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. Pennsylvania

    Hillary is the one to lead our country!

    May 26, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Ken

    Geeze if Obama can't win Puerto Rico in the primary how ever will he win it in Nov. Oh that's right they don't get to vote in November.

    Yet they have more delegates than several STATES!

    May 26, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Ilona Proud Canadian

    To all of you Hopefuls and Hangerons,

    Who cares if Hillary wins PR? She will still be way behind, and she cannot catch up. Puerto Rico, please tell Hillary that you are not the gullible fools she thinks you are!

    May 26, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Jan

    Hillary will have a better chance of defeating McCain. I'd vote for another Bush before I'd vote for Obama. He's too inexperienced and his retoric will not stand up to world problems. Voters will regret in the end if they vote for Obama.

    May 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Garth

    I'm amazed Hillary didn't say she was Puerto Rican by birth and worked the fields all her life. And she has fought for statehood (or whatever the crowd wants) all her life. I doubt she can find Puerto Rico on the map and only knows about it because she has Puerto Ricans cleaning her home.
    Go Go Go Obama!

    May 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Think

    Obama has exuded the leadership style that the new generation of Americans truly want. If people are still looking for substance in his "change" mantra, think about what it symbolizes and how it stimulated people to think for themselves and implement change by starting from the ground up. If you question real work experience, then McCain and Hillary are no more experienced than Obama. Sure, Obama is younger, but he is also worldly, cultured, a real "thinker" and strategizer. McCain will execute the old way of doing business and most of you babyboomers are retiring anyway. Hillary.. *bleep" and Obama, well, if you want to label me as an Obamabot feel free. He never once tried to instill any fear in any of my or his supporters' decision making process. As an education woman with a post-graduate degree, I think for myself and I support Obama 110%. If there are any bots out there, consider the fact that it would be those who will support McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination. Sad. Because it will be those people who will suffer most because they will perpetuate the failed Republican policies. And while their sons and daughters continue to be sent off to war with no college education, guess what? The Obama bots will still have their white collar jobs to go back to. THINK.

    May 26, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. JFK

    I am booing right there with them. Obama is a fake and isnt ready for the job. Obama needs to go back to his racist church and start praying for a miracle in November!

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

    Sen Clinton may not get to be the nominee, but she would be the very best President if given the chance. But because the media forgot what being a journalist meant, they all went along with an idea and took the nation with them. I don't think we as a nation are strong enough to overcome another bad president, simple because some one liked to listen to his speech. CNN is leaning so far toward Obama I'm getting a crick in my neck. Goodbye!

    May 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Patricia

    The Clintons are vacationing in Puerto Rico. It is a safe haven. Enjoy.

    It seems that when this Democratic campaign started, the DNC and superdelegates were putting all their eggs in one basket – the Clintons. They didn' think any other candidate could win in the fall. She was 20 points ahead in January and still looked like their only choice. Then Obama emerged and they realized they didn't have to settle for the Clintons. They had a choice, and they started to look at the future of the Democratic Party through his eyes. To eradicate her 20-point lead and up it by 1+% has been quite an accomplishment. At this point, as a commentator on Fox News said tonight, it seems that people are glad to know they don't HAVE to have Bill Clinton in the White House again. So, except for the older women, we see less and less enthusiasm for them. The popular vote is only as good as their ability to add and subtract at their choosing.

    H. Clinton is not ugly. That term is inappropriate.

    May 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Barker

    Clinton Supporter you need to go back and check your facts. Puerto Rico cannot vote in the General Election, so lets not call names now. And Carrie Sean I don't care what Noah said that was funny.

    May 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Jane

    Aside from being the most capable candidate, Sen. Clinton is also the most popular, despite the fact that news shows constantly tell us to think otherwise. She has a very good shot at being the nominee because more people want her to be. Millions of people around the country and around the world respect her.

    May 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. MI Women 4 Obama!

    ....more empty promises....Hillary would have to be Presiden for a hundred years to fulfill all the promises she has made in each state. Now that's a scary thought.....I'd move to Canada or somewhere...!

