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. After further review,Texas

    Im glad it has gone this far,we may never have found out all the newest lies her and Bill have been spewing.But then again I dont believe any of these three,McCain Obama or Hillary.The Best candidates were blocked by the media and the powerful.

    May 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. obama - supporter - arkansas

    hillary take that old fart you call a husband and get lost

    the boos were for bill

    May 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. audacte

    Good thing Bill pardoned all those FALN terrorists... helped her win NY senate and now gives her the PR vote she needs. They are nothing if not brilliantly manipulative.

    May 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. kenny

    we love you hillary you are aheah in the polls against mccain never give yup if this doent work out run as an independant

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Shirley/CA for Obama

    Well, we all know she must be speaking to the uneducated and extremely ignorant.

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. mark

    Sick! Obama has been going out of his way to defend this woman every chance he gets over the past few weeks, and this is the thanks he gets...she's pathetic!

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. joe DeSoto, MO.

    I'm sick of Obomba and he will lose to McCain. The sheep are trying to elect Obama like they did Bush. Will they ever learn?
    Go Hillary!!

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary's talk is mere words. The funds to bolster medicare, pharmacare highway and bridge safety and educational enhancements were squandered when she refused to do her HOMEWORK AS A SENATOR. Not only did she not heed the Intelligence Report warning against the War in Iraq, SHE DIDN"T EVEN BOTHER TO READ IT! She just voted to initiate the War in Iraq squandering Trillions of Dollars and over 4,080 young American lives.
    HILLARY'S SPEECHES (ready on day 1, Bosnian Airport)
    ARE NOT "JUST WORDS" Hillary's speeches are "JUST LIES".

    Mike

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Umpire

    When you read the "I'll vote for McCain rather than for Obama" comments, remember that it is Republican strategy to plant these comments often on websites like this one. Any voter who is for Clinton because of her policy positions would never move over to the Republican party! Any voter who is for Clinton as the landmark first woman candidate, would never support McBush, who will appoint anti-women's rights justices to the Supreme Court.

    May 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. HillarySkank on myspace

    Hey Hillary, so you know some phrases in Spanish as well. I guess that means you can lie in two languages (if you don't count Bosnian)

    May 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Steven Perez

    It is a shame that a Presidential Candidate behaves like a circus clown in my country of Puerto Rico. Shame on Hillary.

    May 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. storytellers13

    puertoricans know their business
    they smell bama from far away
    they know something smell fishie

    May 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. NANA

    PUERTO RICO WHERE ELSE DOES SHE HAVE TO GO.HECK SHE CAN STAY THERE UNTIL NOVEMBER.JUST REMEMBER DESPERATION CALLS FOR DESPERATE MEASURES.

    May 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Pat in Florida

    Hillary – Queen of PR – Sounds good to me!

    May 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. No me gusta!

    Uh.........ok.........let's try another angle to get a vote. Why not? And isn't it ironic that Bill is crying about the disrespect that Hillary has received in this campaign. If my memory is correct, he paved the way with his complete and utter disrespect for her throughout their marriage.

    May 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Scott

    The democratic party is in a real bind in regrad to Florida and Michigan.If they decide to not count florida and michigan on May 31st,then you are gonna have some bitter voters in both states come general election time in November.Both Florida and Michigan are "swing states" meaning I think democracts will need to win them in November to win General election.

    So lets go other scenario,lets say democratic party decides to seat Florida & michigan-it counts the delegrates and votes from the states.That will help appease democractic voters in general election in florida and michigan-which the democracts need…

    but if you count delegates and votes in frlorida and michigan-Hillary clinton will still be behind in the delegrate count,but she will be ahead in popular vote overall.Then she really does a have legit reason to carry this thing to the democrate convention in August.

    You could say Hillary is behind and she should quit,but if she can say say she is ahead in overall popular vote,then I can not blame her for staying in race till convention.

    May 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. Dee, Tx

    This historic election has been turned into a hate campaign. The rancid hatred of one candidate over another in the same party reveals the darke side of American. The world is watching and reading these blogs and they are probably thinking what I'm thinking...God help us all and have mercy on our souls.

    May 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. 1926

    Obama idiots are getting hysterical. And rabid. Their vitriol is frightening. I believe they are capable of anything. I have never heard or read such hatred and anger. The only reason I can find is that they are scared to death. They know deep down in their heart he is not capable. Go away Obama.

    May 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. peach

    You go Hillary!! You are the best of the best!

    May 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. cmitch FW, TX

    This is not good, not good at all, Hillary and Bill are losing it. You people with the new math get a clue. Do not be like Bill & Hillary they are sore losers. Why is it necesary for the Clintons to be in the White House again, so they can cover up the damage Bill did. No Clintons in the white house again.

    May 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. rachel

    hmmm turn about is far play everytime clinton is mentioned at an Obama gathering they boo. Its good to see the feelings are returned and that everyone doesnt fall for the looker. Obama doesnt care about Puerto Rico and neither do his supporters because they dont count in the GE and they only care about what will get Obama in the Oval Office not what will help people.

    May 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. unite the dems

    What in god's name are the superdelegates waiting for?? This primary has got to end sooner rather than later. Hillary needs to be put down.

    May 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. JB

    It boggles my mind! How can the Clinton's get away with all of this bs? There are people that believe every word they say.

    Bullying superdelegates??????

    You two have been calling sd's every day threatening them.

    She can win the general election. MAYBE, but you do't get to play unless you win the Primary.

    Bill had his primary wrapped up in April. Hillary lied about that. Just like Bosnia. FIrst she said pledged delegates are what count, then it was SD's now SD's are "un american". She said she understood that FL and MI were not going to count, and AGREED. Now she blames Obama for the MI and FL predicament, and her idiot supporters believe her.

    GO AWAY!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. spencer

    Down with Roland, Keep Roland of the air... He is one of the ones bashing...

    May 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Joshua College Station Texas

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Hillary!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Just keeping it fair...(and real)...

    May 26, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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