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. Walt, Belton,TX

    Come on people! You know Hillary and Bill aren't quitters, and, just like in every previous defeat, they'll come up with good solid reasons to press on. Like just changing the rules, or the parameters of the election, or what is really important, or what the truth really means, or just lying some more. It was so disappointing when it was a sitting President, but with Hillary it has just become pathetic. Maybe that's the card they're playing now. The-feel-sorry-for-me-and-send-more-money-card.............................

    Sure reminds me of all the empty promises of the Clinton regime and now the Bush regime. Obama has a dream and it is a picture of him as the muslim king of America with the missus on the throne beside him. Only they don't have the throngs of democratic citizens in front of them, instead it is an unending graveyard of lessons learned in the past and ignored.

    They forgot that freedom is a privilege for those who choose to defend it. Neither the Obamas nor the Clintons have put their lives on the line for America. They have, instead, lived off the largess of the American taxpayer and the intestinal fortitude of those who were willing to put their lives on the line. John McCain is one of those, a very big one of those......................

    May 27, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  2. Terry in New York

    What a bunch of crap. Dangling the politcal bone out there looking for any support that may be left. Who in their right mind wouldn't be able to see through this evil witch? She'll say anything, agree with anything, promise anything if you'll vote for her. How in the world would she be able to even come close to doing the things she promising? No way! I just hope her fellow Senators recognize what she's done and how she's hurt the dems. Maybe even NY will wake up and send her packing when the next Senatorial election comes around.

    May 27, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. Frank, MO

    Whooo ... this woman has no style, no shame, no self respect. Sad to see such a below average woman taking her pity revenge for losing a race.

    As a Democrat I am ashamed for that person – the Clintons are a disgrace.

    May 27, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. AJ

    Who cares about the Popular vote? It doesn't count in a primary. Remember it's the precinct votes that determines the delegates, not the whole vote.

    May 27, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. with belle

    I'm with Belle and if the Obama camp thinks women aren't watching them (and mighty pissed off!) they should try THINKING! We are not buying their bull, their media manipulation and their insiduous tactics. If Obama had experience and more merit to fall back on none of their bullying would be necessary, but as so often, the weak and threatened have to do the mobbing while the capable and proven suffer.

    Obama/Axelrod (that is the ticket, isn't it?) have RUINED the democratic party and nearly ensured that a democrat has no chance of winning. Good going. GUYS!

    May 27, 2008 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  6. Matt

    Sick of hearing about that idiot. I hated him since the moment I saw him.

    May 27, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. Indiana University College Student

    As a college student, I am shocked with how selfish Hillary Clinton is. I am obviously a member of the Democratic party and I would hope that we would be able to unite as one so that we do not have another four years of what has gone on under George W. Bush's presidency.

    I truly hope that once Hillary is out of the running she can make a public announcement that will hopefully move her supporters and make them swing back to Obama. Otherwise, while all this complaining is going on under our breath, we will have another Republican president of the United States.

    I hope that is not what you all want. In the meantime, what is Obama's stance on Israel?

    May 27, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. Obama mama

    Hillary should be very proud of herself. she has created a vast divide in the democratic party, with her win at all cost tactics. her actions have caused her supporters to veiw obama as the enemy, and caused those of us with a brain, great dispair for the damage she has done. She has the right to stay in the race, but you do it without creating anomosity toward your opponant who in the end is on the same team. If she wins I'll probably vote for Nader, I could never vote for a Republican.

    May 27, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  9. with belle

    btw I wonder how many of the probama comments are being left by Axelrod's campaign internet watchdogs????

    c'mon cnn – dare print this!

    May 27, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  10. Topo Gigi

    Obama has nothing original to tell us; creativity is not in his mentality!

    May 27, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. Yoda

    Puerto Rico doesn't vote in the General Election and what ever happens here won't change the fact that Obama will be the nominee....no matter how many different ways the Clinton's try to spin it..........

    May 27, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  12. Mortimer

    Belle, I went looking on Obama site for his negative 'strategy' you talk about please add link because I think you found that the same way Coulter or Hannity finds information.

    All this talk still of elitism. Hillary's big support is the 'hard-working white Americans" that didn't go to college. I see her pandering from the back of a pick-up truck, or telling stories of gram-pa shooting guns with her, while she has always been anti-gun. She just lent her campaign 12 million dollars...ummm yeah she is not one of "us".

