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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  1. Unbelievable

    This is an example of why people are encouraging sen clinton to get out. It looks bad for them so you have a former President out saying that the "likely" nominee CAN'T win? Since when do democrats behave this way? Polls change from day to day and if Obama is down a couple points after getting pounded 24/7 for 4 months straight is that surprising? As soon as there is a dem nominee the polls will change again.

    May 27, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. D C Silva

    Mrs. Clinton is the most experienced and credible candidate.

    We have been asking ourselves if Republicans have catapulted Obama by voting secretly and so they can defeat him easily.

    Something similar is happening in PR as some local "populares" voted for Fortuno (the pro-statehood candidate). This was done to avoid having a stealing ex-Governor (Rosello) back on power with his PNP Mafia.

    Think of it, McCain has better chances of defeating Obama than Hillary!

    May 27, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. GB

    Way to go Obama supporters. Nasty comments when Hillary is popular. I just can't get behind Obama and his nasty supporters if he wins the nomination. Plain and simple.

    May 27, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. tigerjcs

    You are not a quitter. You are tough and we will support you all the way!

    No Obama for sure.

    May 27, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  5. mr.g


    May 27, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Blayze Kohime

    Idiotic democrats (on BOTH sides) handing the election to McCain because of your hatred of a person that is just a little different than your choice. Even Clinton and Obama say they aren't very different than one another! If you're going to be a bigot about it, why even call yourself a Democrat to begin with?

    May 27, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. Anne Boyle

    I am a Democrat and an avid Hillary supporter. I agree with "Get a Grip Democrats!" If Hillary does not win, I will be very sad as she is a woman of incredible skill, who has withstood unwarranted attacks and crtiicism ranging from her cleavage to tired old stories about her husband. However, I will vote for Obama if he is the nominee and pray that he has the intelligence and genius to call upon the woman he defeated to help him guide our country. The same applies to Hillary if she should win the nomination. Our challenges are too great to set aside anyone of great talent because of the acrimony and childish behavior of those who support either candidate. I am disgusted by the anger and mean-spirited attacks. What kind of an example are you to our children? Win dirty? Then expect our candidates to have integrity?

    Regardless of Bill Clinton's lapses in personal behavior (which other Presidents have done) HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT OUR ECONOMY WAS GOOD AND THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS LOVED AROUND THE WORLD DURING BILL CLINTON'S TERM??!!

    GROW UP. QUIT YOUR NAME CALLING AND REMEMBER OUR GOAL. The Republican Party has brought us to the brink of economic disaster, a loss of civil rights, political croynism, hard core partisanship and political paralysis. Washington needs new leadership an honest UNITER NOT A DIVIDER. THE LAST PERSON WHO SAID THAT DIDN'T REALLY MEAN IT. iT WAS JUST A SLOGAN.

    May 27, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. Dot

    Why is this newsworthy? Such a sensationalist headline. Who cares?

    May 27, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  9. MD Democrat

    I LOVE HILLARY! She is the only one that will get my vote. If she does not when the nomination, I won't vote in the general election.

    I am extremely disappointed with the democratic party leadership and am seriously considering changing to an independent. Most of the democratic crop of leaders are just as inconsiderate and reckless as the republicans. They are afraid to play hard ball with the republicans and forget the Presidential Family that has been able to do so, The Clintons. They are amongst the most productive Presidential Family in history. The Clintons are strong and have proven leadership abilities. If Obama is the nominee and is depending on my vote, he is in trouble!

    I'd also like to acknowledge that I am black and like many I am not voting for Obama.

    May 27, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Agnes

    There is so much Pain and Suffering out three. The World is in Real Trouble.
    Yet you all Act like we are Picking an American Idol.
    Vote your Heart, do not Hurt and Demean each other.
    Just Say no More War, we Love and want our loved one.s back home with us.
    Plrase in the Name of all that is .......Right...Quit Fighting and Come to A Peace of Heart and Mind.
    God Bless

    May 27, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. D C Silva

    Obama snuffed the press on his 1st visit to PR (not even talked to it). Then when he realized the strategic need he started brown nosing it.
    Obama, No Gana!

