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

    Obama is a racist pig.

    He will never win in November. The DNC are idiots.

    May 30, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. screwing HRC

    The DNC pick, Obama is such a weak candidate, in the easiest election year for democrats to win- that the DNC must violate it's own rules and demand that Clinton drop out early. And they are pressuring the superdelegates to decide early to install Obama.

    The rules say otherwise. You Obama zealots, inform yourselves of the rules. i know you are scared that Obama can not win without unfair boosts and without outright cheating.

    But He is stealing the nomination and millions of democrats will walk away from the party.

    May 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    She's in the last throes (a Dick Cheney joke) πŸ™‚

    Okay, everybody calm down. So far, this is where we are.

    1. Obama is the likely nominee, unless of course, Hillary throws another hissy fit.

    2. He will run against John McCain.

    Here are some of Obama's problems:
    1. He's inexperienced.
    2. He's black. (yes, this is a problem – it's not yet ok to be black and run for president.)
    3. He has a hard time with some whites, some hispanics, and some older voters.

    Here are some of the solutions:
    1. Spend more time in the rural areas of the country. Have more small-town meetings.
    2. Do everything you can to make friends with Hillary. I know this will be hard, but if you can accomplish this, then you're the man!
    3. If you have any other unsavory "friends", such as Rezko, Wright, etc., do not wait to kick them to the curb! Do it before we find out more dirt.

    Here are some of McCain's problems:
    1. He supports 90% of Bush's policies.
    2. He's too old, according to most younger voters.
    3. He's a Republican, and the Republican party is currently in a tailspin.

    Here are some of his solutions:
    1. He needs to kick George Bush to the curb – along with his money.
    2. He's not getting any younger, so I can't help him on that.
    3. He's not going to change his party, so I can't help him there either.

    And the winner is:
    Barack Obama! (or Hillary Clinton if something should "happen" to Obama!)

    May 30, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Ted

    But Hillary, the Puerto Rico popular vote will not count in November.

    May 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Dean

    She should resign from the campaign now so that the democratic party cannot unite behind Obama and defeat John McBush.

    May 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Joe Reg

    She can have the territory.

    They can't vote in November any way.

    May 30, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. History1

    This election year will be famous for when the best candidate the democrats ever had in decades was screwed over so that a black man could be installed as the nominee.

    That is, apparently the prefered history making...but it is not likely. HRC supporters are furious and and moved by the injustices shown their candidate.

    May 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Lana, California

    For a campaign $21 million (and apparently counting) in debt, what's another contribution funded trip for the entire family in the tropics? A drop in the bucket for the ol' campaign supporters to support along with the requisite delusions of Madame.

    Will some please remind her that we are trying to get rid of a person whom, for the last almost 8 years in OUR oval office:

    Lied, Deceived, Cheated, enriched themselves and cronies, Bankrupted our Country and had an attitude of "My way or the highway". Plus comes off as a petulant, spoiled brat.

    Kind of sounds like a certain candidate running in Puerto Rico with her family.

    Which begs the question...why do we potentially want another 8 years of THAT?

    Women for Obama.

    May 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. aliou FL

    Dead End.

    Hillary-bush-MSame can win all she wants, the race is over. When you reach the dead end, the smart thing is to change course.

    if she keeps running,that is because she is turning in circles.

    Give it up Ms. And be gracious about it.

    May 30, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. aware

    Big time double digits in Puerto Rico for Hillary! πŸ™‚

    Shame on Obama! His team went over the top with the Scott McCllelan book. It doesn't sound like Scott but it sure does sound like the Obama team. Obama is a character with questionable character – just keep up with the news! πŸ™

    May 30, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Olivia

    Hillary is the best candidate...and will be a president for ALL the people.
    Obama has caused splits along racial lines, and although it's not totally his fault the fact remains it happens because of him. Bad sign.
    Also, I don't understand why the people would want someone in the White house with so much radical baggage linked to him.
    Puerto Rico......some people fel you're not important because you don't count in the general election. YOU ARE IMPORTANT! DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE RHETORIC . VOTE HILLARY!

    May 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Mauricio Galvao Anderson

    Making waves seems the only purpose of Sen. HRC. Puerto Rico is not part of the US, they canΒ΄t vote for president. Then, make waves and hope they reach the sandy beach of nomination. HRC yous time is up.

    May 30, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. David, Paducah, Kentucky

    Maybe she will stay there and take Ferraro with her.

    May 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. aliou FL

    Now we can see age is getting at her too. Chealsey should have been the adult in that mad house and talk some sense in her parents.

    Rather, she is being a puppy and smiling like a dumb blonde behind them. How sad.

    May 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Go Hillary...Yes you will!!!

    Take it all the way to the convention Hillary!!

    May 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. y

    What happened to the gas tax holiday for this year??????
    hmmmmm, no follow up on that... figures what else she wont come through on...

    oh man... so much for that...

    given choices of empty promises or hope... I'll take hope every time!

    May 30, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. History2

    This year will be famous.

    The year the democrats could not fail to reclaim the white house...until they chose to install Obama instead of running a fair election.

    The media trashed and bashed and throttled and pummeled Hillary Clinton just to advantage Obama.

    The DNC broke all their own party rules to secure an Obama nomination.

    Obama resorted to to the race card and cheating and mocking his opponent just to gain a small lead.

    But in NOV HISTORY WILL BE MADE when millions of democrats will not vote for the democratic nominee, for the first time ever, IF it is the liar Obama.

    May 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Shasta

    I love how every time Hillary is ahead before a primary, it's the most important primary and a "turning point."

    That being said, Puerto Ricans have just as much a right to vote as anyone else in America.

    Maybe a majority of the Obama supporters here need to stop echoing "yes we can" and "change we can believe in" and start focusing on their own bitterness and lack of ability to accept differences and work towards unity of the WHOLE party, including Hillary supporters.

    That having been said, Obama '08!

    May 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. True

    Puerto Rico can vote for her in the General Election...Oh, wait, they can't. They can't vote for anybody in November. Ay yay yay!

    May 30, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. tanner, ca

    To all the Obama supporters:
    Sure you CAN... BUT YOU WON'T!!!

    Hillary in 08!!! (or McCain/Hillary will work too... NOBAMA!)

    May 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Obama is sending his uncle to to liberate Cuba so they can vote in the primaries.

    May 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. annieoakley

    Apparently Obama supporters are so besotted with their Kenyan-American candidate that they would rather bully Clinton out of the race than see a Democrat get elected. Maybe if Puerto Rico shows more sense than most of the rest of the states and some of the superdelegates come out of their coma than we could have candidate in fall who might actually have a chance at becoming president.

    May 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. go Hillary

    In November, if Obama is installed as the democratic nominee, history will be made as millions of democrats walk from their party. Many of these democrats were lifelong loyalists. But they could not live with a fixed election and with the disrespect, hate, bias, injustices heaped on the best candidate- HRC.

    I will write her name in.

    May 30, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. TonyNJHC

    Give Hillary your support my friends. This lady is the one who will fight for you. I don't think the others care. Hillary is no quitter. She is not a fake. She is the real deal, which is why she is getting so much flack here on the mainland. You are not quitters either. When non-quitters get together, watch out because things get accomplished! This qualified and electable candidate has been mistreated here on the mainland because she possess three qualities which make her enemies angry, those qualities being Distinction, Courage, and Tenacity. This Lady is a fighter, no quitter here. Give her your support and she will fight for us all, the forgotten ones. God Bless The Brave People of Puerto Rico! Viva Libertad!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. aware

    America will get you Dems if you continue to 'Swiftboat" Hillary! πŸ™‚

    May 30, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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