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NewHampshireDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-21-08 02:59 PM
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39. Fully understood ... however, there is no way to answer either that isn't going to piss off
a lot of people in Puerto Rico, then be used against him. It's a particularly tricky can of worms not worth opening at this point, and do you really want to spend the next 5 months arguing about whether Puerto Rico's residents should be paying income tax or not? Puerto Rico is like Cuba in that regard--there's no 'right' answer and none that he can give that won't potentially damage him politically (even if it may be a small ding).

It'll be interesting to see what news comes out of PR during the time HRC is there. I predict she's going to step in it and be sorry she went.

Just to be clear--with respect to the Puerto Rican community, I think we have bigger fish to fry on the domestic front. Having a Puerto Rican step-father and being on the edge of the Puerto Rican community, there are a lot of issues of poverty, education, and health that Obama can address to that constituency.

Does that make sense? :shrug:
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  -Hillary going to Puerto Rico on Saturday, will spend 3 days over there. Katzenkavalier  May-21-08 02:34 PM   #0 
  - I agree, he should be going to Puerto Rico.  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:35 PM   #1 
  - Michelle was there last week and Governor Richardson will be there tomorrow.  flpoljunkie   May-21-08 02:59 PM   #38 
  - If he doesn't at least make SOME effort, it's a mistake ...  LSparkle   May-21-08 02:36 PM   #2 
  - Obama is already working on the GE. It would be foolish to waste any more time on Hillary  nomad1776   May-21-08 02:36 PM   #3 
  - Doesn't matter- he can finish her there quite easily.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:36 PM   #4 
  - That isnt completely true  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:39 PM   #7 
  - But he has no chance in PR in the GE  sniffa   May-21-08 02:42 PM   #13 
  - PRs in the island can't vote in the GE, but we over here can.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:43 PM   #15 
  - also I don't think those states were safe for him to go to. (n/t)  woolldog   May-21-08 02:48 PM   #24 
  - but why give her any additional talking points?  woolldog   May-21-08 02:44 PM   #16 
     - It so easy for him over there, look  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:48 PM   #23 
        - He even looks like he could be Puerto Rican.  woolldog   May-21-08 02:56 PM   #33 
        - He looks like my uncle, for Christ's sake!  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:02 PM   #43 
        - Bill Richardson will be very effective in PR  catgirl   May-21-08 03:37 PM   #59 
  - I agree --  gateley   May-21-08 02:37 PM   #5 
  - I've noticed that. He shouldn't coast to victory.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:39 PM   #8 
     - Oh yeah, like Obama's "coasting to victory"!!????  zidzi   May-21-08 02:46 PM   #20 
     - it's possible the Secret Service advised him against going to KY and WV  woolldog   May-21-08 02:58 PM   #36 
  - PR doesn't count in the GE  Araxen   May-21-08 02:39 PM   #6 
  - If that is his official stance, than he should declare victory  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:40 PM   #10 
  - There are 4 million Puerto Ricans in the states, including me. I'm an Obama supporter.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:40 PM   #11 
     - While my uninformed opinion about Obama's private strategy agrees with your opinion...  BlooInBloo   May-21-08 02:45 PM   #17 
     - Agreed. If he were assured of a win there  cali   May-21-08 02:46 PM   #21 
     - Start paying federal income tax  Araxen   May-21-08 03:06 PM   #46 
        - I'm pro statehood and I live in Florida. I'm doing my part.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:07 PM   #48 
        - Ahem...  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 04:23 PM   #62 
        - We cannot...  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 04:43 PM   #63 
  - I agree, but I don't know all of the specifics of his strategy....  PoliticalAmazon   May-21-08 02:40 PM   #9 
  - Puerto Rico has no electoral votes, so I understand the strategy  NewHampshireDem   May-21-08 02:41 PM   #12 
  - He needs Puerto Ricans in the state to vote for him in the GE. Showing the island some love  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:42 PM   #14 
  - And as President, he would have to answer those awkward questions.  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:45 PM   #18 
     - Fully understood ... however, there is no way to answer either that isn't going to piss off  NewHampshireDem   May-21-08 02:59 PM   #39 
  - Like he should have gone into WV and KY?  kentuck   May-21-08 02:46 PM   #19 
  - Dont believe the media when they say PR will be a landslide for Hillary  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:51 PM   #29 
     - 3 days in the island make it a win for him. Guaranteed.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 02:51 PM   #31 
     - I'm no expert on PR, but I feel like the media is just assuming PR means Latino means Hillary  hnmnf   May-21-08 02:58 PM   #35 
        - Gold star!  NewHampshireDem   May-21-08 03:01 PM   #42 
     - He's going to be in Puerto Rico next week. Bill Richardson is already there.  slinkerwink   May-21-08 02:59 PM   #40 
  - I'm divided, yes it would be nice to go, but I think he will invest more time in SD and MT and get  book_worm   May-21-08 02:48 PM   #22 
  - Give him atleast a couple days. Hillary hasn't been there yet either.  malik flavors   May-21-08 02:49 PM   #25 
  - (pssst.... he is not going to PR. Pass it on.)  Texas Hill Country   May-21-08 03:30 PM   #56 
  - nice! good for her!!!  Texas Hill Country   May-21-08 02:49 PM   #26 
  - Ain't ya glad ya sold your bike to pay for three days at the beach, kid?  billyoc   May-21-08 02:49 PM   #27 
  - I hope she bought a one-way ticket.  Stephanie   May-21-08 02:50 PM   #28 
  - Contact the campaign and urge Senator Obama to go to Puerto Rico.  Tatiana   May-21-08 02:51 PM   #30 
  - Thanks! I just did! It would sicken me to see Obama lose over there.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:01 PM   #41 
     - The mayors are for him. Organized labor is for him. The people are for him. He can win.  Tatiana   May-21-08 03:05 PM   #45 
  - That's Because She's Going To Lose Both Montana & S. Dakota...  JimGinPA   May-21-08 02:53 PM   #32 
  - He's going to be in Puerto Rico next week. Bill Richardson is already there.  slinkerwink   May-21-08 02:57 PM   #34 
  - i believe Michelle Obama has been there too.  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 03:04 PM   #44 
     - But Clinton is getting all the attention- He needs to steal her thunder.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:06 PM   #47 
  - Can we chip in and buy her a season pass to stay all summer?  BushDespiser12   May-21-08 02:59 PM   #37 
  - Kick!  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:11 PM   #49 
  - The governor of Puerto Rico was going to publicly endorse Obama...  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 03:19 PM   #50 
  - I know- however, the Governor has managed to maintain complete  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:21 PM   #51 
     - I believe Obama takes PR  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 03:24 PM   #52 
        - based on what facts?  Texas Hill Country   May-21-08 03:26 PM   #53 
        - Local polls  Lost-in-FL   May-21-08 03:49 PM   #61 
        - No way.  emilyg   May-22-08 12:18 AM   #69 
  - PR is a must win for democrats in the fall!  anonymous171   May-21-08 03:27 PM   #54 
  - 4 million Puerto Ricans live in the US. About 750K of us in Florida. All of us can vote.  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:29 PM   #55 
  - No, I think he should go do some campaigning in Guam.  Bornaginhooligan   May-21-08 03:31 PM   #57 
  - As a Puerto Rican Obama supporter in Florida  Katzenkavalier   May-21-08 03:32 PM   #58 
     - How dare you savage the Guam people!  Bornaginhooligan   May-21-08 03:47 PM   #60 
     - It is very sad. We are citizens, not bastard colonists. n/t  Tatiana   May-21-08 10:56 PM   #64 
     - Come on. You don't let a few people get you upset. The PR vote is important.  kwenu   May-21-08 11:03 PM   #66 
  - The campaign is definitely putting a lot of resources in to play in PR.  kwenu   May-21-08 10:58 PM   #65 
  - Puertoricans are important in states like conneticuit.  ej510   May-21-08 11:22 PM   #67 
  - Well now we know that Obama himself will be visiting the island on Saturday. n/t  Tatiana   May-22-08 12:15 AM   #68 
 

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