Clinton raised up to $500K in Puerto Rico visit
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Clinton attended the 200-person event at the Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan for approximately 90 minutes, according to CNN.
Attendees paid between $1,000 and $2,700 each for seats at Clinton’s fundraiser.
The 2016 Democratic front-runner’s brief stop on the island included a visit to a nearby hospital for a roundtable discussion on healthcare.
The former secretary of State also weighed in on Puerto Rico’s future political status within the United States during her stay.
“It is just hard to justify how you can be an American citizen in Puerto Rico and be treated so different in so many ways,” Clinton told listeners.
“This comes down to basic rights,” she added. “Puerto Ricans have the right to form a government of your choice that is representative at all levels of government, just as you have a right to equality as American citizens.”
Clinton never explicitly endorsed statehood during her appearance, CNN noted.
“[I want to] ensure whatever choice Puerto Rico makes is respected,” she said.
Puerto Ricans cannot vote in general presidential elections because of their island’s status as a U.S. territory.
They can participate in each party’s presidential primary, however, making it a valuable campaign stop during the nominating process.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also journeyed to Puerto Rico on Friday but did not cross paths with his Democratic counterpart.
The Republican White House hopeful has repeatedly called on the island to vote on the issue of statehood.