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. Mario

    Hey PuertRico wake up don't votre for Billary, bot are the biggest liar no ever seen, Look at the case Paul vs Clinton. You will learn more jst google it. please

    May 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Noah

    Keep fighting Hillary. America needs you.

    May 26, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Karen G

    Hillary, just stay in Puerto Rico and run for Governor. Then you can lead Puerto Rico to independence and become the first President of Puerto Rico. Hillary as Mother of her country, Puerto Rico. She gets the presidency and America gets rid of her.

    May 26, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. KK

    Forget it!

    May 26, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Tim

    Bill Clinton complains about the media and CNN runs a fluff piece praising Clinton.

    May 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Hans-Erik Iken

    I fail to see the relevance of the Puerto Rican support if they are not allowed to vote in the general election.

    I hope the people in PR will choose Obama as a token of faith, but they will not be voting in the fall so why bother?

    Now don't think I mean this in any deragotary way, it is just as it is: a serious question. How is this primary relevant?

    May 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. usa

    ---only fools would vote for hillary, only fools----

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. UNITE

    Keep fighting Hillary. McCain needs you.

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Maria

    Dont bet on it "Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA"
    People in Puerto Rico are just as you know "stupid" as people in other U.S. states who buys billary lies and deceits and then try to blame Obama.

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Never Obama

    We LOVE you Hillary! Let's take this ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION IF WE NEED TO!

    We are with you 100% of the way!

    Hillary or McCain. There is no other choice!

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. carrie sean

    hillary?u stole si se puede?
    this is almost shameful
    what can we do to make you go?
    i am g sick and tired of this
    please go away and take ur supporters with you

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Belle

    There is no excuse for the way this primary process has been covered by the media and manipulated by the DNC. I have certainly never seen anything like the bias portrayed in the media. The DNC allowed certain states to move their primary up; those states were the states in which they believed Obama would do well. Obama is the most negative candidate I can remember; he inspires such hatred and animosity that is just unbelievable (just read the comments on this site). His "strategy" is insidious hatred; first he makes a derogatory comment about one of the Clintons' benign statements, then he magnanimously states that he believes their explanation while his campaign continues to ensure negative press about the issue. The Michigan and Florida mess is certainly not his fault alone. The DNC messed it up then he brought his lawyers in to ensure there was no revote (which would have been within the DNC rules). Then, he stays above the fray and lets his staff and supporters ensure the hatred and animosity are continued. There is no excuse. Certainly, Obama did not do this alone; the media and the DNC have helped but the Clintons are less to blame for this mess than anyone else, yet they take the most fallout. All the people they have helped so much during their careers have not just turned against them, they have attacked with unprecedented viciousness. The Clintons have not destroyed the Democratic Party; Obama and the DNC destroyed and have ensured McCain will be our next President.

    May 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Mike

    Yes Peurto Rico, if you vote for Hillary she "promises" she'll do something for you.

    In fact she promises every state some little goodie if they elect her.

    This is known as switch and bait sham politics. Time for real change.

    May 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Elizabeth, NC

    Enjoy the attention whilst it lasts. This is going to be your last ever campaign win. By the way I liked your outfit. I have a similar one. (and that is all I have in common with you)

    May 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Bubba

    Does the Senate medical benifits cover mental illnesses? Hillary needs to check into that.

    May 26, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Look at this woman's face pretending like she really cares about these people. I can't understand how anyone who would want to support that woman. She lies, deceives, cheats, manipulates, i really doubt that's the kind of woman that all women have been praying one day to see in the white house. There's nothing memorable or to be proud about her.

    May 26, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. carrie sean

    karen g,that just made me crack up
    ha ha ha ha
    ur so right

    May 26, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Annette

    Who is she fighting for ? America or the Clinton principal.

    May 26, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. rachel

    wow nice of obama to give puerto ricans 2 hours of his time before his vacation lol.

    May 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Clinton Supporter

    Hillary, you are the BEST! Hang in there. The boys club that makes up the media and Democratic Party hierarchy are scared to death that you'll win the popular vote. You can do it – you're ALREADY doing it!!

    May 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. km

    They can't even vote in the general election. They aren't a real state with Federal rights....but what the heck...Clinton plans on using their votes to boost her numbers. What a piece of work. Why would you want such a liar for a president? I'm tired of being lied to.

    May 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Brian - Trinidad

    Yeah,but all the media pundits and the Democrat leadership hates her guts and that's all that counts these days.

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Suzie

    Puerto Rico has their own governor whom they elect and their own constitution they should not be voting in this election or any other.

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |

    "She understand you better, she cares more, and she has the best commitment for the future of the people of Puerto Rico. Nothing would symbolize her commitment more than this victory on June 1st" Thank you, former President Bill Clinton. Continue to speak the truth about our candidate, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the next President of the United States of America.

    "Si se Puede!"

    Hillary '08

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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