Mujeres por Hillary

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CBNNews.com - SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - They call themselves Mujeres por Hillary, or Women for Hillary. And their mission is very clear: to help Sen. Hillary Clinton become President of the United States of America.

"I've been sitting at home and have been very eager to support her," said Ileana Irvine who is one of the co-chairs of the group.

And that eagerness is what prompted more than 500 women from across Puerto Rico to team up and campaign for Clinton.

"Three of us got together and had a meeting with 17 women," said Sheymar Lauselle, M.D. "And it multiplied."

According to both Irvine and Lauselle there are four main concerns that the group has - education, the rights of women workers, family (specifically children) and health care. They say Clinton's agenda will help the island in these areas.

They also believe that because Clinton's home state of New York has more than one million Puerto Ricans, Clinton is very tuned in to their culture and has a true understanding of Puerto Rican issues.

"She knows our problems, our necessities. She knows what Puerto Ricans need," said Lauselle. "She has a beautiful and very ample platform for Puerto Rico."

Puerto Rico's Senate President Kenneth McClintock echoed the group's sentiments.

"Hillary has been there for us for many, many years," he said. "When she says she's interested in Puerto Rico, she can say that with credibility… She has filed legislation that has helped us and has co-sponsored legislation that helps us."

And the fact that Clinton is a woman is, of course, very important to the group.

"We need a President who really understands women, and really shares our concerns because she has lived them," said Lauselle.

When asked about the call for Clinton to quit the race, McClintock told CBN News "Clinton should stay the course. We're so close to the marker on June 1, let us finish this race, let us give you this triumph.

Irvine agreed, but with a twist.

"She's doing what a woman should do," Irvine said. "She's doing her job, and she's going to do it… until she wins which is what we expect her to do."

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