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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  1. tone-d

    I don't think the under-educated(high school or less) really get it. They continue to believe that Mr. Obama is a muslim, unpatriotic,and is responsible for michigan and florida.......Hmmmmm I wonder why. Maybe it's the same reason old hillary supporter believe (mostly women) hillary is the victim. Fact of th e matter is that the republicans congress in those states knew well in advance what they were doing. Causing chaos for the Dems that might give them an advantage in the general election. Hillary should continue to run...she has every right...but sthe CLintons must stop spewing out political poison....that only weakens the whole party and brings shame to American name across the world. And you under-educated and old ladies...stop listening to your ignorant friends and get half a brain and go out there and learn the facts..

    DEMOCRATS UNITED!

    May 26, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. John C.

    May 26th, 2008 5:07 pm ET

    I fail to see the relevance of the Puerto Rican support if they are not allowed to vote in the general election.
    ____________________________________

    So what???????? Their 55 delegates will stand in the primary!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Juan from Puerto Rico

    Read it and weep Obama fans. You were crushed in West Virginia, crushed in Kentucky, and now we will give you the biggest crushing in Puerto Rico. And guess what, no Hispanic vote for you in November.

    Va a la casa Obama!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. JC

    Better to be booed out of the country than Hillary being booed in this country. Take that!

    May 26, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Obama Supporter

    At the very end of office, Pres. Bill Clinton pardoned a bunch of P.R. nationalists who were serving long sentences for a bombing they had committed in Fraunces Tavern in NY's financial district where innocent New Yorkers were killed. It is strongly suspected that Pres. Clinton made this pardon to persuade Puerto Ricans in NY to support his wife's candidacy for the Senate.

    NO THANK YOU, BILL AND HILLARY! YOU STINK!

    May 26, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Alejandro Rodriguez

    Puerto Rico, vote por Hillary el uno de junio! Nuestro país necesita ella! Usted recuerda cuando Bill Clinton era presidente? El era un buen presidente y ayudó los latinos. Ella nos va a ayudar también. Por eso, vote por ella. Hillary Clinton 2008!

    May 26, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. dan davenport

    Hillary is delerious and this story is "f l u f f"......CNN, please don't ingraciate this heartless and vindictive woman. It makes me feel empty inside, she evokes such misery and pain. I'm tired of her tears, lies, promises, cackling, her husband, pantsuits and orthopedic pumps!!! ugh!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Rosa

    The three of them Hill, Bill and Chill are pathological. Short of blacking her face I think she has run out of threats and insults.

    May 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Sheila WA

    I tend to agree with some of the posters on this blog..Many vitrolic posters are really Republicans trying to continue operation Chaos. 3 very important long term congressional seats were taken from the GOP in the past few months. Miss, Illinois, and Lousiana. They would love nothing more than to keep the WH to continue to finish off what Pres Reagan started. We cannot let them do this..In a primary, there can be only one winner and one uniter of the party. It looks like Obama is going to be the nominee. Will Hillary and her supporters be up to the challenge to unite this party to win the WH in Nov?

    May 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Tom Singleton

    Lets not forget people ,, Hillarry stated that when she were running for the senate seat, that her campain pledge were not to use the seat to further her political carreer. She lied then and full of lies now. she is desperate and dangerous.

    May 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Edwin of California

    CNN is the No. 1 Campaign machine of Obama. What a disgrace on balance reporting!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Kim

    You vile nasty little obamabots, there is no way that you people are true democrats, you must be republican trolls trying to stir up trouble because I cannot believe that any true democrat would come on this blog and degrade Senator and President Clinton the way that I have seen on here. If indeed you do call yourselves true democrats then you are to be ashamed of yourselves, the audacity of you to say such nasty things about a woman that has spent her entire life doing good for others, this woman can be anywhere making millions doing whatever she wants to do, but she has chosen public service a thankless job, but one that is fulfilling for anyone who has a heart. How many of you on here has ever lifted a finger to help this country, how many of you have even lifted a finger to help your fellow man, most of you are probably just here wasting oxygen. I can do nothing but pray for your hostile, mean spirited souls, take this into consideration, if you were to take your last breath tonight you would go straight to hell for being so nasty and hateful. You are the reason why the democratic party will be divided, the one that you follow so willingly is the reason that this party will be divided, how could you possibly know the man that you call yourselves supporting, when he is supposed to be the candidate of unity, but his followers are so nasty and divisive. That just tells me that you do not know what your candidate is about. Maybe instead of spewing such hatred on these blogs, you should use the energy to go out and help someone a need, a young person and elderly person someone who is in need of a little kindness instead of having such hateful nasty hearts. I pray for all this country and for all of you. To think so many have died to protect this country and they lost their lives fighting so that we can continue to have the rights that we have and you come on these blogs and you so carelessly throw democracy and the true spirit of America out the window with your spite and ignorance. May God Bless you people.

