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. Hillary rocks

    She is the only Democrat who can win in November

    May 26, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Marilyn from Ohio

    Griff: It is spelled "Democrat" thank you very much.

    May 26, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. HD

    Let's let Puerto Rico's votes count toward the popular vote even though they do NOT have any voting rights in the general election.

    They are not an official state of the USA, yet they have more delegates than New Hampshire!

    May 26, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  4. Linda

    Hilary should just let it go. I am no longer a fan of hers. She is a tried and true politician she tells the every state how their important. She does exactly what she needs to do to get people to like her. I don't like her or her husband. She is an evil woman.

    May 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. deb in az

    go hilary and take all the delegates in pr.........

    May 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. An educated Independent voter from Lansing, MI

    I thought I would just check in and see what the fuss is all about. I think I'll take internet comments more seriously when commenters are able to use proper grammar and spelling. For what its worth, I think Senator Obama the better candidate. And I will be voting for him in the general election. Sen. Clinton did not run an effective campaign, and let her hubris and entitlement mentality overcome her better judgment. If Sen. Clinton cannot organize and win a primary contest against an upstart in the Democratic Party, then it is difficult to see how she could defeat Senator McCain, especially with such high negative popularity numbers.

    May 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. Jean, Pearce, AZ

    "Hillary Supporters:

    The Clinton era is over. This crazy woman does not honor the rules of democracy. If you vote for McSame, you are traitors to the party. Please do the right thing."

    Insults! What a unique and brilliant way to encourage folks to join your cult!

    Obama will get the nomination. Only to lose in November.

    May 26, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Julian

    I love these pseudo-events, they're great.

    May 26, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Marc

    Anyone who thinks Puerto Rico won't be hugely in Clinton's camp needs a heavy dose of Reality.

    May 26, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. What if?

    Clinton on the news again turning up another beer. Puerto Rico she has had beer in a lot of states, not to bust your bubble but she will do the same and anything for your vote.

    My question is WHAT TYPE OF MESSAGE DO THIS SEND OUT TO OUR CHILDREN? That it's ok that Clinton drinks beer in most states to win votes, what type of explanation do we give that 11 yrs. who sold his toys for her campaign, I’m sure he have witness her drinking beer over and over again?

    Obama 08...

    May 26, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Sexy

    Sick of Obama, if you are not smart enough to be sick of Hillary then I know it is a birth defect with you. Ignorance is definitely running rapidly in this election. I see why the media and Hillary call you people uneducated white blue collar workers.

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


    Your pen, ink, time, and effort to waste. Keep on walking to the out of beat drummer that you are marching to.

    May 26, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Huh?

    So, Hillary was bouyed up by an endorsement from a snake like Karl Rove. And, through twisted mathematics that are only taught in mental institutions, she says she's ahead in the popular vote. And now, because of a few hundred people in Puerto Rico (if you've ever been to where she held her rally, it's a tiny place) are for her, she finds this compelling evidence to continue. My god, Hillary, you're really puttind deposits in the humiliation bank, aren't you? Very soon you're going to make a withdrawal, and it's going to be a terrible thing to watch. Why do you continue? You don't have a's over..... The DNC may go through the motions of considering your weird logic, but they're not changing the rules for you

    May 26, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Carlos Jean-Gilles

    What kind of a man would totally dishonor his wife and the American people by screwing a bimbo in the White House? One who has no respect for his wife. What kind of a woman could possibly put up with such dishonor? One who was hoping to ride Bill Clinton's coattails to the presidency. That strategy has failed Hillary

    Carlos Jean-Gilles
    St. Louis, MO.

    May 26, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. La Raza

    Thank God there is a little over 1 week to go. I am literally sick of seeing and listening to Hillary and the rest of the Clintons.

    May 26, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. Glenn Phoenix, AZ

    Clinton Supporter, when was it announced that Puerto Rico can vote in the General Election?

    May 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. Bill's Election Claims False and Unethical

    The more Bill cries foul play on Hillary's behalf, the more he hurts his party and demonstrates his lack of loyalty to anyone but his own cronies. Sad. AS MUCH as I admired him as a political intellect even though I was angry that his personal character flaws squandered his ability to lead and lost us the midterm elections and Presidency, now I don't even care for him personally. Sad. Jimmy Carter is a standup guy and Clinton cannot even approach his lifetime legacy and credibility.

    May 26, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. apple

    Someone tell that crazy old woman to sit down and stop making a fool of herself.

    May 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. Proud American

    The people at this rally must have thought it was for Obama because what they were chanting "Si se puede" translated means "Yes we Can'... Obamas slogan. Too funny.

    May 26, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Terri

    Can you imagine our future with this kind of Obama's fans mentality?

    Please, look Obama's resume and tell me why do you think Obama is better than Hillary or McCain? Do you think because he speaks "pretty" and has all the Media with him is enough to be President of our country?

    Give me a brake!!!! Wake up!!! Be honest and objective and you will see who is the best candidate to be President: Of course! HILLARY!

    May 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. glo

    hillary, you recognize the term – "SORE LOSER".... you have lost my total respect and that of many many others! pleese hillary, recoup the little dignity you may have left and rehearse your exit !!! ..don't take too long, you're also campaigning in Puerto Rico and have no idea of correct data on status and real issues there. you made several boo boos there this weekend. ... if with little grace left say ..."ADIOS"

    May 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. Michael

    Give me a break, just another indication of why the Democrats are in real trouble and no one seems to care one way or another. I have said it before, this election is about Clinton or Obama and who is liked better, not about the real issues that face this country. This is why McCain will most likely win in November, Democrats can't get past the love, hate relationships they have with Clinton and Obama. Take a bow Democrats on your success in handing McCain the White House because of your unwillingness to come together behind a candidate be it Clinton or Obama.

    May 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  23. Cesar Chavez - si se puede

    Calif Latino for Obama – slogan from UFW

    May 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. C.W. Texas

    Will someone in America please tell me why we are even talking about Puerto Rico it not a state and their votes don't count in the genreal election. These people are not even American citizens so what the point. Hillary Clinton campaign just doesn't want their campaign to end or to lose. Now they have gone to courting none Amercains as their votes count for somthing. Come now that dog want even hunt!

    C.W. from the great state of Texas
    PS by the way Hillary Clinton lost the delgate count in Texas so she didn't really win Texas.

    May 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Florida - RFO

    Hillary supporters:

    A vote for John McCain is a vote to over turn Roe v. Wade.

    At least two Supreme Court Justices will be selected during the next President first term!

    Go Barack '08/12

    May 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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