! Viva Obama! La isla del encanto speaks for our nation! Go Obama!

    February 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. tom

    Hillary for president. She will do the best for our country, not just speech like Obama.

    February 13, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. TheNumantine

    As I recall, in 1988 Puerto Ricans voted for Jesse Jackson, but the then Gov. voted all the delegates for Dukakis at the Convention.

    Clearly, that kind of controversy wouldn't be in the best interest of either candidate this year.

    Puerto Rico is the last Democratic Primary contest with 55 delegates awarded Proportionally at Senatorial District caucuses in June. Regardless of that outcome, the Governor is also a superdelegate and that is a good vote to have in this close race.

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. John Walker

    I believe Mr. Obama can uplift America's economy once again. I believe he can open up world markets and pay attention to issues that matter. He will bring change faster than Mrs. Clinton or Mr. McCain.

    I believe Mrs. Clinton will bring change, but not as fast as Mr. Obama. The first year will be spent finger pointing at President Bush as she will not be sure how to resolve issues in the short term

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Sandra M. Tate

    I'm a 65 year old black woman who understands that wars were fought and lives were lost so that we could have the right to vote. I have exercised this right throughout the years because I'm a responsible person. Today, it's more than a right, I can truly say it's a privilege to vote for Barack Obama. I believe we all have a sixth sense that alerts us not only of danger, but more importantly – when something special is about to happen. I believe with every fibre of my being that Barack Obama is the best candidate to elevate the political discussion above the stench of "politics as usual."

    With the exception of John Edwards, the agenda of the other candidates seems to be embedded in the cortex of the brain where the quest for power resides. Barack Obama comes from a place of honesty, common sense and empowerment; he has made a multitude of citizens recognize the power within ourselves to become the force for change in making make this great country even greater.

    As America moves toward a more homogenous society – my vote is for a leader that stresses how much we have in common and that our differences, such as color, race, religion and gender are what makes our country so interesting and wonderful. It's a shame that so many exploit these differences for their own selfish gain.

    One thing I know for sure is that if Obama is not elected President, he and his wonderful family will be just fine. They have enough genuine love and support for each other to validate "It's A Wonderful Life" – But what a missed opportunity it will for the rest of us.

    Stay positive and do or say something nice or inspiring to someone today – and everyday.

    February 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Kelly

    Carlos M, can you tell me why the people of Puerto Rico would vote for Ms. Clinton? There are so many reasons to support Barack Obama, but I am finding less and less willingness to support Clinton if she wins the nomination. Her negative and back door and selective campaign strategies have reinforced the notion that she is only for helping people who can further her own ambitions.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Dear Gov. Vila:

    Yahooooooooooooooo and welcome aboard!

    OBAMA 08!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!! YES PUERTO RICO WILL!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. PR51STATE

    Anibal es el gobernador pero su imagen y convocatoria esta peor que la del Presidente Bush... Obama comete un error al aceptar ese endoso, solo por eso les digo que en PR gana Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Chris

    Don't know if this will help him with the Spanish-speaking favoritism of Clinton, but nice to know the gov is probably taking a risk with this endorsement.

    February 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Preston

    People have to stop listening to the negative ads and negative talk coming from the Clinton camp. All I hear is the same old tired talk coming from their mouths. I for one am really tired of hearing negative ads that is very divisive to this country. Talk specifics Hillary and stop talking negative. The proof is in the pudding!!! People are showing that they are tired of your negative talk by the enormous numbers voting for Barack. YES WE CAN!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Terry

    Good sor Obama,maybe this will help his trouble whith latino voters which have been slightly going more for him as of lately.

    February 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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