Puerto Rico Isn’t A State And Is Totally Broke. So Why Are So Many Presidential Candidates Visiting? | ThinkProgress

When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives in Puerto Rico on Friday, she will call on Congress to grant the deeply-indebted island the right to declare bankruptcy — which U.S. states and cities already have. “We’re not talking about a bailout, we’re talking about a fair shot at success,” Clinton said earlier this year. “Congress and the Obama Administration need to partner with Puerto Rico by providing real support and tools so that Puerto Rico can do the hard work it will take to get on a path toward stability and prosperity.”

This stance has earned Clinton quite a bit of financial and political support from Puerto Ricans on the island and the mainland — including hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign and super PAC donations and endorsements from prominent local officials.

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