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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  1. JeffM

    I Love the notion that the democrats have some reason to NOT want the most popular candidate... Bill's conspiracy/cover-up theory is just the latest in increasing desperation from that family.

    why would there be a coverup? Why would the party NOT want the most popular, and electable, candidate? Why would they "cover up" polling data, Bill? They want to LOSE? Is that what you're saying? They want to put the LESS popular candidate out there so they can lose? For spite?

    Whatever... I was on the fence but I'm all about Obama at this point. In the meantime, Florida and Michigan made their beds. Time to lie in them. If the votes feel disenfrancised, they have state election boards to complain to, not Obama and not Clinton. And most of all, Clinton suddenly declaring those votes to count without a fair and equal contest is laughable. She went in with higher name recognition and didn't even have opposition in one of the contests. She'll take a win no matter how tainted, clearly.

    Nice Try. Give Up, Hillary.

    May 26, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  2. TexasVet


    I respectfully disagree. As a woman of color, America needs to GET READY for a Black President. We cannot wait until uneducated-blue collar- white people "feel comfortable". If not now, then when?

    Democrats 08...THAT MEANS OBAMA for you Hillary Supporters.

    May 26, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Terry

    Don't go without a fight!

    Clinton '08

    May 26, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Russ

    Hillary has thrown the kitchen sink and about everything else at Obama. Now she has released her "devoted" husband – Bill the Bulldog – to jump the media for unfair press reviews. This couple is a real piece of work. Superdelegates....please, please take a stand and end this. Please show some backbone and vote...and do it NOW.

    May 26, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Olivia

    Peace and prosperity.......that was the legacy left to us by the Clintons, and that is what Hillary can give us again.
    She has been running a strong campaign on important issues to get us back on track. Obama has copied some of her words and proposals, but with her experience she is the natural choice to be the next president. She is making such an impact that the obama supporters have been trying to get her out of the race before it's run its natural course. Don't know what they are afraid of.........every vote should be cast and counted so they are trying to inhibit the american voice.

    Vote Hillary! Latinos.....she has always been there for you. Forget the Pied piper, don't be fooled by any johnny come lately. this isn't time for a parade, it is time for making a serious choice for this country.

    May 26, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. Nikki Willis

    A major difference between the primaries and general elections is that in a general election, one citizen only gets one vote. The winner also takes all. If Al Gore and John Kerry had been given their share of the delegates in states that George Bush won, the democrats would have owned the White House 16 years by now. However, that's not how it works.

    Obama has fared far better in states with caucuses than in states with primaries, and this is because the caucuses are much more time-consuming than primaries. Clinton supporters are mostly working people and the elderly, who are not as likely to hang around the caucuses late into the late, while Obama supporters (at least the 25% of the white vote he is getting) are mostly college kids who would have stayed up all night otherwise anyway. The few Billionaires who support Obama probably do not have to worry about getting up early for work either.

    May 26, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Lara

    When Hillary brought up the fact the Robert Kennedy was still campaigning in June she forgot (or didn't want to remember) that he didn't announce he was running until March so the campaign had only been going on for a few months. It seems like this one has gone on for years and I'm sick of it.

    Hillary is an intelligent, ambitious, driven woman. I know she's prideful but it's time to pull the party together and look to the fall. Hopefully she will help unite the party and not do anything underhanded to hurt Obama's chances.

    And for all those who say that they would vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination – well, when you're living in a housing project or maybe in your car, when you see us enter our 10th, 11th, 12th year in the Iraq war, when the number of dead US soldiers reaches that 10,000 mark – then you can pat yourselves on the back and feel proud that you helped achieve all that through your childish, selfish behavior.

    May 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. A.C

    Hill dog is so unorignal...using Obama Rally statement "Si Se Puede". She needs to step down so we can take the Republicans head on. Oh and for those who doubt Obama....haven't you learned that he's beating Clinton fair and square...I believe he can beat McCain hands down.

    May 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  9. Amazed

    To All of the "democrats" who are saying "Hillary or McCain":

    IF another Republican enters the white house because you all are salty –
    when the number killed or seriously injured soldiers continue to increase.
    when gas prices continue to rise.
    when reproductive rights are decreased to cases of rape.
    when he economy continues to benefit big business while the "hard working, white americans" continues to struggle.
    when jobs continue to disappear because of off-shoring.


    You have 2 politicians who see eye to eye on ~85-90% of the issues and yet you rather see a Republican in office rather than Obama. EXPLAIN THAT TO ME PLEASE!!!!! And don't give me that "he's a liar crap" because we have always expected ALL politicians to say what they have to in order to get or keep their job.

