February 12th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
9 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. Mark

    We started seeing her true color. Hillary is too greedy to give up something which she does not deserve.

    February 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Terri Patanus

    TEXAS and OHIO show DC, VA and MD how stupid they are.

    Get out and vote HILLARY like Florida, CA and NY the states that really count.

    February 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. kentucky 2

    well just wait till osama gets in we all be moving to canada i will not vote for him something isnt right with him

    February 12, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. SH

    Hillary was so gracious when she was winning.....how weird?!

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Pia

    Totally uncouth and disrespectful and selfcentered..
    I hope your losses hurt, Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Sunny

    What about Obama turning his back on Clintion in the State of the Union address? The media is so biased against Clinton..

    For heaven's sake, what are Obama's credentials???

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Poor Hillary

    What a sad, petty woman! Leader of the free world?! I think not!

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Michael Turner

    The true self of a person comes through during the rough times.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Go Hillary

    I guess the press won't stop picking on Hillary. We get it, everyone likes Obama better. But please, please let the voters look the issues and decide for themselves.

    There are more than just black and white people in this country.!!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Tim

    Rachel, they both did congratulate each other on their super tuesday wins.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Hillary_Clinton_all_the_way

    Man, I wish Hillary will mock Obama or something. Can't believe Obama won 😦 Thank GOD Hillary didn't congrats Obama.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Phil

    The true character of Hillary comes out. If she can't take the heat of losing a few state primaries and is such a sore loser, how can we expect her to hold up on the world stage where the stakes are highest?

    Obama has my vote. I'm voting for Hope.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    CNN is covering very biased and negative stories against Clinton. It emphasizes all negatives about her campaing while diminishing those of Obama and continually discussing his wins, when they barily discussed hers on Super Tuesday.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Dave from Colorado

    Hillary is showing her true colors – willing to congratulate others when she wins and unwilling to acknowledge the will of the people. Should make us question if she has the people's good at heart!

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Robert NM

    I find it funny that Obama never mentioned Hillary's wins over super Tuesday but now CNN feels the need to make it look like she is snubbing him.

    If Hillary losses the nomination I for one WON'T vote for Obama. He's proven to be the man of the RICH white people and the black hope.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Wall

    For years I have relied on CNN.com for news coverage – I am now grateful for usatoday.com – so long CNN your mediocre news coverage grabbing at stories like has Clinton or Obama congratulated one another is pathetic. Signing off here and leaving you to report on Paris Hilton sightings once your fascination with Clinton and Obama is old news.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Chris in Orlando

    CNN – you just keep on stroking the Obama campaign's g-spot, don't you.
    Re: this story... who cares? Obama is 10 times more obnoxious than Hillary. And I recall more than a few instances when he was downright rude toward her. Recall: "Your likeable enough, Hillary..."?

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Sean

    You know, maybe if we got to watch the rest of her speech maybe then we would hear her congratulate Obama.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Scott

    Politicians are worse then the mafia. They hold grudges longer, are more corrupt, and more dishonest, and the Clintons are the worst of the bunch (except for Ted Kennedy).

    As this thing goes on and remains a tight affair, neither side is going to give an inch. Unless Obama pulls out to a huge lead, Clinton will campaign for super-delegates to win the nomination that way. In other words, this is only going to get uglier as the race remains close.

    No, she's not congratulating him because to do so would be to concede that he may be the Dem's choice as a candidate, and that is something she will never concede.

    It's not right for Obama to not provide a congratulatory message either, but there's more on the line now then before and you're going to see the true colors come out.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. whocares

    No big shock, what else would you expect from Clinton. At least Bill isn't talking about how he only won because he is black.

    February 12, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Samson

    This criticism is a bit much.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. Amy

    Would you shut up? Did he congratulate her after Nevada? You are brainwashed.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. jr terrier

    I don't remember Obama congratulating Hillary after she won Nevada.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Mike

    Rachel, why don't you pay attention to the speeches. Obama clearly states a congratulatory note to Hilary on her wins! Pay attention before you just write whatever you want. Lets at least be honest.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. WestCoastMessenger

    If Barach Obama does not believe that superdelegates should be able to help decide the nominee why doesn't he renounce the pursuit of those delegates by his surrogates? Wouldn't it be a better play to say that the elected delegates should decide?

    Now that he is ahead that would make good sense to me.

    I'm not surprised that Hillary Clinton did not call Barach Obama to congratulate him. She doesn't support him. She wants to win. Gotta keep your eyes on the prize as Jessie Jackson used to say.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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