May 30th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton looks to Puerto Rico to boost her campaign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Clinton speaks at a Cuban social club, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, May 25."] SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton is spending her second straight weekend campaigning in Puerto Rico before the island territory's June 1 primary. It could be one of her last chances to boost her popular vote total.

For Clinton, it's a family affair - with both husband Bill and daughter Chelsea making the rounds.

"Chelsea and I and Hillary have now been to 42 of Puerto Rico's municipalities campaigning for the votes of the people of Puerto Rico," Bill Clinton said Thursday.

"She represents more Puerto Ricans than anyone in the world except someone who is elected here. Send the message back to the mainland on Sunday that Puerto Rico deserves to be considered and its potential is unlimited if only you had a genuine partner in the White House," he added.

She's counting on a strong showing on Sunday. With 55 delegates up for grabs Tuesday, it's the last big prize before the primaries end.

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    Go Hillary!!!!

    Obama will never win in November.

    May 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. pam Eugene OR

    Stop the insanity Hillary. Please do the right thing and go home. PR does not count in the general!
    How are you paying for all of this? I sure hope you aren't spending all this money counting on Obama to pay your bills.

    May 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Obama 08

    Not to be criticize the voters of Puerto Rico, but am I the only one who finds it bizarre that Clinton wants these votes to be counted in her "popular" vote but does not count the voters in caucus states and the "uncommitted" voters in Michigan?

    May 30, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. DemsV

    Now people say that Puerto Rico doesn't count because they don't vote in November. So should we count the US Virgin Island, Guam ect that voted for Obama?

    May 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. john

    If Obama is as wise as I hope.He will put Hillary on his ticket.that ends a divided party and would be the best ticket of all time.the general election would be the biggest defeat for the republicans since this country was founded and send them back to the stone age where they belong.

    May 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Extinct

    Who cares about Hillary and Puerto Rico?

    May 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. bakersfield


    May 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. johnny reb

    How odd that Hillary is depending on a non-state to justify, validate, rationalize, and sustain her personal aspirations of glory. She did not care about Michigan and Florida (way-back when she did not beleive their support was necessary); but now has become their champion. She never mentioned (or cared about) Puerto Rico until now, when she see's (PR) as being her political savior. Now, all of a sudden, she is PR's champion, also. When is Hillary going to stop this pathetic charade? Has she no sense of honor, dignity, and humility??

    May 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Conservative Buyer- CA

    It is time to rally behind Barack Obama. The campaign is finished next week but the contest has long been over.

    A vote for McCain is a vote for war, skyrocketing gas prices, and an 'economic slowdown'.

    May 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. The Right Republican

    NEXT Bring it on Hillary and Bill, we have been waiting for you to win! We have all kinds of stuff on you guys too. A woman as President...yeah right like that will happen this century. $50 says you guys pick Barry as the VP. Don't worry if we beat you for the Presidency the legions of feminists will dance around in circles with Hillary on their t-shirts and protesting the Presidency as unfair! Then they will have to go back to homemaking and kids.

    May 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Dena in SC

    As bad as it seems now, all of this controversy is working for Obama's advantage. Strength comes through trials. Murdoch is right–Obama will win by a landslide over McCain. Deep down everbody knows he speaks the truth. That's why his opponents are putting so much pressure on him. Obama, we are praying for you 24/7.

    May 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    For real, Scott, I agree completely!!! Also . . .
    Remember during the first few debates when it was just Hillary and Obama and they found it hard to even find differences to debate about? These two candidates are so similar in their ideas for this country, why would any Clinton supporter ever think of voting McCain? I wonder if the rumor I heard was true and all these negative "threats to vote for McCain if not Hillary" comments come from Republicans being paid to put them here . . . because anyone can see McCain has nothing to offer.

    May 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. tony

    No need to bring the level of of anger up your hurting your party I really do not know how much damage you have done to you and your party .Obama can do just as good serving puertoRico .Give it up.

    May 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Masood

    Is she still running? What is wrong with her?

    May 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Mark

    Shes just taking a vacation on her campaign is all she is doing and shes covering it up by saying shes campaigning there before she comes out to say shes withdrawing. Oh and for the readers I think CNN is really reading these things because I have psoted some good stuff on here and it always gets wiped off

    May 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. sam

    She has promise evething to Puerto Rico people , but they better understand that she is not delivering anything and she just want or looking for your votes this comimg Tuesday. You will never see again in Puerto Rico I hope she get out from Democracty party and run as Independent, she will not gey any votes and prove her self that people do not want any more and that include Bill Clinton. May be she will make P.R. as part of Newyork state in next elections '

    May 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Agnostic Democrat

    She'll look just about anywhere these days to boost her campaign. Maybe she needs to face reality and have eveyone stop feeding her insatiable ego.

    How long have her and Bill been lying to each other?
    Forever. They deserve each other because one is just as delusional as the other.

    Bill: Hillary, you can still win this!

    Hillary: Bill, I know you never touched that woman (or any others).

    May 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. commentspage

    And you will be President, not that junior senator with tiny...CV and "great" friends- terrorists, corruptionists and black religious fanatics.

    May 30, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Venus

    Thank goodness the primary in PR will boost her campaign---
    farther over in the "Loser's Lane" and closer to June 3rd -----

    I want to see if she will ask them for money after she wins in PR!

    Go Obama!

    May 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. paul

    KEEP GOING, HILLARY!!! We should be proud of the fact that in 2008 the United States has entered into a new world arena where color and sex is not a detterent. In Great Britain a women is the figure head of state and a woman has been the prime minister as well as in Germany and Ireland and many other places. In many other countries around the world a person of color rules. Now in 2008 we have the great chance of putting a black man in office and just as well a woman as his running mate.

    BUT WHAT DO WE DO AS A COUNTRY with the help of the media, we pull out the race card and the sexism card. While the race card in this country will always be played as a stronger card and the sexist card will always lose out it is still sickening that we can't allow these two people to run without saying the other should stop.

    The party has not officially nominated someone. If they are so insistent on that than have the convention the day after the final primary. I am disgusted with the subtle ways Nancy Pelosi is saying that Hillary should step out of the race or how race is why Barack loses a primary.


    May 30, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Rebecca

    I just cannot stand Obama period. He is racist underneath all the suits and words that are written for him. He can't talk in a debate. People are just crazy for voting for him.

    May 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Patty Don't

    What is Puerto Rico going to do? Not vote in the general election? Oh wait, they can't vote in the general anyway.

    Where's the guy with the hook to pull Clinton off stage? He's late.

    May 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. usa

    ======no wonder her supporters are Uneducated =====

    ===== Puerto Rico Can NOT vote in General Election=====


    May 30, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Ex-Hillary supporter

    The Clinton campaign has been a sad spectacle, I became disillusioned early on with its negativity and her blatant lies. She sank to an all time low when she implied that she was waiting in the wings in case something bad happens to Obama. The result of the Puerto Rico primary will have little impact, it just gives her the opportunity to pander to the voters there as she has done throughout her miserable campaign.

    May 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Esther from Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    why on earth does our system allow PR to vote in the primary when they can not vote for president? its confused me all this time they get all the benefits of being a state but none of the responsibilities of it.

    May 30, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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