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. Richard in DC

    I'm hoping and praying that this bickering and fighting and deepening animosity between Clinton and Obama keeps going on and into the convention. The DNC has become a worthless organization for what was once a great and proud party. I hope this rips the DNC and the party into shreds, then perhaps real democrats can get involved and rebuild their party as it once was and should be.

    May 27, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. APS in Hawaii

    How do so many Obama supporters get their comments printed? Do you what the odds are CNN for the numbers to be this lopsided? Even your moderator is for Obama. Just for once I wish the Democrats would get a grip and realize Obama is too liberal for mainstream America. I am more afraid of a person who votes present and not put out one specific plan during the entire election process. Cheap slogans and throwing dirt might get Obama the nomination, but many MODERATE Democrats are turned off by what is happening with the party. If you elect Obama to be the nominee, you have snatched defeat from victory again. It is so sad the people do not recognize that Rove stated in July 2007 that the GOP would use the open primaries to crossover and vote for Obama to get rid of Hillary before the general election. So sad and yet I will never vote for Obama because of his dirty political tactics and vagueness on the issues. Just once, won't the news media pin him down for one specific plan. Just one would be a nice start. Go Hillary!!!! Either that or I will sned a protest vote for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  3. Belinda

    Obama will be just fine! He will gain lots of votes there... Once he returns.. Hillary has a way of moving into a state when she is trying to gain votes.. Which leaves her in DEBT.. every state she has move into she leaves DEBT..

    May 27, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  4. meggy


    May 27, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  5. PAS

    Why is Hillary campaigning so hard? Deleagates don't really count... they can change there mind. Votes don't count...because you can use funny math to get a different total. Rules don't count.. beacuse if you don't like the rules you change the ruels. So why campaign for something you don't belive in?????

    May 27, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  6. Joyce in Florida

    As usual, bunch of Obamabots bashing Hillary Clinton. She has every right to keep running her campaign for the presidency. There are a lot of Clinton supporters out there who are not giving up on her either. So stop the hate mongering against Senator Clinton. She should keep fighting all the way to the convention. Hillary we still love and support you 100% and can't wait to see YOU as our nominee. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  7. Glenn Mascarenhas

    Its about time this stops, if puerto ricans know what's good for them (which is pretty doubtful), they would be better off with Obama. But since we all know about Puerto Ricans and their "significant" contributions to America, they just might go for Billary.

    May 27, 2008 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  8. Barack in 08

    Nice job Hillary, keep showing the American people that with a snow balls chance in hell that you are going to get the nomination, you continue to campaign. You are in debt how much now? What are your plans to pay the people you owe money to? Let's talk about that! And all you Hillary supporters, is this how she plans on running our country? Run us deeper into debt because of what she selfishly believes in???? Hillary go home and let the Democratic party heal from your viscous lies, then we need to band together as Democrats to make sure we win in November. I don't know about your households financial state, but this one can not survive 4 more years of the republicans.....

    May 27, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  9. Esther

    Since now is CLEAR Sen. Obama can't win over Sen. John McCain in November 4, and the he isn't ready to resist the republican machinary in this election.

    Event Sen. Obama haven't convince the REAL democrats in the United States, because he speak only caught part of the new voters and the "independents" which are the republicans voters to divide the Democrat party. Sen. Obama NEVER will win the red States, but additional will have difficults to win FL, MI, CA, NY, NJ, MA, RI, PA, OH, AZ, TX, NM, NV, etc... the big blue states belong to Hillary Clinton. His math never will get the 270 or 271 electoral votes in America.

    Hillary Clinton is the clear candidate to confront McCain and win easily! Any other wrong pick up will divide the party and make the gift to keep de While House to the Republicans.
    Want a see it?


    May 27, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  10. Johnny bad

    Giving up is the saddest thing a person can do, and people who tell someone to give up, obviously have failed themselves. Let the woman be... as long as its not McCain, who cares who the prez is..

