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Puerto Rico Democrats Seek to Change Contest

By Anne E. Kornblut
Democrats in Puerto Rico have decided to change their contest from a caucus to a primary, and are seeking permission to move it up six days to occur on June 1. The switches would potentially increase the island's role in the Democratic nominating process -- and give the candidates a rare excuse to campaign legitimately in the tropics.

The Puerto Rico contest is expected to favor Clinton, who has done well so far among Hispanic voters and represents many native Puerto Ricans in New York. Changing from a caucus to a primary, as Democratic officials on the island have proposed, would likely increase Clinton's chances as well.

Puerto Rico officials did not return immediate calls for comment, but officials at the Democratic National Committee said they had received a plan, submitted by the Puerto Rico Democrats, to hold a primary instead of a caucus in order to increase participation in the event. The request also includes moving the date to June 1 from June 7, the original date, which officials said had been requested because of a clerical error.

Puerto Rico has 55 pledged delegates at stake, plus another seven superdelegates, giving it real weight in this closely contested race. Three of the superdelegates are already backing Clinton; two are with Obama and another two are uncommitted. DNC officials said the Puerto Rico proposal will now be submitted to the national party's rules and bylaws committee, which is likely to approve it by phone because there are no meetings scheduled.

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WOW! Puertorricans are on their way of electing the second Republican to the governorship. Luis G. Fortuno won in a landslide event. Luis is the current non-voting House Representative in DC for puerto Rico and caucuses with Republicans and supports McCain. Now that Pedro Rosello is out a Democrat and former Governor who did a great job for Puerto Rico but, also was not able to stop alot of corruption that happend during his admistration. Clinton was and is a good friend of Rosello who is the only one that can produce a landslid victory for Clinton. However with Rosello out now and a Republican young lawyer who is beeing seen as the next governor Puerto Rico is now up for grabs for Obama! This events happened today March 9, 2008

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

KateM1, I got news for you The RNC also penalized the Republicans for breaking the rules right? ok so well the only party here that took the power from the voters in Florida was the Super Macho Howard Deen the Chairman of your party. Republicans at least gave them half the delegates to represent. I know because of inside voices that Howard Deen now regrets that and it will come to hunt the Dems in November in those states. Watch and learn politics.

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, way to play into the GOP's hand everybody! Way to do all the dirty work for them!!! Isn't it bad enough that the Florida GOPled state house was the ones who moved the Dem primary up, against the DNC rules, now Dems are turning on each other like rabid dogs!! The world needs a United States, not an Untied States. Both candidates bring plenty of great attributes to the contest, being soo negative as some of these comments are bodes well for the GOP. Don't let Florida, a GOP state figure prominently ONCE AGAIN in deciding who is president. If Floridian dems want to have a seat at the delegation convention in 2012, they should use the next four years to get the GOP out of the State leadership. The GOP caused the problem and are now sitting back and laughing at the Dems imploding. A Rove Machevellian manuver if I've ever seen one! Wise up people and quit being led by the nose ring!

Posted by: katem1 | March 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

A win by Barack Obama in the general elections will make a fact that there will never be another Democrat in the White House after 2012 for at least 24 years and Republicans will get back the house and Senate for life. If you don't think this is a real fact then vote for Obama and see for yourself.


PR51

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Caucuses are not real democracy primary is the right way to go. It ensures that I the citizen is heard. Barack is not the guy that people see in TV. I invite everybody to look into him more closely. The media is making this guy the candidate but, they are not putting who he is up front. Puerto Rico is smart to let the people vote that my friend is democracy at its best. Way to go Puerto Rico.

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that ANYTHING THAT WILL AFFECT BARACK OBAMA NEGATIVELY, LIKE QUESTIONS ABOUT POSSIBLE ILLEGAL DEALINGS, (IT IS THE TRIAL OF REZKO THAT BRINGS THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE MEDIA)

QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HE IS SAYING IN THE PUBLIC AND WHAT HE IS SAYING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (THIS IS HIS REPRESENTATIVES DOING)

THE FACT THAT PR WANTS TO HAVE A PRIMARY INSTEAD OF A CAUCUS (BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT THEY WILL FINALLY COUNT IN A PRIMARY ELECTION AND THE CAUCUS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY FLAWED)

SOMEHOW, BARACK OBAMA SUPPORTERS WILL BLAME HILLARY CLINTON.