    May 26, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Noah E

    I love how the headline went from: Clinton crowd boos mention of Obama

    to: Clinton rallies union in Puerto Rico

    Same article...WOW!

    May 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. the longer it goes......

    there are no more victories available. winning PR will not get her the nomination. if she really thinks that the DNC will give her the nomination instead of the one who has the most delegates just because she thinks she' s better than he is, she has to be very out of touch with reality. she will divide the party even more than it already
    is. she get outplayed in a game where she thought she was unbeatable. things didn't turn out quite the way she expected.

    May 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. tammy

    Hillary /Bill

    If you are so tough.. Step aside. I know its hard, but its the right
    thing to do. You can do it!

    God will bless you with something just for you. Something that you don't have to work so hard or fight dirty. It's not good for women or your career.

    It's not your time.

    Walk away after June 3

    May 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Eric

    WOAH! Several HUNDRED people at her rally. WOW! That's almost as many as Obama got at his Oregon rally.... Nah, just kidding. Obama got 80,000! OBAMA '08!

    May 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    The sad thing is that they appear to be buying what she is selling. The same old promise them everything and deliver nothing that has been politics as usual. I think Hillary should be ashamed that her supporters boo the candidate who will probably get the nomination. It is her job to persuade her supporters to vote for him, and instead she is whipping them into a frenzy. She may say that she thinks they will switch when he's the nominee, but the way she's getting them worked up against him, that is not going to be as easy as she thinks. I wish it hadn't gone this way. In the beginning I was proud because it looked like the country might have outgrown it's juvenile bigotry, but I guess it's still alive and well.

    May 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Coquelicot

    Belle pick another name. Belle suppose to be beautiful and you are not. When people are very angry and start spitting their venom they are not beautiful. Pick sorcerer next time it will fit just fine.

    May 26, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Tessa

    Don't give up girl, you're the one.

    May 26, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. John C.

    Ann Marie H. May 26th, 2008 5:15 pm ET

    Makes me sick the PR has SO many delegates and yet can't vote in the general election… This limbo status is just dumb!
    ___________________________________________

    What's wrong????????

    Worried she will cut his delegate lead in half????? Then add MI and FL and she might go to Denver almost tied in delegates and AHEAD in popular vote???????

    May 26, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    Poor Hillary, I can not believe that people are playing politics in the middle of her political campaign. What a nerve they have. Everybody is against her, because she is a girl. Otherwise , I'm sure she would have won.
    Now we are going to get stuck with a President who has integrity and cares more about the country and people than personal power.

    May 26, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    SI PODEMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HILLARY PARA PRESIDENTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. WILL VOTE FOR A DEM REGARDLESS

    Please you guys stop fighting each other...We all have to unit behind a bigger cause then Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This is about us coming together for the future. Please get over whatever harsh feeling you may have for either one of them and think outside the box. I'm a Barack Obama supporter, but if he does not win I will cast my vote for Hillary. So please have respect for each other. Either way in the end we have to be united to win the White House in the fall. Everytime I go to a blog it is dems fight dems and that makes me sad and want to cry, because it is a bigger picture here then those two. What about for our kids, troops, the earth, jobs, health care, those are the things that matter to them and to us. But they do not matter to Mccain. So don't give him the edge he needs. PLEASE COME TOGETHER NOW, LETS STOP GIVING THEM A REASON TO LAUGH AT US.

    May 26, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  24. Yvonne

    Are we sure that the couple of hundred people booed Obama or the gentle talking trash about Obama?! Why would the crowd chant "Yes We Can" when they know that Clinton copied Obama with "Yes We Will"? Think about it.

    May 26, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. John C.

    DO THE MATH OBAMANITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IF AND THAT IS A BIG IF OBAMA GETS NOMINATED HE CAN'T WIN IN NOVEMBER WITHOUT MI AND FL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I HAVE WORKED THE MAP IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS!!

    WITHOUT MI, FL, VA, WV, PA, OH, MO, GA, MS, AL, TX, NM, AZ, LA, POSSIBLY IA, AND IN, KY, TN, AR, KS, NA, ETC.

    HE HAS ALREADY LOST THE GENERAL SO GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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