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. TSchwallie

    What doesn't make since is that Hillary Clinton, as well as her diehard supporters continue to in sisist that she is by far the stronger candate then Obama to beat John Mcain in November. Howcome she is 190 dealagates behind Obama. With all her signifigent advatages in the initel backing of the Democratic party, and being the wife of a very popular president. However if Obama had the same advantiges as Hillary had in the beginging she would of been out of the race in March. Case Closed Hillary Clinton ,and supporters

    May 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Herman in LA

    Is it over yet?

    Barack / General James L. Jones

    May 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Jenny

    whatever....I'm so over it. Wake me up when she concedes.

    May 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. KE

    Not any woman or man can win this nomination. She or he must have a quality to put a winning coalition together first. Winning Michigan and Florida is part of winning strategy.

    May 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. C.Kelly

    Yeah-he's right.

    This has been an interesting democratic race-The peoples wishes somewhere around half are completely ignored. Never before has the power of the media and the bloggs been so underestimated on every level.

    The media has determined its winner months ago. CNN ran a story today on "how emotion determines voters choices" Once again not profiling but ignoring Hillary Clinton as a viable candidate when clearly roughly half of the democratic population wants her as much as Obama. There are Republicans who want her more than Obama. This is an outrage. The DNC may have the power to choose whom ever they want as a candidate but they are headlining the wrong Candidate. Although a segment of the population bloggs -the vast majority do not. They work and look after their kids. But they watch TV and read the paper and they are not stupid-mindless. The clear lack of coverage and bias is an insult to a vast number of November voters. There will be certain emotion demonstrated when the democratic nominee is not elected. This year the DNC should be able to run a crash test dummy and win. When he (elected by the media) does not win-perhaps a better story will be "how attempts at manipulating voters emotions effects their choices"

    In my lifetime of 43 years I have never seen a democratic candidate treated so badly by her party and the press inspite of her appeal to so many voters. There is no integrity left in America. If this is the change that is to come-I'm not buying it. No more CNN for this Catholic girl.

    May 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. tigerakabj

    Si Se Puede. They were shouting Obama's battle cry. Idiots. No matter. If the Puerto Ricans are stupid enough to vote for this woman, that is their problem. Just like Guam, she's promising them statehood and other perks. I guess she would amend the constitution for that. Rules don't mean anything to her anyway. What's a 200-year-old document to her?

    What a crazy, crazy figure this lady is. All this time she has been wishing death on somebody. Be careful Hillary. Your kitchen sinks have a habit of returning to you. You will bring judgment on yourself. Goodnight Hillary.

    May 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Deb (New York)

    It is shameful the way Clinton supporters are blind to the gimmicks. Now Bill is hinting there is a cover-up because they can not believe the all and mighty Clintons will not be the nominees. I read so many Clinton supporters telling Obama to stop whining well practice what you preach. Also, the threat to vote for McCain and not Obama will be like shooting yourself in the foot.

    May 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Peace

    All of Hillary supporters who wants to go vote for Mclame if Obama is the nominee please go right ahead we dont need you. Just like how the Good Lord turned the five fish into thousands to feed the people he will turn the millions of vote for Obama supporters to trillions, dont play with God.

    We will rewrite the the Electorial Map come November you can take that to the bank.

    God Bless America and Obama and his Famiy.

    Peace be still.

    May 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. DID YOU KNOW?

    THAT CNN WILL NOT POST ANYTHING THAT IS EVEN REMOTELY CRITICAL OF MICHELLE OBAMA? GO AHEAD, JUST TRY - AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. jeremy

    why are you still in this Hillary. it is over. what a waste of time and resources.

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Carl29

    They lost, and they know it. They wanted Obama to put her on the ticket, Talking about naive? The Clintons are fighting a fight without a foe. Obama already moved on. Look where he is today, New Mexico, and it has nothing to do with the primaries. The man is already in the General Election. Poor Billary they are stuck with the illusion of the nomination. They should ask James Carville who won the Democratic Primary.

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Theogracias

    Wow, too funny hahahaha. I'll fight for you my homies!!!! I love Puerto Rico!!! It's like Kentucky!!!! What a maroon!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Obama's wife is more qualified!!

    Deer in headlights will be Obama if elected president....