BARRACK OBAMA DOES NOT WALK ON WATER, AND IT IS NOT HILLARY CLINTONS FAULT EVERY TIME SOMEONE WANTS TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT HIM. IT IS NOT HILLARY CLINTON WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THE CAUCUS IN PR TO A PRIMARY.

AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN I WANT ANSWERS TO ANY QUESTION ABOUT THE CANDIDATES.

I WANT CAUCUSES WHICH ARE FLAWED AND CONFRONTATIONAL DONE AWAY WITH. (I like alot of people want to cast my vote in private. I would not want to go into a confrontational situation to cast my vote.)

I WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO HAVE THEIR VOTE COUNTED.

THESE THINGS SEEM SO BASIC TO ME. IT SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT GIVING ANY CANDIDATE A FREE RIDE. THIS IS AN ELECTION FOR OUR PRESIDENT.

Posted by: chersplace | March 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

One of the posts mentions that Barack Obama has a White Mother.

I read his book Dreams of My Father and except to explaing his beginnings his Mother is like a non-entity. He never talks about her, or their relationship, or anything personal regarding her. The whole book is about him being Black and the way that has made his life so difficult in finding himself, I do not think he identifies in anyway with the White part of his heritage. I was so surprised by the lack of information regarding his mother and their relationship.

I have a nephew who's Mother is White and his Father Black. If he had written a book and his Mother was given so little mention I would be heartbroken.

Everything I read in his book was about his journey as a Black Man and all of the work he says he did was not for poor people but for Black People. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that but it does seem to me that everything in his life is tied to the African American people and in his book he expressed alot of anger toward Whites.
I would like my President to Represent everyone in this country.

Posted by: chersplace | March 9, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

LAGCII one more thing, Mexicans want to be Americans and Puertorricans are Americans and we want Statehood! Look at your facts again or look at the real facts then.

PR51

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

LAGCII You don't even know what the heck you are saying. Barack those not stands a chance in Puerto Rico over Hillary it will be something like this and copy this so you remember me saying this.

PR Hillary 75% / Barack 25% or less.

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Independence for Puerto Rico is never going to happen. Why? Because Puertorricans don't want to be swimming to St. Thomas USVI for a better life. Puerto Rico is divided in the middle for Statehood or Commonweatlth. Independence party is 2 to 3 percent of the votes. Today March 9 2008 the statehood party is having the governors primary one is a Republican young guy Luis Fortuno pro statehood Former Rudy Giuliani backer and now supports McCain, and the other is a doctor former governor who is very popular within the statehood base but, not so with everyone else. Pedro Rosello a Democrat and a Clinton Supporter. The current governor is Anibal Acevedo Vila a democrat who supports Barack Obama. Anibal is from the Commonwealth Party and is poised to be known as the worst governor in the history of elected governors in Puerto Rico. He is also being investigated by the feds on missuse of funds. Barack those not wants him to support him he is very unpopular in Puerto Rico right now the current governor that is. Pedro, if he wins today, he and only him can guarantee Hillary a landslide victory in Puerto Rico. Why? Pedro would turn the primary into an issue of if you vote for Obama you are saying you approve of Anibals work or a vote for Hillary would be a vote for statehood and to better our chances for Puerto Rico. Trust me she would win large Most statehood fallowers are Democrats with a few Republicans in the Statehood party. If Pedro wins in Puerto Rico today trust me Barack has nothing to look for in Puerto Rico that would then be Hillary Country!
Polls in Puerto Rico puts The Republican Luis Fortuno up by 4% over Pedro Rosello the Democrat. If Luis Frtuno wins today he would be one election away from being the second ever elected Republican Governor second to former Republican and founder of the statehood party in Puerto Rico Hon. Luis A. Ferrer

PR51

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 9, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Ricans ARE NOT MEXICAN!! And never, ever, assume they have the same mentalities. For one Mexicans want to be "Americans" whereas Puerto Ricans do not. The majority want soverignty.

My guess is LANDSLIDE OBAMA.

