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. Jamaal

    The Only reason she has time there is because she has lost the primay they have maybe 15 delegates this thing is over and now she is trying to divide the party and slander Obama she makes my stomach turn everytime I get on the Internet I am just glad Obama ran this year because if he Didn't this Low women would be our nominee I would not have minded but now I WILL Never Vote For Another Clinton and that means you too Chelsea!

    May 27, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. JP Bless

    Hillary is no longer in the race to win but to knee-cap Obama. After all these years we finally get to see who the Clintons are deep down.

    May 27, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. teachearth

    This is pretty much after the fact, and unfortunately for the HRC campaign too little too late. Obama rallies and supporters have been booing mention of Hillary for many a rally multiple times.

    This is not news worthy, especially coming from the losing campaign.
    C'mon CNN, a butterfly flapping its wings in the Alaskan forest, a chihuahua on roller skates, or how about a squirrel that can waterski?
    Surely not as cool as the Obama-talkin' parrot.....

    Pet tricks by all metrics, give it up HRC save your political future and get your foot out out the mouth of the DNC so we can TRY to salvage ourselves and this planet from the evil grips of Repub-hell.

    May 27, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. Amy

    Way to go Hillary, way to bring the party together.....
    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. Kaelinda

    Democrats, wake up! Do you really want four more years of what we've already suffered through eight years of? Voting for McCain will ensure MORE war, MORE deficit spending, MORE economic problems, MORE fuel crises, and MORE corporate tax breaks. Obama and Clinton may be fighting like cats and dogs now, but let's pull together come November and vote for whomever our party elects as its nominee, even if we're disappointed in who that nominee might be. Give the nominee a chance. If it doesn't work out, we have another chance to change things in 2012. But don't throw everything away by voting for McCain just because your favorite candidate didn't win the nomination. That's like saying you'll take your marbles and go home if you can't make up the rules of the game. Please, WAKE UP!

    May 27, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. Concern

    GO SEN. CLINTON GO ALL THE WAY TO CONVENTION !!!!!!!!
    YOU ARE SMART, STRONG, INTELIGENT, EXPERIENCED THAT'S
    WHAT AMERICA NEEDS NOW.
    BUT THOSE OF YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS WHY YOU ARE SO DESPARATE TO END THIS CAMPAIGN AND FORCING SEN. CLINTON TO END THE RACE, ARE YOU REALY DEMOCRATS?
    WHY YOU ARE SO RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL TOWARD SEN. CLINTONAND PRES. CLINTON OBVIOUSLY YOU FORGOT GOOD CLINTON'S YEARS WHEN EVERYONE HAD A GOOD JOB AND OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE GOOD LIFE – UNGRATEFUL PEOPLE WHAT TO SAY, SHAME ON YOU ALL.

    May 27, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. Linda Leake

    I just want to say as I looked at MSNBC last week and I guess they had a townhall meeting in Puerto Rico a question was asked "why were Puetoricans scared of Obama? & this puertorican woman said and I quote"he has 2 things against hime 1st his name, 2nd his color duh! lady you need to look around in your community and see just how many puertoricans are as black as Obama,and the media didn't catch that statement-now for her to say a racist remark like that it's appaluling, it was an ignorant remark from her and for the tv station not to recornize it they too agreed with her-so let me say this these tv like CNN,MSNBC,HEADLINE NEWS & OTHERS,need to be careful we are watching to see just how much you let go on tv statements-so we know exactly where you are coming from I did not appreciate it at all-very racist statement now I will never visit Puerto Rico again I really and truely did not know this is how they think but I will spend my money else where from now on defintely not in Puerto Rico.This to has racist people in they better be glad they are a part of the U.S.but then to look at the source.

    May 27, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. EC

    Wow..... and WHO cares about this bit of OLD news?

    I mean June 3rd can't come soon enough, so we can finally put the Clintons out of their misery once and for all.

    May 27, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Keith Olbermann for President

    si si puede, OMG now she's down to stealing campaign lingos from Obama. She'll promise ANYTHING to get elected, she'll say ANYTHING to get elected, She'll do ANYTHING to get elected.

    Even if it means destroying the democratic party.

    Snatiching defeat out of the jaws if victory, Hillary?

    YES YOU CAN!

    May 27, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  10. Robert NYC & Miami

    I LOVE YOU HILLARY!

    PLEASE RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT!

    May 27, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  11. Rob

    O my God...........YOU people i can't believe that the Clinton's go to every primary and just keep using propaganda for their benefit and try to get more and more votes by convincing people that they CARE.......while all they want is another 8 years in the white house.....I think we NEEED CHANGE......which is = !Obama!

    And becides i wanna who the polls favor in South Dakota and although it seems like Clinton is favored in Puerto Rico but still i'd like to know how mush is she ahead of him in the polls there???

