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. monicamexico

    So first they shout Obama's phrase – Si se puede – then they talk about voting on June 1? Yikes. Sounds like PR is confused.

    May 26, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Bill Is a Big Lying Shame

    Here is something to ponder: what is more stupid, the average post up here or the person actually reading them? Obama is black, therefore he can't be president.

    May 26, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Neal

    yet another Pro-Clinton CNN item
    anything to keep the story going/ratings up

    May 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. jr

    Hilary
    I have come to the conclusion that you have completely lost your mind. You have divided the party for your own personal gain. You have made statements that I am sure if Obama would have said...ALL the media would have jumped on it like flies on honey and reported it for WEEKS!!!...You have no shame...At one time I would have considered voting for you, but I would not vote for you after the way you have run your campaign. It has been, outrageous, insensitive, devisive, greedy and downright sick. You want to make SURE that if you do not get the nomination, Barack does not win, so you can run again in 2012. Myself and a lot of people are not fooled by your antics....It's too bad that many of your supporters do not see you for what you really are.
    You are just like your husband,,,greedy for power and control and will DO or SAY ANYTHING to get. it. TRUTH always reveal itself. The TRUTH has been revealed about you. Out of the mouth speaketh the heart.......

    McCain's a FLIPFLOPPER....

    GO OBAMA!

    May 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Sen. Clinton,

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease take your husband, and your daughter (if she does not have a life of her own) and go far, far, far away in to retirement, you most definitely have the money to do so. Please stop lying and misspeaking and dodging sniper fire and just get out of politics.

    May 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. CDUB

    I am an Obama supporter but what I am first is real and fair. Why can't Hillary play by the rules she agreed to in the first place? Trust me, she never thought she would be in this position when this first began. If the shoes were on the other foot she would be screaming Obama agreed to this therefore why change the rules. I'm disgusted by the tactics of the Clintons. It really seems they will do, say, not to mention act anyway to get what they want or what they feel is owed to them. I find it even more disturbing that she seems to have a cult following. Her supporters seem to care as much about the Dem. party as she does. How can you defend her campaign stating Hillary first, the party second. People, its about the party! And for those who state they will vote Republican or not vote at all if their desired nominee doesnt get the nomination, shame on you. Thats just ignorant not to mention insulting. Take the time to read their positions and you'll find they're not that different. Again, its about the party, unless you want another 4 years of hell.

    May 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. R. Brown

    Hillary offers snake juice to the innocent people of PR.

    Don't drink the snake juice Hillary is offering, it's apart of her traveling gimmick road trip.

    Hillary, how's your IMPEACHED husband?

    May 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. gary

    Just when did Obama win the nomination? You people act like the popular vote doesn't even count! Yes he's strong-arming the supers, and he may eventually get the nomination, but it will still look a little shady if she has the popular vote and that's ignored. We all learned in 2000 that it's imperative to COUNT ALL THE VOTES – Gore won the popular vote but Bush was SELECTED. Obama isn't nearly as popular as his followers would have people think – that's a fact. But now he is trying to be SELECTED before ALL the people vote!

    May 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Laura

    Barack Obama has been nothing but respectful of Sen Clinton. I guess Sen Clinton does not understand "do unto others....". That shows a lot about her character or lack thereof.

    May 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Terry

    All these Obama supporters are so nasty. I bet come November if he is the Democratic nominee and loses(which we will), the Obama supporters will try to blame Hillary for him losing. Us Hillary supporters have been saying all along "No, He Can't!". They're the ones who chose a candidate to win a primary yet didn't think hard enough to see that he can't win in November. Silly Koolaid drinkers. Only one you will have to blame is yourself for voting for an unelectrable candidate.

    May 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  11. marzxyz

    The downright nastiness, nay, ugliness, of Obama's supporters toward Hillary has been duly noted by Hillary's supporters. It will cost Obama 25-30% of the votes from Hillary's supporters. As a result, prepare yourselves for a McCain presidency. On the plus side, Democrats will enjoy comfortable majorities in the Senate and House.