Posted by: LAGCII | March 9, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama is for hope and positive thinking. Clinton is for hopeless and negative thinking.

Posted by: robinspp | March 9, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I support Obama and I am for P.R. changing its system from a caucus to a primary. I suspect that island officials have viewed the flaws of the caucus system in many states that have experienced unusually high turnout (e.g. long lines, some people turned away, inadequate space). All voices should be heard in the process and if the primary system better enables that, then so be it. Obama will do well regardless.

Posted by: rockeymoore | March 9, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

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Obama Dodges Farrakhan Issue

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 7:48 AM

By: Ronald Kessler Article Font Size

It's one thing for Barack Obama to have a minister, friend, and sounding board who supports and admires Louis Farrakhan and whose church gave him an award.

It's another thing for Obama to dissemble about it.

That's what Obama did recently when he told Jewish leaders in Cleveland, "An award was given to Farrakhan for his work on behalf of ex-offenders, completely unrelated to his controversial statements."

In fact, the award, named for Obama's minister Jeremiah Wright Jr., was given for "lifetime achievement" and for Farrakhan's "influence on the African-American community." The presentation of the award last December and the accompanying article in Trumpet, Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ magazine, never mentioned ex-offenders.

On the contrary, the article in the November/December issue of Trumpet begins by calling Farrakhan -- who refers to Jews as bloodsuckers and whites as blue-eyed devils -- an "icon." It ends by saying that he "truly epitomized greatness."

The article quotes Wright heaping praise on Farrakhan, whom he helped in organizing the Million Man March in Washington in 1995. Wright lauded Farrakhan as one of the giants of the African-American religious experience in the 20th and 21st centuries.

"When Minister Farrakhan speaks, black America listens," Wright said. "His depth on analysis [sic] when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye-opening. He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest."

Hailing Farrakhan's "integrity and honesty," Wright went on to say, "His love for Africa and African-American people has made him an unforgettable force, a catalyst for change, and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose."

Obama has said he found religion through Wright in the 1980s and consulted him before deciding to run for president. He prayed privately with Wright before announcing his candidacy last year.

After Newsmax broke the story of the award to Farrakhan on Jan. 14, Obama issued a statement purportedly addressing the issue. However, Obama ignored the main point: that his minister and friend had spoken adoringly of Farrakhan and that Wright's church was behind the award to the Nation of Islam leader.

Instead, Obama adroitly said, "I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. I assume that Trumpet magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree."

In fact, not only is Trumpet owned and produced by Wright's church out of the church's offices, Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor.

Entranced by Obama, the media largely ignored the story. Having gotten away with sidestepping Wright's adoring comments about Farrakhan, Obama went further on Feb. 24 when he spoke to Jewish leaders in Cleveland. This time he flatly said that the award was because of Farrakhan's work with ex-offenders. To date, no news outlet has pointed out that Obama's claim is false.

While Tim Russert asked Obama during the last Democratic debate about Farrakhan's support of him, he never pressed him about his relationship to Wright. In his comments to Jewish leaders in Cleveland, Obama continued to tiptoe around Wright and what he stands for. As in the past, without specifying how he disagrees, Obama said he does not "necessarily" share Wright's views, which include blaming America for the 9/11 attacks because of what the minister calls its racist and violent policies.

Obama told the Jewish leaders that the award to Farrakhan "showed a lack of sensitivity to the Jewish community."


That is an understatement.


If John McCain's minister, friend, and sounding board gave an award to white nationalist David Duke, would Obama have said the gesture showed "insensitivity" to blacks, or would he have issued a searing condemnation expressing outrage?


Obama went on to explain away Wright's anti-Zionist statements as being rooted in his anger over the Jewish state's support for South Africa under its previous policy of apartheid. As with his claim that the award to Farrakhan was made because of his work with ex-offenders, Obama made that up out of thin air. Wright's statements denouncing Israel have not been qualified in any way.

Wright has equated Zionism with racism and has compared Israel with South Africa under apartheid.

"The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now," Wright has said. "Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism."

Those views run parallel to Farrakhan's, who has said that there will be "no peace for Israel, because there can be no peace as long as that peace is based on lying, stealing, murder, and using God's name to shield a wicked, unjust practice that is not in harmony with the will of God."

