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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  1. Cat

    Clinton is always causing trouble. She probably was bad mouth if the truth was known. But the people are right where is Obama when he should be in Puerto Rico campaigning. Instead he is acting like he has the nomimee all ready. This is just as bad as it was in Kentucky and W.Virginia. He needs to get his butt back on the campaigning or he will lose it! You have to question his motives or she will win Ruerto Rico with not problems – 55 delegates! Better get his head out straight or get out of the race! Obama is screwing up bad!

    May 26, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Nice picture, but she really would make a great Cruella DeVille. Much better that Ms. Close. She doesn't even need the make-up.

    May 26, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. shelly

    Can the american people really believe anything that comes out of the former Presidents mouth, did he not lie under oath, and now calling the kettle black, saying the results from the polls are not being reported accurately. He insinuates everyone else is dishonest. RIGHT. The worst thing Hillary did was let him campaign for her. I for One did not believe what he was saying a few years ago and I certainly do not believe any thing he has to say today.

    May 26, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. breanna

    obama will not become the president. it doesnt matter if he gets the nomination and it doesnt matter what other "stuff" gets found out about him. the people of these US OVERWELMINGLY voted for hillary and they will overwelmingly vote for mccain or the green party or the libertarian party etc. many of you out there really do beleive that the hillary supporters would not do that to the dnc but you must keep this in mind. the dnc messed up the game. had they not disemfranchised florida and michigan, hillary will have already gotten 2026. it is the dnc rules that have stolen the nomination from hillary and now they have no choice but to nominate obama even though THEY ALL KNOW that mccain will get all of the hillary supporters and their votes. these voters dont care about the dnc and keeping the party together. please believe me whan i say that if hillary doesnt get the nod, mccain WILL be the president.

    May 26, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Republican cakewalk

    Clinton has 10X the smarts of other dems; 10X the political savvy to GET THINGS DONE; and SHE. WILL. BEAT. MCCAIN.
    The preppy, snobby finger squeezer Obama, will go down in flames when Karl Rove turns loose the dogs on his doping, anti-American friends, crooked real estate dealer, fake claim to being a professor, no military service vs. McCain record, his wife's black separatist papers, his ties to nuclear plant lobby, and etc. ad nauseum. Obama is so vunerable politically, the repubs will have a cakewalk with him.

    May 26, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Peter FROM NJ


    May 26, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. the new “liberal” normal: Sexism is okay.

    Keith Olbermann is a sick, morally depraved, imbecile. Friday he unleashed his bottomless pit of snot on Senator Clinton yet again. This time it was about Clinton’s remarks regarding long campaigns and RFK. Not that it matters. If she had said “I shop at Safeway” K.O. would have unloaded – provided he’d gotten the cue from his Obama Overlords. Olbermann is a joke and hardly worth a remark – except to point out what has not merited a Special Comment from the Rancid One in the past 6 months:

    Obama calling female reporters “sweetie”

    Obama’s 20 year stint in a church in which the pastor dry humps the pulpit.

    David Schuter’s “pimping out” Chelsea remark.

    Chris “my legs are tingling” Matthews comment that Hillary Clinton is only a senator because her husband cheated. A remark both wildly sexist and utterly, indefensibly false.

    An Obama aid calling the former First Lady a monster.

    Obama’s throwing the bird to a sitting U.S. Senator

    May 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Nina

    4 yrs ago, 51% of this great country proved by their votes to be incompetent. Led by fear, and the media, to elect arguably the worst president in our history.
    The 49% of us with brains just couldn't manage to get through the hypnotized minds of the weak. I am daily in tears to see it happen again. All I see in Senator Obama is someone with great charisma – he'd make a great Secretary of State with more experience. I wonder if the reason the younger generation are the Obamaites more than the older is because you've been so programmed to only accept the new, and to feel the old are simply to be thrown away. Things have changed so much in the past 20 years you wouldn't have anything else to judge by than the latest... everything.. technology has changed that and your way of thinking. The world in general and the US in particular was in far better shape during the Clinton years than any other time in the past 30 years. I find it sad you are more influenced by charisma than history.. but with our educational system... perhaps I should not be. Please listen, just this once, to the majority of your elders and respect we know what is best.

    May 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Hillary 08

    PR does not vote on General Election. American people will never buy her story of popular votes based on PR votes.

    We need to get more votes from MN and Dakota

    Go Hillary

    May 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Edryn

    You Hillary supporters have got to be the STUPIDEST voters around! Take your vote's and go. Obama will win for sure now thanks to Barr and the Libertarian Party. Some of McCain's voters will go for him.

    May 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |

    Let’s move on. She's only going to be whining one more week. Come on, Lady. You lost, go back to your NY mansion and think about how 1.5 million donors gave you a run for your money. Hillary, you overestimated the power of the American people.


    May 26, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. roy

    Whar change that obama is talking? turning white to black?

    May 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |

    Let’s move on. She's only going to be whining one more week. Come on, Lady. You lost, go back to your NY mansion and think about how 1.5 million donors gave you a run for your money. Hillary, you overestimated the power of the American people.


