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. mama coo

    Ms.j and all you other Obama fans, PLEASE understand Senator Clinton went by the rules in both Michigan and Florida. There was nothing in the rule that stated that she had to take her name off the ballot. Obama and Edwards CHOSE to take their names off. Hillary and several others CHOSE to keep theirs on. NOT AGAINST THE RULES. No one campaigned in Michigan . Obama and Edwards supporters were encouraged to vote other to show their support. In Florida, all of the names were on the ballot. Senator Obama had an ad run in Florida so SENATOR OBAMA actually broke the RULES. He was the only one to actually campaign there but he claimed it wasn't his fault. The media as usual down played this fact and continues to allow you fans to think Senator Clinton broke the rules. So, who broke the rules? Can you say Obama. No, because you fans are blind.

    May 26, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. R. Brown

    Oh cry me a river.

    Mob Boss Hillary HIRED fans is a traveling road show.

    Was the black guy with the boxing gloves in the audience?

    How about that RASTA black guy with that bright yellow shirt screaming YES WE CAN while waving uncontrollably to get the cameras attention to prove Hillary has black supporters?

    How about the little boy who sold his bike to donate his last penny to RICH WOMAN's campaign? Were they there?

    Hillary and her Gimmicks are growing weak.

    Sit your silly behind down Hillary and learn how to count!

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick Candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08

    May 26, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Sexy

    Love to Love the Clintons, all Hillary has is experienced in lying to uneducated people like you. She also have experience in breaking rules, unethical behavior, immoral, dishonest, and making sure she is one step in front of the law. This woman wants to be president so she will not have to answer for the all those pending investigations and the campaign fraud trial. Maybe if she is nice, Barack Obama might pardon her...lol.

    May 26, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    Go Hillary! We will never forget the dirty politics of the democratic party and Obama's campaign. I hope the rest of the 17 million voters join me in November to vote for McCain.

    May 26, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Linda

    Keep fighting Hillary...don't let yourself be pushed out!!! I am with ya all the way. Oh and if Obama win.s..I absolutely will nooooo way vote for him ever. I will have to go with McCain...which I really don't want to do. I hope they allow Florida and Mich. vote count...and I believe it was be terrible wrong if they don't ...even if Obama wins it

    May 26, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. truly yours

    She deserve full respect, but unfortunately some drunken Obamamaniacs are constantly attacking her by use of unpropper language, and now the same individuals are expecting Sen. Clinton to
    to convince her supporters to vote for Barak Obama in November, no need as many of us will vote for person we trust – not the party.I would like to ask question"IF YOU MUST GO TO HAVE SURGERY WOULD YOU CHOOSE AN EXPERIENCED WEEL KNOWN SURGEON OR YOUNG MEDICAL STUDENT????"
    This time Democratic party leadership has failed making this primary undemocratic by preventing Florida / Michigan delegates to vote, pressure and bullying super delegates,intimidation on cacus voting.
    It will pay back in November.

    May 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. JERMAINE

    I'm so sick of people saying, "If Clinton doesn't win, I will vote for Mccain!" Then shut up and do it. You are not a true democrat if you're gonna be that much of a loyalist to Clinton. Obama ran one heck of a campain dispite all the bumps in the road, and being of color. If you want to jump ship and vote for Mccain because Clinton didn't win then just shut up and do it. You'll be the one complaining in the long run if Mccain end up winning because of your ignorance.

    May 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. NEVER HUSSAIN OBAMA

    we are with you hillary....

    Hillary or Mccain... I will never vote for wright raised obama.....

    May 26, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. ROLLY LA

    TO ALL OF YOU MY CO SUPPORTER OF HILLARY CLINTON.
    IF HILLARY CLINTON DON'T A NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT
    LET PUT A WEBSITE TOGETHER WHERE WE CAN HELP MC CAIN TO WIN. WHO WITH ME

    May 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. NoHillaryOnVpTicket

    Aren't Puerto Ricans "African and Hispanic"....So why do they try to act like they have no Black Blood? It's really sickening so see folks who literally hate themselves and not even know it. It is amazing how many hispanics don't realize that a lot of the benifits they have is due to the African Americans who came before them... yet they continue to hate on them... Maybe if yall vote for a brother, you'll be next... its only logic.

    May 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Tyler from CT

    Exactly what I want with our taxes -send them to PR! More fuel for the Republicans – I hope she continues to bash Obama

    May 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Resonable Voter '08

    People who say they will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win have bother me on so many levels. It baffles me people actually feel this way, because on the issues, McCain and Hillary have about in much in common as Jesus and Satan. If they agree with McCain's point of view, why would they be voting for Hillary, they have nothing in common when it comes to the issues.

