May 24th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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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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  1. Observer

    Ok B..

    Your obviously knowledgeable! How about some examples
    to back your stupid comment?

    By refering to somebody as "Hussein" pretty much sums up how i feel about America.. People are so ignorant (or stupid) that they dont know the magnitude or significance of their childish name calling!

    Sadam Hussein was one of the most evil men in history.. To compare him to anybody, let alone barack obama, is disgraceful!

    Its people like you B who help give America a bad name!

    May 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. NoShame

    B-NYC this race was over back in March as far as Hilary was concerned. As far as Obama being politics as usual I didn't hear him threating to kill Hilary if she wins did you. After yesterday and what Hilary said about Bobby Kennedy stick a fork in her she is done!

    Obama 08

    May 24, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. S. Kelly

    This is my thoughts. Include or delete.

    May 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. for Obama

    At least Obama makes sense, Hillary go home !!!!!

    May 24, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Hope LV,NV

    B-NYC you are an idiot. Haven't you noticed that calling him by his middle name has had no effect? He didn't name himself and be real even if his name was Joseph you would still be a hater.

    Meanwhile I think it's great that both candidates went to Puerto Rico. Good for them!

    May 24, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Mikey

    B – NYC:

    On January 20, you can call him President Barack Hussein Obama.
    ....or simply MISTER PRESIDENT will do.

    I thought we'd have a respectful contest with McCain. However, it looks like McCain's starting out at desperate, and getting ugly right away. Unfortunately, it takes two to run a clear campaign and McCain is looking more like a typical republican all the time – like George Bush.

    May 24, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Community Privates


    Here is a nice cheese for ya. Yatch.

    May 24, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. DFoster Georgia

    B-NYC, you are an idiot. What are you talking about? The only contradictions are coming from John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Stupid!

    May 24, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. ELM in FLorida


    I wish you would stop posting empty comments and just say what you really mean.

    I am an Independent, who is seriously thinking about voting for Obama . To date, I have seen nothing but discipline, courtesy, consistency, and well thought out arguments.

    May 24, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Terry in Fl

    He talks big about helping veterans but as one of those veterans, I'm wondering who he thinks he's fooling. Just like all the other demographics, he uses us until he gets the vote then he's off to the next. Empty talk, empty promises, empty suit. Oh yeah, lets vote for the puppet.

    May 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Trisha, - NY

    I know in my heart that Puerto Rico is too smart to fall for Hillary's pandering. I know just as everyone else has followed this race they know that Hillary is finished. Barack Obama is the Best choice for change we can believe in. Please my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters vote for Obama, so this excellent man can lead this country!

    Obama/Edwards 08

    May 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. CARMEN


    May 24, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. j gannon

    b-nyc, jealousy , it shows in you comment!

    May 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Griff

    Obama has a strange illusion, that he used to be called Moses...
    He climbed once climbed Mount Sini, and was given the Chapter's of Civilization.... Poor Idiot...... He was...... Dreaming Again.....

    May 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. An Observation

    I get sick of seeing smiling pictures of Obombus while the CNN crew go out of their way to put dumpy pictures of Hillary.

    Want to know why the "king of prose" will lose in November? Well because he is like cotton candy. A lot of fluff and no substance.

    And how can he sit in church for twenty years and not hear the preacher? Give me a break.

    Searching for the truth.

    May 24, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Tom,des moines

    Vote Hillary or McCain only folk! No Hussein obama!

    May 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Sue in Florida

    B-NYC Senator Obama is speaking the truth. When is that "Politics as Usual"? We have had 7 years of President Bushes lies and cover-ups. You will have a clear choice in November.

    Obama McCain
    Leave Social Security Alone Privatize Social Security
    Propose lowering my insurance Drop Employer Based Ins.
    Start an end strategy to Iraq Bomb Iran
    Restore our constitutional rights Only believes in the 2nd
    Tax Breaks to the Middle Income Tax Breaks for the Rich
    Programs for College Tutition
    Tax Breaks to bring jobs back home
    Bring Science and Tech back to the states
    Create Green Jobs
    Transparency in Government

    It goes on and on! It's our choice. Please check both websites. Make an informed choice this time.

    May 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Noclinton

    B, be quiet. Nobody wants your tired, used up, hypocritical candidate Hillary Clinton. Come join the winning team, or go vote for McCain in November if you're too proud to do that.

    May 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Doug Thompson

    Bill Schneider just said on CNN that Hillary is more electable because she does better in swing states. When asked which state Barack does better in he said, "California." What about swing states such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Washington & N. Carolina? He has been so apparent and unobjective in his support of Hillary from the "get-go!" Get with it CNN.

    May 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Donna


    McBush contradicts himself as much as, if not more, than Barack...or he is just too senile to remember what he says!!!

    Not Barack's fault that he isn't as OLD as McCain!!! Politics is more important to a lot of people..we need someone who will help the men and women serving our don't have to be a retired General to know that this war is wrong!!!!

    May 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. CARMEN


    May 24, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Ben

    I said in another blog That I truly love the Cuban people! But I have a question for those exiles in the U.S, Were you better off under Batista? This is a trick question, because maybe you were, but you would be better off today if Castro had not thrown THE AMERICAN FRUIT COMPANY out of Cuba. The American fruit company is one of the largest companies in the world.. They owned all the sugar cain in Cuba. Throwing them out was like slapping a wolf on the nose.
    where do you think Castro got the money to fight his revolution? That money came from the U.S. He was the wonder boy of the Carribean. After he threw out American Fruit Company, He became in the eyes of a our govt a terrible cruel dictator. We placed an embargo on Cuba and warned the world not to trade with Cuba. Without that embargo, we would still be on friendly terms with Cuba.
    That action of Castro was a terrible blunder, because although moraly right, it was political suicide. As I said, you do not slap a wolf on the nose and expect not to get savagely bitten

    May 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. CARMEN



    May 24, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. stu

    It is lucky for American And Puerto Rico's voters if Hilary Clinton becomes the president of the USA, otherwise It is terrible !!!

    May 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Mike B (Maryland)

    It's politics as usual to campaign on an actual issue?

    May 24, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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