February 12th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
8 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. Info

    What a sore loser

    February 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Ben from D.C.

    Texas isn't stupid Hillary.

    February 12, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. cherny

    Give Hillary a break. Getting your balls kicked in is painful for a woman candidate too.

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. rachel

    Lets not forget Obama did not congratulate Hillary on her super tuesday wins as she did him.

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Chris in Va.

    Hillary is showing her true colors. She's too busy crying and stamping her feet to do anything! What a loser!

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    This woman has no grace. Forget congrats to Obama, what about her volunteers? She didn't even acknowledge them. She was too busy pandering to my fellow Texans to keep her alive with her "say anything to win" talk.

    Her campaign managers have resigned. So much for her CEO leadership skills.

    I love Texas and Texas loves Obama!

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Edin

    Shows you how calssless she is

    GO OBAMA!

    February 12, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Kentucky

    What else would you expect from a Clinton?

    February 12, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Amy

    Hillary is so much in denial it is almost pathological. Really, it is scary.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. lars

    In denial.

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Undecided

    Dear HEALTH CARE VOTERS:

    Maybe someone can help me out. Why does Hillary get such benefit of doubt when it comes to health care? Wasn't it her task force's secrecy and arrogance, and her insistance on a mandate that set the entire cause of universal health care back 15 years and counting. Her job was to make sure we had a universal plan in 1993, and, well, she didn't do so well. So why exactly do so many trust her now?

    February 12, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. James

    Well this just shows what kind of person Hillary Clinton is. SEE .........it is all about CLINTON with this lady , she doesn't respect you , me , or anything.

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. caywen

    CNN, let it go. It's over for her anyways. I mean, another campaign head bailed on her. So why rub salt into the wounds? She has run a great campaign.

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. huckaburger

    so? he did not congratulate her on her super tuesday victories. She did. CNN get over it!

    February 12, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Tito

    Hillary is over.......

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Sam

    Hillary is either being rude or pretending Obama does not exist. What matters is the people acknowledge Obama and have voted for Change all over America.

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. andy

    Good !! why should she !

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. GOP4Hillary

    Outstanding rally in EL PASO Hillary, Now can you get Obama
    to debate policy in between his poetry readings?

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Angela in Virginia

    Maybe she's afraid that if she congratulates him, the room will erupt in cheers!

    Yes We Can!

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. grace

    she's a sore loser and an annoying winner. when she loses a state, that state automatically does not matter and it's voting process is called into question but when she wins a state the state automatically becomes the most representative state America has to offer and is an overwhelming victory for her.

    February 12, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Rob

    Cause she knows she underestimated Obama and just how strong his message is..this election was hers to win but I'm sorry you can't compete againest an idea or vision...those type of things deal with much more emotion then experience...Hilary is just to full of her self ...she thought that president seat was hers cause she was sill with Bill but you can't fight a Vision or idea with race baiting...its all showing now...I gurantee you...if she does not win both Ohio and texas by a blow out margin her superdelegate pool will shrink..

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. A Voice from Colorado

    Why should she "Bow" down to him ? The race is not over – I am sick and tired of CNN and MSNBC taking pot shots at our former "First Lady"
    Don't you think she still deserves some respect ?
    After the last 8 years – The Clinton admistration looked really good ~
    Beg off and give the "Woman" the respect she deserves.

    Obama ..2004 Senate ...Huh ? He's a PUP !
    He should have more respect for her – Just standing next to her – But OH he won't debate her.

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    In some ways, I feel sorry for Senator Clinton. I believe she thought she would win the nomination in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, she didn't recognize what Americans are looking for. . .a change. And that is what Senator Obama represents.

    February 12, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. S.A.

    After the last debate, Obama graciously pulled out Hillary's chair for her to stand. She NEVER said thank you or acknowledged his kindness. I saw that is rude. She is not the Queen of England. Maybe she thinks this country is her monarchy.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. DropOutGravel

    All i want to know is when will Mike Gravel DropOut.
    Keep me Posted CNN
    Ontopic: Hillary Clinton cannot Congratulate Obama because her mouth is full of the dust left behind by Obama.
    She hasent even Thanked her voters in Virginia/Maryland or D.C
    My guess is the dust does not taste good.
    No it Must not
    YES WE CAN OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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