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. GO-Bama - OH

    Listen to what the title says Hillary supporters..."Boost her Campaign." It's obvious that she's losing fair and square. What are you Hillary supporters so angry about? She's losing because Obama has shown that he can better organize and run a campaign. His campain judgement has proven nearly flawless. Nobody is cheating.
    If she was really about making every vote count she wouldn't have decided to wait until she was losing the race before she stepped up to plate for MI and FL. She's trying to have the rules changed at the last minute, throwing fits because she can't have things her way, and not to mention all the attack adds against a fellow democrat. That's childish!

    May 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. OMG!

    Don't be fooled Puerto Rico, Hillary put a spell on you, you are in a nightmare, wake up before it's too late. If she gets in she will turn a cheek and forget you exist.

    May 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Dan


    While I don't agree with what has been said by the men at this church, remember the prohibition on religious tests for office in our republic. Maybe Obama agrees with what has been said, and maybe he doesn't. The important thing is to make an informed decision based on their positions and policies, not solely based on what a pastor has said.

    I think it is a travesty the way both McCain and Obama have had to answer for the remarks of other men, and the way that the media has elevated such discussion to the forefront of their broadcasts. In an election this important, I find it sad that the offensive remarks of "pastors" have become more important to the average American than substantive issues critical to our country.

    May 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga



    May 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Extinct

    Please look outside the box Hillary Clinton and Senator Dole. All of these recent McClellan/Michigan/Florida articles are opportunities that have been created within the Republican Party and Clinton Camp to discredit Senator Obama. The force and strength that Obama holds, sways and maintains, clearly overshadows not only Hillary but also McCain. Obama has become an icon and impetus in U.S. politics.

    The only way that the Clinton Camp and Republican Party can have a "fair" presidential campaign based on tradition, old school rules and politics, is to get Obama out of the picture. Physical elimination of Obama would cause a meltdown in the U.S., remembering what happened in the case of Rodney King, multiplied countrywide. The only remaining option is to change Obama’s public perception by somehow attaching whistleblowers and party unfavorables to his professional image and counting illegally attained votes.

    May 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Terry in New York

    Rules are for Barack not Hillary!! I guess that's what she wants. Punish Barack for following the rules so she can look better. She'll punish MI before letting Barack get any delegates from that state. Where's the sense? If she deserves them so does he afterall if no campaigning was done who knows how it would have turned out.

    Go home to Arkansas B,,,,

    May 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Linda from Prescott

    How does Puerto Rico help, sure it counts in the primary, but they don't vote in November.

    I'm wondering if a doctor has checked Hllary out later, I think she has toxic campaign poisoning.

    May 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Mike in Calgary

    Hillary should run for Governor in West Virginia or Ohio or some other state where the voters have limited job prospects, little education and low literacy rates. Her promise you anything campaign seems to appeal to voters who are not well read, industrious, creative and discerning and who have short memories and limited attention spans or who are patently racist. Now we know why GERALDINE FERRARO supports the Clintons.


    May 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Mary K

    Perhaps Clinton's newest idea is that only candidates that can win territories with NO electoral votes can beat McCain. Absurd!

    May 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Tyrone Brown

    I look forward to the people of Puerto Rico making their voices heard. It will also move us one step closer to ending this primary and moving on to the next phase – Obama's general election campaign.

    May 30, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. cynical

    ummm, yeah. being puerto rican i still wouldn't vote for a liar/sore loser whose self importance will not let her concede & unite the democratic party regardless of the fact that she can't win. hell, even mitt romney had the grace and fortitude to bow out, rather than making the GOP primary the protracted circus that the dem primary has become.

    honestly hillary supporters (and don't get uptight, i'm still undecided), she has cried wolf for so many different reasons: sexism, racism and probably a few more "isms" i lost track of. she still lost, get over it. don't be sour grapes and vote against your own self interest like america did the last 2 elections. calm down, study the facts, and for god sake, stop getting all of your info and talking points from the mainstream media.

    May 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. enoch needles

    spend that campaign money (money you don't have) on one last fling in PR. enjoy, get some sun, buy some straw hats, and drink some pina coladas by the pool.

    then write your concession speech.

    May 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. SaneTexan

    Since CNN closes the comments when they get their quota of pro-Obama post, I' m writing here.
    Obamaites...If Scott and all those low-life Republicans are gonna vote for Obama, what should that tell you? Duh, Obama is weak and the GOP will walk all over him. He is also corrupt as any Republican who can be bought on any issue if the price is right.
    About Geraldine: She speaks the TRUTH that millions of American voters know is true. Get ready in November!
    Who is bitter Obama going to blame when he loses in Nov? Hillary? The white folks? The South?
    Hillary supporters unite! We have been called racists and idiots by Obama supporters for too long! We are mad as hell and we will have our time at the polls in November when we write in Hillary! Then Obama and Michelle can crawl back to Chicago with the rest of their hate monger friends.