Much as most of us would appreciate the symbolism of a black man ascending to the presidency, what we have in Barack Obama is a slippery politician whose closeness to Wright underscores his radical record. Aside from showing poor judgment, it is inconceivable that Obama could be so close to Wright for more than two decades and not share at least some of his views.

Obama's longtime ties to Wright, his failure to forthrightly condemn him, and his dissembling on his church's award to Farrakhan only confirm that Obama is not to be trusted in the White House.

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Posted by: JBRACALE | March 9, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

So ask yourself why you object to MORE people participating in democracy by having a primary instead of a caucus if thats what they want? Oh, not easy to answer this one and still be a lover of democracy and freedom..............hmmm?

I live in Oregon. We like it if more people vote here.

Posted by: gayleatkins | March 9, 2008 4:23 AM | Report abuse

The island's political situation is very complex and made difficult because of the status issue's overriding impact over every thing else. Barack Obama will do better than expected and would have fared worst under a caucus situation controlled by the pro statehood sector.

The pro Statehood, New Progressive Party,is deeply divided today but during the Clinton years the island was led by PNP Governor Pedro Rosello, a close Clinton friend who attempted to get a pro statehood bill passed in the US Congress.

The defeat of the Craig bill in the Senate and subsequent defeat of the PNP candidate in 2000 have turned the political situation upside down. Two consecutive pro commonwealth Popular Democratic Governors and island resentment over Federal control over Puerto Rico has led to an increasingly volatile political situation.

The Independence party has been largely discredited due to its failure to provide a voice to the nearly 20% of the electorate that support independence sentiment but the majority of whom vote for the Popular Democrats in major elections. In the last 4 years a strong autonomous movement has arisen that is for the first time aligning with the pro independence sector pushing for reform in the island's relationship to the US.

Obama is the only candidate willing to address the status issue and provide a path to resolving the current colonial status. His statement shows that he has studied the island's history and has arrived at a set of excitng new policies that are certain to upset the status quo both in the island and in Washington. Of particular importance is Obama's support for upholding the right to self determination and his support of a policy that includes all sectors of Puerto Rican Civil Society in defining the island future resulting in a popular vote that would be binding upon the US.

Up until Obama all US Presidents have reserved the right of Congress over Puerto Rico and have not accepted the principle of mutually binding election results of status referenda.

Posted by: rpmorales | March 9, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

How are these removote primaries wrong? People get to have their say

Posted by: Kelvin1 | March 9, 2008 2:11 AM | Report abuse

As an undecided independent, I am concerned about what I see as a dangerous phenomenon: the Clinton supporters' refusal to acknowledge their candidate's use dirty tactics. "Well, they're not THAT dirty," etc. Personally, I take offense at her use of an attack strategy. It implies that she feels the general populace is dumb enough not to question it.

Posted by: rob2007 | March 8, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

This move by PR shows that HRC will do anything and say anything to win. This is old politics and validates that we will see no changes by HRC. She is running a fear and smear campaign and must be stopped.The only choice us Dems have is Obama.Its time all of us say no to old political machines that HRC represents. If HRC wins- well another MCain vote will be cast by me

Posted by: gasperb | March 8, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that HUSSEIN Obama does not advocate a re-vote in FL and Mi.. by caucus.

That would CLEARLY favor him..

I guess the his cronies will advocate a entire re-election. Cheapest solution, He had his name on the Ballot in Fla.. He gets those votes and delegates. Flat and simple... neither party candidate campaigned in FLA.. So people voted based on the convictions.

Mi...Clinton SMART enough to have her name on the BALLOT. HUSSEIN Obama was DUMB enough to not put his name on the BALLOT he gets all those undecided votes and delegates.

Now that is an idea that will save someone 20 million dollars plus.

Posted by: miller51550 | March 8, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The person or persons that keep saying that Barack has something to do with the votes not being counted in FLA and MI sound ridiculous to say the least....The scandalous Clinton Administration will be stopped in their tracks. I never did care for Hillary Clinton long before Obama came in to play. She is so vindictive....keep it up Hill, keep showing your true colors. FYI: Can't wait until all the scandal about her brother hits the air waves. Can't say much else.

