Hillary's Puerto Rico Victory Speech
Live-blogging: She's walking up amid hugs and cheers and Puerto Rican music.
Thank you so much, I have four words for you, Te Quiero Puerto Rico. I am grateful for this show of overwhelming support. I came to listen to your voices. I hear you, see you and will always stand up for you.
I recognize Sen. Obama and his supporters. We have turned out record numbers of new voters. We must elect a Democratic President. [More..]
I am overwhelmed by the vote today. I need your help. Go to HillaryClinton.com. We have two states left. This election is about your future.
You voted even though people said it wouldn't count. You voted for who you think will be the stronger candidate and you are not alone. You are joining those who have cast more than 17.6 million votes, plus today's votes.
I know people face tough times. I've been impressed by the resourcefulness and resilience of the people here and across the country.
I believe that the people of the US need a champion in the White House. Someone who will be in their corner and on their side.
You want to cut through the sound bites and speeches and get to real solutions.
More people have voted for us than any candidate in the history of presidential primaries. There is no doubt. We are winning the popular vote. The people have spoken.
We are winning the battleground states. She lists them all. Adds Michigan and Florida. You have spoken.
I hope by my second term, regardless of what you decide about the status option, you too will be able to vote for President.
When voting ends on Tuesday, neither Obama nor I will have the necessary delegate number. He will have a slight lead in pledged delegates, I lead in the popular vote. Then it is up to the superdelegates. Which candidate represents the will of the people who have voted in this historic election? Which candidate is best able to lead us to victory in November and is which is best able to lead the US as a nation in the face of challenges at home and abroad.
We are winning the popular vote because we have stood for the core principles of our party.
We are beating John McCain in the key states. We can get the 270 electoral votes to win in November. The voters know who is ready to lead on day 1, who has the experience and knowledge to be President.
Ultimately it's not about me or Obama, but you. It's about the directions we choose. We have to get this right. We cannot afford more of the same of the last four years.
Puerto Ricans made their voices heard today and I want to thank you. Names others.
I want to reiterate, together in my first term, we will enable the status question to be resolved. The people of Puerto Rico deserve the right to choose among the options. P.R. will be treated equally with health care, etc. I will be your champion. Thanks the labor unions.
It has been a joy to work with every union that has been here supporting me. A special word to the Hispanic community across the U.S: I am grateful you have stood by me throughout this campaign. Hispanic/Latino Americans contribute so much to the greatness of this country. To labor, academia, sports, etc. And to expanding the diversity of this country. I am so grateful for and proud of the support you have given me.
Thanks more supporters in P.R., her family and in supporters in S.D. and Montana.
We are compelled by this unique moment in history.
People deserve better from their government. I call on you to travel this final stretch with me. Let's keep fighting for our dreams and what we believe and for each other and America. Thank you and G-d bless.
Great, great speech. Go Hillary!
CNN says she is going to Washington on Wednesday to appeal to superdelegates.
CNN does popular vote total.
Scenario 1: Hillary ahead by almost few hundred thousand, including FL/MI, giving Obama uncommitted MI votes, not caucuses.
Scenario 2: With best caucus estimates, he leads by 50,000.
Scenario 3: Not giving Obama uncommitted MI votes, she wins by 200,000.
So, in 2 of the 3 scenarios, she's ahead in the popular vote.
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