ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., thanked Puerto Ricans Sunday night for helping her to victory on the island where she spent five days campaigning, saying “Te quiero Puerto Rico!” Her real message, however, was to the undecided superdelegates who Clinton hopes will veer her way to salvage her campaign.
Clinton’s main argument is that she is leading in the popular vote, saying this evening, “More people across the country have voted for our campaign. More people have voted for us than for any candidate in the history of presidential politics. We are winning the popular vote. Now there can be no doubt. The people have spoken, you have chosen your candidate.”
The senator argued that there will not be a nominee on Tuesday saying, “So, when the voting concludes on Tuesday, neither Sen. Obama nor I will have the number of delegates to be the nominee. I will lead the popular vote, he will maintain a slight lead in the delegate count. The decision will fall on the shoulders of those leaders in our party, empowered by the rules, to vote at the Democratic convention.
Speaking directly to superdelegates, Clinton said, “I do not envy the decision you must make. But the decision has to be made. And in the final assessment, I ask you to consider these questions. Which candidate best represents the will of the people who voted?” Clinton said. “Which candidate can best lead us to victory in November, and which candidate is best able to lead our nation as our president in the face of unprecedented challenges at home and abroad?”
Clinton, as she has done for the past four election day speeches, made a direct appeal for money, urging people to go to her Web site. “I cannot complete this journey without your help. We have two contests left. We have South Dakota and Montana, and you can make a difference by visiting hillaryclinton.com.”
Pop singer Ricky Martin, who endorsed Clinton, blasted through the speakers as she entered and exited the stage. She swayed back and forth to the music with her Puerto Rican co-chairs. Clinton now embarks on a seven-hour red-eye flight to South Dakota where she will spend the day campaigning tomorrow.