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. eddie

    Puertoricans don't like Obama. They know Obama disenfranchised the cubans in Florida and they are next..

    May 26, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Will, in Richmond, VA


    You know, if she was any kind of 'team player' she wouldn't allow that kind of atmosphere. I mean really, does she even want to take the white house back, because the nominee will not be her.

    May 26, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Hillarity

    No she can't. No she won't!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. emmanuel Ray

    goooooooo hillary

    May 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Why would the Clinton Crowd cheer for Obama?

    May 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. TexasVet

    I cannot understand for the life of me why some of you HIllary supporters are still saying Hillary or MCCAN never Obama. I guess it's because they support similar policies you know like UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, and STOPPING THE WAR... NO, that's Obama and Hillary. MCCAIN your close second choice supports the opposite position on both points and many many others.

    But none of that really matters does it? Cuz you just don't like Obama since he won't let HIllary win. Wake up people, all of you and Hillary need to wake the hell up and put your egos in check. Our party is in peril everyday she stays in this race. It's time for her to concede.

    Try to see the bigger picture. This isn't about Obama or Mrs. Clinton it's about our country and our way of life. Our men and women dying in Iraq.

    If you can't see that you deserve the president you'll get. But the rest of us level headed people Democrats don't. I let people like you determine my last eight years and I'll do everything possible to stop it from happening for another 8 years.

    Democrats 08...that means OBAMA 08...GET A CLUE!

    May 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Pat W.

    Every time I read about HIllary, Bill, or Hillary supporters, complaining about Hillary being treated so unfairly by the press, I'm reminded of one of the early debates in which Hillary complained about that very thing. Then what followed was a complete reversal as the press attempted "make-up" coverage on behalf of Hillary - for weeks and weeks Obama was hammered on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, he was hammered on his voters are "bitter" comments, etc. What did he do? He gave a speech for the ages on race, apologized for his "bitter" comments and said he should have chosen his words better, and basically defended himself head on.

    What he didn't do was blame Hillary or the media, which Hillary does repeatedly. I really don't see where the press has treated Hillary more unfairly than Obama. Perhaps a Hillary supporter could site some specific instances? The Bosnia incident wasn't unfair coverage. Hillary DID lie about it. And that little dust up only lasted 2 weeks anyway.

    As a former Clinton supporter, I never thought I'd say this - I've reached the point where HIllary makes me ashamed of my gender.

    May 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Vig

    Clinton should be the nominee, not an inexperienced, arrogant, superficial smiley face.

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

    What a great way to unify the democrats, Hillary! Incite divisiveness and disdain for your fellow democrat who most likely will be running for office representing YOUR party in November.

    May 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Hillary in 2008

    Hillary has the experience & the intelligence to help America. Our nation is in crisis. We need another Clinton to clean up this Bush mess. God Bless Hillary!

    May 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Chris

    "This historic election has been turned into a hate campaign. "

    yup – and more of Hillary's supporters hate him more than Obamas supporters hate her (or would be willing to vote for). Negative, fear mongering advertising and lies to the less educated voter for 10 points anyone?

    she has said she'd do everything in her first term… like give them voting rights (make them a state) old school pandering of promising the world anyone?

    May 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Isn't it odd...during a lot of the rallies for obummer whenever he mentioned anything concerning Hillary the crowd booed.

    Now that obummer is getting it back the buttholes who support him don't like it too....bad...too darn zombies are only getting what you asked for.

    May 26, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Bill from Rochester, NY

    Now that Hillary is no longer bashing Obama, it obvious that she hoping to get the Vepee nod. Can you imagine Barack not only having to control Hillary but Bill as well. It would be the first time we've ever had a co-VP by an X-President. Bill enters the Oval office at 8 am every morning to brief Barack on the daily issues. Have you seen and heard the whining that Bill has been doing this week about a coverup of the polls. Hillary might have a couple of points on Barack but if the Democrats are voting in unison then it should be a blow out for Barack.

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

    I can not believe how illiterate some people are that post comments. A lot of you need to go back to school and get at least an 8th grade education. Look at the first comment to this article. The media has implied that uneducated, older people are supporting Hillary Clinton. From the way these comments are written by B.S. Obummer supporters I find that extremely hard to swallow. I think that the majority of his supporters are not only stupid, but uneducated and gullible beyond all belief. I have been a die hard supporter of the democratic party for many years but if OBUMMER gets the democratic nomination that will change. I refuse to be swept up in a mad rush to support a candidate that can not win the presidential election. Wake up America, don't be taken in by the rhetoric with no substance.

    May 26, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Vig

    Clinton should be the nominee. Not you-know-who, smiley face.

    May 26, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    So Hillary wants PR to chose our Democratic nominee (when they do not even vote for the President), and she wants to discount all of the votes from the Caucus states. If Hillary was so upset with the Democratic primary – then why hasn't it ever been on her agenda during her 35 years of experience?

    May 26, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Jason, Texas

    Hilary, would you please just go home and stop your whining.

    May 26, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Chipster

    Clinton is NOT far behind and, in fact, considering the constant drumbeat of the media against her, has done quite well. She has won the largest electoral states and lost delegates in states she won only because of the caucus process. The majority of people in many of those states voted for her. Sen. Obama has had an advantage. He only had to campaign against Sen. Clinton. She has had to campaign against Sen. Obama, Jack Cafferty, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, and Howard Dean. Yet, still she has half of the voters begging her to stay in the race because she is the most qualified candidate.

    May 26, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. extinct snipe

    Pobrecita! Hillary is leading in popularity in the 51st state of the U.S. Does that mean anything? Do they even vote? Maybe she can go campaign on Wake Island?

    May 26, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Wash. U. in St. Louis student for Obama

    I'm so sick of seeing Hillary attacking Obama while Obama praises her. What's the deal with that? Is she so desperate that she'll even attack Obama on MEMORIAL DAY? Every time Hillary attacks Obama, the Democrats' chances of winning in November drop, as Hillary makes the mistake of turning her voters off to Obama.

    You think you're helping to unite the party, Hillary...but you're only splitting it apart further!

    OBAMA '08

    May 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. no, not her please

    someone...anyone...please get her out of the picture. this is getting too ridiculous he's claiming she has the popular vote so of course her robots will believe it. she is killing is chances of winning the general every day she hangs on. i would like to blame her for this but it's really the superdelegates fault. they could end this in a heartbeat.

    May 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Paul


    May 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Joe

    You Barak Obama supporters, I know so many postings against Hillary but it came from few heads with different aliases. You considered all people of the states that Hillary had won as stupids which in fact we know that your words costs much dollars from Barak Obama. You were employed by Obama to speak for him and watch every word that Hillary has to speak and attack her. How much are your salary for betraying your countrymen?

    May 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Donald

    People need to wake up and smell the coffee!! Hillary has no chance of winning at this point, the math isn't there. I supported Hillary at first, but after Iowa and the other things that happened during the primaries I feel very strongly that Obama IS the best candidate to lead this country from the diaster called Dumbya. In fact, all she has made herself out to be is a drama queen these past several months. It's time for this farce to come to an end, Obama WILL win the democratic nomination by the middle of next week. All these Clinton scenearios are wishful thinking to the point of ad nauseum. If she wants to stay in and make her statement fine, but at the end of the day she will be on the outside looking in.

    May 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Reality Check

    Shame on all Democrats for the hatred going on in your pary. You are all nothing but worthless, low life people. Your leaders are also very ineffective

    A comment from someone supporting a candidate from your party.

    May 26, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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