Posted by: jhanayarinasia | March 8, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters sound like Republicans. The fewer people who vote, the better. They don't want the voters in Michigan and Florida to have their votes counted, now they want as few voters as possible to vote in PR. Why does Hillary Clinton get accused of ruthlessly doing whatever it takes to win when the Obama campaign will even disenfranchise Democratic voters to win?

Posted by: dhecht9346 | March 8, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

jcless please stop your fear talk. BARACK OBAMA has a white mother and that makes him half white. Please stop. Black folks have always voted for who they think would be the best Pres. for the USA not for them. Voting for Barack Obama for Pres. is the best the Democrats have to offer. He being Half Black is 2nd Maybe you should vote for who would be best for the USA and not who would best for you. Like your vote for BUSH. Look what your vote did. As for
Puerto Rico Democrats Seek to Change Contest, Look at how many 11 hour plays going on. This is the Clintons at best. PEOPLE if you vote for HRC 8 years from now you will be voting for JEB Bush. And HRC has told the USA to vote for her or McCain. Now what is that.

Posted by: deeleanderross | March 8, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Hasn't every time a vote been taken in Puerto Rico, most people vote to remain a Commonwealth?

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

People we need to take a real good look at what Yurdelite said in his comment about The PNAC plan: Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton/JebBush That right folks Jeb Bush will run for pres. 8 years from now. that the plan. clinton for 8 years and jeb bush to follow. this is what Yurdelite. I think it need to be repeated.
You had better educate yourselves about what is at stake if the Clinton's get into office. PNAC was being planned in private without the knowledge. Clinton and Bush are part of this plan. Educate yourselves people and understand what is going on with this country.

-The "superhighway" in Texas -- part of the PNAC plan.
-War in Iraq -- part of the PNAC plan
-War in Iran -- part of the PNAC plan

The people planning PNAC are counting on the American people being so blind and stupid that they will not know what is happening until it is too late.

European Union is one step to creating one world government. Canada, America, and Mexico are the next version of the European Union. Wake the hell up and stop this NOW!!


Posted by: deeleanderross | March 8, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a good chance to show the USA that Puerto Rico is important and one day Puerto Rico will be the 51st State of the United States of America! If Clinton wants to win big in Puerto Rico? I have one name to recommend. Pedro Rosello and trust me it will be a done deal for her. Hilary call him.

PR 51

Posted by: irizarryrafael | March 8, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As First Lady, Hillary did tour Puerto Rico after Hurrican Georges hit. I'd have to double-check whether the Administration took an official position on Statehood.

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

This is understandably a big opportunity for PR to gain some attention on its ongoing concerns. The nation needs to be reminded that there is a 51st state waiting in limbo.

Puerto Ricans will also remember how the Clintons had 8 years in the White House...and did nothing to help PR resolve its status.

Posted by: quatzecoutl | March 8, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

kevinlarmee:

Interesting idea -- I think JFK did something similar -- what about Secret Service concerns? Do you (or anyone else) remember last Fall when people thought there would be a GOP brokered convention?

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

BARACK OBAMA

GO TO EUROPE !


After your impressive win in Mississippi, next Tuesday...don't go directly to Pennsylvania...as is expected (let Hillary do that)
Instead go on a whirl-wind one week tour of European capitals....officially to "meet with leaders", but in reality to "meet the people"...(or rather, let them meet you"), i.e. monopolize the news with you being photographed/filmed with thousands (tens of thousands) of European supporters....(and that will happen; they love you) ...hands reaching out to you.....American flags..."je t'aime Obama", etc. signs.
Go to Berlin! Go to London! Go to Paris! Go to Madrid! Go to Rome!
(Hillary can go to Pennsylvania)
Everyday on the television (of the world, as well as America) will be the images of you being surrounded by thousands (tens of thousands) of adoring fans...every newspaper will be full of the reportage.

In one week you can go from "Democratic Nominee" to World Leader.
America can go from being hated to being loved
And then, when you return...after having monopolized the news for an entire week...after you've shown how your presidency (and America) will be seen by the rest of the world.

