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. Honest man for Obama

    Has Hillary Clinton found someone to do her dirty job on Obama yet?

    So, she has no plan to win the nomination unless something happen to Obama. Not funny guys, she need to be investigated and there should be more security in Obama's rallies.

    Petty that a great woman end her bid for white house race with such a disgrace.

    May 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. s.positive

    SHE IS A LOSER AND WILL DRAG THE REST OF HER SUPPORTERS IN THE SAME DIRECTION

    May 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Independent

    Two questions:

    (1) Why does she continue to attack while Obama praises her?

    (2) After winning PR, will she say she is more electable?

    I guess the democrats need to prepare for the May 31 ruling regarding Florida and Michigan and maybe this will shake her.

    May 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Griff

    You're a Republican, Hillary... You ran as a Democrate, as Bill did. He is! But you're Not... You were used from the begining... Leave them Flat!!! Go Indipenent, as a First for the Women Folk....

    May 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Veronica

    Hillary, I am sorry that this is so hard for you to come to grips with, but your hopes of becoming Commander-in-Chief in 2008 are OVER!

    I believe that Puerto Ricans and other latinos who have supported Hillary in the past have been turned off by all the race baiting and divisive tactics that she has used in the latter part of her campaign.

    I believe clinging to her base of uneducated rural whites says all it needs to say to blacks and latinos alike about where her heart is.

    May 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Karen G.
    That is so mean, I Like IT!!! But the pretty women may cause
    a problem, for the first man and the last thing they need is a step father like that. Mario good luck asking the Clinton supporters to look at her with an unbiased eye. America doesn't need another liar in the white house Noah.

    May 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Karen

    Did you sense her fear in the air that she is somehow afraid of returning to the states and Senate? She has no choice but make a concession speech. That is all what lies in front of her.

    Now Bill plays her like a victim? Where is Clinton claim that they never whin?

    Yet, Clintons want to see Chealsa to contintue their unfinished journal toward the white house? What a joke! Just see what kind of legacy they have left behind in the mind of young, black, educated, and not to mention, Republicans.

    May 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ann Marie H.

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

    President Obama will resolve PR's status! Hillary's just pandering ONCE AGAIN!

    Yes We Can! Obama all the way in '08

    May 26, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. linbit

    I'm so sick of the Clintons I can't stand it. I will not vote for her for President and if she's on the ticket as vice president I won't vote. If I never see or hear of another Clinton it will be about 100 years too soon. By The way I'm one of those old white women.- 65. I'm for Obama. Greensboro, NC

    May 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. sail

    Too Little, Too Late!

    May 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    PUERTO RICO MIGHT HAVE A SURPRISE FOR HILBILLI

    JUST LIKE TEXAS DID. THE PUERTO RICANS ARE AN

    INTELLIGENT & INTUITIVE GORGEOUS PEOPLE, NOT

    EASY TO HOODWINK.

    May 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. jmm

    I don't why people here keep saying that Osama will win Puerto rico.
    Look at the polls and you will see that she is ahead by double digits.

    Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooooo????????

    May 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Ennis, LA

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

    May 26, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. AN OHIO VOTER

    Senator Obama, will you be going back to Puerto Rico? Maybe you can discuss the issues and not "give a speech". Or better yet, please allow the Florida and Michigan delegates to be seated and counted. Please, Please, Please, Please!!!! It's the American way...........

    We all know that "YOU DUH MAN"!!!!!!!

    COUNT THE VOTES!!!

    COUNT THE VOTES!!!

    COUNT THE VOTES!!!

    May 26, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. dwho

    I admire her courage to rally and pay some of those debts that will help the DNC a lot.
    Thanks Pueto Recans please her to pay some of her debts. This is an easy exit for her. Right now Obama needs about 52 delegates. There is no way she can take the nomination from him with her win in Pueto Reco.

    May 26, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. susie for Obama

    It is so bad that Puerto Rico is being used as a bargining chip for the Clinton's to convince Super Delegates of her electability when these poor people can't vote in the general election! It will be interesting to see how she keeps her promises to them, like the promise to Indiana regarding eliminating the gas tax by Memorial Day???? What happened to that promise???

    May 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Honest man for Obama

    Has Hillary Clinton found someone to do her dirty job on Obama yet?

    She is waiting until June for possible disaster comes June against Obama when he maybe unable to continue, then she will get the nomination. Sorry Hillary you will not be in Obama ticket and Nothing will happen to him by God's grace. Amen. We pray for him and his family everyday and hours for protection and sense of leadership.

    So, she has no plan to win the nomination unless something happen to Obama. Not funny guys, she need to be investigated and there should be more security in Obama's rallies.

    Petty that a great woman end her bid for white house race with such a disgrace.

    May 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Rob

    Latinos are faithful to those who have truly looked out for us!

    GO HILLARY!

    May 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. David Peter

    Hillary Supporters:

    The Clinton era is over. This crazy woman does not honor the rules of democracy. If you vote for McSame, you are traitors to the party. Please do the right thing.

    May 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Clinton Supporter

    Hello! Puerto Ricans CAN vote in the general election, dummies.

    May 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Ennis, LA

    She's losing the popular vote as well. In a week, there will be
    no more places where she can run...then what?

    May 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Jim

    Hillary 2008, 2012.

    She is our nominee and may the superdelegates understand that once and for all. We are millions upon millions who have voted for Hillary because SHE is the best candidate for the Dems and the SHE is the best to lead the country with her experience and programs.

    All the polls coming out show that Hillary is the best bet to beat McCain in November. So why choose the second best choice when we could have the very best?

    It is the role of the Superdelegates to correct what is not necessarily good math results from the primaries and not just following the pledged delegates.

    May 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Elizabeth, NC

    Just read an excellent suggestion. HRC, why don't you stay in Puerto Rico and become their governor since they like you so much. And whilst at it, you may want to add the 'hard working white Americans' from West Virginia and Kentucky and maybe Ohio and create 'THE UNITED HARD WORKING WHITE (with some Hispanics) STATES OF AMERICA'.

    May 26, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Noah

    carrie sean...you said hillary?u stole si se puede?
    this is almost shameful..

    Excuse me...Since when did Obama have that copyright? Did Hillary even say this...If you read the article, it was the people( who the phrase belongs too anyway). Obama supporters continue to spew hate across the blog world.

    Also, the rest of you. You look like a bunch of idiots as you claim to be the elite and educated and the most you can do against Hillary is call her a name. If this is what America will become under Obama, you are darn right..this democrat will vote for McCain just to shut you jerks up.

    May 26, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. chicago chris

    hooray for Barack!

    May 26, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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