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Puerto Rican Primary Tomorrow – Clinton leads polls, Obama speaks to the people en Español

May 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

Tomorrow the gente from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico vote in the Democratic Primary. Hillary Clinton leads in the polls there and has the advantage of representing the largest group of Puerto Ricans living off the island in NY. She also has the advantage of singer Ricky Martin’s endorsement this week, but I don’t know how much influence he has these days. And frankly, I hope that Latinos will not pay too closely to celebrity endorsements. However, Barack Obama has this Spanish language ad, where he does the talking, and I think he does a pretty decent job. His pronunciation is above average, and he doesn’t butcher any of the words. Listen to it for yourself, and feel free to comment.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Hillary Clinton · Presidential Elections · Puerto Rico

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  • 1 Pamela Reynolds // May 31, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Hi. I’m a white woman , baby boomer, poor, rural, all reasons to vote for HIllary. However, there are many, many women and men here and throughout the country who dislike her intensely, and several plan to stay at home November 4 if she’s annointed as the Democratic candidate. Consider: one was born to relative wealth (never mind her grandfather, what did/does her FATHER do for work? She’s never had to libe on rice, beans, and potatoes for several days at a time; she has not ever spent a day in her life hungry or judged by her ethnicity and/or skin color. She comes from a lovely home, married a young man with strong aspirations to hold public office, and changed from Republican to Democrat in order to achieve this goal. The other candidate was born to a young, single mother. They were abandoned by his father when he was very small, and they relied on his blue-collar grandparents and food stamps to live. He achieved all he has and all he is through sheer will and intelligence, as well as the determination to help the poor, the disenfranchised, unions, and to participate as a lawyer to achieve his goal of inclusion for all. He refuses any money from special interest groups, accepting money at an average of $100.00 per donation from ordinary folks. Consider: his opponent accepts money from corporations and industries which help to hold us back. Her years as an attorney were spent working for these same contributors. Don’t be fooled into voting for a wolf in sheep’s clothing! Barack Obama has our best interests at heart, and is willing to speak with and not “obliterate” those with whom we disagree, and only if there can be no understanding and agreement will he consider other avtion. Hillary is a female Bush, and I cannot believe the people of Puerto Rico, or anywhere else for that matter, wish their children and grandchildren to be drafted and/or forced to stay in and return to the Mideast again and again to fight for lies told us by Bush and voted for by Hillary, WHO HAS NEVER APOLOGIZED, but who continually votes to fund. Think before you vote! I’m part of no group, caucus, campaign, or otherwise; I am, as E.B. White said, a majority of one” a grandmother at her keyboard sickened by Bush, and don’t want 4 more years of his policy, either instituted by McCain or by Billary. Please study both candidates before you go to the polls! P.S. I’ve been to P.R. twice, and am very thrilled with your people, your country, and (yum!) your food!!!

  • 2 Pamela // May 31, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Compare Hillary with Bush/ McCain. Realize she grew up in a privileged environment, converted from Republican to Democrat to achieve her and Bill’s goals of becoming prominent politicians. She accepts money from the same industries and corporations she represented as an attorney, and has no desire to discuss issues before “obliterating” entire countries. Barack grew up poor, axcelled at his studies, and achieved all that he has and all that he is on his merits, not on others’ shirttails. His donations from people averag about $100.00 each. He represented people who had access to none, and helped in campaigns of those longing for positive change. THINK before you vote!.

  • 3 Regina Rodriguez-Martin // Jun 1, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Barack Obama speaks Spanish? I didn’t know that. And even if he doesn’t speak Spanish, he did a damn good job in this ad. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Hmm, Barack Obama speaking Spanish…not bad.

  • 4 reenee // Jun 1, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    He does a good job. I work with people whose parents and grandparents came from Mexico who cannot do this well.

  • 5 Suzanne // Nov 8, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I don’t know where you got your information, but Barack did not grow up poor at all. His grandmother was the first female bank president in Hawaii, his parents attended expensive universities and they flew back and forth across the globe. Also since the start of 2007, his campaign relied on bigger donors and smaller donors nearly equally. He is just as indebted to corporations as any other candidate. And finally, the news has already begun laying the groundwork for his excuses, announcing that Barack may have to postpone his tax cuts and that we may have to stay in Iraq longer than he said we would.

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