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. Chi4Obama

    What is the point in having Puerto Rico participate in the Democratic primary, if they cannot particpate in the General Election??

    May 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. susie for Obama

    Please post my remarks – you never do.

    May 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    NO HILLARY.... SHE'S ANOTHER BUSH

    May 26, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. GAE

    HANG IN THERE HILLARY. WE LOVE YOU, TRUST YOU AND BELIEVE IN YOU. DON'T EVER GIVE UP. OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE WATCHING YOU. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEEP THE FAITH, SPEAK THE TRUTH AND CONTINUE TO LOVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!!!

    RISE HILLARY, RISE!!!!

    FIGHT HILLARY, FIGHT!!!

    DON'T EVER GIVE UP!!!

    May 26, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Linned

    McEntee, "the Johnny come lately" part you can keep that comment to yourself. Senator Obama is only one person – they have small children and his wife can't be out campaigning as much . Senator Clinton, former President Clinton and Chelsa are out stumping for her.

    May 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Realistic

    Hillary should know a lot about unions, since she spent four years - FOUR YEARS - as a Director of Wal-Mart, which made a corporate priority out of preventing unionization and purchasing cheap goods from abroad so as to put American workers on the streets.

    Of course, it would make her the "victim" and make me a part of the conspiracy to even mention this fact.

    Clinton / Lewinsky '08

    May 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. tj in fla

    So she wins Puerto Rico-big yawn.

    May 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Carl29

    One more example of why this woman lost the nomination: Lack of honesty. She did it to the people of Guam, promised that she will make them part of the union. Now same thing goes to Puerto Ricans. What she doesn't tell them is that in order to change the current status of the Island: WE MUST AMEND THE CONSTITUTION, easy task; It only takes two thirds of congress to do so. Truth telling Ms. Clinton? No thank you.

    May 26, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Misha

    Obama will do nothing for Puerto Rico ,
    OBAMA WILL NEVER BE PREIDENT
    HILLARY IS THE ONE

    GO GO GO HILLARY, THE PRESS CAN KEEP ON KISSING OBAMAS BUTT

    May 26, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. No McCain/Bush

    Gooooo Hillary!

    (I thought this might get me in the door. If it works-GOOOOO OBAMA!)

    May 26, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. After further review,Texas

    What laugh,Bill and Hillary outsourced more union jobs and white collar jobs than even the republicans could ever dream of.

    May 26, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Diane

    I am disgusted with the Clintons. Now Bill is calling a "cover-up"? Have these people become madder" than last week? What gets me is that Hillary's campaigne manager or whatever Harold Icke's is in her campaigne was the one who had a role in determining the democratic delegate system which is now being used in 2008 for the first time. Now because the evil one is losing, the system stinks or isn't right. An article in Time magazine about a month ago ran an article about Icke's. They call him the "closer". Does he expect to close this primary?

    May 26, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. fred

    If we are fools because we would vote for Hillary, you Obama voters are total imbeciles!!!

    Go Hillary!!

    All the way to the convertion Hillary!!

    May 26, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Janet, American via Canada

    Maybe Peter Paul should be VP!?

    May 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. martin

    that's why we don't let them vote in the ge.

    May 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Kate, Atlanta

    I have come to really hate this woman.

    May 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Prakash

    Hillary, enough already. Get out of the race, you liar!!!

    Go Obama!

    May 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. nina

    So once again, hillary and her people are bashing Obama. Is that they only way she can win? To tear her opponent down?

    What about winning on her own merit? Obama has only ever spoken well of Clinton, especially in these last few weeks, since he of course, would be blamed for her losing. He has blasted her on the issues, but not on her personally.

    According to Bill Clinton, Hillary has been treated unfairly throughout this whole campaign, and the superdelegates should not rush to nominate Obama.
    Well, I'm pretty sure that Hillary had the majority of those superdelegates at the beginning of this race. She was ahead of Obama even in March. Now, they should wait??? For what??? Then should all of those who supported Hillary in the beginning also waited to endorse someone?
    Also, about being unfairly treated, Hillary was pretty much named the nominee at the beginning ot this race. She was and has been treated like a princess.
    She hasn't been held accountable for most of what she has said and/or done. Obama's had more than his fair share.
    So now big Billy's gonna come out and defend his little wifey, saying she hasn't been treated fairly? Gimme a break. She has been losing, because of herself, and her mismanaged campaign, and the fact that she lied, and now is not deemed so trustworthy.
    She's used race, gender, and the kitchen sink to try and win, including changing every single rule in which someone could win, and she is still coming out on the losing end. If she's so for the Democratic party, then maybe after June 3rd (like june 4th) she should start supporting the nominee the people have chosen, fair and square.

    I used to like Hillary, but after this primary race, I have lost all respect for the Clintons. What a disappointment. And guess what, I'm an educated women, mid thirties.

    May 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. dave

    over the weekend.

    OBAMA + 10 superdelegates

    Clinton +1 superdelegates.

    = This race has been over for a long time. Its a football game in the 4th quater and Obama has the ball and has already taken the knee.

    Race is over!!

    Its just about running down the clock, which is ticking.

    May 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. HILLARY

    Since she is already in the caribbean, she should stop over and campagin with her Good FRIEND CASTRO IN CUBA AND STAY THERE FOR GOOD. SHE CAN RUN CUBA WITH HE DESPOT STYLE OF POLITICS.

    May 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. martin

    stop fighting ,hillary!we don't need you!

    May 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Karl Ami & Clinton Supporter.

    So much hate WHY!!! Obama is not responsible for you lack of attention as a child. That would explain the gravitation to Mother Goose. This fairy tale will end soon.....Ps. Please vote for McCain...Please vote for McCain because you won't have Hillary.

    May 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. The Truth

    Fight on Hillary, until you punch yourself in the face!

    May 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Jerry Lee

    Saying Hillary or McCain is like saying if I can't get my regular baby sitter who is the best..I'll just hire that Charles Manson guy.

    This is why you Democrats NEVER can win. You are gutless and are famous for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    THis election should of been a cake walk.

    May 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. GERALD STROTHER

    if she won all the next three it is still over !!!! MT POLLS OBAMA HAS A 20 POINT UP. SD HE IS UP AGAIN HE NEEDS 49 MORE AND HE HAS IT he now has ovdr 200 up now . Bill plays her like a victim? THEY HAVE NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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