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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  1. Marie-Lynn

    Hello cnn Obama score card need to be change. there is 1985 delegates as todays date. Thank you

    May 30, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. enomisa

    I'm a lifelong democrat and I will never help the hateful, vicious, intolerant, vulgar Obama supporters install their demagogue as president.

    I urge every HRC supporter not to stay home, and not to vote for McCain but to WRITE in Hillary Clinton.

    Stand up with your vote for democracy and justice and equality for all.

    May 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. noe

    Some people are too stubborn to do the research. Obama more than qualified. He has held elected office longer than her. He has written more legislation on the environment, the economy, and anti-weapons proliferation in his short time in "national" politics than in her entire career. Sure she's educated, experienced, qualified, and tenacious but she's also bad for this country. And certainly bad for the party. I'm proud to vote for Obama. It shocks me to read comments from all these women who would gladly give up their reproductive rights, condemn young people to countless years of more war, and continue our economies dire path, just because of ego. Don't buy into the headlines, the smears, and catch phrases. Spend a little time familiarizing yourself with Obama's policies. They in addition to his speaking, are very impressive. These attacks on his qualifications are completely baseless. Anyone who believes this is either too lazy to do the research, or unwilling to educate themselves on the facts. Please, I implore you, don't sentence me to more of republican control because of your pride.

    May 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. lifelong democrat

    Can you post me now?

    I'm a lifelong democrat and I will never help the hateful, vicious, intolerant, vulgar Obama supporters install their demagogue as president.

    I urge every HRC supporter not to stay home, and not to vote for McCain but to WRITE in Hillary Clinton.

    Stand up with your vote for democracy and justice and equality for all.

    May 30, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Obama is a racist

    First it was reverend wright – now a catholic priest friend of obama – spewing hate and anti white bull - But I have a deeper issue with Barack and his church - while Wright and this latest clown are mocking Senator Clinton in white hate speech, the ENTIRE congregation is up cheering and laughing - this means that the much wider circle of friends around Obama is as tainted and as racist as these two idiots - Now, that tell you something about the character of Obama - and who he mau surround himself with if he gets into the oval office -- DANGEROUS GAMBLE

    May 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. aliou FL

    Most countries are going for a rock star. France, Russia, .... have all chosen younger presidents in preparation for the fight ahead for the 21st century global market place.

    Why are people buying into the clin-Mcbush's stale politics?

    May 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. lifelongs for Hill

    If Obama steals this nomination, I will walk away from the democrats forever- after 35 years of steady support.

    May 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. JC

    Why so much hatred against Puerto Rico? They deserve to have their voices heard just like everyone else – I didn't see any bashing of Guam when Obama received a 7 vote majority there. Rather than trying to silence others like so many on these blogs would want, let everyone be heard before the nominee is declared.

    But there is a trend:
    If a state votes for Clinton and against Obama it is either 1) they are "uneducated" or 2) racist.

    When the Democrats lose the White House there will only be democrats to blame. The hatred and poo flung at democrats from other democrats is disgusting. This presidential election should have been a slam dunk for democrats – unpopular president, unpopular war, and good democrat nominees. Instead, democrats are fighting each other and the supporters of the loser of this primary will be completely disenfranchised. What a shame....:(

    May 30, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. aware

    The Dumb Dems may choose Obama but America won't! This election has caused many a Dem to fight and switch. I for one would vote for McCain but never the fatally flawed Obama. 🙂

    May 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. no cred

    Day by day, I love HRC more and more.

    And day by day, Obama makes me want to retch... with his cheating, sleazy, lying ways.

    May 30, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Javier

    As a Boricua-NY Rican, you guys and gals need to cut the personal attacks out, I support Obama, but every individual has a right to vote for who they like!! SO stop bashing PR and it people (we are a mixture of Taino Indian, Spaniard, African, Italian) Hence the diverse appearances of our people.

    PR can vote for Primaries because that is (Democratic and GOP) PARTY rules, Federally we can't vote for the GE, But obviously it is still of importance to mainland and island voters!

    Boricuas don't pay property taxes because in PR if you bought land it stays with you and your family for ever or until sold, so why pay for something over and over again if it is already yours (I understand the municipal benefits for some taxes)?, That being said JULIE!!!! Boricuas DO PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND THUS WE ARE ELIGIABLE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY SINCE WE CONTRIBUTE TO IT, SO GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!

    PR has 55 delegates because of the # of population, of US CITIZENS!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. TEXAN

    NOT SO QUICK HILLARY !!!! Puerto Ricans are not dumb. They have had a chance to see you and see Obama. ( so what if you are everywhere they turn) They can see that you are a bunch of "BS" and that Obama is sincere. I know alot of people in Puerto Rico and this is what they are telling me ! LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. GO OBAMA !Puerto Rico loves Obama !!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Janet, American via Canada

    As long as the Clintons do their math., – Lets go to You tube – reviewing the truth (not in the Clinton book) of what the flip flopping Candidate Senator Clinton is. Her divisionary attacks on the American People has shown her negative and selfish wants!

    Also, why don't the media talk about all the Court Cases against the Clintons and Illegal Campaigning they have done – ??????

    Thank the Internet and Off Track Radio to read and hear all sides of People of Interest!

    May 30, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Montana is Obama Country

    PR is going into serious, serious debt hosting the Clinton family... Good luck getting your money PR... Clinton's don't pay their bills and you PR don't get to vote in the General Election in Nov...

    May 30, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Louis

    Loser! Loser!! Loser!!!

    That's who Hillary Clinton is. She thought she was inevitable. I could imagine that you are not conversant with the Biblical story of David and Goliath. That's what just happened to you.

    Go home, we dont need you. You selfish, double tongued, divisive person.