    May 27, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. Larry B of Boston

    Obamabots will drag this country down and hand the presidency over to the Republicans. But, McCain in the White House for 4 years is a heck of a lot better – and safer – than letting Obama in the building. I trust John McCain a whole lot more than I trust the anti American Wright disciple and the American hating Michelle -

    Senator Clinton #1

    Senator McCain #2

    Senator Obama - Go Home

    May 27, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  13. In North Carolina

    I have to agree with you Sally in CA. I don't believe a TRUE Democrat will switch and vote for McCain who will run the country like Bush. I am NOT interested in anything or anyone Bush has endorsed!

    May 27, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  14. Ivar

    This lady is just plain nuts. Dont we all understand that she is truying to destroy the democratic party? I hope and pray to god that good sense prevails on her soon. What in the hell was she trying to say while making reference to Robert Kennedy. Is she trying to imply some thing? Mrs Clinton.....You have just lost your complete sanity...Gosh This lady makes me sick

    May 27, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. Deb

    How the heck can we be a united democratic party come November when both Hillary and Bill are spewing such venom??? Now he claims there is a cover-up; she hinted at an unfortunate incident happening at a prior primary. What is next for these two??? If she were not in the race, it is my sincere belief we would be beating McCain on all the polls. Instead, a Senator, who claims to only want what is best for our country is ensuring we do not take over the White House. I have never seen such selfishness on the part of two people.
    Bill Clinton had the White House...it was just temporary. Please move on Clintons.

    May 27, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. P. Morrison

    Have none of you HRC supporters noticed that this woman has the highest negatives of almost (if not the most) any politician in our country?? And you want to send this pandering and lying person to the White House to run our government?? Obviously most of you are women who simply want a female president, regardless of the type person she is. As a 60+ white female I would love to see a "LADY" president, but only if she has an ounce of honesty & integrity. HRC certainly can't meet my requirements. To say you would vote for McCain rather than BO shows you have no concern for yourselves or your daughters. Who is responsible for the Violence Against Women's Act, the bankruptcy bill, which many like to criticize, but put Dead Beat Dads responsible for child support? As an anti-abortion mother, I never the less want a womans' right to choose to remain in our democracy. How many laws can any of you name that were sponsored by Reps. meant to benefit women? Or is it as I think it might be-just "racism"-only you're ashamed to admit it? If it is-you certainly should feel shame!!
    Cricket, SC

    May 27, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  17. BillJ

    Hillary for President..............................08.....................................................

    Hillary is for change.....................obama is not.

    May 27, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. Mr Dany

    That would be a nice ticket McCain-Clinton . I think he should really give it a thought. I wonder would Clinton accept.She is so desperate to be around the white house I am she will take it.

    May 27, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  19. mr.g

    to NeverObama/sick of Obama I would love to see your faces when Obama takes the Oath of Office. then you can join Hillary in doing shots while dodging sniper fire in the back yard/

    O.B.A.M.A.IN 08-12

    May 27, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. andrew101

    Do you Hillary supporters understand what you are doing if you choose McCain over Obama this November. All the things Hillary supports like a woman's right to choose will be made illegal through McCains appointments to the Supreme Court. Think hard what it will really mean to have another 4 years of Republican White House. (and get it out of your head that its Hillary in 2012. this year was her only chance.)

    May 27, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  21. Juan

    This puerto rican voted for hillary, so shut your motuh punto.

    May 27, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  22. BillJ

    It's Hillary or McCain.......................................................

    My 1st choice is Hillary then McCain.............................................

    May 27, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  23. Yea Hillary!!!

    Hillary will win PR by a wide margin. Bill Richardson will leave with his tail between his legs since he cannot help Obama. Hillary will also win South Dakota and Montana!!!! Remember she has the electoral votes needed for the general election. Obama cannot win and the republicans would make him the biggest loser in the history of this country. PR knows who is the best person for the DNC and that is Hillary!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  24. Michael Straight Talk

    I wonder why so many Clinton supports are going against the core things they believe in?:
    – Honesty
    – Fair play
    – NAFTA agreement that includes a win win terms
    – Universal Health Care that is afordable
    – Balanced budget
    – Ending Iraq war more responsibly than how Bush's adm. carelessly got in
    – Responsibilty
    – Democracy (rules, regulations, votes, etc)
    – Good governance and leadership
    Hej Folks Sen. Obama has maintained all the above, that is why he is the best candidate and winning fair and square!
    If Hillary cannot demonstrate all those values in the primaries, when will she? Ready on day one? What a fake!
    Why is it so diffucult to see that Clintons are so manipulative?

    May 27, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Hope she enjoys herself, dancing in the streets! That will be one of her last hoorahs!

    May 27, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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