    OBAMA 08 & 12!

    May 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. smokey

    What a mess....and why is the press so able to inluence voters, Clearly HC ha sbeen treated so badly and it amzaes me that Voters are not enraged. CNN are now very much biased like FOX is for the GOP only they want Obama.

    Can anyone honestly from an OBama supporters say witha straight face that Cafferty has demonstrated any fairness. He needs to wear an "i support Obama" on his shirt before asking his rehortical questions.

    No doubt Obama despite his inexperience is going to win the nomination and you would think those name calling supporters would attempt some brown nosing of HC supporters as there are SO many. Obama can not win the WH without the entire support of the party and OBama's supporters are making it so ahrd to do so!

    May 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. Marlye

    Michelle Obama `s not even proud of our country. Why would you want her in the white house?

    May 26, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. martin

    don't tell me.hillary's grandpa is from puerto rico,too.that's where she picked up her fluent spanish.

    May 26, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. earl

    The Clintons are sore losers. Instead of trying to bring the party together, they are still dividing it. They are scum!

    May 26, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama is a repeat history of Bush in 2000.

    If Obama's people could just get out of their hypnotized state of hype and see what this guy is really like. He is a confused extreme leftist that votes randomly Republican. Supported and paid for by big oil and drug companies.


    May 26, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "candoo May 26th, 2008 6:46 pm ET

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


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

    It's Hillary Clinton 08 or John Mccain 08"
    Sigh, another brainless Republican trying to stir up trouble, go away maggot, you've been found out. On an actual relevant front; The Comittee has already said it will NOT seat Florida and Michigan in a way that will change the inevitable nomination of a certain candidate (Obama :-); so what will Clinton's argument be win the two states are seated and Obama is STILL ahead? I can see Bill's face turning beet red and him starting to cuss and holler until security has to drag him out of there as the ravenous, rabid dog he will become. HAHAHAHAHA!

    To you TRUE democrats who are hurting because Hillary has all but lost, realize that both candidates have almost the exact same agendas and plans! They are really only different in name only! Don't let the Repugicans like the foolish idiot at the top of my post fool and divide you against your own party! This is nothing more than Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" at work!

    One more thing to those SO-CALLED democrats who keep threatening to vote for McCain over Obama to give Hillary a run in 2012? Remember, the sword cuts both ways because we WILL do the same thing to her in 2012 if this taken away from Obama this election cycle, so remember THAT.

    Obama/Sebelius '08/12

    May 26, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Suziku

    She's still a piece of trash! If Puerto Rico cannot see her for what she is, too bad for them!

    May 26, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. libby

    The hatred against Obama and his thug supporters is building to a crescendo. I love it!

    I voted for Hillary but will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. Alright Hillary supporters, we the right-thinking Democrats will boost McCain to victory!

    May 26, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Just Plain Evil!

    You Obama bloggers are pathologically evil!

    May 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. MiMi CA

    Well let's see. She is talking to a crowd of several hundred?
    How does that compare to 80,000 Obama Supporters? Do the math.
    Clinton left behind a bill of $55,000 at the University of Indiana. Obviously she can't pay it, she is out of money. So who picks up the bill?
    Obama had a bill $108,000, it has been paid.

    And expects to run a country, she can't run a campaign.

    Think people! What happens when you have too much month left at the end of the money. You think she will give you a loan?

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

    hillary you are just a big looser who is hungry for power. you never thought Obama can get to where he is today that is one reason why you accepted the first time that michigan and florida will not be counted if campaign early, now that you are loosing you are looking for a way out. Too BAD LOOSER. Obama will live to declare himself as the president and non of your evill thought will prosper

    May 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Erik B

    Hillary Clinton: "on day-one I promise I will _________"

    She's said this every where she's been.

    there is not enough time in a day.

    May 26, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. fred, but the good one....

    hey, the other fred is such a, sorry I do not have a name for him, why you may ask?, he is nothing.

    May 26, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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