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Hillary

    Boy, I've been away from the blogs for few days. Nice to see the BO supporters are still as vile as they were several days ago.
    You guys are really bad.

    K....you are right on the money!

    May 26, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. George Ennis from Toronto, Canada

    It seems to me if I was Puerto Rican I would vote "strategically at this point in the Primary season i.e vote for Obama.

    First unless "pigs have started flying" Obama will be the Democratic nominee for President. Since Puerto Rico does not vote in the Presidential election any meaningful input into the electoral process is the Primary vote.

    Voting against Obama just doesn't make sense at this point. Either Obama or McCain will be President in January. To ensure the maximum influence voting for a winning candidate always helps. Not saying that an Obama Presidency would adopt an anti Puerto Rican stance. It's just that when priorities and tradeoffs are being made by the new President, political considerations will weigh in. (Yes even if Senator Clinton wins).

    The other thing is that a Democratic Presidency would be of more benefit to Puerto Rico than a Republican one. A vote for Obama would bring the selection of a Democratic nominee to a quicker close. A vote against may not change the outcome but just prolong the agony of the party and weaken its chances in the general election.

    This may seem cynical but I think it represents real politik. Curious to see the outcome of this Primary.

    May 26, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Hillary

    John. Bill is not Hillary and Hillary is not Bill. She'd be better than he was.

    May 26, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    WAY TO GO HILLARY!

    THESE PEOPLE LOVE YOU AND WITH GOOD REASON!

    THEY KNOW THAT YOU ARE HONEST AND REALLY CARE ABOUT ALL PEOPLE!

    THAT SHOWS IN YOUR PAST ACTIONS!

    I THINK YOU WILL DO WELL HERE!!!!!

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. J El Educado

    As a Puerto Rican I am ver ashamed of the possibility of Clinton winning the primary contests there. How can they be biting on all her lies? She has promised presidential vote without taxation. She has pledged a change of Puerto Rico-US relationship status within her first term. She has promied conclusion of the Vieques firing range cleanup within her first term. ALL LIES!

    Obama '08 – REAL CHANGE

    Say no to HRC pandering lies Puerto Rico!

    May 26, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Obama's wife is more qualified!!

    Dear in headlights will be Obama if elected president....

    May 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Hillary

    Holla my latin amigers. I am just like the chuquita banana girl. And I am a fox like that spanish guy Zorro. I love spaniards people and I will do anything to get your vote. Yes Anything (wink). I voy girl yay.

    May 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Allison Marie

    Hillary you are amazing! Keep on going right to the convention, than to 1600 Penn. Ave. You are the one to beat McCain in a general, Obama is weak, weak, weak, I know he's avoided debating you, I don't blame him, I can take him out in a debate!!

    Uncounted in Florida

    Go Hillary Go

    May 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Ty

    Belle, nice comments but they couldn't be farther from the truth.

    May 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  23. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    HOW CHILDISH AND LIKE OBAMA HIS SUPPORTERS ARE!

    CALLING PEOPLE UGLY?

    THIS IS SCHOOLYARD TALK!

    THIS ONLY MAKES OBAMA LOOK LIKE THE FOOL THAT HE IS!!!

    HE WILL NOT WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    GO HILLARY YOU ARE WINNING!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Sally from Cali

    Hillary was being ignored by the press, so she repeated something vile that she's said three other times in the past. So finally she was on the front page of every news publication. She needed FREE press because she's mismanaged her campaign so badly. She looked dazed and confused at her press conference in the grocery store on Friday which looked pathetic because she is an expert at getting public sympathy. She's even cried or feigned crying a couple of times.

    And right now she's working on her plans for a floor fight at the convention. She's not just in it until June 3. Don't be deceived. She wants the argument in these blogs to continue to the convention. She does not want to be vice president. She's made that abundantly clear by her vile comments. Hillary is waiting for something bad to happen. She wants to swift boar Obama. Let's be real. She wants to be president by ANY means necessary.

    We will need a King Solomon to decide the nomination. If you know the story, the mother who wanted to split the baby rather than let the other mother have it, lost.

    Democrats unite!

    May 26, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Jim

    GO HILLARY! You are the only electable Democratic candidate!

    "It's the Electoral College, stupid!"

    May 26, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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