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. Rose

    Even without counting Michigan, Hillary Rodham Clinton had more popular votes than Barak Hussein Obama, this is to prove that she's electable than him. Those causcuses that Barak Hussein Obama had won were all in a wrong process, there were some cheating that Barak Obama had initiated which the democratic party failed to make some actions.

    May 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. deroy

    it's because they can already sense that OBAMA is a loser.
    he's the nominee of blacks and college professors, old hippes and beatniks.

    May 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. vvvv

    Hilary will win the nominee, because she have more popular votes, and she has ability to lead American. Who is nominee can not make by supper delegate. The most of supper delegates want to get benefit from election, so their endorsement change from here to there. The supper delegates should be out of the election, out of misleading people.

    May 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. JB

    "Clinton supporters boo Obama"
    What, this is news? You're telling me Obama supporters never boo Clinton? Oh, I get it, it is newsworthy because Obama supporters boo Clinton, but it's rare for Clinton supporters to boo Obama. Give me a break!

    May 26, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Sexy

    candoo, who cares if you don't like Barack. He has enough new voters to win without your ignorant delusional butt.

    May 26, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. John C.



    May 26, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Don in No. Virginia

    Clinton (Bill and Hillary)...Hahahahahaha!

    Bill Clinton, the gift that just keeps on giving – play on player!

    OBAMA '08 (or should I be like Hillary and her supporters who, wine, cry on cue, hire greedy, incompetent operatives who wrote the current rules – Mark Penn – try to change those rules mid-game when I'm losing, and then threaten to vote for the other guy because I was never really a Democrat to begin with?)

    May 26, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Molly


    Obama is NOT QUALIFIED and will NEVER be elected due to his WEAK, RADICAL, questionable background.

    The obama group is a DISGRACE to LIE about the RFK "story" and now tell us all to "move on"!! – Our candidate of UNITY is a FRAUD!

    Hillary or McCain NEVER obama

    May 26, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Jackee

    Why is Senator Clinton so popular? I do not understand why Latinos think that the Clintons' are in their corner. They have millions; they do not know what hard work is! Senator Obama has done nothing but work for those that do not have much! He is the best candidate and can do much more for our country!

    Senator Clinton and her husband are trying to state that the press is giving Senator Obama more air play and press whereas in my opinion they are giving her much more time! All I ever hear is how much she won by in West Virginia over and over again but they do not mention anything except for in small print that Senator Obama also won by a lot in several states! But I guess we know why they are not mentioning those states because "those states do not matter"!

    May 26, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. Hillary is a winner

    This is the candidate that has proven she can win and win big like she did in NY, PA, OH, KY and WV.

    She also won Florida and Michigan.

    I say a good ticket would be Hillary and Biden for VP

    May 26, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. lezah2

    Another deception by the Obama campaign. It appears that David Axlerod may be a lobbyist, according to an article written by Isikoff at Newsweek. Although I'm sure the media will allow Obama to get away with this, I doubt that McCain will. Axlerod is a very slick character and has had some questionable relationships. He is apparently a senior partner in ASK Public Strategies. Very interesting. Obama is definitely not a new kind of politician, his modus operandi is as old as the hills. He's just good at misleading his flock of sheep.

    May 26, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. jONNY d


    May 26, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Brian

    Yes, he left again... News flash Puerto Ricans don't have any electoral votes!

    May 26, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Noemi

    one more comment: to all who say that PR does not matter then say that to all of the Puerto Ricans who have served in the Military and died for this great nation!

    WWII, Vietnam and Iraq war I & II ! Vote for Hillary and then see who electable she really is and how weak Obama will be when he gets your beloved 2026 pledged count.

    May 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Karen Beaumont, TX

    Obama has a family and he has to take breaks to spend time with his little girls. This is one of the things I admire about him. He has mentioned more than once the hardest thing about campaigning is leaving his family behind. He is providing a good example of a committed husband and father to our young people. As for Clinton, the whole thing makes me sadder by the day. I plan to vote Democrat no matter who the nominee is but her behavior has gotten out of hand. Michigan and Florida broke the rules. It is that simple and she agreed to the rules in the beginning when she thought for sure she would be the nominee and only wants those states counted because she wants the nomination so badly. As for the booing I hope Clinton put a stop to it immediately.

    May 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Mary

    The only thing Hillary is concerned about is getting Bill back in the White House.

    May 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Jill L

    oy... the obamabots are pretend Puerto Ricans now?... geeze, this guy and his supporters are lower than a flat footed snake's arches!... slow nite on Taylor Marsh is it?..., pathetic!

    May 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. JP SW

    Hang in there Hillary for America. Obama is FRAUD! What is it going to take for the blind to see how he came to be the candidate from Chicago? This guy will sink the democrat changes if he is elected the candidate. Every Hillary supporter stand and write the DNC and say:


    Limit your responses to NO OBAMA! NO OBAMA!

    Send e-mails to the DNC.....this guy can not become the candidate...WE WILL NOT VOTE OBAMA


    May 26, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Sexy

    lp is not from puerto rico because you don't know the date they vote. another delusional lying supporter like their candidate. I guess birds of a feather do flock together. All of Hillary's supporters are liars, delusional, unethical, immoral just like her.

    May 26, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Former Hillary supporter

    lets make hillary the nominee and put her against McCain with almost 30 million in debt. how about that?

    May 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Mari

    As a puertorican, I know we see right through her lies just to get votes. So, you spoke a little spanish – lol – just to get votes.


    May 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Annoyed with Clinton voters

    Hmm... Wow, who are these ignorant voters?? Geez, I admire the Obama voters. Atleast they acknowledge Clinton and understand Bill's desperate measures to get into the White house.

    May 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Chris

    she has said she'd do everything in her first term... old school pandering anyone?

    May 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Angela

    Obama doesn't inspire "hate." Hillary does. She failed us back in the day with her universal healthcare plan. She can be bought out and people HATE that. Hillary is a deceitful money-grubber. I like Obama, but like many, I'd vote for just about anyone but Hill.

    May 26, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. Rebecca Camdine

    Here we go again. She is winning and begging and telling the big lie to the people. She is a snake a backbiter a backstabber a lier a cheat and she learned well from hubby Bill the cheater, lier, robber and they both are suffering from ADD and Bipolar sickness. They are not trying to help the people and are not really talking about helping us. They just want to get back into the White House. I will not vote for her, I will not vote if she is the nomonee. She and her campaign and her husband and child have backpeddled and twisted the rules so many times it is a crying shame. They have their own rules that they want the DNC to follow and that's not right. When will they get it. They've spent over 20 million dollars and owe everyone, just like Bush owes China billions so how can she run the United States. Senator Clinton has run a terrific wonderful campaign and has funds to spear for the General Election. The Clintons are so elite they can pay themselves millions without batting an eye. So why is the Presidency so important to them, because they want to continue their corruption. Some of the people are blinded to the Clintons. I say WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    May 26, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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