Clinton: No Preference in Status of Puerto Rico

By Lee Speigel

May 25, 2008 12:59pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., visited an evangelical church Sunday morning in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. Clinton, Saturday night, had said that she thought Puerto Ricans should have the right to vote for the president. “I believe you should have a vote in picking the president, too.”

Today, Clinton said she didn’t care what the outcome was in the discussion over the status of Puerto Rico -– but that it should be resolved. 

“All people are entitled to a representative form of government. And all levels of government. The people of Puerto Rico should have the right to determine, by a majority vote, the status you choose from among all the options.

“I have no preference. My only commitment is to work with those from all factions and with the Congress to give you the right to make that decision. I want that done within my first term as president,” Clinton said.

Clinton also stated that if she hadn’t insisted to continue her bid for the presidency, Puerto Rico would never have been in the national spotlight. “If I had listened to those who had been talking over the last several months, we would not be. But I believe this is an opportunity, unlike any in recent history, for the needs and interests and diversity for the people of Puerto Rico to be in the spotlight.

“This is an opportunity to educate everyone about this wonderful place and to have not just our country, but the world learn more about Puerto Rico. So, on June the 1st, you have the chance to vote, not just for me or my opponent, but to vote for yourselves.”

Clinton has many stops through the island on Sunday and through Monday.

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