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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    Susan=====NC May 26th, 2008 9:24 pm ET

    Hillary you have fought a good fight so far and I hope that you don't give up now. You have the poise, good communication, nice to the people and if need be get to there level, sitting at the cafe and talking and sitting in homes and talking shows how humble you are. CNN have not treated you right at all==they have covered OB and McCain and seem to push you to the side. I get so tired of Blitzer I could scream, with all his pushing OB., maybe he wants to be VP for OB, the problem is he will not win-YOU ARE THE ONE FOR THE WINNING TICKET! It will come down to you an McCain. OB is so rude and you have not made any statement that the citizens of my age understand, those who don't shows that they were not born yet. It kills me to hear OB talk about the war and what he is going to do when he never served in any branch of the service. He could have joined, he loves talking about his grandfather and also how he grew up with a single mother. He is not the only one that had hard times coming up but we don't air our laundry in public. JUST DON'T GIVE UP, I WORKED FOR YOU IN NC AND YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK. you have votes here, it is beyond me why you did not carry this state, but we shall see in Nov. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR HARD WORK.WHAT I WOULD GIVE TO BE IN WASHINGTON WHEN YOU ARE SWORN IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    May 26, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. michael

    bill clinton is really getting pathetic now in his support of his wife...the clinton name is oh slooooooowly going into the garbage can..what a shame to ruin such a good legacy that he had in spite of all his infidelities..i really did respect him then but not now why is it so hard to admit defeat graciously? WHY?????

    May 26, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Kevin Gardner South Portland, Maine

    You've lost Hillary. Get a grip on reality and try to show some grace as you accept your defeat.

    May 26, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Ilah Grant

    So they booed. What is new–most of his crowds always boo when her name is called. Wonder why?

    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Mp_pennsylvania

    CNN how about the Super delegates obama got recently 6:1

    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Herman in LA


    Get a life it isn't gonna happen

    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. What if?

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary she will say or do anything to win a vote, even bully and remind Puerto Rico voters that she represents an estimated one million Puerto Ricans in New York. Please Puerto Rico voters, ask her to show proof in writing that this is a legal claim not just another lie. Hillary bragged about her most important voters were her hard working WHITE voters, nothing was said about you the Puerto Rico voters until now.

    Yep, she cares more and understand you better especially when she want to bully you to vote for her, Bill left that part out. Please do not make the same mistake that happen with Bush. Please be smart and read some of the comments from other New York voters, they remember her many promises before being elected as their senator.

    Bill already stated that “Nothing would symbolize her commitment more than this victory” on June 1. I have never heard her say anything about how important your Puerto Rico votes are to her. Yea, right, Bill we have heard that same line before, she just adjust the speech to include the states she is begging to vote for her.

    President Gerald McEntee be honest with yourself and your voters, do you really think Hillary would have stayed the length of time she did in Puerto Rico if she was winning for the nominee? Pleaseeeeeeeeeeee Please do not make the same mistake we did with Bush.

    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Sara

    Hillary is going to take the nominee – thank you, Obama for your own studipity anf the Ego trip you are on! – Just lost my vote! Won't vote for Hillary or McCain!

    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Suziku


    May 26, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Eric


    May 26, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. JayPe

    Belle, what are you on?

    The DNC did not "allow states to move up that supported Obama" – Nevada was moved up, that was expected to be good for Clinton (hispanics) & Edwards (unions), remember? And Iowa has always been first in the nation.

    At the start of the campaign the DNC was supposed to be the establishement, and the establishment was for Hillary. The fact that she has lost is an indication of how the VOTERS of the majority of the states have gone against the establishment, and the establishment has been led by them to start to support Obama.

    Furthermore, the Obama campaign has been run with distinctly more skill than the Clinton campaign, as is already well documented. But your comment sounds like it is written by a disaffected member of the Clinton campaign, so you probably already know that.

    May 26, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Teresa W. of Newport Bch, CA

    Hillary has called for a debate twice and Obama pretty much ignored her. He's going to nominee whether she accepts it or not. He is very busy fighting the GOP and McCain now. He doesn't even acknowledge Clinton since the RFK statement. Obama has beefed up his security since then. The Clintons have managed to show the entire globe that they cannot be trusted. In the future to come if Chelsea choose to run for any political office she would be cursed with the failure of her parents political careers. That is so sad.

    May 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Louis

    Hillary is very strong in the state of denial as Joe Leno put it. Also, anytime the 3 am phone rings, you bet its the revenue agency calling Hillary. I hope she would be on hand to take the call. Loser!

    May 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Obama

    Will all clinton supporters please do the following

    1. Google Paul vs Clinton
    2. Understand that Obama is 1/2white and 1/2black raised by whites and asians

    And will all Clinton/Mabus supporters

    1. please learn about the campaign scandals and lobbiest that surround your candidate before throwing rocks at the other two.

    2. look at Mabus policies on womens rights and the directions he'd like to take this country and it's economy.

