May 24th, 2008
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Obama, Clinton court Puerto Rico's voters

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Barack Obama talks to veterans in Puerto Rico on Saturday morning."]
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took their campaigns to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico on Saturday in an effort to woo voters before the June 1 primary.

There are 55 Democratic delegates up for grabs, though voters cannot take part in the general election in November.

Obama campaigned early Saturday at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon, where he praised the nation's veterans before Memorial Day.

"It's fitting to be here today, not just because Memorial Day is around the corner but because Puerto Ricans are such an important part of the United States military. On this island and in Puerto Rican neighborhoods across America, you can go into almost any home and find a veteran living there or a photograph of a loved one in uniform hanging on the wall," he said.

Obama also took aim at Republican Sen. John McCain over his opposition to an update of the GI Bill. The legislation passed the Senate on Thursday afternoon by a 75-22 vote and passed the House this month by a similar margin. It proposes to essentially provide a full scholarship to in-state public universities for members of the military who have served for at least three years.

"I don't understand why John McCain would side with George Bush and oppose our plan to make college more affordable for our veterans. ... Putting a college degree within reach for our veterans isn't being too generous; it's the least we can do for our heroes," Obama said.

Shortly after Obama's remarks, the McCain campaign hit back.

"Barack Obama talks about helping veterans, but when the choice came between delivering for our military men and women and playing partisan politics, he decided politics was more important," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Saturday.

Clinton, meanwhile, hosts a "Solutions for Puerto Rico's Families" town hall in Aguadilla on Saturday.

Clinton has done well among Hispanic voters in this year's primaries. She is expected to do well Puerto Rico's primary; Puerto Ricans make up a large swath of her New York constituency.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Eric Thornley

    Oh jesus, this blog immediately starts with a racist comment.

    "Solutions for Puerto Rico's Families" ? Sure...alright, whatever you say Hillary.

    May 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Anna, PA


    take it to the convention... you have PLENTY of support behind you!!!

    We must defeat Nobama!!!

    May 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. New Day

    To all the people that use "Hussein" as if it were a curse word:

    Wouldn't it be ironic if your daughter fell in love and married a boy named Hussein? Well, one can only hope.

    May 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    GO OBAMA 008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Mary - Independent

    Too much fighting, lying and cheating with the Democratic Candidates. A bit frustrating to select a decent human being and one you can trust between either parties. The question is that whoever becomes President, will that person really try and resolve the critical issues and listen to all races of Americans in this Country?

    May 24, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. wiser

    NOBAMA for America. Inexperience and arrogance are two qualities that will not help our nation. We still do not know what he stands for because he keeps restating changing positions! He even changed his name from Barry to Barack!

    America will not support this folly! Given a choice between a war hero and a zero, the war hero wins every time!

    May 24, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Dave

    It's obvious you're desperate if your only ammo against him is his middle name.

    May 24, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Suziku

    Whoever wrote that rediculous comment is an idiot. No doubt another paid hillary shill, she has many fools out there!

    May 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Tom,des moines

    I think we need to change the way we pick ours nominee.

    1. we need to get rid of caucus.
    2. we need to get rid of superdelegate.
    3. we need to boundle up primary,let say 10 states for each of contest for 5 month.
    4. we need to have a winner take at least 65% of the delegate.

    May 24, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Fash

    B. NYC can call Obama "Osama" if he likes, that will not stop him from becoming our next President....B- and his likes are just "noise in a busy market'...that's an African saying.

    May 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Conor - Ireland

    What a brilliant point; obviously a lot of intelligence went into constructing your comment!! By the way, I love the way you cleverly slipped in Barack's middle name.

    Obviously it was an attempt to draw some form of link between Obama and Islam... Which begs the question: Why is it an issue that he has a moslem name and does this make him less of an American.

    Long live your un-educated bigotry!!

    May 24, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Wang LI

    Go Obama !
    We love you !!

    May 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. kathy

    no comments..........................because we dont care what obama is doing

    May 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. Allan

    CNN, what is the matter with you? My comments are as civilized as Obama's, but you don't seem to want to post them. Not even in "being moderated" format. I do not like censorship, and as a representative of the FREE press in the US, I do not like your treatment of me and, apparently, other people who want to comment.

    May 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Olivia

    What Obama is doing is making promises right, left and center.
    Impossible, improbable, most unlikely, downright crazy, not bad, say what, not in your wildest dreams, you must be kidding...........just some of the resposes I've had to some of the promises Obama is making to get votes. It is endless!

    May 24, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. veronica

    lovely name isn't?

    OBAMA 08!!!

    May 24, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Democrats for Obama

    Obama is the best thing that has happened to this country and the democratic party since the likes of JFK. He is honest and has moire integrity then what we have seen from other candidates. I believe he will become one of the most popular president of all time. He will unify the democratic party and bring peace to the world. Four years from now, I'm sure that even the people from West Virgina and Kentucky will agree with the majority of the country.

    May 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. K.G, San Francisco, CA

    Go Obama,
    Porto Rico will see the true leader that you are for latinos, blacks, whites, young and old and so on. I trust them to make sure you will prevail. Hillary doesn't deserve your vote, she's finished.

    May 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. The O

    B-NYC what the hell are you talking about. You have seen Hillary lie, try to change the rulels, and play Rover style politics, time and time again but you and her supporters still just look the other way, where have you been for the last 7 years have you seen what happens when we have a lying president who changes are consitution, to suit his own needs are you not tired of this stuff yet. well i geuss not so vote for whom ever you want. and see how Mccain will further push the country over the cliff. and if Hillary is able to steal this away from Obama do you really belive she will keep her promises to the American people. after seeing her flat out lie over and over again.
    It's time for Integrity, Honesty, and the Rule of Law to come back to America and Obama is the only one who can bring that back.


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!

    May 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. S. Kelly

    People that see bad thing behind innocent remarks are either extremely young or they have something wrong with their minds.
    CNN and the media in general have acted shamefully toward Clinton..
    Documentaries that heretofore I considered absolutely trustworthy will not be considered that way in the future.

    May 24, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles


    BYE BYE O.P.E.C. 🙂

    May 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. bk

    Obama has to come out from behind the rally's and prepared speeches sometime. So far every time that has happened he loses votes.

    May 24, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Michigan Voter !!!



    May 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. S. Kelly

    People that see bad thing behind innocent remarks are either extremely young or they desperately need to review their thinking.
    CNN and the media in general have acted shamefully toward Clinton..
    Documentaries that heretofore I considered absolutely trustworthy will not be considered that way in the future.

    May 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. A Democrat in November - No McBush

    B-NYC- Spoken like a true Rovian Republican, a genuine sheep in sheeps clothing.

    May 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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