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. Nicole Martin

    Puerto Rico, I grew up there, living on your beautiful island. I have family there still. Part of my heart will always remain in Puerto Rico. I promise you, Obama is for you. Clinton is for herself.

    May 26, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Independent white woman for Obama

    Get your heads out of the sand!
    Obama's the only one who can shake-up Washington.

    May 26, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. william

    the clinton's are destroying the democratic party–if the democrat's lose this year it will be the clinton's fault!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. An American in Canada for David

    Puerto Rico come out (all together) and vote for Clinton en bloc.

    Vote for her the way most democrats would vote for her, if they had the chance to redo their vote. Thank you Puerto Rico!!! Gracia

    Previous voters were hoodwinked by Obama and his campaign caucuses tactics. These tactics will go down in history, as the reason caucuses were eliminated, from the democratic voting primaries.

    The righteous Democratic leader and future president will be H.R. Clinton.



    May 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. TR

    Hillary is $35 million dollars in debt and she knows she lost, Obama is being polite because their is no reason to be mean. The Democratic party will come together and by November Hillary and Bill will be trying to take credit for the Obama Win.

    Obama 08 – 12

    May 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Ilona Proud Canadian

    My American Friends,

    I honestly cannot see, how Hillary can ever win this Democratic Nomination without some guttersnipe hits on Barack! If she does, look out, there will be hell to pay in the good old U.S.A.

    God Please Protect Barack And His Family!

    Barack supporters, please watch our for your candidate.

    May 26, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Fly In The Ointment

    2,000.000 Democrats in PR. Clinton expected to win by 70+%.

    Hello Popular Vote!

    Hello more Super Delegates!

    Good bye Obamabots.

    Learn to play the politics game from a real professional and one day maybe your American Idol might get into the White House.

    Hillary '08. It's never to late!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Super Dummys

    I wonder do the people that always say go billary all the way to the convention donate to her campain or just cheer leaders the says go billary go?

    May 26, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. the longer it goes......

    the longer this contest goes the harder it will be for any democrat to win in November.

    May 26, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Pat

    Belle and other false accusers . . . You must be nuts or mesmerized! No matter how many lies, games, false accusations, or kitchen sinks the Clintons have thrown, Senator Obama has remained a gentleman and often he has not even taken offense when he had the right to. Usually he politely brushes off their scum. It wasn't long ago the media was asking why he didn't hit back. It's because he's the only politician out there visibly living Christian principles!

    May 26, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Patrick

    Hillary or McCain? I just do not get it. They are polar opposites when it comes to policy. If you really upset that Hillary lost then PLEASE find it in your heart to vote for Obama in November for those less fortunate Americans (the poor, those without healthcare) who desperately need Washington's help.

    May 26, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Nikole

    What makes Clinton supporters think that EVERY SINGLE PERSON that voted for her in the primary will not vote Obama in the general? Let's say that half of you decided not to. And a quarter of you stay home. Spread those people out over 50 states. And then Obama goes down in crushing defeat? I think not.

    May 26, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Steve

    I can't believe how delusional you Obama supporters are. You talk about Hillary being a liar have you even spent 5 minutes research your candidate? Obama has been plotting this for years and is as manipulative as they come. How can you know what a person stands for when they vote present on any hard decision. Everyone accused Kerry of being a flip flopper but Obama doesn't even have the guts to do that, it's like picking your favorite team after the Super bowl is over. "Change" what kind of change? Would that be change like Stalin or change like Mussolini or maybe change like Hitler. I would like a plan before I put some inexperienced new comer in the white house. Remember how people were worried about Bush's inexperience, that worked out well didn't it. How about Obama saying he could not disown Rev Wright anymore than he could his grandmother. Well where is Grammy today did he through her out in the street because it appears he had no problem throwing Rev Wright under the bus.
    Keep supporting Obama the Republicans will thank you for giving them the White House again.

    May 26, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. So What...

    What will the popular vote have to do with anything in PR??? They don't even vote in the general election....who cares if she wins there...

    May 26, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. Alex

    so what if they bo obama. his rally booed Hillary. but the media thinks obama is a lilttle angel.

    May 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |






    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. suz

    I'm shocked at some of the racist comments here regarding the people of Puerto Rico. What a shame Obama supporters must disparage Spanish speaking people. Obviously they are paying attention–they support the best candidate–GO SENATOR CLINTON!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. gerry

    Too late, Lady Macbeth.The horse has bolted.

    So much for your being a shoo-in six months ago for the Democratic nomination.

    With all of your "experience", you let a first-term senator outdo you in popular votes, states won, delegates, fund raising, organization, tactics and strategies, and the whole nine yeards.

    Isn't it odd to see that every other person who tried for the Democratic nomination this season who has come out in support of a candidate after their demise has supported Obama, and not one has supported you? Kucinich, Richardson,and Edwards, and Biden has in so many words said that he's for Obama.

    Now's really the time to duck from the sniper fire.


    May 26, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. hmm

    hey maybe they were booing Hillary or it might mean something else in Spanish? :O) really folks Scott said it best she can run as long as she wants honestly. but what I find really disturbing is the comments she has been making...kind of scary really. but no need to insult each other folks nice. also I can claim I am Winni the Pooh reincarnated and claim I hate Hillary or Obama but come on people some of you bloggers are just trying to piss off others hiding behind some Latin name or can you live with a clean conscience come on now....
    this is really a joke at this point ofr American democracy. remember people are watching from the outside also. no need to throw out your dirty laundry out there. show some human decency...

    May 26, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. James Corvin

    Obama is terrible and completely useless. I pray that Hillary gets the nomination; only she can take down McCain.

    May 26, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. JonPeter

    keep fighting Hillary... The more you say and do, the more you discredit your legacy. I considered voting for you in early Jan '08, but the way you and Bill have treated a legitimate contender tells me neithr of you are team players or unifiers...

    Run, Hillary, run... Run yourself right into the ground.

    May 26, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. stanjz

    This is the problem people have with Senator Clinton in the race; she keeps attacking Obama. How about you attack McCain or just out positive Barack?

    That is the problem isn't it? You knew in Iowa that you couldn't motivate or inspire people like Barack, so you went completely negative. It was so bad that it incuded false accusations of drug dealing and false Muslim rumors being forwarded by your campaign staffers. Maybe people forgot all the peole from your campaign who were fired or who apologized within the first two months of this year.

    May 26, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. brown

    Prior to all of the Boo's they should have looked in the mirror. They are brown not the hard working white people that Hillary says is her base.

    May 26, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. Tim C

    Hey Hill, Thanks for destroying the democratic party

    May 26, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. DA, Texas

    Goes like this – Florida and Michigan don't count in the democrat primary but Puerto Rico does. In the general election Puerto Rico does not count and Florida and Michigan do.

    Go figure – makies you feel someone pushed upo Florida and Michigan because they knew Hillary would win them so knock them off.

    Then Puerto Rico does not count so who cares. What is the point of having a primary if people don't feel they are part of something?

    May 26, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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