    May 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Flo



    May 30, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Cammi317

    wonder – Puerto Rico CANNOT vote in the General Election, it is strictly forbidden.

    May 30, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    please supers do something fast to get thissickening woman outta here please dont let this madness go on anymore i and alot of other people as you can see has had about enough of her lying whining twisting breaking rules spinning please put and end to it soon hillary why dont you grow up and act your age i feel like im listening to a five year old everytime she talks hillary you should be ashamed of the example you have set forr all woman around the country i am a woman who use to support you but guess what im embaressed i ever did!!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Elena Towers

    Dear Obamamaniacs. Go ahead and trash Puerto Rico because it is not represented in the electoral college. Whether you like it or not a big win there will make her claim of winning the popular vote a reality – without counting Florida and Michigan. Please go ahead and provoke the millions of Puerto Ricans in the mainland that are a core constituency of the Democratic Party & while you are at please take a moment to kiss Obama's unifying message goodbye.

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Linda Esen

    I dont understand those pressing this : DO THE RULES NOT APPLY WHEN YOU ARE LOSING – SHE SIGNED AN AGREMENT WITHT HE DNC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once again : DO THE RULES NOT APPLY WHEN YOU ARE LOSING ????>>>!!!

    WELL They will apply- Obaba will get this nomination and If you Clintonites are still bitter – do democratic party a favor and STAY HOME instead – didn't your momma eva teach you that you cant always have things your way!

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Hillary, it's over

    Since you're clearly in love with Puerto Rico, would you consider moving there once you've lost the nomination?

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Eddie

    Obama all the way...your ignorance is much to obvious by the statement you made. Puerto Rico has been a part of the United States for the last 110 years and Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917 and Puerto Rico has the second highest rate of those choosing to fight in the military to defend our country. That being said it's only a small consolation that we get 63 (NOT 55 lest you forget our super delegates) Puerto Ricans are proud to be citizens of the United States and have defended its honor and principles through the shedding of its blood on foreign soil. Makes sense to you know? I'm sure you would not give your 2 cents if Obama was leading in PR...

    May 30, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. aware

    Right Rave! 🙂

    I think the proper way for Americans to teach another lying, cheating politician like Obama is to defeat him miserably in PR. We are not voting for in these primaries to boost Obama's ego. All he cares about is getting to the White House, and he will do anything to accomplish this goal.

    Teach him a nice lesson folks…

    Hillary 2008 and 2012! 🙂

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Puerto Rican in Swing State

    I am worried and saddened by the way Obama supporters have downplayed and humiliated the efforts made by the Clintons regarding the Puerto Rico primary. While residents of the island are not allowed to vote in the "general," there is a very well structured Democratic Party within the island. Obama himself has gone down there to collect money. After all, this is a DEMOCRATIC primary, right? So, why is it so appalling to the Obama supporters about the fact that Puerto Ricans would have a say in the matter? They sure didn't object when the Guam primary was taking place! And I don't see Obama returning contributions from Puerto Rican donors anytime soon! Moreover, Puerto Ricans living in the mainland (like myself) ARE allowed to vote in the "general." That makes about 3.5 million votes. That includes about 800,000 in certain swing state named FLORIDA. Other important communities are located in key states such as Ohio (Lorain County/Cleveland) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Lancaster, York). I thought the Obama supporters could eventually bring all components of the Democratic Party on board. The disrespect towards Puerto Rican voters tells me otherwise...

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. christina

    I find the statement "she represents Puerto Ricans than anyone in the world except someone who's elected here" to be EXTREMELY....(at a loss for words).

    Let's see:
    Hillary Rodham Clinton – rich, white lady that's eaten from a silver spoon since birth...yeah I'm with you 100% there Bill! I take it that hallucinating is your favorite pastime since your favorite intern moved overseas???!!!

    It's official....................ALL OF THE CLINTONS HAVE COMPLETELY LOST IT!

    OBAMA '08

    May 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. John

    If Puerto Rico votes for Clinton, they'll never be a state. In fact, they'll see their status and funding reduced. Also, I see their delegates being cut down substantially in the future.

    May 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. enomisa

    Why all the anti-Hillary comments and hate? White male candidates lagging behind by far more delegates got to exercise their right to take it to the convention. Why not HRC? Is it because the black man feels entitled to the nomination AND the presidency?

    Hillary should keep going..the voters clearly want her to. This is not what is dividing the party and creating bitterness . It is comments like Roland Martin's and those of the other Obama supporters in the Media that are creating and fueling divisiveness.

    Let the voters decide, let the DNC make a FAIR decision about Michigan and Florida, and let the primaries continue. Hillary is not the enemy...she has done nothing to hurt this party, this country or the world.

    Obama is the divisive one. Clinton has the right under the democratic party rules to fight to the convention, where the nominee is decided. The superdelegates should not be weighing in until then.

    In fact, her staying int he race has made OBama realize how much work he must do to gain credibility and substance, to counter GOP attacks.

    May 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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