May 31st, 2008
04:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton in Puerto Rico: Caravan rolls on

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caption="Sen. Clinton waves from her campaign caravan in Puerto Rico on Saturday."]
Rolling through GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's marathon caravan through the communities surrounding San Juan rolls on.

For the last several hours, the candidate has stood atop a souped-up white truck with her campaign logo splashed on the side. She's endured drizzle (umbrella immediately appeared) and sun (visor put on).

She's blown air-kisses to the crowd, waved at women in rollers who have come running, screaming, from beauty parlors, and stood quietly looking out over the landscape.

The mess of reporters following her has had the chance to survey every change in her facial expression as they hang off a covered truck mere feet from the presidential candidate.

The never-ending, ear-splitting soundtrack for this Puerto Rican campaign tradition is a mix of Ricky Martin and a salsa campaign jingle that includes an announcer screaming, "Who is here? Hillary Clinton, the next president of the United States!"

At various intersections, drivers of trucks and cars lay on their horns, trying to compete with the decibel level of the roughly 15-foot speaker leading Clintons ever-growing caravan.

As for news? It's slim pickings. One intrepid pool reporter attempted a question about the DNC meeting that could decide the status of disputed delegates from Florida and Michigan as the candidate briefly ducked into a restaurant but came up empty.

The caravan - over 15 cars long - rolls on.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Puerto Rico
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Jose


    May 31, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. David in Illinois

    She's clueless. Adios Hillary. And say goodbye to your husband, too. His legacy is a shambles.

    May 31, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Eddie P. rochester ny

    Hillary!!! keep that caravan going all the way to Denver. this race is not over . Don't quit us supporters now!!! we're still with you. Obama keeps running away from his problems, and that is just what he'll do in the face of the enemy.

    May 31, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. joan

    If Senator Clinton whom I initially supported-for years, had followed the rules as stated by the National Democratic Committee, no of this would be occuring.

    I realise now that the Clintons believe that they are the Democratic Party, probably want to have a legacy like the Kennedys, however, their reputations and lack of integrity will not be repaired after this.

    I once admired her intelligence. I now realise she will do and say anything to get what she wants. I believe Bill desperately wants to return to the White House to re-write his presidential history. He did wonderful things for this country economically however, his legacy will always be the president who had an affair while in office and was impeached because he lied about it.

    I don't want another Clinton in the White House, their time has come and gone. It's time to let go of this gutter/gangster politics. This country has too many serious issues to get bogged down again in the Clinton/slick willy show.

    May 31, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Shrimp Barnicles, somewhere in New York.

    Caravan rolls on to defeat in the Superdelegate primary which will end shortly after Montana and South Dakota votes.

    She still doesn't know what hit her. Look at her in the pic.

    May 31, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Hillaryous

    The mess is right.

    May 31, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Trish

    Hillary, ¡no más!

    May 31, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. jimmy

    Hillary, you look happy and I am glad. The media and the old establishment turned their backs on you and in result lost the hopes of more voters for you than those who voted false hope and change.

    I'm with you no matter what happens and I am sorry but I will not vote for Obama even if you ask me to.

    Hillary in 2012 – now that's a winner!

    May 31, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. ellianna

    Have fun Hillary!! When you get back to the States REALITY WILL SET IN!! Here is the big news you may have missed:


    May 31, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Hillary Supporter

    Thank You – Thank You..for your strength and stamina!
    I stand in awe of you!

    God Bless you and may the most qualified person win.....
    MS. President!

    A Hillary Supporter

    May 31, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Cry For Our Country

    We've had almost eight years of a president who looks anything but presidential in photographs. His facial expressions have been a constant source of ammunition for cartoonists and parodies.

    And if Hillary somehow manages to land in the White House, we will end up with at least four more years of a face that looks downright crazy in most photographs. Her eyes bug out, her jowls hang, and she just looks in general like a wild woman.

    I suppose Hillary just might be what this tired and battered country deserves - because if it puts her in the White House, it obviously has not learned anything from the last president.

    May 31, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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