5.10.2008

Puerto Rico Presidential Primary

Puerto Rico is bracing for its relevant presidential political primary ever. The event takes place June 1st. The following are articles and opinion pieces on this historic event. Si, Se Puede!

With 55 delegates, Puerto Rico eager for primary limelight
Ironically, while Puerto Ricans may be pivotal for the selection of the Democratic presidential candidate, they will not be able to vote in November.

Puerto Rico Primary A Chance For Influence, Attention
"It is ironic that the colony may end up deciding who the president of the empire is going to be," said Juan Manuel Garcia Passalacqua, an author and commentator in San Juan. "Actually, it is absolutely amazing. Secondly, this primary will have nothing to do with Obama or Hillary. It will be very local, very Puerto Rican."

Desperation and the Puerto Rico primary
What the candidates' position is on Puerto Rico's status (Commonwealth, Statehood, Independence), how much and how they campaign, and what issues they stress matter more than any "Hispanic vote" precedent in the 50 states.

Obama vows to boost Puerto Rico's economy
Obama's campaign vowed to create a task force to boost economic development and create jobs on the Caribbean island, which has a per capita income about half that of the poorest U.S. states.

Hillary Clinton could lose Hispanic vote in Puerto Rico, according to the island's former governor
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has enjoyed the support of Hispanics in Democratic presidential primaries earlier this year, but she may lack that support in Puerto Rico, according to Rafael Hernandez Colon, the island's former governor.

Gov. of Puerto Rico Endorses Obama
Puerto Ricans, unlike other Latino groups have always had much more affinity with African Americans.

Puerto Rico Complies With Clinton Mandate
Hearing the cry that Clinton doesn’t do as well in caucuses as she does in primaries, Puerto Rico has changed their caucus to a primary and moved up the date to June 1st.

Letter from Barack Obama to Puerto Rico
The levels of unemployment on the Island over the last three decades are unacceptable, which is why I will propose the creation a federal-Puerto Rico joint task force to study and report not later than August 31, 2009 on specific ways to maximize the use of existing federal initiatives to generate jobs in Puerto Rico or on new federal initiatives to achieve that goal.

Support For Barack Obama Grows In Puerto Rico
But on the ground, there is a growing swell of support for Hillary Clinton`s rival, Barack Obama.

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