Obama has political reasons for quick visit to Puerto Rico
June 14th, 2011
12:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama has political reasons for quick visit to Puerto Rico

(CNN) - President Barack Obama made a rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, greeting a cheering crowd to start a five-hour trip aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island.

The roughly 4 million residents of the U.S. Caribbean territory are American citizens but can't vote for president, while the almost 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the 50 U.S. states have full voting rights, and Obama needs strong support in 2012 from what traditionally has been a largely Democratic constituency.


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  1. Reese

    All the Nacissist and Chiefs actions are based on politics. If they were based on the good of the country we would not have 9.1% unemployment, ridiculous oil prices, or skyrocketing debt.

    June 14, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. A Kickin` Donkey

    Latino families see a lot in President Obama that they identify with.

    His strong marriage, his loving wife and his beautiful, well adjusted daughters.

    His rise from being the child of a single mother to graduating from Columbia & Harvard and becoming the Chief Executive of the counry.

    His communal spirit that cares about the immediate and extended "family". Other minority populations see and respect this also.

    As long as the GOP favors the wealthy AT THE EXPENSE of the poor and middle class, Latinos, many of whom were raised with Catholic /Christian values will recoil from them.

    Too many Republicans are: People who were born on 3rd base and Would SWEAR they HIT a Triple!

    June 14, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Ooooooh – another president that does things for political reasons. Ooooooooooooh.

    What are the reasons for all the republican candidates? OUR well-being? I think not. It's ALL POLITICAL.

    June 14, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""I think it's a public relations visit. I say it as a Democrat. This visit does not satisfy me," said Sen. Cirilo Tirado of the island's Popular Democratic Party."

    Says the guy who belongs to the party that wants an autonomous, sovereign Puerto Rico separate from the US and therefore resents the President of the US. Dude is full of it.

    June 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. diridi

    CNN needs to be unbiased.....what political reason?????o.k, do not be silly and ridiculous....

    June 14, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. R

    Meanwhile, seven republicans got together last night and had a debate.

    Seems to me that politicians are only good at two things anymore: talking and spending other people's money. We need people that can not only talk, but take action as well. Unfortunately, I'm not sure we have anyone like that anymore.

    June 14, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. gt

    i hope this is not his game plan for puerto rico to carry him to victory.... he will have a better chance if he can get the economy going....trick plays seldom work..

    June 14, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Thank God I am a Democrat

    OK so what's the point? This is no diferent than the yahoos in last night debate spewing garbage to appeal to a base they are hoping to gain votes from.

    June 14, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Patrick from Minnesota

    I guess Puerto Rico would rather not pay taxes then be able to vote in general elections.

    June 14, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Go Mr. President! This country needs to continue with a smart, professional, quick thinking and rational president (which we have in you).

    June 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |