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. Mario

    Both blame the others instead them self. They tought from the bigining any of them 'Clintons' can do anything even divide their own party. Hope puertoricans realize it... Don't you.. Vote Obama for the futur, No more Clinton... Please

    May 26, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. JB

    Too all of those Clinton supporters that claim Obama has no substance, just rhetoric of change.

    If you bury your head in he sand, and then yell and scram that he has no substance, IT DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE!!

    I would suggest you go to his website. You can learn all you want about his policies. You might as well get familiar with him, he is going to be our next President.

    Ah ha!!! You lost! Now get in line like a good democrat.

    And to those whiny Shillary supporters who say that they are going to vote for McCain. GO AHEAD, you insolent children. The truth is he doesn't need your vote!!

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

    Western Voter...
    Obama thinks it's OK to actually kill a baby that survives a late term abortion. Should doctors hold a live baby in their hands and then kill him/her? Would you rather have that? Or would you rather have SOME regulation on abortion??????

    May 26, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. shiobhan

    Please, if you fools do not live in Puerto Rico or were born in the island you have no say in these primaries...Obama is only for the blacks, he does not fool us...Hilary #1. Those who live in the island know who is the best candidate...Anyone else has no say, only the ones that live in Puerto Rico.

    May 26, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Trollmaster

    This stuff about MI and FL. If Hillary truly cared about their votes she would have raised hell a year ago, not at the final 2 minutes of the game when she's losing. Her "outrage" is more fake than pro wrestling, and just as fake as these "If my girl Hillary doesn't win, I'm voting for McCain" Republicans pretending to be Democrats you see post here.

    And how can we take the votes of those states seriously when many didn't go out to vote knowing their votes wouldn't count?

    She's running on experience. But with examples like voting for the Iraq war and supporting NAFTA, what's the point of having experience if you're wrong about critical issues affecting this nation?

    The Republicans would love nothing more than to see this drag on to the convention. Democrats need to realize this and make sure this does not happen. At this late stage, Obama is their man.

    The Super delegates need to act if Hillary does not drop out after June 3rd. Truthfully, I'd like to see her leave as graceful as possible, but if she's going to pull every technicality, dirty trick, and stay in the race because she thinks she's more electable, and have this process drag on, then sad to say, she does need to be bullied out.

    I would imagine Hillary has more sense and will do the right thing after June 3rd.

    May 26, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. ted

    Anna: Take it to the convention? I hope you realize that it will never go that far....and if it does, she will not only lose, but tarnish the Clinton name even more so than it is now......

    May 26, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Hillary

    Agnostic Democrat:
    Just how long did it take to create the little world you live in?

    May 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. fred

    Obama is only using college students and blacks!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary...we will NOT unite behind Obama!!!!

    Hillary or McCain it is your call DNC!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Timber

    Go Hillary!! Don't let the haters get you down.

    May 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Jacklyn

    Puerto Rico is beautiful and Puerto Ricans are very smart people and I hope that they do not let Hillary and Bill Clinton soil their land from the dirty politics going on in the mainland. Bill Clinton has accused the American people, superdelegates, the Dems and the Democratic National Committee with rigging this race when in fact it has been the politics that he and his wife and their organization has campaigned on. Although he was dubbed as the first Black President was a crock because he really showed that Arkansas mentality during this race to be a racist. He is speaking for Hillary and she wants it that way so she needs to go on and accept defeat and get out of this race but I am a believer that once this week and the next week is over, the math will prove that she CANNOT WIN!

    May 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Griff

    The new Emancipation for Chauvanism. Obama'nism!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Hillary

    Salli from Cali:
    No, we are NOT republicans. We are Moderates. BO is too liberal and he has treated Hillary like you know what. He's arrogant and INEXPERIENCED. McCain is moderate. He is hated by the hard right because he is so moderate. He believes in global warming and green energy jobs. He would do SOOOOOO much better than Bush and Obama.

    May 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. tiffany jackson

    These people are so schizo.Before they were saying Hillary is getting beat up by the guys,although she was the front-runner. Then they start with the kitchen strategy and tells Obama if he can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Bill says,"Politics is a contact sport"- no he's saying that they are bullying her and it is a cover up this and that- Let me set the record straigh, If Hilllary gets the nomination she will not win. All she will get is the regular dems,minus the new voters (young, independ) -you know the kerry and gore votes. McCain will not only get independents but FIRE up the republican base- therefore she will lose. If Obama is the nominee he will get the dem base(minus a few disgruntled) but will add young people and independents AND more importantly the republicans might vote for him or vote for Barr or stay home.

    May 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. You thief you...

    Si se puede! She should be ashamed of herself for stealing every tag line the Obama campaign uses. Can't her people think for themselves...?? And to think...she has a bunch of uneducated dummies as supporters who can't see the truth in front of their faces.

    Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it!

    Wake up!

    Obama/His Choice 08/12

    May 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. gman

    Here's a great Obama Administration:
    Pres – Obama
    VP – Kathleen Sebelius
    AG – John Edwards
    Sec State – Bill Richardson
    Sec Defense – Jim Webb

    May 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Izabela, Ridgefield,CT

    Either Hillary or nobody gets my vote!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. Sick of her...

    I'm just sick of this woman. us a favor and go away! It's time!

    May 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |




    YOU GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Diane Spencer

    HILARRY please do not give up. AMERICA nedds and wants you. you are the only one who can make a difference. I hope you do not give up. Te quiero mucho!

    May 26, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Love to Love the Clintons

    I don't think the Tiny Bama's get it. He has no work experience and he does not have an established history on his political views. It doesn't make sense to me that people don't like the Clinton's, when he was in office everyone was making money? I just don't think older people will vote for someone that we don't know. And by older I mean 25 and up. I know a lot of people will read this and say I'm over 25 and I love Obama, because Obama supporters are always blogging. It's annoying. You just can't step into any job without any work experience. If he's the nominee it will be very surprising if he can win. Oh, and Latino's seem pretty intelligent to me. I think they can decide who to vote for. And John if you actually READ the articles you'll see that Obama said he would make Puerto Rico a state as well. Awww.... reading. Isn't it great.

    May 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Izabela, Ridgefield,CT

    Hillary is the only hope for this country!

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

    To those who want Clinton to fight on convention:
    This is the best advice you can give to her. Look at how much she has downgraded herself from a viable candidate to a despicable public figure.

    Taking your advice, she will not only lose the last exit but also break your heart, only because you are too dump to realize that this country and its people have already throwed Clintons and Clintonism into a toilet.

    May 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Steve

    Gerald McEntee soliciting boos for Barack Obama? He's got to be a racist, right?

    May 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. amtFresno,CA

    Hillary, just stay in Puerto Rico, maybe you will do better there. you can run for something, since you feel like the vic here all the time.Fun In The Sun. Good luck and have a nice year.

    May 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  25. Johnny

    PR is not even allowed to vote in the Gen. Elections. So much for their opinion!

    May 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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