You can cash in your delegates, get your new "super delegates" and become the Democratic nominee (and the next president)
THINK OUT OF THE BOX ! GO TO EUROPE (and win)


Posted by: kevinlarmee | March 8, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The PNAC plan:

Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton/JebBush

You had better educate yourselves about what is at stake if the Clinton's get into office. PNAC was being planned in private without the knowledge. Clinton and Bush are part of this plan. Educate yourselves people and understand what is going on with this country.

-The "superhighway" in Texas -- part of the PNAC plan.
-War in Iraq -- part of the PNAC plan
-War in Iran -- part of the PNAC plan

The people planning PNAC are counting on the American people being so blind and stupid that they will not know what is happening until it is too late.

European Union is one step to creating one world government. Canada, America, and Mexico are the next version of the European Union. Wake the hell up and stop this NOW!!

Posted by: Yurdelite | March 8, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of all the Obama supporters putting out all this negativity. But, I heard something about Obama and why he is so heavily backed and that is his plan for reparation. That's right he's gonna make us white folk pay for having had slaves many,many years ago.
It doesn't matter if your ancestors migrated from another country. Do you think you'll be exempt? Wait until he gets in office!

Posted by: jcless | March 8, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Truth be known, a caucus does not yield representative results, and disenfranchises our growing population of older citizens, your grandmother or grandfather, and people with disabilities, as well as others who simply don't understand caucuses and feel uncomfortable. Even though our seniors may be passionate about a candidate, their limitations keep them from going out in crowds, where perhaps they can't see well, or can't hear or keep their balance. So they stay home. While primaries are often held in close neighborhood locations and offer more flexibility and anonymity.

Posted by: thinktank | March 8, 2008 3:24 AM | Report abuse

More dirty Clinton politics at work. She's making Bush look like Mr. Clean.

Posted by: the964kid | March 8, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Ricans can decide whatever they want to do with their primary or caucus. It is just odd that they switch from caucus to primary this late in the election.

Posted by: dummy4peace | March 8, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Prof. Power did call Hillary the right thing - a political monster when she brought up Kenn Starr to smear Obama for talking about Whitewater investigation, which was a gesture for Clinton's jabbing Obama with Rezko.

Obama apologized for buying a small strip of land from Rezko to enlarge his yard. If you read the Wikipedia on Clintons' Whitewater scandal, Obama's land purchase really pales. Everybody loves money, but there are right ways and wrong ways to make more of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitewater_(controversy)

Posted by: dummy4peace | March 8, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I have voted as a Democratic, for over some 25 years. And I loved Bill Clinton, when he was Pres. Now some of you made not know this but if HRC win the Party nominee, Guest who will run after her 8 years in office, Gov.Bush from Florida, thats right people thats the BUSH and CLINTON plan. Also no one is talking about the NY vote that show Obama getting ZERO votes in some of the heavy Black sites can you beleive that ZERO votes. Now Puerto Rico Democrats Seek to Change Contest. This is the CLINTONS at their best. OH, Guest who has high power contacts in Canada. You guest it Bill Clinton, and I would bet thar the 11 hour talk about Obama and his stand on NAFTA had the Clintons hands all over that. What the Clintons are saying is that we can treat Obama anyway we want because in the general election BLACKS will vote for HRC, I say if somehow she pulls this off. All BLACKS FOR ONCE SHOULD SHOW THE WORLD THAT I VOTE CANNOT BE TAKING FOR FUN.VOTE FOR McCain, You may say somethin is wrong with me, but a vote for clinton is a vote for mccain. We HAVE TO LOOK OUTSIDE OF THE Democratic party. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE FOR YOU LATELY. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: deeleanderross | March 8, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Puerto Rico is a mix of Spaniards, Taino Indians and Blacks with a few Louisianna state french who migrated to Puerto Rico to work in the sugar cane plantations once Puerto Rico became a US territory. We come in all shapes, colors and sizes and there is ample support for both, Obama and Clinton in the island.

Posted by: Kelvin1 | March 8, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

What type of chaos and lawlessness are we heading for? Rules are being changed to suit Clinton

Posted by: kwakuazar | March 8, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

What type of chaos and lawlessness are we heading for? Rules are being changed to suit Clinton

Posted by: kwakuazar | March 8, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

What type of chaos and lawlessness are we heading for? Rules are being changed to suit Clinton

Posted by: kwakuazar | March 8, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

you are right...puerto ricans are not Mexicans....they are a mix of Spanish and Negro...so dont know why Hillary thinks this will favor her. What has she done for Puerto Ricans??????

