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

Clinton rallies union in Puerto Rico

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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. spencer

    Hillary is the best candidate for president....Roland Martin is a jerk, shut him up.....

    May 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. tom

    Obama/Webb 08 – McCain/Clinton 08'

    May 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Rob.

    It is Mon. 05/26. I just fell out of my chair. I am watching CNN and Bill clinton is crying about how people are being so unfair and disrespectfull to Hillary. Is this the same Bill that told Obama to get out of the Kitchen if he can't take the heat? The same Bill that said Obama should not wear the uniform if he can not play rough? And worse of all. The same Bill Clinton that commited adultery in the White House with Hillary asleep down the hall? GEEZ please put this Clinton nightmare out of it's misery!

    May 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. GDC

    I can see you Obamahans are starting run scared and with good reason. Hillary is going to beat Obama.

    May 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. An American in Canada for David

    I see the Obama bloggers are out in force with their hatred spreading poisonous substance.

    Take Note; H.R. Clinton (Si podemos!) will be, the next President, have not doubts about that.

    So rant and rile all you want, the fact remains she is the only candidate worthy of being the president...

    H.R. Clinton 2009-2012 so it is written so it is done!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Rogers

    Obama is a common liar, and once that video comes out about Michelle ranting, he's also HISTORY!

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Monica

    If there were boo's in PR, against Obama, I'ms sure Hillary was delighted. Obama has done nothing but praise her. Certainly the Super Delegates can see that she will completely destroy the party and the USA if necessary just to win.
    '
    Hillary iand Bill are so evil being. She would promise anything just to get the votes. She doesn't care about you or anything about you. It is all about HILLARY AND THAT'S ALL.

    Let's see if she is President, Bill can be VP and Monica can be in charge of Foreign Affairs and Jimmy Carter, Attorney General. Hillary will have to deal with Cuba, so Bill will have plenty of cigars. This is so sick and so embarrasing.

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. weary of people in denial

    Sen. Clinton's campaign doing what it does best, negative campaigning. I guess it made her feel better to get boos for Obama. I guest her strategy is divide and conquer. Sen. Clinton there is a problem with that strategy, because you can not conquer. Contrary to your belief, everybody does not subscribe to your vicious and negative campaigning.

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Sharon - NC

    If if weren't for the position she's in (actually the position she has deluded herself she's in), she wouldn't step foot in Puerto Rico. Now Bill would, on the campaign's money just to hear himself speak.

    I agree . . . they both should run for Governor and Governess of Puerto Rico.

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. The Truth

    Billary can not come up with one original idea. 'Si se puede!" has been an Obama chant at the beginning of the year.

    Also all you Billary supporters that say RISE HILLARY RISE......

    Dont you really mean to say LIES HILLARY LIES......

    Even when he has the nomination won Obama continues to be respectful to Hillary...while she never misses a chance to slam him.

    That is why Americans choose Obama.

    OBAMA '08!

    May 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. KL Oxford

    It's about change. If you haven't figured out that the media and the rest of the nation will not stand for another 8 years of Clintons in the White House. it's not about being a woman, it's about being a Clinton.

    It's time any politician who thrives on power and hangs on for that goal alone, needs to be thrown out of the race, and out of their current office.

    I propose that ALL congressmen, electec officials on a term other than their first be fired, and bring in someone who will make change.

    8 year terms for President should be abolished with an amendment.
    multi year terms for any politician needs to be abolished.

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Tired of your retoric

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Hillary, why do you bring up Robert, why must you start things that only make people hate you more, grow up, go home and stay away and take Bill with you, Thank you

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a filthy headline....

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Mike, Ontario Canada

    The problem is that both Clintons aggravate their supporters all the time, instead of what the Dems would like them to do, which is ease the conflicts and be more conciliatory.

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    SHE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT OF PUERTO RICO

    STAY THERE HILLARY

    NO ONE IN THE USA WANTS YOU TO COME BACK

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Beth W

    Yeah.. when HE was in office.. HE.. as in . BILL

    While Senator, she's pretty much backed everything the Republicans have pushed forward. While BILL was in office she failed at everything she attempted to do.

    They're both just pitiful. They deserve each other. Both of them lie and cheat and perjure themselves to cover it up... or encourage others to do it for them.

    It's sad, really

    May 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Jesse

    Hey Sick of her....

    Please see a doctor. She does not need your vote. Hillary can stay in PR and have a nice year but what will happen to Americans? Are they ready have 4 nice years of GOP? Ready or not here McCain comes!

    May 26, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Sally from Cali

    The fake Hillary supporters are trying to impose their ideals on Puerto Rico, pitting Black against White.

    The people of Puerto Rico are not stupid. Real democrats are not stupid.

    Hillary and Bill are Democrats. You divisive commenters are not. REAL democrats will be united at the convention and in November. The few hundreds of comments here are nothing compared to the millions who will support the Democratic nominee in the general election.

    100's vs 1,000,000's – your negative comments don't matter.

    May 26, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Nowhere Man

    TO : jerry May 26th, 2008 5:51 pm ET

    Oh HILLLLLLIIIIIRRRRRRRRYYYYY Puerto rico wont matter because on May 31 the DNC decides on MI and FLA. Ill tell you a little secret even if they give you all MI delegates and seat FLA as it voted. Guess what you are still short and Obama gets his 72 delagates from FLA he only needs 49 of these for 2026. ........

    FYI -> If FL and MI are seated, the number is no longer 2026. They'll adjust the "final" delegate number based on how many they decide to seat. She still can't catch up though, and they will use their ridiculous popular vote argument (IF they get that lead .....) to steal the nomination.

    Obama '08!

    May 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Michelle, Indiana

    First of all, I didn't read anywhere in that article that Obama got booed. Second, how does a win on June 1 show HER commitment to them??

    “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.

    Hillary – put your hopes in one hand and $h!t in the other and see which one fills up first.

    May 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. lp

    GO HILLARY! Obama only went there to vacation! Clinton is the BEST choice for president. Will back her every step of he way and let's go to the convention!!!
    Obama talks a good talk, but doesn't have a clue how to run a country. We need Clinton wisdom and energy to get back on track after 8 horrid years of Bush.
    I'M VOTING FOR CLINTON ON JUNE 3RD!

    May 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    IF PEURTO RICANS WERE REGISTERED VOTERS IN CAUCUS STATES

    THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE HELPED HER

    May 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. candoo

    The only way obama will win in november is if Hillarys supporters
    vote for him.

    HA.. HA.. HA.. HA.. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    We DON'T like you Mr. Obama. We will NEVER vote for you.

    It's Hillary Clinton 08 or John Mccain 08

    May 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. nmayweather

    Hillary Gives me hope...

    hope that she'll just drop out and leave politics all together.

    She's a divisive politician who uses media and pandering to confuse and trick the public. She's the only democrat who refused to stop taking PAC contributions. She's been the first democrat in every state race to attack her own party members.

    Hilary is everything wrong with America – right, left, and in between. God help us if people are stupid enough to allow her to stay in politics.

    May 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  25. Armon in Dallas, TX

    They can boo all they want! Their opinion doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things anyway. Plus, Clinton is so far behind that even if she wins Puerto Rico, it won't help her much. Thank goodness that any delegates Senator Obama gains from the territory only puts him closer to the nomination. People stop shrouding your racism with lies, and just admit that you don't want Obama to win because he's black.

    May 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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