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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  1. Canby

    And btw.... Si se puede is the translation of Yes We Can. So are we not allowed to use Yes We Can?

    May 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. tim

    Mrs. Clinton should take it right to the convention.
    With the situation we face inside and outside this country we need
    a person with backbone. I really see Mr. Obama as an empty
    suit. I mean the guy has done nothing for anyone but himself from
    the time he sold out the brothers to a slum lord and continued to
    take money from the guy to now with the his old lady and the hospital
    that pays her and him and throws people out on the street.
    The guy is a phony from top to bottom.

    May 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  3. Danilo Deocampo

    Hillary is the most qualified candidate - male or female. Yet, the
    DNC and the media is maneuvering to promote Obama as the
    democratic nominee. Remember their last nominee . . . some guy
    named Kerry ?. . . Does anyone remember the robust economy of the
    Clinton years? Anyone? . . .

    Well, if not Hillary . . . my family and I are voting for McCain.
    If Obama wins, then go ahead and suffer . . .

    Danilo
    Los Angeles

    May 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  4. go hillary.

    Be careful Obama is spreading racism.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  5. Alicia

    Okay. So FOUR (4) more years of McBush who will keep our young getting killed in Iraq while their children don't go to war.

    I have now officially lost ALL respect for Hillary. Hillary only cares about herself. She is NOT a true femnist. She is just a power greedy person that even would love to see harm come to someone for her to get the nod.

    Funny, when she was leading the pack, she was all happy and smiles. Now, poor wittle Hillary is losing! OH MY!

    Obama.........si se puede!

    May 27, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. Marlie:

    Anne from Canada: Maybe you should go back to the US and live for another ten years. Canada does not want Hillary. A recent poll here shows that 3 out of 4 people are for Obama. Get your facts straight. Marlie from Canada

    May 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Michael

    Nikki:
    Your education comment has no basis in fact and frankly is uncalled for, I am college educated and would happily support Obama if it keeps McCain out of the White House. You comments about Wright also have no basis in fact and do nothing but divide the races more than they are already. Since you claim to be educated, tell me why sociologist tend not to use the word race when they refer blacks, hispanics or asians. Since you are educated, compare and contrast the biological differences between blacks, whites, hispanics and asians. Be careful in your claims lest you wish to be taken to task.

    May 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Umpire

    Roe v. Wade won't be the only decision to be overturned: Look for the Griswold case, in which the Supremes barred Connecticut's ban on the purchase of birth control devices, to be challenged as well. That seems unlikely, but recently, the Attorney General of Texas, who comes from the right wing of the Republican party, filed a brief in which he maintained that it was in the interest of the state to see that sexual activity occured only in the context of procreation. That, too, might seem fantastic, but look it up! Remember that John McCain has promised the religious right judges who will support their agenda.

    May 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  9. pooltop

    I have ONE word for Hillary and her supporters: DELUSIONAL.
    And to the Hillary 'supporters' who claim they'll vote for McCain rather than vote for Obama: You're SORE losers and you're no democrat if you would vote for McCain to continue his Bush politics and the downfall of this entire country.
    Are you trying to get the democratic party to win or just Hillary?
    Simpletons.
    You're doing exactly as she's asked you to: Give up a victory for the democratic party just because Hillary (as the most well known woman in the world) CANNNOT win. If she's known more than any other woman and you guys claim everyone wants her to win, THEN WHY ISN'T SHE WINNING?
    Obama came out of SHEER OBSCURITY...a few terms in senate to BEAT this woman who has (according to her stories ) 20 years (yeah, right!) of political experience.
    That tells you everything you need to know about this woman and her 'politics.'
    And in regards to Bill, as a lifelong democrat, I've lost so much respect for this man over the past 6 months with his mudslinging, name calling and conspiracy theories I don't care if I ever see the guy's face again in the media.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  10. Mike

    Hey Clinton supporters:

    She is NOT winning the ACTUAL popular vote. She is winning if you take into account the Michigan primary, in which Obama got ZERO votes. Only the Clintons think that this primary was valid.

    You really need to look into the facts before you start regurgitating the lies Hillary has been spewing on the campaign trail.

    May 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. iyapo kontar

    If they dont like Obama Dont ask for anything of him just keep dancing

    May 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. AW augusta maine

    Puerto Rico, as it should be, I liked Bill Clinton once, and I don't much like either Bill or Hillary these days. What I find ultimately disturbing I Bill's incessant whining that his wife isn't being treated fairly....this does nothing for her stature as a potential Commander in Chief....come on Bill..if you have to defend her from her own people, then where is her credibility in the eyes of the rest of the world...which largely hates us, by the way.

