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. a friend

    Are you kidding me! I can't wait until this whole thing is over! PERIOD!!! You would think this is the freakin general election. Everybody is acting like a bunch of cry babies and arguing and showing hate for one another. America should not show the world how childish we are. Everybody just act like ADULTS

    Who ever becomes the nominee we need to think like americans and just pick who is right for us

    Please stop fighting America
    Peace in this World.

    May 26, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. coco

    Go Go Hillary ! Forget the O ~ -Bama. Don't give up Puerto Rico.
    O ~ Bama " ILLARYER " O ~ Bama Doesn't understand Hillary won Florida.

    May 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. punish STATE, NOT VOTERS

    Michelle, Indiana May 26th, 2008 6:45 pm ET

    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.
    ===================================
    THIS IS A TYPICAL obama-supporter-type response...yet they claim his voters are smart? they are all LYING to pollsters as they exit the voting rooms? claiming they have educations when indeed they do not?

    May 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Mike Kays

    GO CLINTON!! LET'S BRING THE EXPERIENCE BACK AND CREATE REAL CHANGE AGAIN!!!! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Lacy Lady

    If the media would report the Paul VS Clinton case in Calif, I wonder what excuse the Clinton's would have?? If they had reported it early-on, this would have been over LONG ago.
    OBAMA 08

    May 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. OC

    Why the boooooing. Have they no respect for the next President of the United States? Hillary can't do anything for them. Only the next President can. Are these people stupid? Do they really think she has a chance to win? Now I see why their votes do not count. They would only waste them.

    May 26, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. sacto joe

    Anyone who buys into Hillary Clinton's protestations of innocence over her use of Robert Kennedy's death is either sadly deluded or purposefully ignoring reality. There is NO WAY a lawyer as shrewd as she is didn't make this allusion purposefully and with malice aforethought.
    I once was willing to cede her the VP spot: No more. Her kind of slash and burn politics is the last thing this country needs to reward.
    Unfortunately, she has pulled what should have been a huge step forward for women's rights down with her.

    May 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. J Williamson

    Rut Row! Obama for weeks has been declared the nominee and he's still getting his clock cleaned in primaries. Enough said. Go Hillary!

    May 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. An Actual Moderator

    Democrats, beware:

    Every time you see a "Democrat" claiming that Hillary voters should rally around McCain … THEY'RE LYING.

    That's a Republican.

    They lie.

    >>>>> T H E Y L I E <<<<<

    That's all they know how to do, because they can't win an honest debate or an honest election.

    If any of you vote against the Democratic nominee (Obama or Clinton), then you deserve to live under four more years of McBush. But our COUNTRY and our FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN deserve much better.

    May 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Catherine

    I can't wait till June when this lying unethical woman is off my TV SCREEN. I can't stand hearing her talk anymore and all the BS that comes from her mouth. Go away Hllary Clinton and never comeback. And Hillary Clinton DOES NOT HAVE the popular vote.

    May 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Nile

    Please get this election done already . . . . we the American public are tired of tic for tat . . . .

    California voter . . .

    May 26, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Samantha Horton

    Hillary is NOT a fighter – she is arrogant and stubborn. Haven't we spend the last 8 years with this type of person in the White House? No one talks about this, but it is this type of subborn arrogance that has taken us to war and gotten us into the fiscal mess we're in today.
    She twists facts the same way Bush does! We don't need anymore of this stubborness and no compromising attitude in our next President. She agreed to play by the rules until she was behind and now all you hear from her is 'Let's make sure Florida and Michigan are not left out of the process'. Give it a break honey and learn to play by the rules. If you can't compete with the big dogs stay on the porch!

    May 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Hillary 08

    We are for Hillary for many good reasons!

    All the men & women in our family wants her to win.

    She will be good president!!

    GO Hillary!

    GO Hillary!!

    GO Hillary!!

    May 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Shim

    Party on all you socialists and big govies!

    Revel on in the idiocracy of your support for Socialism and Marxism.

    Vote for Obama, Osama and Chelsea's Momma! Pick one...we'll all lose regardless....

    ==============

    May 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. andrea

    I gotta give it to the 'Ricans. They know the real deal is Hillary. Go Hillary! We got you back!

    May 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Are you kidding me?

    Do you honestly think Hillary would be spending all day in Puerto Rico if she wasn't begging for much needed votes or on vacation? Please!

    May 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. carmen

    What a liar!

    May 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. taylor

    What i cannot understand,is why hispanic people would turn their backs on black folk.I thought we were in this struggle together(as so called minority groups) i do not know what your beef is with black people,but as an observer in a different country...i just think you people are so out of touch with history.

    May 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Matt Crane

    Hillary is a fighter not a quiter, this is what i want as a president and yes i believe she will turn heads win she wins this presidency. America we pride our selves for keeping on through hard times, after 9/11 we all kept going about our lives pushing to make things better and helping everyone around us, well we need a president who will do the same not like obama who has already given up on the primary and looking into a blind future. its like he has given up on America

    May 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. andrea

    Love her or hate her, Hillary cares for America and for her fellow americans.

    May 26, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Shim

    "She is losing the popular vote as well. In a week, there will be
    no more places where she can run…then wht?"

    Then what? Then we wait until Obama implodes – from internal or external forces....Hillary called it....

    May 26, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    obama will never get our votes. Look at what he did in Miami?\
    both candidates' approval needed for a reVote yet obama said no, becuase he knew the people preferred Hillary, so in order to boost his own numbers he said no to Miami now the very people he denied hes back in florida last week begigng for their votes. he could do the same to us.

    this is hilary's life. this is not a show-horse-election for her. Who could trust obama to remember us later when he dont even care now? he's so sure he will be the nominee that he treats us as if we are not worth his time. he doesnt even know what our concerns are and didnt stick around long enough to truly find out. he will never get the votes of PuertoRico.

    May 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  23. nancy

    One sick lady. And one obsessed FORMER President, whom I now regret voting for.

    May 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Bruce

    Michelle, Indiana May 26th, 2008 6:45 pm ET

    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.

    ..Now Michelle you are a good example of the obama suporter, and like leader, like follower.

    May 26, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. CAB

    This is a non-story. I hear boos all the time at the mention of Hillary Clinton during an Obama rally and it doesn't make the news.

    It's to be expected because everyone wants his or her candidate to win.

    May 26, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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