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. Republican4Obama

    Keep Fighting Hill-Bill! McCane needs you!

    May 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. on

    Hillary, NEVER GIVE UP! You are my hero and you will be nominee and you will lead this country, not this half-this-half-that senator with tiny.... CV

    May 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. john williams san diego, ca.

    unions and their leaders who support liars such as both clintons are the reason that i am proudly non-union.

    May 26, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Carl29

    This is done guys. The Clintons lost; America won. No more Dinasties nor Monarchies. No more Bushes; No more Clintons. Think about it: For the first time since 1980 neither a Clinton nor a Bush will be a part of a prisidential ticket. Thank you Sen. Obama for saving the U.S. from such monsters.

    May 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Cathryn

    Come on, CNN...shed your bias or at least get our facts straight. The Clinton campaign copied the Obama slogan of "Yes, we can"...not the other way around!

    May 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Jackson, Tx

    We independents know that both parties are unable to govern. Let's see, the Dems have held both houses for over a year. It's just gotten worse. You Dems think we have forgotten the House Credit Union you ran? How about Rostenkowski and Torricelli? No thanks, to heck with Dems and Republicans. You folks who think you must vote for a straight ticket are nuts. Neither side does well. Lets make the presidential term once for 6 years and stop Senators after 2 terms and congressmen after 5 terms. In fact vote against all incumbents Republican and Democrat. Thanks for ethanol, no drilling etc. People wake up. That means you too Dems. You folks are joke with vote Democratic. You are no better than the Repubs.

    May 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. Sally from Cali

    No real Democrat will vote for McCain. Most of the negative comments are from Republicans who want to divide us.

    Hillary has fought a good fight. Obama's run a brilliant campaign.

    United we win! Yes, we can!

    May 26, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    It doesn't matter. They can't vote in the general election and Hillary can't use them as part of her electoral argument. Hey, maybe she can be President of PR.

    OLDER WOMEN FOR OBAMA, 08

    May 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Don, Ft. Worth

    The Clintons have obviously never run as a Republican. Then they would know bias in the media.

    May 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Jot

    To the Obama supporters if you are not aware that former President Jim Cater is a problem to your candidate check the news today, He told the British midiea that Israeli has 150 nukes which is a problem to the Israeli people and Americans as whole. Carter supports Obama he called for Clinton to get out of the race which by far as angered millions of Clinton's supporters...... we are going to wait for November to make it happen

    May 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Fred up north

    AFTER JUNE 1/08 THE NAME HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE FOUND ONLY ON BATHROOM PRODUCTS !

    May 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  12. Barbara Howard

    I agree with every word that Bill Clinton said about different
    media and/or politic unknowns trying to put every type of
    fence to block Hillary out of the race. Why? Stop and think.
    This race should go on to the end for O'bama and Hillary's
    sake. This is healthy for our Country. We will deal with
    McCain later. There are people that want McCain in as
    President and they are willing to do anything, legal or not legal.
    He is not the best canidate for the good of our country.
    Are we even interested what F. Castro has to say at this
    point? No way. Lets keep the vultures away from O'bama and
    Hillary. Its like a vortex of political evil in our good USA.
    from another white headed old lady, barb howard of Oregon

    May 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Agnostic Democrat

    Hil-lie-a-day-ary Rotten Clinton: The say anything, do anything to win candidate. When will she auction off her "beloved" husband and daughter just to win the nomination? I guess we'll have to wait and see. She's promised to do so much on 'day one"; she couldn't possibly keep her promises on a fraction of what she has proposed.

    May 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Alex

    Shame on the Clintons! Stop whining and say what you want to say about issues that matter. If all you care is getting elected at any cost it isn’t gone happen. Bill misses the oval office…ha-ha.

    May 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. NEVER THE OBAMAS!

    Go, Hillary!

    May 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Candi SC

    Hillary and Bill you two are big liars. You promise not to damage the democratic party. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Hillary will not stop until she is the nominee instead of Obama. People we are doommmmmm.

    May 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Western Voter

    Memo: To Hillary voters who say they won't vote for Obama
    Re: Threats to vote for MCain (and against Obama)
    Quote from: Huffingtonpost.com

    "You'd rather vote for John McCain, a man who has a 25-year history of voting against a woman's right to choose? A man who over the last eight years that NARAL has released a pro-choice scorecard has received a 0 percent rating? A man whose campaign website says he believes Roe v. Wade "must be overturned"? A man who has vowed that, as president, he will be "a loyal and unswerving friend of the right to life movement"?"

    Elections have consequences. Remember 2004 and how Alito and Roberts got onto the Supreme Court?

    May 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. Carl Sloan

    So she's the Senator of Puerto Rico...but can she name one thing she's accomplished for us in NY? Funny how conveniently she remembers us a week before the primary...

    May 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Jatovi, NC

    Pointless and arogant really. The longer she stays in the more the party splits. If you don't believe me then why are so many of the Clinton supporters saying they would only vote for a republican over a democrat? It's time, maybe even past time, the democrats needing to come together and focus on winning the general election and not whining that my canidate didn't win so I am going to get revenge by voting against the winner of "my party." It's is sad that her quest for making history is really only about her and not about the voters or her country. Just look at the math and what much of her campaign is saying. I really wounder what is the next "Victim card" that she will use.

    May 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Unshrub

    So, is Hillary going to claim that only she will carry Puerto Rico? Next she will be demanding that their votes be counted in November, Bill will claim if they were she would be the next President.

    May 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Frank

    Hillary or McCain; never Obama! I, and many like me, are sick and tired of the stupidity that runs in the veins of the DNC!!! And for DNC to promote Obama to win back the White House is pathetic!!!! If DNC doesn't like Hillary, isn't there a more suitable, experienced, and less racist candidate in the DNC baggage than Obama!!! Come on people, Political Parties also have a shelf life, and that of the Democratic Party appears to be expiring! We should all go independent or if you believe McCain can do something other than what Bush did, vote for McCain. Otherwise, get this Obama guy (and his America-hating wife) out of the political scene once and for all. I wonder if CNN will post my comment; most likely not!

    May 26, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Carmen, NC

    Hillary and husband Bill are so pathetic that they are deserve each other no matter what Bill has done to her. Hillary is doing the same thing she promise not to do. Liar Liar, you and Bill need to stop. You are trying to get the foreign trade deals that Bill has promise.

    May 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Ovitshio Branco from Puerto Rico

    When Hillary was asked why she didn't take her name off the MI ballot, she said it was because it was CLEAR that their election was not going to count for anything Hillary Said It's Clear MI Election Won't Count It is obvious she is only NOW interested in FL and MI votes because she is losing. She is on record saying that she was going to be the nominee by Feb. 5, I guess she didn't care about counting all the votes back then. The only fair thing to do, is do a 50/50 spilt in MI (where Obama is polling better than Clinton) and a 55/45 split in FL (now that Edwards has endorsed Obama).

    May 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Anna, PA

    GO HILLARY...

    LET'S TaKE it to ThE CONVENTION!!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBAMA!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Jim

    Even if she wins big in PR, it makes no difference. There is no way she can overcome the big delegate advantage that Obama has (almost 200 delegates). The end is here. How we remember Hillary will be largely decided by her actions following Jun 3. I pray that she is a graceful loser and that she values our collective future more than her ambition.

    May 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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