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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soundoff (1,133 Responses)
  1. BRIAN

    don't "boo" obama. they're both great. whoever wins, VOTE FOR THEM

    May 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. karma will haunt DNC

    Stephanopoulos called out Axelrod, saying:

    “But a member of your press staff, yesterday was sending around to an entire press list, I have the email here, Keith Olbermann’s searing commentary against HC, so that is stirring this up, isn’t it?”

    Axelrod responds that as far as the Obama campaign is concerned, the issue is over.

    (Straight to the “Distract” followed, presumably, to the “Draw Away.” This guy is a pro.)

    Here’s a question:

    If your campaign is so strong, why are you sending out copies of Keith Olbermann? If you have said this matter is “over,” why are you continuing to send copies of Keith Olbermann? Is the Obama campaign just flat out of ideas?

    May 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. minh

    Hillary or McCain. Obama will never get my vote.

    May 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. End Stupidity

    Eric... You are doing exactly what hillary supporters do, call Obama "non-patrotic" because he doesnt wear a flag lapel. H*LL, I dont see Hillary and McCain wearing one. Does that make them non-patroic. I guess it does. Grow up!!

    May 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. sand


    May 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Dan (TX)

    I wonder if Hillary realizes that Peurto Ricans won't be voting in the November general election. Their only influence is in the party primaries.

    Hillary just wants Peurto Ricans to help her get the nomination – nothing more.

    May 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Brenda from AZ

    I am a middle aged white woman who use to be a Clinton supporter, before she started her nasty campaign. I believe that Senator Obama is the right choice. We do need someone different to lead this country. Why not give him a chance? Why are the Clinton supporters saying they are going to vote for McCain if Hillary loses? I cannot believe that they are that 'catty" to vote republican just because their candidate lost. What are they thinking-they would prefer to see more Americans die in Iraq then get behind the man who beat their own candidate? Do they honestly think that Mrs Clinton would have a chance in 2012? Believe me, Obama fans would not forget the desertion this year. She wouldn't have a prayer. I read all these blogs and I am amazed at the hate that is spewed from everyone. If you are a true democrat, please support Senator Obama. The alternative is not best for America.

    May 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Lara

    Go Hillary! The popular vote is yours! Puerto Rico will put you over the top! All the way to Denver!

    May 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  9. Markemdown

    What is not so funny is that the Clinton's prey upon the vulnerable. That is why the entire family spends weeks in isolated communities such as rural areas in the U.S. and maybe even Puerto Rico, so that they can induce fear of that thing that most people fear......A Black Man, in this case, Obama. They create division among the races. Furthermore they use a psyche game to make voters feel sorry for "poor Hillary". She's been disrespected and treated unfairly according to Bill. Could this be he is feeling guilty because he humiliated her with his notorious affair with Monica Lewinsky and then lied about it? He did this under her nose in the white house. How can she protect the U.S.? She couldn't even keep track of Bill. I wonder where Monica's famous blue dress is?

    May 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Debbie

    The one big think that Obama's supporters just seem to have a problem with is: They think Hillary supporters don't want to vote for Obama because he is black. What a hang up you Obama supporters have. What is wrong with you people. If you can't find anything else to complain about, you always fall back on 'they don't like Obama because his black', who cares what color he is, seems you guys do. Hillary is just the better nominee, she is who America needs to get us out of this mess we are in. Stop with the uneducated cramp used to describe Hillary supporters. So you out there that just can't get away from the color thing, wake up and stop it. I don't understand your bitterness against Hillary, she has worked her heart out for America all her life, are you Obama supporters prejudice. Sure sounds like it.
    I sure hear a lot of negativity used by the Obama supporters. You get so hateful in your remarks. Why? Is this what Obama brings out in his supporters???

    Hillary for President

    May 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. k williams

    who cares. we all know that puerto rico are just as racist towards blacks as the clintons.

    May 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  12. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    It is so unfortunate that Obama supporters are so ill informed. In FL Obama DID CAMPAIGN! He ran NATIONAL TV ADS TARGETING FL FOR OVER 2 WEEKS!

    Now, per DNC rules: A candidate, who campaigns in a state that he/she has promised not to, will be automatically stripped of any delegates from that state.

    That’s THE RULE!

    Think about that as you look for your Afro-Sheen…

    May 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  13. Becky

    You and Bill are so transparent-your greed to return to the White House is appalling. You are exhausting the electorate, spending money you don't have (nor should anyone repay for you), and hurting the Democratic party with unkind and horrible remarks about the eventual nominee of the party. I have been a Clinton fan for a long time, but- you have tarnished the glory of the past by trying to change the rules everyday in this primary season. You are now tarnishing the good will of the Democratic party. Quit. Leave. Go back to the Senate. Don't plan on being VP. You have lost in more ways than you can ever imagine. .

    May 26, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Dexter

    Oh, NO!!!

    The seven people who were there booed Obama!

    Good thing they can't vote in the general.

    May 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. neil, tampa, florida

    and these are the "Hillary people" who want her for VP??????? Doesn't make sense and I hope Obama is watching to see that her people don't like him so why would they want her on his ticket??? Obama should pick someone who would support his campaign and his presidency and who would appreciate his support of their VP run.

    May 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Liberty Queen

    Hillary Clinton is a Champion, a Fighter and the most qualified candidate to beat McCain. HILLARY CLINTON ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!! SI SE PUEDE CON HILLARY!!!!

    May 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    > I am a 57 year old man, life-long Democrat, former local union
    > president, who once said I would die before voting for a Republican

    Good news... after McCain gets through cutting your healthcare, Medicare/Medicaid and outsourcing your jobs, you can do both!!

    May 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. John

    She's my gal.

    Atlanta, GA

    May 26, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. StephenBleeds

    Hillary signed a document pledging she agreed that the votes in Mi. and Fla. would not count. Regardless of the fact that the DNC might have made a mistake...she did promise and now she is breaking her promise and pretends to be a person who wants every vote to count. 1. Would she want the same thing if she were ahead and 2. Can we believe a President who breaks their word and then lies about it.?

    May 26, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Hillary = sniper fire

    Hillary is a disgrace to women in politics, I will never vote for her in my lifetime and I know many people who despise her. She is the most polarizing person ever, even Bill is much better. No wonder Bill doesn't like his own wife.

    May 26, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. k williams

    the light skinned ricans hate the blacks in their own country. so you know what they think of obama.


    May 26, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  22. Benjanin,BC

    Was it not the Clnton that were saying if Obama could not stand the media heat, he should get out of the kitchen.Now, the Clintons are complaining of cover up and bias. They think the Democratic system is not the best now that she's behind,what bounces of hypocrites.

    May 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. America Needs Hope

    I used to believe in the Clintons, now I'm just plain disappointed. Hil needs to wake up. America doesn't need or want you. Take your hatred and leave us alone. You have set woman in politics back YEARS with all the mean spirited comments that spew from your mouth. I hope she won't even be able to win her senate seat next time. I've lost all respect for Bill as well. Out with the old and in with the new. Please put us out of the misery that is Hilary!

    May 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. After further review,Texas

    Now do you know what a Scorpio female is capable of?Look it up,you dont have to believe it but it sure matches everyone Ive ever met.

    May 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. NY for Obama

    I don't understand how HRC supporters say that she's more electable when she can't even run her own campaign. She owes $21M!!! She's run a reckless campaign. Her own people are leaving her.
    You can't enter a primary believing that no matter what its gonna be yours anyway...even if you lose. Even if it means changing the rules half way through it, complaining about the media, crying sexist, the men are bullying me. Does this sound like a president? I don't think so.

    May 26, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
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