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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soundoff (1,133 Responses)
  1. Louis

    All Hillary supporters who keep saying they wont vote for Obama during the fall, keep your votes. We don't need them. What make you think he cant win without you?

    Nobody's going to beg you to cast your vote for him. You know why? He would win and that means you would be losing out on a great opportunity to be relevant in the scheme of things.

    Being on the losing side has it's consequences in life. It means losing out in other aspects of life too. You have to be careful about what you wish for yourselves.

    The train if victory and success is moving,,,,

    May 26, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Trevis

    It's over. BaRock the Vote. Barack do not take Clinton as VP either.

    May 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Eric

    So what that Obama was booed at a Clinton rally. Clinton has been booed by Obama supporters at Democratic Party dinners and her supporters have been booed as well. The Obama supporters are a lot worse when it comes to this than the Clinton people are.

    May 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. F. R. Haurand Jr.

    Terry McAuliffe to Carl Levin when Levin said that Michigan was going to violate the DNC rules and move its convention. Levin had said, "You won't deny us seats at the convention."

    McAuliffe, "Carl, take it to the bank. They will not get a credential. The closest they'll get will be watching it on television. I will not let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the rules. If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."

    From the book, "What a Party" by Terry McAuliffe

    May 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. ME4O

    Does everyone who can speak well and show a self-confidence come across as pompous to you Hillary supporters? Of course most women want Hillary just to say "aha,gotcha, I am woman,hear me roar!" And of course all southern rednecks want her.Their racist.You all twist reality in your head because of biased stances.No I'm not elitist or high-income.Just someone who knows a liar when they see one.

    May 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. chaos39

    A Puerto Rico primary. What a hoot. As though anybody gives a crap what Puerto Rico thinks about anything except the $27million a day it gets to suck from the Federal teat...
    As a lifelong Democrat, I have to say that this demonstrates incontrovertibly the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the party. As though I needed anything more, the travesty of the inevitable loss this November when it should be a landslide in both the Congressional and Presidential elections, will put them into permanent minority status for the rest of the century. Too bad for the rest of us that need a little rebalancing of the scales.

    May 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Dems2008

    so what???

    May 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Redbug-OH FOR OBAMA

    bilary needs to give it a rest. Now her husband is saying there is a cover up and if his wife is not the nominee the Democrats will lose in November. They just can't stand the fact that she is losing and isnt going to be the nominee. Plz for the sake of the party, stop and think about the party. This is just a desperate attempt to stay in the race. At this point she is just becoming a big joke and making a mess of everything. Yes I would like to see a woman prez, but you are not that woman.

    May 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Joyce Buckman

    Thanks for continuing Hillary. The race is not over until it is over! Americans love a fighter and you have tenacity. We need that in a President.

    May 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Mike

    I am a Hillary supporter and Bill supporter and hope the Clintons become President again. It is Hillary's turn, she is a woman, and she will win the popular vote because she cares about Fl and Mi, and the only reason she did not want their votes to count at the beginning was because she did not think the election would last this long and be this difficult.

    Go Bill and Hillary - you are honest and we trust you!!!

    May 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. jt the Best Choice!

    Clinton is the right Candidate for everybody!!

    Clinton should kick Obama's a_ _ in Puerto Rico.

    Obama is scared to debated, he is hiding behind DNC .

    Clinton will not stop!!

    May 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. RB

    Eric, you forgot to add: "AND NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"

    May 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Barbara-California

    All this talk about Chelsea Clinton being "presidential material?" That absolutely is the most stupid idea I have ever seen or heard! How on earth is she supposed to have enough experience when all she did was be protected by the Secret Service which she called "Pigs" and act like a spoiled teen ager while her parents manipulated people in Washington for eight years.

    Where is this vast experience that Chelsea is supposed to have to be qualified to run for the giant job of being President of the United States,......you people of the Democratic party are delusioned for sure....as delusioned as both Bill and Hillary Clinton for thinking she has the qualifications to run for President, she is not honest, she does not care about the people, and for God sakes, she can't even be a proper diplomat, for God's sake! WAKE UP VOTERS!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. DemocracyNow2008

    Real Democrats will vote in November for Senator Obama fake Democrats should just change Party affiliation for good if you keep telling the real Democrats that if Hillary is not the nominee you are voting Republican for McCain .
    Go ahead do it but change your party affiliation before you do become a turncoat. We do not need you to win .
    America wants change and America will have change in a positive way with Obama as President .
    Obama 08

    May 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. michelle

    I'll be in D.C. bright and early May 31st with other new yorkers plus other HRC supporters to remind the DNC we're with Hillary all the way.

    ******* JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO WRITE IN HER NAME IF SHE'S NOT ON THE TICKET AS PREZ OR VP ***************

    SI SE PUEDE CON HILLARY.

    May 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Al

    Does anyone know where Hillary's hometown is on Puerto Rico? No average hard working white person ever had so many homes. There is no greater coward than someone who doesn't have the guts to the truth. Now she is blaming Senator Obama for her stupid death threat. If your Congressperson has not shown the guts to make a choice, remind him/her that they have to be re-elected. I hope PR shows the dunce who encouraged people to boo Senator Obama the door. Unions vote for their reps too.

    Ohioans for Obama!!

    May 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. madeleine

    hillary supporters will stay with hillary. there are thousands of us, even millions of us who wll not go to obama camp. NEVER, NUNCA. He is not ready, he is not tested, no neophyte please to practice on this crisis...economy, war, immigration,...give it to a knowledgeable person.SHE IS....HILLARY CLINTON

    May 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. B

    Hillary's still in the race??? Any word on a VP for Obama? Is he still ahead of McCain in the national election? Let's focus on the presidential election and stop focusing on a senator on vacation in Puerto Rico...

    May 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Sexy

    Michelle, don't get mad at us for repeating what they say about all of you on all the news programs. Even Hillary has said that her supporters are the uneducated, hardworking blue collar white voters.

    May 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. C Spurgeon

    What a bunch of hate filled people. No wonder this country is in trouble with fine upstanding brain power like this. ..and the wonderful media feeds it. You all sound like those uneducated whatever they keep talking about. First and last time to read a blog. Ugh. For sure nothing will get solved here.

    May 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. WH DC

    You Obama supporters better play nice, you need the Hillary supporters if you expect him to win. Stop with the hate mail or you'll really piss us off!

    May 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Harry

    God Bless & Save America !!!! Vote Hillary Clinton !!!!

    May 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Pat

    Clinton pendeja.

    May 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Laidetea

    Obama only needs like 46 or 47 delegates now to be nominated. By that time more superdelegates will endorse him before May 31st. I think Hillary knows its time but she in denial. Bill says she can still win the race....well Bill, either you know something america doesn't know or you are planning something to happen to Obama. Hillary put the word out there....people can read between the lines.

    As if the Clinton couldn't go any lower than that.

    May 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. barb, seattle WA

    Didn't Bill pardon a bunch of Puerto Ricans before he left office?

    May 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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