Posted by: Webster51 | March 7, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

people, people! when are the old hard feelings from generations ago going to be put to rest? theres no reason the race word should even come up in all this. what is the most important thing are the facts of who is the experienced and who is the trainee? in a job, who would you hire? thats all that should even come into this whole election--who is more ready and able for the job? its hillary of course. cant let someone be president just because hes so likeable--thats how old george bush got in there and look what happened there. margaret sandoval

Posted by: margarsandov | March 7, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious to me that PR changing to a primary is the work of the Clintons, then there was the Nevada lawsuit and threats for lawsuits to seat Florida and Michigan. No apology on the Starr remark, and the list is endless. These people will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing until the destroy The Democratic Party - and believe me, they are well on their way. If the have their way, I will vote for McCain.

Posted by: w4npx2 | March 7, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Great! Puerto Rico is doing a primary. I cant wait to hear when the Obama/Clinton campaign are going to announce the Florida and Michigan remakes. No presidential candidate should even consider accepting the nomination by superdelegates alone (who get to vote twice by the way) and deny 2.1 million people their vote. I understand a remake has to be done, fine. But a democrat nominee that does not include Florida and Michigan (all the states for that matter) in the process is shameful, if not plain-out illegal.

Posted by: Kelvin1 | March 7, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I am really getting tired of the Obama followers saying Clinton is playing the race card everytime things don't go the way Obama and his supporters want.

I am also getting very tired of hearing that everytime things turn against Obama, or a new piece of news is published about his policies that are against what he wants people to believe, Clinton is blamed.

Is this the way it will be "if" he is the presidential nominee and "if" he becomes President?

From what I have been reading on various blogs that would seem to be the case and I can tell you as an Independent voter I will not vote for Obama.

I can't imagine 4 or more years with the accusations of "racisim" being used everytime someone disagrees with his policies.

I wonder who he plans to blame when he either "can't" or "won't" carry out all that he is promising in his campaign or, he starts receiving negative press because of it.

Wait a minute. I know who he will blame. He will blame it on the American people because they didn't have the vision, or courage, or want change bad enough. And this is what he claims is "change"?

If this is how he and his followers think of as change then, I'll stick with the status quo. At least with them I know what I will be getting and it won't be 4 or more years of yelling "racism".

Posted by: IndependentInMD | March 7, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that it was hatched in the Clinton camp...

You know: "hispanic vote"

Of course, if they had done any research, they'd know that Puerto Rico isn't Mexico.. the "Hispanic" vote there is different....as is the racial composition of the people.
Yes, not being a caucus might help Clinton... (or not) but she is going to be very, very surprised at the outcome..
ha.. hillary, (oh, come one, we can say it: the monster) is once again playing the racial card...and once again, she's playing it wrong.
I'm already laughing.

Posted by: kevinlarmee | March 7, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

We hope that, if the Democratic candidates do come to PR to campaign,they make a strong commitment to finally make it possible to solve the status issue of PR. Which lately and according to Bush is not really what the USA led the UN and the rest of the World to beleive in the early 50'when the colonies hadtobe freedor incorporated to the countries to which they supposedly belonged.
Up to now all the Washington polititians keep saying that it is up to us,the people of PR, to decide, however they won't accept the plebiscite results or make them binding or won't commit to making such results automatically binding. More so than anything, they now claim that the so called self-governing commonwealth that was sold as autonomous is really a colony with no powers except those that can be impossed unilaterally by the Federal Agencies or government.
So we definitely hope that these candidates commit themselves to REALLY help us solve our political status and relationship with the USA so that we can start to meaningfully and realistically work at solving our myriad problems which always seem to take the back seat to the BIG STATUS dilema.

Posted by: dvelasco | March 7, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sure the Clinton campaign had NOTHING to do with this.... much like they had NOTHING to do with the Nevada lawsuit.

Man, that campaign us just plain dirty!

Posted by: BABucher | March 7, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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