    May 27, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  11. wbTN

    It sounds like a lot of Obama supporters do not believe in Freedom.
    Obama supporters act just like George W. Bush supporters did when they stood outside the VP home screaming"Get out"! when the election was stolen from Gore.
    Look where that got us! So disrespectful to our election process.
    Your kinda of change is going to leave us all on the streets begging for some real change to eat and find shelter under a bridge. The supporters are the reason why McCain will wins in the fall. Obama is a joke.

    May 27, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  12. Janet in KC

    I am so tired of the "Division" between Hillary and Obama.

    Obama has said really nice things about Hillary.. Trying to unite
    Hillary keeps stiring up confusion.. Allowing others to boo him our make degrating statements.
    Obama won't debate, he's ahead, why should he!
    Hillary gives people reason to doubt Obama, knowing the contest is really over.
    Hillary leaves bad debt behind.
    Obama pays his bills.
    Hillary is running a negative campaign
    Obama is running a postiive campaign
    Hillary promises, notice I said promise she will come together and unite after the primaries.
    Obama is trying to unite NOW.. why wait, we need unity now.

    Its time to bring this campaign together for the entire USA.

    May 27, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  13. elena

    Dear Obamaites,

    Tell me again how crude distortions of Hillary's character help underscore the goal of creating unity or of forging the path to a new kind of politics? Choose your enemies, people!! There are many better enemies out there than Hillary and Bill Clinton. THINK.

    May 27, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  14. John IND

    AND thois matters why? PR can't vote in the election and if you vote for Hilyour wildest dreams will come true.

    May 27, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  15. me in dc

    I've heard people boo Hillary at Obama rally's. So what?

    May 27, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. Jennifer

    hope she would keep some respect for herself before officially she get kick out of the race. Her candidacy as a woman candidate is damaging other ladies' chances for the future. Nobody wants to see another nightmare like this. She is waiting for somebody to be terminated then she get the nomination. That is just disgusting.

    May 27, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  17. tbud

    connie, learn to speak/write correct english. "I am thankful my children is? past the age..." Why should we listen to people who cant
    even master their own language

    May 27, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  18. Samme

    Clinton or McCain.
    People in this country have gone crazy for CHANGE, and are so stupid they don't even ask what the Change will be. They FORGOT the prosperous Clinton years. We know what Clinton can and will do for the country, from experience. Everyone wanted a change and elected Bush, now look at us. People wake up, you may get worse than Bush with your CHANGE man.

    May 27, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  19. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    The Clintons are DECEITFUL AND DIVISIVE.

    They are running just to build power for themselves and obviously doing and saying anything to stir up hate and resentment!

    History will remember their dispicable deeds!

    May 27, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  20. hrao

    Hillary supporters are fools? Half the donors to the Democratic party are fools – the purses will not open for the Obama run against McCain. McCain 2008

    May 27, 2008 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  21. Graft and Corruption

    McEntee's backed the wrong horse yet again! Glad your dues have been shoved down a rat hole, AFSCME members?

    May 27, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  22. Yankee Dog

    Too little too late. PR can't even vote in the general election! Time to go HRC and take BC with you.

    Go Obama

    May 27, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  23. Fred Anderson

    Go Hillary, America needs you now more than ever.

    Its been dismaying to read the vitriolic and hateful commentary from the Obama supporters . If the people who post comments in favor of Obama's campaign are a reflection of what Obama is all about then this is a very poor showing for Obama's claim to bring people together and to break down division. If anything , there is more division in the democratic camp then I have seen in a long time.

    May 27, 2008 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  24. carolflowery

    Has anyone noticed Obama is the only one that has had an ongoing ad that his campaigne pays for, only him, hmmmm, they are racking up, maybe that has a little to do with this bias reporting hmmmm

    May 27, 2008 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  25. carmen

    Obama draws 75,000 people and not a negative peep about her. She draws several hundred and all they can do is chant Obama's slogan in Spabish? This campaign is totally bankrupt, in money, ideas and morals. Adios Hillary!

    May 27, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
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