    Comments like this make me wonder about the intelligence of this country....

    May 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Guy

    I will NOT vote for her!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. bakum

    Clinton idiots are getting hysterical. And rabid. Their vitriol is frightening. I believe they are capable of anything. I have never heard or read such hatred and anger. The only reason I can find is that they are scared to death. They know deep down in their heart he is not capable. Go away Obama.

    May 26, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Ray

    wow.. and they try to say Obama's supporters are rude.

    May 26, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. BJ

    I am counting the days until she disappears off of the scene. She is like the energizer bunny, annoyingly going on. But the good thing is that she will have to end it all and we will not have to be so patronizing any more. She threw the kitchen sink, but forgot that it had a drain that wasn't stopped up. She has whined that she is not being treated fairly. What she forgot is that when you point your finger at someone, then there are three more pointing back at you. A FEW MORE DELEGATES and it will be all over. America has had the goal of 2025 (6) until she and her husband tried to change the number. If she were not behind significantly she would let the rules for FL and MI go as they were stated. Anything to win or so she thinks.

    May 26, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. richard

    All these Anti-Clinton people on here who THINK they know what they are talking about are amusing. You all do not know the first thing about politics and you try to sound technical in your analysis 🙂 is just too funny. to carrie sean that said Clinton stole "si se puede"...here is a fact check you fool...Obama stole it from Cesar Chavez you moron. i cant wait until some horrible news about obama breaks so it'll shut you all up!

    May 26, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. BILLY OCEAN

    THIS WOMAN HAS NO SHAME. WHAT AT ALL IS SHE LOOKING FOR?
    SHE IS POLARIZED AND MORE OF A REPUBLICAN THAN A DEMOCRAT. SHE SHOULD GET OUT OF TRAFFIC TO ALLOW OBAMA TO PREPARE ADEQUATELY FOR JOHN MCBUSH.
    HILLARY CLINTON IS SELF-CENTERED AND SHE IS DIVIDING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE EARLIER SHE LEAVES THE BETTER!

    May 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Amy

    We all know she won't care about Puerto Rico or it's people after next Tuesday....

    May 26, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Chooch

    Another fine example of the "educated" OBUMMER supporters.. JB.. Simple English usage of the varying forms of the word "to". Go back to school and get an education so you fit "your" candidates supposed base of supporters. Sorry, simple fact of the matter is ignorant people are easier to control. Sort of like you OBUMMER supporters.

    May 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. ED

    Hey "Anne from Canada" please quit speaking for all Canadians..I think your living in the States for 10 years has made you loose the thing that Canadians are respected for throughout the world and that is morales ethics and honesty ...
    What Hillary has said on nearly a daily basis lately has been inexcusable, divisive and extreme to the point that is sinking her deeper and depper..she has lied so much that her supporters are turning away and they are preparing for Obama to officially take the nomination soon...
    so please "Anne from Canada" ...do not speak for Canadians as we do not vote for liars and if Hillary was running up here for Prime Minister..her racist extreme divisive comments would not get a job with the Tim Horton's down the street never mind leading a country..The writing is on the wall..
    SHE has LOST!!!

    Obama for a new world soon... MCbush for tyranny forever ..

    May 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Rashid

    TO JIM WHO WROTE THIS:

    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.

    YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT THE SUPERDELEGATES NOT FOLLOWING THE PLEDGE DELEGATES. THATS WHY OBAMA GOT BOTH SENATORS FROM W. VIRGINIA ON HIS SIDE AFTER A 41% HILLARY WIN! HA HA, EVEN WHEN SHE WIN SHE LOSES. THAT SHOULD TELL YOU IT'S OVER!! LET'S WORRY ABOUT MCCAIN!!

    OBAMA '08

    May 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Robin Wagner from ct

    Hillary is a lost donkey . OK she lost her marbles . Rolling across the floor .
    How many drinks did she have this time . ??? Hummmmmm
    She all done and next to concede this election. Funny how the recount movie came out .

    May 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Paul

    Clinton will win PR, for what it is worth. A major reason that the Clintons are liked in PR, which is seldom discussed, was the 1999 pardon of the Puerto Rican FALN terrorists. Which many think was done to help Hillary with her Senate race in New York. Which has a large Puerto Rican population.

    May 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. An Independent in FL

    PR Please keep her!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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