May 27th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton rallies union in Puerto Rico

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton’s campaign is hoping to score a significant popular vote win in Puerto Rico."]
PONCE, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Hillary Clinton held the most raucous rally of her Puerto Rico campaign swing on Monday in front of several hundred members of the Servidores Públicos Unidos union, who shimmied to live music before the event and cheered on the senator with chants of “Si se puede!”

The union operates as an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has endorsed Clinton and spent millions on her campaign’s behalf. AFSCME President Gerald McEntee was on hand in Ponce to introduce Clinton, but he spent a good chunk of his speech eliciting boos for Barack Obama.

“Obama was here twice,” McEntee said, painting the Illinois senator as a Johnny-come-lately to the issues affecting Puerto Ricans. “Once to raise money. He was here for two hours, and he left, and he went on vacation. Then he came back this past weekend for two days, then he left again.”

An energetic Clinton, assisted by a translator, delivered a speech similar to others she has made on the island, pledging to offer economic incentives to the island, promising to resolve the issue of Puerto Rico’s status by the end of her first term, and reminding voters that she represents an estimated one million Puerto Ricans in New York.

In the middle of her remarks, as the audience chanted “Si se puede!” - a phrase that's been co-opted by Obama supporters - Clinton injected some Spanish of her own.

“Not only ‘Si se puede!’ Si podemos! We will! We will!,” she shouted, although there was some debate among reporters whether she stumbled over the word “podemos.”

Clinton appeared on the stage with her daughter Chelsea, who did not speak, and Bill Clinton, who campaigned with her throughout the day. The former president said his wife has long been dedicated to Puerto Rican issues.

“She understand you better, she cares more, and she has the best commitment for the future of the people of Puerto Rico,” he said. “Nothing would symbolize her commitment more than this victory” on June 1. The Clinton campaign is hoping for a healthy margin of victory here to bolster their argument that they are winning the popular vote.

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soundoff (1,133 Responses)
  1. Brian

    She should have dumped Bill when she had the chance.

    Does Purto rico have a baseball team that she has been a life time fan of??

    May 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. jake

    OK FACT: They do get to vote in the General Election, who said they didn't?? Obama supporters of course, and they are SUPPOSE to be so educated. I know that the Obma team made that statement in the very beginning so that everyone would vote for him, thinking that they were smart. HA HA jokes on you, he pulled another fast one on you. You are also the most vicious people I've ever come across. If the likes of you support him, then MAN , I'M GETTING OUT OF THIS PARTY.

    May 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. franco

    The Puerto Rican people have Obama figuered out correctly, and they are in the right to "boo" him. Obama supporters are the hipocrites when it's OK to "Boo" other candidates, you know who you are. Hillary
    Clinton is the best PRESIDENTIAL candidate in the last 50 years. She
    has the experience and courage to fight the "good ole boys". Anyone
    that says she can not be accepted as an honorable person, should
    study her history and achievements. She was making achievements
    while Obama was hanging out with Jeremiah Wright. Obama is the
    biggist "Judas" of them all, along with his supporters. How stupid are
    American voters.

    May 27, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. nate

    Why is it news that a Clinton crowd boos Obama?

    May 27, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. christopher

    Love to love Clintons, are you serious. You love scandals, liars, cheaters. How can you supporter a woman who has so many feminists supporting her. Why again did she stick with bill after he is getting. h.....d in the White House ? Why, because she THOUGHT the she would be a shoe-in to the white house. Votes are counted and the last time I look Obama was leading. DNC along with Billary understook FlA and Michigan would not count.

    Again, what is an election ? When all parties are on the ballot. Was Obama on the ballot in Michigan, read my lips NO NO NO. Get over the stupid 3rd grade argument all of you. I cannot wait till June 4 to hear all the whining again and again and again. Obama stole it, no as a man he didn't go NEGATIVE and stood strong again someone who is a panderer.

    May 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. fred

    We have a grip is Hillary!!

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary!!

    We will NOT UNITE behind Obama!!

    Hillary or is your call DNC!!

    May 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Tony

    I, and many I know, have been doing that since day one. No news to us! Wish these ignorant, apathetic Americans would have caught on earlier.


    May 27, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. LolaPR77

    I "love" how everyone say: "Oh! I hope Puertorricans are smart" "Oh, I hope Puertorricans are intelligent" Who do you prepotent Americans think you are?!?!?! The last time I checked the concensus outside your shores was that Americans are stupid, ignorants and geocentric. And YES I said GEOCENTRIC.

    Stop thinking you are the center of the world. Learn about your "rich" history. Puertorricans do not have any expectations from any of the presidential candidates. Everything will stay the same. The world has lost faith in the US and so have Puertorricans. If Americans are "supposed" to be the saviors of the world. What the hell happened?!?!?!?

    May 27, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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