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. Thisisnews?

    This is news because???

    1. It's a Hillary bully rally
    2. They just heard her claim again that she is going to be President
    3. They heard Bill make reference to another Hispanic lawmaker who ran for President with a snide snicker...ha, ha, ha
    4. They heard her claim she was being fired upon by snipper fire while landing in PR with Sinbad and she ran for cover
    5. They were handed Hillary's last community health insurance program
    6. They were sad at her reference to strange time lines and beloved former politicians dying from gunfire
    7. They want her to leave PR and fast.

    May 26, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    I'm a member of AFSCME and I DO NOT support Hillary Clinton. The National AFSCME organization backs her, however the majority of the State AFSCME Chapters do not. I'm an Obama supporter. Down with Hillary Clinton in 2008!

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

    The angry, devisive comments by the Obama supporters here show how much hate he has sown. Are you reading and listening to what you write? You are profusing hate. Obama and his supportrers are not bringers-of-change but stirer-uppers of hate. If these are the kind of supporters he is attracting, maybe there should be questions about the people he surrounds himself with.
    This inspired hate will bring big trouble. Look at what is happening in New york and other places around the country. It is not inclusiveness.

    May 26, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. democrat la


    May 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. cree

    hillary clinton will make sure no dem wins the white house.
    she has told many lies to her supporters and now they want obama to lose even though they are democrats.
    howard dean,pelosi,gore and the rest are the biggest bunch of whimps i've ever seen.they let clinton tell these lies to stir up hatred and ruin their chances in november.
    i remember when before the primaries started the media,and the clintons said she would win by feb 5th.but obama jumped out ahead of her.the contest was fair and square and now they want to change the rules.they have lied to people and people are hating obama for it.
    america is a sad sad place.the democratic party is even sadder.

    May 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Adrian

    Its amazing the hate which comes out from the Obama supporters.
    Read the comments and Hillary supporters arent as harsh and as rude as the Obama supporters.
    I reckon we should know who is breaking the party appart.
    Dont say we are stupid – you need us. What we need is for you to reach out as what Obama claims to do.
    So much for change if obama supporters are acting like typical politicans which they claim to hate.

    May 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. chicago Livin'

    This is pretty a republican it's been a real treat to watch. I mean you actually have supporters of a different candidate (who has no chance to win, I'm sorry Clinton supporters) who say they will not vote for the parties nominee (Obama) just because their candidate lost and they are sour about it. I mean come on, I was a Romney supporter and whether you know it or not Romney and McCain pretty much hate each other, but I'm going to vote for my party because that's what I believe in. I don't care who the president is as long as he is a republican. Hillary supporters crack me up, they are straight up refusing to vote for Obama because they are sore losers, and as funny as that is for us republicans, it really shows how dumb the democratic party is. But hey Hillary supporters, keep it up, this long process is only helping us take the white house...AGAIN. Wow democrats are not smart.

    May 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. RT

    To all these HRC supporters with their infantile threats to vote for McCain if she is not the nominee: Please do!!!! you really deserve another 4 years of Bush. However, sorry to tell you, that even with your enacted threats, the reality is that the winds of history have turned. Obama will be the next President! Welcome to the future!

    May 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Hillary is proving time and again how divisive she is as a candidate. Witness on the other side that Obama rarely says a negative word about her and won't leave unanswered anyone else saying a negative word about her, even though he's almost sure to beat her in the long run, just as he's sure to beat McCain in November.

    May 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. BJ

    Republicans and the press and media want Barack Obama to win the nomination because there is NO WAY he can WIN in November against McCain!

    HILLARY is the only one who can win the presidency!

    May 26, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Riz


    May 26, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |

    It is amazing to me that soo many people are so stupid to vote for barrack obama who is just a anti-white, anti-american muslim. So go ahead and vote for someone you know nothing about.

    May 26, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Repfor Clinton'08

    Since the day I turned 18 I registered as a Republican yet I have been drawn to these primary elections like a moth to a flame. In the fall, I vote Republican if Hillary is not on the ticket. I'm sure there are other Republicans that feel the same way. I do not trust Obama's politics, he promises change with no viable solutions. Without a script, he fumbles his words as badly as Bush. Both candidates have misspoken but Obama has been called out by his own preacher. You cannot renounce Wright after 20 years of him being your preacher, marrying, baptizing your children, etc. Next turn your back on GOd why don't you, all in the name of winning an election.

