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. Peter D

    I have had enough of the Democrats. And I have had enough of the Republicans. I think I will vote for Bob Barr or some other ant-war 3rd party candidate.

    May 26, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Cindy in California

    If this is true it looks like she has succeeded in dividing the party. I will never vote for her.

    May 26, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Indygrad makes a choice

    After reading all this, I've finally decided who to vote for.

    HILLARY CLINTON.

    If I have to write her in to do it, I will.

    May 26, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Wayne

    Its over for Hillary for a long time.

    Get over it HC supporters, its done.

    May 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Hard Working White American for Obama

    Bill Clinton said Hillary has long been dedicated to Puerto Rican issues. Really? Was that before or after her dedication to "hard working Americans–white Americans"?

    May 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. Mike

    when does Hillary pull the Tonya harding on Obama ?

    May 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. timothy Shannon

    Why does puerto rico even count. they don't pay taxes and they don't vote in the general election... and oh yeah they don't have any representation in washington because they choose each year not to join the U.S. as another state in elections.

    May 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. media bias anyone?

    wow, yet another instance of the media and CNN in particular going soft and running an ad praising hillary, what i'd really like to see is some mention of Peter Paul v Clinton or maybe some questions regarding campaign finance,

    alas, i'll have to settle for what CNN thinks will interest readers instead of what is truly relevant, honesty, integrity and a lack of both from the Clintons

    VOTE FOR THE WINNER OF THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION

    May 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. TheTruth

    Wake up everyone. The Presidency of the United States is NOT an internship program. Obama can be a talented leader, but he needs to earn it first. Foreign policy is a very complicated matter, especially now. He has not dealt seriously with any foreign issues yet, nor the economy (he has not run any enterprise), nor the healthcare system. Just do not follow the media which only narrowly paints the picture of a young man escalating to this lever for its own gain. Check out his accomplishments and do some reality check on his promises. Not because we're mad at the current situation and jump for any change and put in the Whitehouse an even much bigger loser.

    We do not want a socialist state with 1/2 of our salaries go to petty social programs.

    May 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Katie

    That's a pretty negative statement of yours, Belle, both in its harshness towards Obama and its pessimism about the general election. Obama is certainly capable of winning in November, but only as long as disappointed Clinton supporters like yourself can restrain themselves from trying to avenge their fallen candidate and instead vote based on what matters.

    May 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. bernice

    Terri
    One word INTEGRITY! Some thing John and Shrillary, don't know.

    May 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. Nikki Willis

    Win or lose, Hillary will still be Hillary. She will remain a national figure and a powerful voice in the Senate if she loses.

    But if Obama loses, he is done. He can only pretend to be a uniter for so long before everyone wakes up to the reality. Just like Jesse Jackson, whose glory days only belong in his dreams.

    And he will lose.

    May 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. La Raza

    Just in! Bill Clinton has endorsed Obama!

    May 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. dwho

    Hillary, it will be good if you left the campaign with honor. Now you are making more people uninterested in you. Hope you leave with honor and respect.

    May 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Linda

    Oh, if only you radical Obama people would learn to spell and speak respectfully for the office of president of this great country. You haven't been a Democrat long if you don't know all the good that Bill Clinton did for this country! Too many people will not vote for Barack Obama, and it has nothing to do with his color. It is his lack of experience in government, his poor choice of a pastor, his spew-hating wife, his one speech that I hear day after day on the news. Change–What in the world will he change? We are waiting to hear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Linda in Indiana
    No Obama! Go Hillary! Please be respectful!

    May 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. CHRIS

    WHY IS THE TV NEWS ALWAYS PUTTING THE BAD ABOUT HILLARY AND NOT THE GOOD THINGS. I 'M SO SICK OF THE OBAMA NAME HE MAKE ME SICK .HE 'S WIFE IS NO JACKIE KENNEDY THAT 'S FOR SURE. I CAN'T LIKE SOMEONE WHO NEVER BEEN PROUD OF THERE COUNTRY AND IF YOU'LL FOR GOT WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT TAKING BACK WHAT THE COUNTRY TOOK FROM HER. WHAT DOES SHE MEAN BY THAT. ALL THESE MEN BACKING UP ABAMA THEY ARE SCARED OF HILLARY SHE HAS MORE BALLS THAN THEY DO

    May 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Richard

    Anyone signing their response "Clinton or McCain" needs to have their head examined, for a vote for McCain is a vote for 4 more years of Bush.

    Now, excuse me while I rest up for a full day of work tomorrow and not concern myself with the endless rants of a bunch of mindless old Hillary supporters. Get with the times.

    May 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Desmond Sequeira

    The crowd that was booing Senator Obama have obviously adopted the the mean spirit that the Clintons have patented. They have obviously been taken in by Mrs Clinton's charade and pandering.

    May 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. TEXAN

    I agree 100% with Carlos-Jean Gilles ! They are not wanted nor do they deserve to be back in the White House. They need to just give it up !!!!!!!!! Go Obama !

    May 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Fishers, Indiana

    Obama supporters are a very sad lot of people

    Obama is a fade and will never win in a general election.

    May 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. jt

    Obamamites are sick of hearing about Clinton and vice versa. All politicians lie, wake up people. Obama is a through and through politician. The more you guys put him up on a pedestal, the farther he is going to fall. Just wait, if the gets to be President, see how hard it will be to criticize him without being labelled a racist.

    May 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  22. JROY

    She is serial liar, extremely greedy & self-centered person, not fit to be president of USA

    May 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  23. Lora B.

    According to a blogger on this board, the Clinton supporters are "too dump" to know that this country and its people have "throwed" Clinton into the toilet....

    Wow, and who's dumb?

    Hillary all the way!!!!

    May 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  24. TayFORhill

    ARE YOU IDIOTS EVEN FOR REAL!???

    If you think that obama has never told a lie (umm.. hello he is a politician) then you all are idiots!!! Quit attacking Hillary on character and try on the issues...but wait you cant....because you know that she is dead on on the issues and best prepared to lead this country....
    SO LAY OF THESE HATEFUL COMMENTS, FOR YOU ARE THE ONES DIVIDING THIS COUNTRY AND THIS PARTY!

    TayFORhill

    May 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. SC for Hillary

    To all you STUPID IGNORANT OBAMA SUPPORTERS, showing your ignorance will not get Obama elected as President, infact it shows how WEAK he is, anytime you obama kool aid drinkers have to stoop so low as to try and down rite degrade Hillary Clinton who is by far the most qualified, and the one who really care about all people not just the WHITE people as Barack and Michelle only care about the BLACK people, and it will show when the republicans 527 pull the covers off both Obama and Michelle degrading the white people in various churches. To all the 17 million Americans who voted for Hillary, please help me send Obama a message in November or better yet a GIFT: A LANDSLIDE FOR JOHN MCCAIN. WE ALL KNOW OBAMA WILL NEVER WIN BUT I DON'T JUST WANT A LOSS, I WANT A LANDSLIDE. NO MORE RACIST MICHELLE AND BARACK OBAMA.

    May 26, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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