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. Realistic

    Alright! Way to stir up hatred so that you can run again in 2012.

    Clinton / Lewinsky '12

    May 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Morgan

    My question is did Clinton encourage people not to boo and unite or encourage the boos and divide the party?

    May 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Nikole

    ROB-What exactly has Sen. Clinton done for the Latino community. I am not starting a fight, but I really am not up on what the reasons are for the Latino community feeling like she is owed their vote. Just curious.

    May 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Charles Lamb

    As a neutral observer of this Primary, I wonder why PR gets 53 delegates but can not vote in the General Election .The votes of Michigan and Florida do not count in the Primary but count in the General Election. What`s wrong with DNC.

    PR should get no more than a few delegates, no more than Washington, D.C.

    This whole PR Primary is a joke.

    Is American DNC really running a democratic Primary.

    May 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Vic

    When Senator Clinton receives such a welcoming reception, it's hard to imagine that she is treated so ugly here at home. When Obama wins the nomination, of course we'll all get behind him. But what is hard to understand is why Obama supporters continue to slam her and call her such awful names. She has received an impressive number of votes, so she must have something going for her. It just seems grossly unfair that she's treated so negatively after she has worked so hard for us and our country. It will surely be good when this nomination election is over. I don't know about the rest of our bloggers, but all the negativity is getting to be so tiresome.

    May 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. willie

    as i see it we haven't got a great choice for president.make that any choice. we have the same mess that is and has been in washington all the time so it "WILL NOT" be any sort of change. it will be the same old trash we have had all the time.
    btw the resession that was blamed on hoover, well he had a solid democrat house and senate so who caused the ressesion one lone republican? hardly!!!!!!!!
    taxes were higher with the clinton mis-administration, remember the fast-track that has sent american jobs to other countries? obamamallon doesnt have any new ideas just the same old same old that we have had all along..............

    May 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Daniel

    It is disgusting to boo the Democratic Nominee for President of the United States.

    Hillary Clinton is disgraceful. And I am not saying that because I am a "Hillary Hater." I am saying that because she brought it on themselves.

    I held Hillary Clinton in high regard before the primaries began.

    Too bad she disgraced herself to horribly. It really is sad.

    May 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Mr DE

    05/25/2008....

    McCain vs Obama.... 47 – 45 McCain will WIN
    McCain vs Hillary .. 44 – 49 Hillary will WIN...

    You decided who you want your next president.....

    FYI.

    1972 Democratic Primary popular vote
    Hubert Humphrey 4,121,372 (25.77%)
    George McGovern 4,053,451 (25.34%)
    Henry M. Jackson 505,198 (3.16%)

    1972 Democratic National Convention
    Delegate Vote for Presidential Nomination
    George McGovern 1,865
    Henry M. Jackson 525
    Hubert Humphrey 67

    So it seems not always popular vote will get nominee.

    1972 General Election
    Richard Nixon (R) 520 electoral vote
    George McGovern (D) 17 electoral vote

    May 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Ilona Proud Canadian

    To you disgusting Obama Bashers,(note I didn't say you Clinton Supporters) Hillary does NOT have the popular vote! You can mimic Hillary as much as you like, but the bottom line is simply this:

    HILLARY DOES NOT HAVE THE POPULAR VOTE!! Period, full stop!

    You folks can vote for Hillary, but I hope that you are willing to live with the outcome. This woman is a wolf in sheep's clothing, she would without a doubt eat "little red riding hood" if that was what it takes to get her in to the White House!!! And guess what? Should this happen, it will be CLINTON, CLINTON, AND CLINTON. She will have absolutely no use for you her avid supporters!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Jason

    No matter who wins, she has an advantage over Obama in a general election matchup vs. McCain. Apparently the superdelegates don't see this...

    May 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. HILLARY

    WARNING:
    HILLARY IS PEDELLING SNAKE OIL TO THE PR PEOPLE. PLEAE DON'T BUY PEOPLE!!

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Enrique

    The Clinton name has been forever damaged. It's a pity that Bill and Hillary have lost the respect and admiration of millions in their quest for power.

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    THANK YOU CNN FOR NOT POSTING ANOTHER OF MY COMMENTS.
    YOU MOST DEFINITELY MUST BE AN OBAMA BACKER.

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. charles

    We should start a countdown to when shee will introduce her gasoline tax bill that she promised the voters of Indiana. She said she would introduce it even if everyone was against it.

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Biographer

    Someone has released a copy of Hillary Clinton's bedtime prayer. Here it is:

    "Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
    Keep me safe through all the drama –
    Just let someone shoot Obama!"

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Jesse

    ~

    It's over... please for the sake of fashion burn those pant suits!

    Ps and someone please get the Clintons to take their medication... they seem to be halucinating.

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Daniel

    It's amazing why all the Hillary supporters have to SHOUT.

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. White & Old Midwest Female

    They love you so much down there–why don't you just stay. Maybe they'll put you in some office.

    Brilliant idea–then you can learn to speak Spanish and stay out of our hair up here in the states!

    GOBAMA!

    May 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. captain

    Does Bill Clinton have a crystal ball that allows him to see into the electoral future? Why did Hillary memorably respond "Yes, Yes, Yes," when asked if Obama could win in November? Why is the campaign 30$-million in debt? As an Obama supporter who would vote for Hillary without hesitation if she were the nominee and who deplores the ugly name calling she has faced, I can't believe that some Clinton supporters would vote for four more years (Roe v. Wade, health care, Iraq) simply to stick it to Obama.

    May 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Ricardo Williams

    Destructive Hillary continues her journey to a slow and painful defeat.

    May 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. old time democrat

    well Hillary,I have been a fan,agree with your right to run to the end, but,you have changed your game so many times..you check to see which way the wind blows before saying what you are for, what you are against, what you are for. make up your mind, quit the negitives,and the dirty tricks. sadly, you no longer have my support,because of your old style politics. we do need a change, I am glad to support Sen. Obama. indeed,the race was yours to loose,and you have. with Bill's help..I am proud to be in support of Barack,he is a man of ethics and good character,...look out mr. Mc Cain, here we come.

    May 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Independent wrote:
    Why does she continue to attack while Obama praises her?

    -

    Because it's her nature. She always has that twinkle in her eye when she's dissing Obama. I find it disturbing, that she relishes destroying people that don't agree with her.

    Obama, on the other hand, can still see the good in others, even though he may disagree with them. It's one of his better traits and will help him unify our country.

    May 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. MJB

    MATH.

    HASTA LUEGO, PUTA.

    May 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. DC from NJ

    To: Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA - you are right, they are not that stupid but Hillary thinks they are. Pretending to be one of them in her usual condescending way. So she had a crowd of a couple hundred people. BFD. Go Obama! Let's wrap this up. Enough of the Clintons.

    May 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. willy

    Obama is a whinny baby Jimmy Carter rehash. CNN and the rest of the liberal media won’t dig into their Romeo’s dirty past

    May 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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