February 12th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton: Still no congratulations for Obama

Clinton did not acknowledge Obama's winnings or congratulate him on his victories over the past two nights.
Clinton did not acknowledge Obama's winnings or congratulate him on his victories over the past two nights.

EL PASO, Texas (CNN) – For the second election night in a row, Hillary Clinton failed to acknowledge or congratulate Barack Obama after he won the day in dominating fashion.

On Tuesday in El Paso, hours after Virginia had been called for Obama, she stuck to her “Texas campaign kickoff” message and did not stray from an energetic, Lone Star-themed stump speech. She did mention Obama by name, only to chide his health care plan.

On Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia, Clinton spoke to a crowd of thousands at the state’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, but she ignored Obama’s quartet of blowout primary and caucus wins that day as well (Obama also won the Maine caucuses the next day).

The courtesy of conceding a primary or caucus loss - and then congratulating your opponent - is by no means required. But it has become standard practice during campaign season.

Clinton congratulated Obama and John Edwards after their first and second place finishes in the Iowa caucuses. Obama returned the favor in New Hampshire, saying Clinton “did an outstanding job.” That courtesy continued through the early states.

But as the race has shifted to a delegate chase with dozens of states in play around the country, the notion of congratulating one’s opponent seems, for Clinton, to have fallen by the wayside.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Yes why IS this news? It would be rude for the losing opponent to not congratulate them maybe after they won the nomination. Who cares?
    I find it funny how everyone is jumping on the Hate Hillary bandwagon. Obama has said "change" how many hundreds of times in his speeches? Haven't they been doing that since the beginning of democracy? What's so different about this time? Seeing is believing and until whomever becomes President fixes our national woes before reaching out to other countries, it's just another "same scene different cast" to me.
    Bet you the same people who are now jumping on the Hate Hillary wagon were the first ones to put a BUSH/CHENEY bumper sticker on their Hummers. Look where we are 8 years later. hmmm.

    February 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. dropshipebayer

    What a fun race this is to witness though... Will Obama beat Clinton? I don't know but the Giants beat the Patriots so anything is possible. Obama sure is building momentum and whenever I watch campaign coverage it all seems positive for Obama and neg for Clinton. Is that fair? I don't know. But it is noticable.

    February 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. eddie n. powellnye

    I know that there are going to be many good and bad comments about what each one of these candidates is or is not going to do when it comes to their actions.
    What I always try to do is side on the godly things of one's life trip. Obama,'s words are not his own. His words that were spoken in Madison should, if we were listening, drive home the point of why CNN, MSNBC and all the rest of the "no-sayers" can't get a grasp on what is happening with this "OBAMAMANIA". It is very easy to understand, especially if you are one of those that understand God's human nature of us. One day in the past there were 12 plus Jesus having a simple discussion on the well-being (human nature) man. When asked what are
    the greatest commandments. He stated that tere are only 2, 'HAVE NO OTHER FATHER BUT MY FATHER' AND 'LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THY SELF'.
    The shame of politics in this supposely God fearing country is that it has gotten
    us away from our neighbors. We suppose, according to politics, to look at this
    "OBAMAMANIC" with the eyes of experience of the "CLINTON THEORY" of being
    a good neighbor on "DAY ONE". On this "DAY ONE", when past experience ( Iraq,
    NAFTA, Katrina, White papers, tax files, Monacia and fairy-tales) equates into
    being a good neighor. All Mr. Obama is trying to say is neighor lifing up neighbor.
    In other words, experience tells me, as he tells us, 'UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED, WE FALL' - 'THAT IS THE ONLY POLITICS OF THE FUTURE' - 'EITHER WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN AMERICA FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY
    THE PEOPLE' or it is going to be politics as usual. IT IS OUR CHOICE FOR ONCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Rev. ENP M.D.

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Carl Fraizer, Mountain Home Idaho

    Will it not be ironic, if George Bush causes the election of the first non-white president in the history of this country, due to his failed presidency? Considering he has made of mess of everything he has ever touched, it woud be the first success of his adult life. Karl Rove will drop dead after realizing his complicity in putting a black man in the White House.
    As far as I can see, Hillary has lost this battle. Unless see cries again and pulls out the sympathy vote, she's done. For those people screaming about sexism and unfair media coverage causing her downfall, what would have happened to Obama if he had cried after losing any of the primaries? He would already be back in Illinois looking for a new job. That's a double standard, folks.
    Funny thing is, I was going to vote for her before Bill Clinton went on the attack. Now, as she appears ungracious in defeat, I will not vote at all if she gets the nomination. Those are the facts, as I see them.

    February 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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