    What I expect from you CNN is to keep playing the clips of that interview in which she said the results of the Michigan and Florida elections weren't going to count for anything. Now that she has lost woefully, she wants to eat her cake and have it. And to think that there are those who are following her blindly is even more appalling. They are only making fools of themselves. Shame on you lot.

    May 30, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Ed, Fl

    Hillary u disgust me, Unscrupulous b**&%%

    May 30, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Sillary

    I guess the road to 1600 Hundred Pennsylvania always ran right through San Jaun. Not a president in the history of America has ever won the Whitehouse without Puerto Rico. Right Hillary?

    May 30, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. White, Female, Blue-Collar Democrat!

    Dear Hillary,

    You have become increasingly and obviously desperate in the last few weeks. Your true colors are showing and I, for one, don’t like what I see. You might wonder what I see. I’ll enlighten you: I see a bitter baby boomer who feels that she is entitled to the office of President of the United States. Sadly, you went into this race thinking you were already the winner. You obviously learned nothing from reading the story of the Tortoise & the Hare as a child.

    Here’s the deal:

    Being a Democrat doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Being a woman doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Being the wife of a former President doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Being white doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Being a U.S. Senator doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Being over 60 doesn’t entitle you to be President.

    Wanting to be President doesn’t entitle you to be President!

    You’ve tried every trick in the book. And you’ve even created some new tricks of your own. You’ve plotted and schemed. You’ve twisted words, facts, figures, and friendships. You’ve devalued the states and people who didn’t vote for you. You’ve lost the respect of some, and have raised a lot of questions in the minds of others.

    So what’s it all for? It obviously isn’t about Democracy. So it must be about you. Is this all just about Hillary Rodham Clinton being President of the United States? Do you care about the throngs of people that are hopelessly following you? Do you care about the people of this country who put their trust in you? Do you care at all, Hillary? It just feels like one big, slimy struggle for power.

    You make me ashamed to be a woman, ashamed to be a Democrat, and ashamed to once have had a lot of respect for you. I hope, for the sake of this country, that your sick little game doesn’t work. I hope that you will come to your senses and realize what you have done to the Democratic Party. And if you don’t come to your senses, I hope Pelosi brings the hammer down. Enough is enough.

    Thank you for your years of service. I hope you find true peace at some point in your life.

    A white, female, democrat

    May 30, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    Hillary and her faithful Clintonites, hold your arms up, open your hands and "let it go", this race is over! Get over it.

    Or maybe she can be the President of Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Kentucky 🙂 !

    The priest remarks was funny, you gotta admit it.

    May 30, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Louis

    CNN, where are the clips of the interview where Clinton stated that the Michigan and Florida votes will not count. Just where is it?

    Keep playing it just in case her supporters have forgotten. She needs to be told that she can fool some people some times, but she can't fool all the people all the time. She thinks she can destroy the party for selfish reasons. No, she cant. No individual is bigger than the party or better still, the country.

    Accept defeat and go home. Your bed is missing you already!

    May 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. TPnTN

    It amazes me when someone will actually state “If Obama steals the Democratic nomination...” Hilary has lied and smiled in our faces. Hilary has used other people (the Kennedy’s) hurt for her own selfish reason and that is to become President of these United States of America.

    Why do you people in Florida and Michigan think she was willing to sign you off a year ago, and on into the primaries up until Super Tuesday publicly speak of disenfranchising you…”oh the votes in Florida and Michigan will not count because they violated the DNC rules.” WHY?...WHY?? Because she didn’t think she needed you or your votes to win. She never thought it would matter because if you had stayed in the original dated slot, you would not have gotten to vote anyway because once again, in her mind, it was going to be over on days end of Super Tuesday. You see either way she was not going to count your votes until she realized that not every Democratic voter had been swooned by her and her deceitful strategic comments. And now it is Sen. Obama’s fault….hmmm…oh and because she is a woman.
    PL-L-L-E-E-ASE. That is a joke and she is playing it on you.

    Now she doesn’t want Sen. Obama to receive any of the delegates in Michigan? Wow talk about disenfranchisement. Ok help me with this one. So she says that she wants every vote to count…right? Well how can that be? Ok I just talk myself through to understanding this one…she only wants to disenfranchise those people who DID vote for Sen. Obama. How offensive. The one thing you all need to remember is, IT WAS NOT UNTIL POST SUPER TUESDAY THAT YOU FLORIDIA AND MICHGAN VOTERS MATTERED TO HER!!!

    God please bless America!!

    May 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. TEXAN

    NOT SO QUICK HILLARY !!!!!! Puerto Ricans are not dumb ! They have had a chance to see you and to see Obama. ( So what if you and your family are everywhere they turn) They can see that you are full of " BS " and that Obama is sincere. I know alot of people in Puerto Rico and THIS is what they are telling me. SO....Let's see what happens. Go Obama ! Puerto Rico loves Obama !!!!

    May 30, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Clinton and Obama supporter

    If Obama wants to win in Nov, he should take Hillary as his VP.

    May 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Caroline

    Hispanics, stand up and fight for yourselves. That's the only way you will get power. Panderers only come around when they want something from
    you. (Hillary Clinton) Then they forget about you. When was the last
    time you heard about the Hispanics in Texas? Don't worry, you won't.

    Obama 08.

    May 30, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Chi4Obama

    Note to "wonder May 30th, 2008 1:39 pm" , and all of the other misinformed Hillary Supporters:

    Yes it is true that, Puerto Rico can vote in the Democratic Primary.

    HOWEVER, they get "0" Electoral votes in the General Election. You ask why this is the case? Ummm, maybe it's because Puerto Rico is not officially recognized as a U.S. State.

    May 30, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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