    May 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Pat

    That's funny, Obama crowds have been booing Clinton for months, but it doesn't merit an article on CNN.

    May 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Anne from Canada

    WOW I can't believe how venimous OBAMA supporters are on this board. Oh yea! he attracts the young generation that won't even bother to vote in November. they will have long moved on to another FAB. IT's great that a lot of young people are interested in politics this time and a lot of them are smart, but a lot of them don't know beans and are just following the cool event "du jour".

    OBAMA claims he will move away from OLD politics. What a naive thing to say. The old politicians are all circling around him to influence him and rule by proxy. Obama will have to rely on the likes of Richardson for advises and othe cronies. Gees! It looks like either way if it's Obama or McCain, it will be another 4 years of Bush.

    Do the right thing

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

    That's okay, Hillary will get booed by her own colleagues upon her return to the Senate. Her campaign and her behavior have been a total disgrace.

    May 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. BJ

    They booed and she smiles her sinister smile. Who cares. One more exploitation of the ones who don't know any better. Soon it will be over and she can smile at her husband in her own home. Thank goodness-HE-is still on the throne.

    May 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. CDUB

    And for the record, Puerto Rico can not vote in the general election. Again READ, do some research, my an intelligent decision! Wow.

    May 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. HANEEFAH

    wowee zowee, she just does not get it. The Clintons are destroyers, they are liers, they are cheaters. Bosnia, Paul vs Clintons, The Clinton Library, Small States Caucuses are not important, now they are, not allowing FL and MI count was OK to her before she started losing. The people that are so gaga over the Clintons cannot see that she is telling them the very tall tail and they are the pide piper blowing doo doo up their noses and they cannot smell it. They have snookered many people. They are only for themselves and no one else. She wants to show Bill that she is better than him and he just needs a room for his farting around with women. She is akin to the devil and so is her husband.

    May 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. forever

    Hillary – You can stay in Puerto Rico forever !!! WE DON'T CARE

    Go Obama '08

    May 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Sophia33

    CNN, this is news because of what?

    May 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Penny Leonard

    As a Registered Republican, Tell Hillary Clinton, we are going to investigate and publish the CLINTON BODY COUNT and bring up the Bosnia Video Sniper Tape. We hope she gets on the VP Ticket with Obama. We are going to EXPOSE EVERYTHING on the Clinton Past We are prepared to EXPOSE the COMPARRISON of ALL the people who have died working for the CLINTONS over 50 people. No other President has had this many people commit suicide or been murdered as the CLINTONS. THIS expose will be published the minute she is put on the VP ticket. Not even in the next election will she EVER BE allowed to be PRESIDENT. FORWARD this email on to Hillary..

    May 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Amy

    Does anyone in Puerto Rico really believe she cares about them? She's there for votes that come the general election won't matter because Puerto Rico can't vote in the general election. Hillary knows this. She's saying what they want to hear so she can get the primary and then after she suckers them into voting for her she'll never give them a second thought.

    May 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. James

    Keep going for NOTHING. You have lost the race. I am so glad you will not get to use our hard earned tax money to pay off your debt of over 20 million since you wont be the nominee. Hopefully you can run for the office again in 2016. You might be almost 70 years old by then.

    May 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Susan

    My favorite part of the weekend news: Barack Obama just keeps moving on, like Hillary Clinton doesn't exist.

    I give his campaign so much credit after the horrific statements HRC made Friday, then the ludicrous statements made by Mr. McAuliffe, and the knee-deep stuff Bill Clinton is spreading about respect.

    Keep going, Barack! You are on your way. Let the Clintons and their surrogates scurry around like a bunch of bugs. They'll all be gone in a couple of weeks.

    May 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Laura

    Belle and Rosemary...you are just as blind as your candidate.

    May 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. lilacs

    I have been a democract for 40years,and I will not vote for obama in Novermber, but I will never vote for a repug either so I will do a write-in vote! Anyone that is for Hillary and don"t want Obama or dont really want to vote for mccain,write-in your choice.

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