    May 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Vince

    WOW !!! The Clinton bashers/Obama followers are out in full force here tonight. Their foul mouthed, nasty name calling just goes to show the low mentality of those people.

    Why are they in such a panic ? They say the Puerto Rico vote won`t count. So why are they screaming like a bunch of demented banshees about Hillary`s popualrity in Puerto Rico. They`re really pathetic.

    May 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. Eric

    Obama mentions Clinton at any rally in praise and when his crowd boos her which they do every time... he says "Hey come on now" or something along that lines.

    Clinton mentions Obama, negatively of course and when her crowd boos him she just cackles with them.

    Clinton – give up, you lost, you're loosing any respect you once had in the party, enjoy NY senator you'll be there for at least another 8 years.

    May 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. willowood

    Puerto Rico,
    That's why you will never achieve statehood. You are too easily duped by words and silly partisan politics. Stand up for once and make your voices heard. Obama is and will be the nominee no matter what kind of snake oil she is selling you. Vote for a winner... Obama '08

    May 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. mike

    Hillary, venga a tu casa. Esta terminado este eleccion. No puede ganar usted. Por favor, no mas, no mas. Obama es mejor.
    How many languages are needed to say, IT'S OVER!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. Margarita

    Why does Hillary keep promising every state things they wanna hear, same old tactics as washington...she just promised puerto ricans who cant even vote in the November election that she will solve their issues by the end of her first term. She also promised every other previous states. Hillary honey, you cant promise everyone that you will help them out just to make them feel better. Action SHOULD speak louder than words! This is why I stopped supporting her and changed my vote to Obama. At least with Obama, I know where he is standing and if he is gonna do something for us or not UNLIKE hillary who keeps promising everyone just like Bush did. I am tired of the same old politics in washington. TIME FOR CHANGE! God bless Obama and the USA.

    May 26, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  15. dbeazy

    What I don't understand is how all these "Clinton" supporters (aka Republicans who are scared of Obama) are claiming that Obama has no chance. Check the polls. Furthermore, almost every non-American agrees that Obama would undoubtedly be the best president. So get over your whining about HRC not being the nominee and just make sure John McSame does not get elected or I will move to Canada...

    May 26, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. jenniferaz

    "Si se puede!" was stolen by the Obama campaign from the United Farm Workers whose patriarch and American heroine, Dolores Huerta, has tirelessly campaigned for Senator Clinton! Learn your history before tossing out accusations.

    More than half or America's democrats have voted for her, why should she leave now? So much could happen between now and August. Why are so many people scared of democracy playing its course? Things can get very frightening if future viable candidates are bullied out before their time, it is not what America should EVER look like.

    May 26, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Dilly WA

    She can't even come up with her own slogan. Sickening.

    May 26, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. Bob

    Apparently the clintons must have failed in math. Every time I turn on the TV either hillary or bill come up with a new winning number of delegates to become the nominee.

    And how do they figure they are winning the popular vote?

    Clinton's math just amazes me. I have a BA and BS degree. I've studied geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. No matter which way I cut the remaining delegates I don't see how she is winning nor how she can win the democratic nomination.

    May 26, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. Sick of Obama

    Obama supporters are ignorant as to what is going on. You will be the ones responsible for giving the Presidency to McCain. Wake up, grow up and think of this Country as a whole.

    Hillary-Clark 2008!

    May 26, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. B. Brown

    And this is newsworthy? Tell PR to get in contact with us when they can vote in the general election.

    May 26, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. patrick

    Lets go Puerto Rico!....wake up Carolina, Mayaguez, Loiza, Ponce, Santurce and many more .....

    Lets here it for Obama 2008!

    May 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. Hillary NO VP /no pres.

    Hillary is fighting but she don't only know what for since Obama has already led us in the BEST DIRECTION .
    What is with that Bill he has gone off the deep end making up pure lies what a flake ,sore looser,WHINER please go fetch him a BaBa and a blankey .
    Speaking of hot headed every sighting Willy looks like he is aflame

    Superdelegates end this NOW.
    Obama 08 /12

    May 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Amazed

    BTW – I am an Obama supporter who have said and continue to say that if he does not receives the nomination, I would vote for Hillary. WHY? Because I will not allow my emotions to influence me to make a decision that causes me to bite off my nose to spite my face.

    May 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. Kathy

    GO HILLARY!!!!


    May 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Dian

    I'm ashamed that I once supported Hillary Clinton. She changes her positions she's promising things she cannot deliver. She has no shame. She will stoop to no low to win.

    Go Obama!

    May 26, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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