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. Sonya

    Hope is not lost. SHE will win because the majority of the smarter Americans know that a "rock star" cannot lead a country.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Carol

    Umm, Rachel – Obama did congratulate Hillary on super Tuesday. Hillary, a poor sport, an inability to compromise, partisanship and divisiveness.

    Not what we need in the character and personality of someone who needs to bring the nation together and move forward.

    February 12, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Chris

    The house of cards is crashing down all around her, but she just keeps her head buried deep in the sand. How could the Clinton political machine possibly fail?

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. mary

    Hillary is suppose to congraulate Obama for a win but he doesn't have to congraulate her when see wins. Sounds sexist to me!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Rob

    Ok CNN, we get the picture....you endorse Obama. You don't have to post articles like these to prove who you favor. To stoop so low to report that Hil did not congratulate Obama is unprofessional.

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. Ande

    How PRESIDENTIAL . . .

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. JC

    COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE HILLARY!

    OBAMA did at least acknowledge Hillarys wins, for those who do not bother to look up facts.

    Sore loser Hillary. Grow up!

    February 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Sioen

    Obama did congratulate Clinton on Super Tuesday; I watched him.

    Regardless, it's an unpleasant sign (and more of the same-old ugly politics that are pushing voters to Obama) when common courtesy is gone.

    I thought Hillary was trying to show her human, feminine side? Apparently not.

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. norvef

    rachel, obama won more states than hillary on the super tuesday and he did congratulate hillary for her wins.

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Bill, NY

    He did rachel, please state facts!

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. mike

    Oh MY GOD TALK ABOUT BIAS!!!!! Where was Obama congrats on super tuesday. Its scary with the media CNN and NBC. Poor McCain doesn't stand a chance if he is up against Obama. The media will tear him to shreads. No wonder Fox news Dominates this Network.. Its truely sad. Why doesn't CNN and NBC just come on out an endorse Obama. Atleast be honest about it. I would love too see the kinda coverage Obama will get if he is president compared to Bush. Very sad

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Yeswecan

    The Clinton ship is sinking. And the captain does not know an honourable way to go down.

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. BRANDY

    Senator Obama, storming on his way to the greatest victory!

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. V in Memphis

    Stop trying to find fault in every little thing that Hillary does. Enough is enough!

    February 12, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Lora B.

    Why should she – the race isn't over until it's over.

    February 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Julie, Binghamton, NY

    Wow I am starting to get really angry with CNN- you know he didn't do this with the other states, why is this news?

    February 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Tlc

    Rachel,

    At his rally after Super Tuesday Senator Obama said

    "I congratulate her on her victories tonight. She's been running an outstanding race."

    That sounds remarkably like a congratulations to me. Senator Clinton has decided to ignore the wishes of the majority of the people twice now..

    February 12, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Laura

    I guess she figures if he's going to snub her on Super Tuesday, then on the Senate floor the next day...why should she extend any courtesies to someone so rude.

    But, CNN will spin this to her being the bad one.
    Riiiigght.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Corey

    WOW... What a sore loser. I think that is very distasteful. My mamma always taught me to give congratulations and credit where it is due. Shame Shame Shame on you Hillary! That says a lot about your character. Very sad!

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Jeff

    What's with the canned applause at the Obama Wisconsin Rally?

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. allison

    sorry rachel, give it a rest ,her true colors have finally come out. she's in it for herself, not the country, if she wins, I'll be the sore loser cuz I'm moving to canada.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Sayer

    Soon she'll be able to thank him for making her early retirement possible.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Boston

    She hasn't lost, nor one, anything yet. Let's save the concession til the convention. What a stupid article.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Ed

    Obama did not congratulate Hillary on her wins Feb 5th. She sure did. What I don't get sometimes is why even report something like this? I mean, I honestly think they do this to stir up the fire. I used to be an Obama fan – but that has dissolved as his arrogance and non-specifics scared me to the Clinton camp.

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. Amy in Iowa

    Did anyone see Hillary say thank you in the last debate after Obama pulled out her chair? No, she did not look at him or even thank him. She thinks she is royalty. How rude honey. We are in America!

    February 12, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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