    May 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Obama '08

    I love the popular vote arguement espeically when Hillary talks about disenfranchising voters because her argument works only if she believes that 0 people in MI would vote for Obama. If it is reasonable that atleast the 20K people who showed up for his rally a couple weeks ago would show up to vote for Obama, he would need only 34K more MI votes to hold the popular vote.

    Putting it sanely..... Obama doesn't want to give the votes as they are because he knows its bad for him.
    Hillary doesn't want a revote because she knows he'll do better and her popular vote argument will be out the window.

    Hillary's putting all her eggs in a territory that can't vote in the Nov. to help her make her argument.

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. “Empty Suit Syndrome”

    Obama suffers from the “Empty Suit Syndrome”

    On Friday Barack Obama spelled out his Latin America policy [snip]:
    Since the Bush Administration launched a misguided war in Iraq, its policy in the Americas has been negligent toward our friends, ineffective with our adversaries, disinterested in the challenges that matter in peoples’ lives, and incapable of advancing our interests in the region.
    No wonder, then, that demagogues like Hugo Chavez have stepped into this vacuum.
    This is pathetic. Hugo Chavez came to power during the Clinton Administration, and was first elected President of Venezuela in 1998, two years before the Bush Administration took office.

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Xavier

    Way I understand it, Puerto Rico cant vote during the general elections. That being the case, how does it matter who gets the most delegates in that Primary? She should focuse on Montana and South Dakota, two states that do count in the general.

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. CJ

    Clinton has them eating out of her hands! Where is Obma in New Mexico instead of campaigning in Puerto Rico. He isn't the president or nominee yet. He would of sewed up Ruerto Rico but instead chose to not to. He will be his own down fall now! What a idiot!

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. ME4O

    I don't understand these people like belle who want to blame the DNC and Obama for this mess.I have been to both candidates websites and I see no animosity towards Clinton.It is Cl;inton's campaign that has tried to smear Obama's statement and it is she who has been caught lying.Obama and his lawyers can in no way make the DNC do anything.All I can figure of these people who make these false statements is racism(no, I'm not black). B. Clinton was a liar and a cheat in the white house(though at the time I liked him) and Hillary is a liar and a cheat now(no, I don't like a woman who stays with a philandering husband. what kind of things will she let other countries get away with and not do anything?) Hillary is a weak, shameless, unstable, egotisical candidate who needs to go now!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. reason

    It's a shame that you may have grown adults who think they know every thing. when all is said and done we will see who will be the nominee this fall i wish bad for know one in this campaign. and when will people get it through there thick heads Florida and michigan move there states up in the primary when they were told the pently for doing so. now people want to blame obama and the DNC for the mistake that those states have made. the people in those states should vote out those elected officials that took the chance and lost when all of this first started no one would have gave barak a chance hillary was so confident that she would win because of her husband that goes to show you the power of change. now to break it down for the people who think that we owe the clintons our vote is doing the old slave master trick, we treat you good and then you turn your backs on us that is a sick way of thinking Wake up America and god bless the men and women who have served our country united we stand and divided we fall let's unite so i wouldn't have to see another brother in arms die over a war that should not have never been waged OH-RAH

    May 26, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Indiana voter

    More people support Clinton than they do Obama for president. This is quite simply because she is teh stronger, more qulaified candidate.
    Obama supporters are louder and more raucus becuase they're running on emotion rather than reason. Ask anyone of them what Obama has done in the Senate that gives them reason to believe he's a good choice and they can't tell you - because there is nothing in his record to support that....
    Hillary could've taken a lucrative position out of Yale law school but instead worked for Child Srevices. She was working for the people before Obama was old enough to vote.
    The idiocy of the calls for her to quit is the same brainless puddiness that got GW Bush elected to a 2nd term.

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. older

    Older woman posted for Obama thiugh her real age is 19 yrs. old, don't persuade us, please don't follow the footstep of liar Barak!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. so tired

    Listen, there is no reason to to vote McCain if you're Hillary-supporting democrat and she doesn't get the nomination. That's foolish. Even Hillary said as much.

    Why on earth would you be so completely lacking in common sense as to feel that way. It honestly makes no sense.

    Obama and Clinton don't differ a whole lot - at least compared to McCain. So, don't be foolish. Stick with whoever is nominated.

    I really really really don't like Hillary, personally, but if she was given the nomination, I'd vote for her. I mean, really... McCain!??!?!?! That's just stupid talk.

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Mp_pennsylvania

    Yes, we need to send her and her dodged husband to iraq to fight

    Noah May 26th, 2008 5:02 pm ET

    Keep fighting Hillary. America needs you.

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. mike nyc

    Let me get this straight.... The only way Hillary Clinton wins the popular vote count is by excluding all caucus states, and including Puerto Rico which cannot vote in the general election.

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. yaya

    PR does not really count in the final analysis. As to Florida. If not for Florida, we will not have W and the world will not have the Iraq war etc so DO NOT count florida!!!

    May 26, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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