    May 26, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. max

    from front runner, to probly not going to win. what a fall . as to those who hate Obama why? whats wrong with him. Also i'm fine with a women president to bad a women is running.

    May 26, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. xdem

    Hey Obamacannots:) Get it through you heads....Majority of Hillary supporters WILL NOT vote for Obama! McCain will win in the general and I will be happy to help put him there. Atleast, the man loves this country and is a patriot...More than that of Obama. He is divisive, un patriotic, and is inexperienced. I just do not get you people, how in the world could you follow a man that can sit up in church and listen to all the hate. It makes me believe that he must of agreed with the Rev Wrong or he would have left. Wouldnt you? I'm sure there is plenty more on this man that the republicans will bring out in the fall. Which once again, a republican president. Hillary is the only real choice for President (after all, all her dirty laundry was aired years suprises here)...I'd be OK with Obama being vice..he needs the experience!

    Oh, and CNN...why is it that hardly any of my posts are accepted??? Is it because I'm too critical of your man???

    May 26, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Lisa F.

    Young female not be mislead by your elder females into guilting your support for fellow "woman" Hillary.

    If she were honest and prepared she would not be in this predicament.
    If she did not resort to lousy political tactics and had her campaign in order she would not be desperate and ashamed.

    Young educated female graduates, be honest, prepared and will do fine.

    Unfortunately for professional women, we settled for her to represent our gender for president first time out.

    As Oprah says..."When you know better, you do better."

    Next time we'll do better.
    But for now, lets unite and support Obama.

    There are plenty of rights that we can't afford to lose.

    May 26, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Charles

    I love how she says Obama left after being there two days. Guess she failed to mention how in doing so, he was doing a favor to the greatly respected and loved Ted Kennedy when he left. He got out in Puerto Rico, he got his message and his point across, and he left. And she has a problem with that. For a while there she was letting things go smoothly. Now she's attacking Obama once again. Oh yeah, she can do that in Puerto Rico since they can't vote in the general election so she's not damaging anyone. What a joke.

    May 26, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. nyime

    Hillary Clinton complaining of sexism, while Barack Obama of racism.,But wait a minute, why in the first place were they wearing a tag each?one was the Female american,the other afro- american, whose faults?, the journalists? the people ? or the system of democracy, or our own proper way of administering democracy, please when next we think of talking about democracy, we ought to do so to all it extents,by giving to all the basic human rights equally to all without regards to race color, gender creed, america humans are identify by their origin.It is a pity what HISTORY, yes histories of our own deeds could do to our memories.

    May 26, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Fran

    Puerto Ricans love Hillary!!!

    We don't believe the lame speeches from Obummy.

    Hillary or McCain.

    May 26, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Big City Guy

    It's time for Hillary to put her big butt on her double – wide broom and fly away !

    May 26, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. jean t

    america will do itself in again and elect mccain with clintons help.
    when your loved ones are dying in iraq and the economy is in shambles,just remember you helped all that come about by voting for mccain instead of obama out of sheer spite.
    he won fairly.should all the states he won be discounted because you want clinton to win?americans are the dumbest people in the world because they'll vote for someone out of spite.see how they treat clinton in the senate after she's ruined the party.

    May 26, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. Sydney Charles

    Puerto Rico?? Ok, pretty island but I'm sure Hillary and BIll are loved in some Latin American countries too. These people love to keep their rulers forever. They like Monarchies. They think she is EVITA. Pobresitos. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. KIRT

    Obama your'e an impostor, you will never be a president of the great nation!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Smart Voter

    PR: Unfortunately, ya'll don't get to vote in our general election, so make this vote count. Hillary has lost the nomination so whatever amount of time you spend voting Hillary is for nothing. It'd be like betting on Eight Belles at the Kentucky Derby.

    May 26, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Sharon Antes

    You know, I have watched silently while everyone bashes Hillary and Barack. We need to be on the same side people........This is getting crazy!!!!! I thought in the beginning that Hillary was going to be the nominee and now that has changed – period. We need to pull together and support the person that has the most delegates. We have already been through the debacle of 2000 and the popular votes. It should be the popular votes that matter but it isn't.....So, since Barack has the most delegates then we should be behind him 100% and Hillary should concede.

    May 26, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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