    May 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. Core Democrat

    Obama is NO more qualified to be President that I am!
    Maybe I should run!
    I lack experience, but I talk a really good game!
    AND I AM PROUD OF MY COUNTRY EVERY DAY!
    YES I CAN!
    PAULA FOR PRESIDENT!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  14. Ghetto Moe

    Do we have a double standard America? Obama skips out on 41% of the senate vote? That's a full 10% more than Hillary and puts him only behind McCain and Tim Johnson. Don't we want a President that thinks its important to be working in the Goverment? He spends months blasting Bill Clinton, but as soon as his spouse frankly states that "she's proud to be an american for the first time in her life, he tells america to lay off the wife. Obama made spouse fair game, so how many Americans want a 1st Lady who's only reason to be proud of America is that a black man is president? How about that America is the land of the free? Protector of the little guy? Any of that do it for you Mrs Obama? If Clinton or McCain went to a church who's ministry said any type of coments that Obama;s did, people would think they were having parties in white sheets and burning crosses. Look I gotta call it as I see it. Popeye's chicken in the white house!

    May 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Brett

    HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOREVER.

    AMEN.

    God bless you this fall, Mr. Obama...you and your supporters have made it abundantly clear you do not need our votes.

    May 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. captaindollar

    THIS IS THE SAME OLD CRAP , FROM THE OBAMAITES-–MEAN AND NASTY COMMENTS-–RUDE PEOPLE--IF ALL YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE SO CONFIDENT THAT YOUR CANDIDATE WILL BE THE NOMINEE----WHY THEN---ARE YOU ALL SO EVIL-–COULD IT BE -–THAT YOU ARE NOT SO CONFIDENT OF YOUR MAN????????????????????????????--–YES -–THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION---TAKE IT HILLARY TO THE CONVENTION-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    May 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. BeAware

    "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."

    Maybe she's buying time, waiting for people to wake up, snapping out of their Obama's fantasy land. The math can change really quickly.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. June

    Too bad – Obama if elected in primaries will cause McCain to win for presidency. It's a shame b/c all along Hillary has been the most prepared and the most heartfelt and hard to admit but the only fighter with a plan. Obama, get that smirk off your face, without counting Florida and Michigan, Democrats are throwing in a candidate with a blind eye into the presidencial race and Obama as much as we all like to see Democrats win has no chance against McCain alone w/o Hillary. Sad but true.

    May 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. JKU

    Obama will send us down the hill!!! he promise too much!! and He doesn't have any experience...
    I am with you Hillary!! Womens are more strong and dedicate!!!!

    GO Hillary!!! Don't listen to the people who wants to bring you down with bad vibe!! They are ignorants!!

    Vamos Hillary!! The Latino community is with you!! The women are you with you!!! The smart people is with YOU!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. same ppl=same idea. new folks = change

    once a loser is always a loser this is not news. clinton news network cnn.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. Scott (Dallas, TX)

    There is no Democracy in the United States. Nothing in the American electoral system fits either the academic or practical definition of democracy. The fact that Hillary got less of a delegate advantage out of OHIO and PENNSYLVANIA (where she won by 10 points in each state) than Obama got in IDAHO and KANSAS, speaks for the deplorable state of American politics. It's unfortunate that the most popular candidate for president will not even be able to run for that office because of caucus-based corruption and bogus math. I attended the precinct and county conventions in Texas, where the Obama-run show changed the date of the county convention - in blatant violation of party rules - and made the "caucus" last for 23 HOURS until 7am on a Monday morning! Those who support Obama and the corrupt system that will make him the Democratic nominee should rot in hell.

    May 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  22. larry

    Hillary Clinton is a divisive and destructive force. Because of her tactics the democrats are likely to lose the election.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. gp

    She doesnt know how to be constructive. She only knows how to destroy, as she did her campain.Real comender, she did all how she wonted and look disaster that she is creating.Now that she can't get election all what is left to destroy Democratic party .If we are so disorganized and we will let her do it – so be it .But we have to be clear that her only interes now is to destroy. We are vitnesing another vave of destruction after somewhat quieter period since is clear she can't count even on VP position. So what else but be destructive .God sve us from Clintons, if we can't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Keith!

    Good Job on ruining the party Hillary; All for your ego?

    She'll win Puerto Rico but what the heck does that signify? The popular vote?

    Haha...That won't make the delegate math any better.

    Just please, for christ's sake, Baaaaaaack Dowwwwwnn

    May 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Hillary NO VP /no pres.

    If College students level isnt above High School just where have you been? Nikki

    May 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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