    I listen to her speeches counting how many times she invokes Bill's name an dhow great a president he was, but the thing is he's name isn't on the ticket this time.

    And experience? She's only been a senator a little longer than Obama and she has not one monumental law that bears her name.

    Oh and for those who want healthcare why not ask Hillary how much money she got from lobbyists the last time she tried that as first lady?

    It's the only thing she tried to do as first lady and she failed.

    May 27, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  13. Peter

    And Clinton added "yo soy una puta mala."

    May 27, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. carolyn

    Obama can't win in nov. and i don't like people telling me who i should vote for. you angry obama supports are part of the reason why. And I guess you can't say anything about michelle because of O's threat, but at least we don't have to listen to her because she hasn't been in the lime light since.I guess she dicided to stay home.

    May 27, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  15. David

    Yeah, keep it up Hillary. Make sure that no one supports Obama in the fall. Great strategy!

    May 27, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Erik, Bowie MD

    Yawn.

    Wake me up on June 3rd for Obama's victory party.

    May 27, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  17. fred

    I am an American Soldier. When Hillary supporters talk about supporting McCain I always think about my buddies that won't be coming home. Please realize the full extent of what you say. Happy Memorial Day

    May 27, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  18. Jay

    Haha. CNN was forced to change the headline of this topic after Obama campaign complained that it doesn't look good. Earlier this topic had a headline something like 'Clinton supporters BOO Obama"!!

    May 27, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  19. Evelyn

    I will NOT vote for Obama should he get the nomination. I will do a write in for Hillary or vote for Nader. I'm tired of voting for the lesser of 2 evils. I've done it in the last 2 elections and it's gotten us nowhere. This election I'm voting my conscience. GO HILLARY! IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE – A WOMAN!

    May 27, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  20. Obama

    What gets me is she can't win mathmatically, and the morons keep throughing away their votes like she has a chance. How stupid are these people? Preatty stupic since they are following what the Clintons say.

    May 27, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. Teta

    If Obama does not have the nomination yet, explain to me why she should give up? No real winner ever gives up. Why is it that we don't want the other voices to be heard. Quite frankly, I feel that the nomination shoud not be given to any candidate until everyone has had their right to be heard. If Obama feels like he truly is the front runner, then he would have allowed the Florida votes to be counted. He is playing his cards to his favor and so is Hillary. What is so wrong with that? And for everyone out there, explain to me why your posts need to be nasty, mean and out right dirty. You can argue your point without having to take such ugly positions. In the end, Democrats will need to rally behind their candidate but until then when the race is Not over, no one should quit. And we should all learn from Hillary's example in our daily lives.

    Whatever our goal is in life, we should never, never give up. To succeed, you must persevere and be determined to win – always.

    May 27, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Yaymee

    I hope that Puerto Rico can see through the Clinton political machine and recognize plain truth – OBAMA is the candidate who will honestly represent our diverse population. If you feel you need to understand him better just visit http://www.barackobama.com.

    Hillary has done a great disservice to the Democratic Party by staying in the race and furthering the division within our great Party. I hope she will work as tirelessly in mending the fractures she's created as she's worked in creating them.

    As a Barack Obama supporter I'd personally like to welcome the good people of Puerto Rico to join the Obama team in the fight to bring fundamental change to Washington!

    Vote Democrat! Obama for President!

    May 27, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  23. NOBAMA

    Hilary is the only choice!! Obama is nothing more than a copy cat full of hot air!! He talks the talk. SHE WALKS THE WALK!

    May 27, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. Michael Straight Talk

    The only positive thing about this long primaries is that it has given people chance to see the real Bill and Hillary Clinton not masks! Moreover it has show what a talented and gifted leader Sen. Obama is, who not only can bulid and lead a great organisation, but can handle crisis in an admirable way! That the kind of Commander-in-chief USA needs!
    Hopefully Hillary will learn that when one is quick to judge others ( like labeling Obama as "Elitist" and "Condecending", it will come back to hunt you! Hillary should own her devilish wishful thinking as her reason for still running and stop blaming others! Honesty has never being Hillary's best quality, why should one believe otherwise?

    May 27, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  25. Earl Parent

    As a democrat i will celebrate November 8th when Obama
    loses the election! He is the biggest fraud the democratic party
    ever produced!

    May 27, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
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