    May 27, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  12. fred

    Listen guys, Clinton can do what she wants. This is the democratic process. If you're more interested in a political party having victories, then you would probably want Hillary to drop out. But if you are for the American people having democracy and freedom of speech, then you should let her stay in, because she offers people a choice.

    If you're more worried about the democratic party than you are about the American people, then that's sad.

    Also, I wanted to comment quickly on the Obama lacking Iraq experience statement by McCain. I know a lot of you posted about how he doesn't need experience, or that his advisers would be able to tell them what he needs to know, or that it shouldn't matter because he opposes the war now.

    Let me say something about that. It does matter. If Obama hasn't been on the ground in Iraq since 2006, then he has no idea what has happened there in 2 years, other than by what the media is saying. If Obama is going to be making statements about the conditions in Iraq, or how many people are dying, or about withdrawal, then he should actually go to Iraq to see what progress is being made, what the different troops are actually doing now, etc.

    See, the thing is, that we don't just have 100 some thousand troops on the ground who are sitting around waiting to come home. They are engaging in operations, of hunting down Al quaeda, and of helping people over there. Obama needs to see what those people would be quitting if they were to be pulled out at any given time. Would there be a bridge half built? A city half secure? A terrorist that is being tracked down that is close to being caught? You can't just listen to what the media is saying, because the media only reports about when people are killed in Iraq. There is more going on there than that, but Obama won't see that unless he gets over there and talks with the generals, and actually sees what is going on.

    May 27, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  13. percyone

    Yes Hillary – it is very reasonable for you to ask the Democratic Party to change the rules with 8 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

    You want to nominate the candidate with the most popular vote instead of the most delegates (BTW – you did not even get the most popular vote – you think you did because you are using Clintononian math).

    You want to count the primaries in Florida and Michigan even though everyone (including YOU) agreed at the beginning of this campaign that those states violated the party rules and would not be counted.

    Anything else we should change – how about REAL CHANGE – that is, how about OBAMA 2008 !!!!


    May 27, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. SC Gal

    Wake up Democrats!

    We need to support Hillary Clinton.
    Senator Obama is a dream only for the Republican Party.
    They want him to be the nominee.
    They know that he has no experience, can't close the deal and the states that will take him to the white house are not in his favor.

    He is having trouble with so many groups of voters and the Republicans know it.
    White Men
    Older voters,
    Jewish voters,
    Swing State Voters
    Lunch bucket voters

    Florida voters and Michigan voters know that he is not fighting for them so he will lose these states also.

    If Obama becomes the nominee we WILL have another four years of
    Republicans. Caucus states and many other states have republicans voting for Obama to make sure he is in the race.

    The Democratic party and the superdelegates have a decision to make. Are they going to select a Democrat to fight for the American people or are the Republicans going to select the Democratic nominee through vote fraud tactics in caucuses and in primaries where Republicans could vote against their own party. This vote fraud and Bush republican manipulation has made Obama falsely look like a much stronger candidate than he really is.

    As much as 30 percent of Obama’s primary and caucus votes are Republicans trying to select the weakest Democratic candidate for McCain to run against. Repuclicans have been gaming the caucuses and open primaries where it’s easier to cheat.

    That’s why Obama hasn’t been able to win the “big” state primaries. Even with all the Republican cheating Obama is having it tough. Except for North Carolina where 35 percent is African American and 90 percent of that bloc voted for him. African Americans are only 17 percent of the general population.

    Obama has no experience, no foreign affair knowledge, problems with his church's philosopy and ties with radical friends such as William Ayers the Domestic terrorist and Louis Farrakhan the Nation of Islam Leader that is his church's idol.

    This is not American Idol. We, as Democrats, need to think who can beat McCain.

    African Americans and the poor will be the ones that have the most to loose if McCain gets into the White House.

