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. john oluwa

    hillary tell bill shut up u cannot win this race how funny b/4 florida and michigan wasn't gonna count now u want it to count just bcos u are losing even a win puerto rico will not deliever u

    May 26, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. DanceKerr

    I hope the good people of Puerto Rico are smarter then our super delegates.

    Clinton needs to be our next President!

    Obama can not beat McCain!

    Most Clinton supporters will vote if McCain if she is not the democratic candiate running against him.

    May 26, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. PAT FOR OBAMA O8

    WHAT IS BILL WHINING ABOUT NOW THIS TIME, THATS ALL THE CLINTON"S DO IS CRY ABOUT NOTHING IS FAIR... WORRYING ABOUT MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA. THEY BROKE THE RULES YOU CANT CHANGE THE RULES NEAR THE END OF THE GAME AND FOR THE POPULAR VOTE SHE CLAIMING SHE AHEAD THOSE THE PEOPLE BELIEVE SHE UNDER SNIPER FIRE

    May 26, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. John

    Hillary,take your McCain supporters with you and join the Republican party...we don't want you or your turncoat supporters anymore....

    May 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    GO HILLARY!!! WE NEED YOU REAL BAD FOR THE MESS OF THIS COUNTRY,THE DNC, MEDIA AND OB HAVE TOTALLY DESTROYED OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND I THOUGHT THE REPUBLICANS WERE CORRUPT AND SLEAZY. DEMOCRATS HAVE NOW PROVEN TO BE EVEN WORSE.WE HAVE NO VOICE,IT IS NO LONGER OUR CHOICE,UNLESS THEY RIGHT THEIR WRONG, THE DNC AND MEDIA HAVE TAKEN OUR RIGHT TO VOTE AND DEAN WILL LOSE 50% OF THE PARTY.WE THEN CAN JOIN LOU AS INDEPENDANTS. PUERTO RICO ,VOTEN A LA HILLARY PARA PRESIDENTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Suziku

    After all this is the "Cinton News Network" headed by Wolf Blitzer!

    May 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Just Awful!

    You Obama bloggers are pathologically evil! And you, Michelle in Indiana, are totally disgusting!

    May 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. Michael

    It is elections like these that I am glad to be an independent. This political party bickering and childish actions like these make me wonder about the qualifications of any of the candidates. Hilary, you have lost. Take it like a grown up and help your party to come together before it is too late.

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

    Qouth the Raven:
    May 26th, 2008 5:44 pm ET

    "When Hillary was asked why she didn't take her name off the MI ballot, she said it was because it was CLEAR that their election was not going to count for anything Hillary Said It's Clear MI Election Won't Count It is obvious she is only NOW interested in FL and MI votes because she is losing"

    It's ok obama didn't hear his preacher's sermons for 20 years either... oh wait... when his polls dropped suddenly he remembered hearing them and his was insulted! lol what an idiot! Please that was even too idiotic for him.

    May 26, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Hillary and Bill are SUCH crybaby scumbags. They only care about themselves. Please go away-you selfish pigs.

    May 26, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Marge Hibbing Mn

    About time they show their distaste for this guy. From the groups of obummer supporters and the way they have shoved Hillary supporters around and called her names I wish they would get more out there with the fact that he is going to cause us to loose the GE...

    Who wants a dancing chanting waving rock star wanta be...We want a presidential candidate someone like Hillary...if we had shown our distain for this "person" long ago the zonked out American Idol type fans wouldn't have gotten such a hold on the TV.

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

    if obama wins i will hold my nose and vote for him because anybody is better than a bush copy also known as mccain

    May 26, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. linda from prescott

    Is hillary practicing more pandering today, she is very good at it.

    Go Obama

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

    "Hillary or McCain"? Somebody who supports Clinton's stand on the issues should never support McCain.

    May 26, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. ktemp

    Hillary is a divisive force in politics and time to get her out of the scene. Superdelegates, let her not make fun of the whole system...

    May 26, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. K of TX

    I know she is basically playing the hand she has, but I wish she would speak more about her desire to unflinchingly support the Democratic nominee no matter what happens. She should be making her case to the super delegates, but her language on the campaign trail should be more consiliatory rather than combative.

    May 26, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. James Carville

    What is al thos nonsense about "Hillary is winning the big swing states?"

    She won DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES in some swing states.

    There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between winning a primary (sometimes by 51% to 49%) and winning a State overall.

    Hillary does not have the delegates, elected or super. She lost.

    Even if we count Michigan and Florida, she lost.

    And no, she did NOT "win the popular vote" no matter how you slice it, unless you decide not to count caucus States (whatever happened to "count every vote" Hillary?

    I WAS A BIG HILLARY SUPPORTER. Now I am wondering what I ever, ever saw in her or Bill Clinton.

    When they are wrong, it is always someone else's fault. Remember the "vast right wing conspiracy?"

    And this idea that we have to vote for her, even though we don't like her, becasue she is "the only one who can beat McCain" is not only factually wrong, it stands democracy on its head.

    We are not voting AGAINST the other guy. We want to vote FOR our canadidate.

    And the polls show, Obama beats McCain.

    May 26, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. GERALD STROTHER

    So what it is over for clintions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COME 6/3 008 OVER OBAMA WILL HAVE THE 2026!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO 8 MORE DAYS THEY CAN GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Kris

    Hillary: Why don't you just move to Puerto Rico and retire. Maybe some people there still don't see the manipulative and malicious person you are.

    May 26, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Clinton and her supporters continue to be in denial.

    May 26, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. litzi

    What'd the the Clinton's bribe them with? The McClintons chicken McNuggets are fried and the sooner they realize it, the better for the Democratic Party and the entire country.

    May 26, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. kamenwati

    This thread is full of REPUBLICAN TROLLS trying to instigate divisions amongst Democrats. Don't fall for this B.S. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all need to unite behind Obama to save this country from wreck and under under Bush-McCain.

    May 26, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Steve From Oregon

    A perfectly good waste of time for a bankrupt candidate. Has she not realized Puerto Rico can't vote in the General and she isn't gonna win the Primary? And she's still wasting time in Puerto Rico?

    Vote Obama!

    May 26, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Suzanne

    Hey Obama supporters...practice saying President McCain. Obama will lose.

    May 26, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Naga

    I like reading the comments by others after your articles. A Majority of your readers do NOT like Hillary or those who do like her, not coming out of the closet. Regardless, I find it fascinating how you play on these individuals hated by posting articles that is so bias.

    Are you so desparate to keep your "fans"?

    I know that the answer is simple.........low rating??...right?

    I thought that the news was suppose to be non-bias. Yet you continue to shine light on Obama and criticize every comment, eye movement made by Hillary. I am not anti-Obama person but I would like to see a FAIR race.

    Please don't under estimate your readers/viewers....let us decide!

    Shame on you CNN!

    May 26, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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