    And will all Obama supporters

    1. keep up the unity of the democratic party by sending in encouragement to all democrats.

    2. Understand the truths behind the message of HOPE

    I'm am as tired of this whole thing as the rest of us... lets vote for the candidate with the most integrity and the one with the least amount of scandal in '08

    May 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Sexy

    Dmitriy, at least Michelle Obama doesn't have many pending investigations and a campaign fraud trial that she has to answer for. All of you Hillary's Clinton faniacs, she may have to go the jail for perjury, campaign fraud, and filing false FEC reports. She has also been accused of rigging the election when she won her senate seat but Eliott Spitzer covered it up for her. Now look where he is since he has been busted. It is only a matter of time before the Clintons are finally busted. You try to talk about Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton has done far more worse than she has and you have the gall to support that criminal minded woman.

    May 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Linda, Chandler AZ

    The longer she stays in this, the worse it gets. She and her husband are shameless....and so is CNN pandering to them. If she continues this charade, I guess she'd better become and Indepent, as her followers are suggesting...because there won't be any self-respecting Democrat left who'll want anything to do with her. God Bless Barack Obama.

    May 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. petermas

    The DNC or how to lose a presidential election originally given for sure.

    The mud slinging toward Hillary, the racial bias of the african American electorate, the serious electability issues with Obama, the Florida and Michigan issue, just to mention some, have turned too many people's opinions around. I am afraid McCain at this point appears a very good alternative to many.

    May 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. BJ

    They should count the votes when they have a fair and unbiased election. Only in America can they tell you to play fair and follow the rules. That is until the Clintons start to whine that they have been cheated. The votes in Michigan can most certainly not be counted in her favor. That would be akin to throwing dirt in the opposite players face to blind them so that they can't see you heading for the finish line. Does she really think that we are that dumb. Talk about being out of touch. And she is also an elitist because she does not think that the rules apply to her because she is a Clinton.

    May 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. rashid cali

    I just have to say I hope hillary can when the general election with those and I quote hard working white voters cus I know a lot of hard working blacks spanish chinese etc who will not vote for someone who thinks only hard working white people vote really counts

    May 26, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Some of you are so disrespectful. Have some consideration for other's beliefs. Just because I'm a supporter of Clinton, Obama, or McCain doesn't make me uneducated, dumb, or stupid. It means I have an individual thought and a personal opinion. At least I can actually back up my beliefs with some sort of reasoning.

    And have some respect for your fellow man and woman. Instead of pushing each other away, you should be a little more dignified so we can work together for our one common cause – to put the best possible person in office.

    So, with that being said – go, America!

    May 26, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Soba, Clifton, NJ

    Clinton Supporter May 26th, 2008 5:21 pm ET

    Hello! Puerto Ricans CAN vote in the general election, dummies.


    May 26, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. aurora

    If you cannot spell or punctuate properly, then please do not vote. It only demonstrates your complete ignorance.

    May 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Objective Democrat

    Just like she's trying to change the rules of the nomination process in the middle of the game... she's also planning to change our constitution already... by pandering to the Puerto Ricans...

    I do think Obama should try to go back to PR though.

    Also, anyone who plans to vote for Mccain instead of Obama or Clinton should rethink that move. Let's vote on issues. Mccain's stand on the issues is 180 degrees away from both Obama and Clinton so if you are truly patriotic and love America .. Please don't let your anger get the best of you so much that you vote for a third term of Bush.

    Obama or Clinton 08'

    May 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. DemocracyNow2008

    Keep on yelling but the math says its over after June 3rd and Senator its time to support Senator Barack Obama the persumptive nominee of the Democratic Party.
    Let go of the ego and unite to defeat McBush.
    Obama 08

    May 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Malcolm-Alabama

    Funny to hear the uninformed suggesting that the DNC is in the tank for Obama over Clinton whereas, it was and has always been the reverse. Bill Clinton was the last Democrat for president so it stands to reason that his people populate the ranks of the DNC. It was Clinton folks like Harold Ickes who helped craft the rules that stripped MI and FL of their delegates. Hillary Clinton was termed the "inevitable" candidate this time last year because she had the highest standing in the Democratic party establishment because of her husband.
    But her hubris and apparent lack of leadership ability has shown through in how she's run her campaign, enabling a previously unknown named Barack Obama to give her a healthy challenge. One thing Hillary Clinton supporters can not deny is Obama's campaign has been much more disciplined and effective, has had no turn-over in key campaign ranks, has properly managed its finances, versus the circus that is Hillary Clinton's campaign, surprising considering her "experience" should have got her a better campaign staff.
    My warning to the Democrats is don't make the mistake that the Republicans made 8 years ago when they went with George W Bush, the "establishment candidate" thanks to his father being the previous Republican president, overlooking much better candidates than John McCain at the time. Learn from others' mistakes!! Barack Obama is winning this contest fair and square and he deserves the Democratic party nomination.

    May 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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