    Clinton is the stronger candidate for the Presidency. She wins the states that will make a Democrat president of the United States.
    She has 35 years experience. She has been outspent 2 to 3 times by Obama and he is still not closing the deal on the states Democrats need in the general election.

    I am asking that all Democrats think about who can win against McCain. It's not Obama.

    Trust me. President Clinton and Senator Clinton try to tell voters, but instead of listening to their truths, the Obama supporters are making a joke about her trying to stay in.

    Obama doesn't have a clue what's going on. The Clintons do.

    I have seen many elections. Get over Obama and hope he learns from this experience. Support Hillary or the Republicans will win this election. Check the electoral map and McCain has this election in his pocket. Hands down.

    May 27, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    The Clintons have only themselves to be blamed for the failure in their pursue of more Power!

    After the last 16 years of the Clintons, we have had enough to the divisiveness of the Clintons. It's the Clinton fatigue, their own blind ambition and their dirty politic destroy them.

    Just go away. Enough is enough!

    May 27, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Kista

    Go Hillary! You're the only candidate who can handle the job. If Iowa and other early voting states were voting now (after the Rev. Wright issue, after obama's elitist /arrogant attitude, and after other obama negatives were revealed), our country would be in a much better position. It's a good thing the primary is taking so long, obama's real self can't be covered up forever. If Hillary Clinton does not get the democratic nomination I will switch my voter registration from Democrat to Independent. I will NOT vote for obama.

    May 27, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. Steve (Independent)

    Let it play out, the numbers don't support Sen. Clinton's bid for the nomination.

    May 27, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. Vic

    Headline said Obama wa booed in Puerto Rico but I saw no mention of that in the actual story. Why post a headline like that?

    May 27, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. Liz

    Hillary is our only hope to help economy. Obama does not know what he's doing. She will beat McCain

    May 27, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. NLC

    Obama will never get into the White House.

    May 27, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. MizuInOz

    Secret Letter to Ms. Clinton... you have proven yourself to be a true Republican. You have worked hard for the neocon agenda. The Rome 200 are proud of you. You have invoked every psychological message we have asked you to use upon the frustrated women of America and you have stirred up racial hatred to its greatest fervour since the days of Selma and Montgomery by once again dividing the uneducated and supposed disenfranchised. You have done a great job. We told you that if you signed agreements not to campaign in Florida and Michigan and do so anyway – you would receive votes that you could use later, if this Obama boy was to actually get any where. You can now use that case of disenfranchisement as a way to claim the nomination of the Democratic Party. the precedent has been set by our other lackey George W. when he used the Supreme court to steal the Presidency – as we told him to do. You all are following our orders implicitly. Well done.

    Yo, Bill – there's your cover up! And you know it!
    And I know this won't get published because CNN is in on it, too.

    May 27, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. rachel

    POST this CNN. Obama people complain so much. The DNC nor Obama have tried to talk to Hillary they have been too busy since Iowa telling her to get out. They just want their golden boy. Dont blame Hillary because her supporters want their votes counted. Obama knows no shame and just because Hillary is a woman people think she should just tell them to forget about and its okay and vote for obama because he's a democrat forget it. And since Obama claims that he wants the votes counted too why is hillary getting all the blame for peole wanting the votes counted. Rev Al claims that their will be riots in the streets if Obama is denied the nomination. Looks like the only way to get anything done is to hold protests and scream loud so more power to the Hillary supporters, and what do the Obama supporters care right they don't need those votes anyway right?

    May 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. Jose'

    If you hate poor, hard working people, vote for Obama!!

    Obama for the Rich!! '08

    May 27, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. Dave

    Hillary stop already, Broomstick One refuses to see she is dragging down the Democratic party. The woman is running on the coat tails of her husband, learn to manage a home and marriage before you bore Americans with your random drivel. It's time for broomstick one to realize she has lost and start supporting the candidates the party appears to want. LET IT GO (Bill)!!

    May 27, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. And...?

    She gets booed by her own crowds!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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