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. Sherry

    I find it dispicable that CNN gives so much more TV time to Obama! They drag Hillary through the mud constantly and pat Obama on the head like a good little school boy. Does this mean they expect him to be a yes man and will want favors from him if he becomes the president. No way that will happen. Hillary is strong and stable and will surprise you all soon.

    Hillary '08

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. McCain supporter

    Obama's baloon will burst in November.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Chris

    It's a non-issue. Focus on the issues CNN. If I wanted drama, I'd watch a movie.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Just another example of the true vindictive, mean spirit of Hillary. Thank God Obama is sending her packing...

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Victoria

    oh here we go again...cnn get your facts straight.....did you forget Nevada...Obama was on a plane and had nothing to say after his loss..

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. vv

    and why should she?

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. SpiralBlue

    Anyone notice that Barack Obama alone in votes in these last primarys is beating Hillary by almost 2 to 1 or more and is collecting more votes by himself then all the republican candidates combined in their primary. He could go up against any of the republicans without the help of Hillary's supporters.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Ken Austin, TX

    Uh-oh CNN! Now why did you go and say that? Now we're gonna have to hear from all the Clinton fans how bad you're picking on poor old Hillary.

    February 12, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Joe

    Obama is in for a rude awakening in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. He is going to lose those states and his bid will be over. Obama may even lose Wisconsin to Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Frank from CT

    Hillary has made a tactical decision to refrain from giving a concession speech so as to negate the notion that her support is weakening. Whatever the rationale, it is poor sportsmanship and belies the reason for her lack of popularity with a significant portion of the voters.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Val

    She is such a sore loser! Imagine what she would do if she doesn't have things going her way as the president... Go Obama!!

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Obama

    Hillary is a loser.. she can never win the primary.. she knows Obama is going to win so she's just waiting to congratulate him when she's kicked out of the race.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Patrick

    I'm sure the Flori...err Texas strategy will work out well for you Mrs. Giuli...err Mrs. Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Kim

    She's as rude, arrogant, and cocky as Bush...always has been, always will be...

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. S

    Actually, Obama did congratulate Hillary during Super Tuesday speech, just like she congratulated him. Since then, he hasn't had reason to congratulate her! Woo hoo.

    OBAMA '08!

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. john

    i think the clintons are done in washington. her hopes of being the first women president is all but over. goodby hillary, hello barack obama has the first black president of the united states.

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Peter

    This is news? This is silly nonsense – who congratulated whom, who didn't extend congratulations, why, when – and this is what CNN is reporting. It's no wonder that campaigning and elections in this country are pathetic in their pandering and shallowness. "Debates" – which are the furthest thing from debates – aren't substantive but, instead, are high-school-like popularity shows enabled by every element of the media.

    "What else would you expect from a Clinton?" Please...what else would you expect from the talking heads and "reporters"? Answer: more drivel, because they know that a large proportion of voters is at the level of "Now, you can be an insider!"

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Jean

    Big deal! She's busy trying to win an election. Get over it Obama-maniacs!

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. mc

    I will never vote obama; many wm republican's are voting in dem. primaries so hillary does not suceed; obama will never win GE; as asouthern wm dem i will vote for McCain – many obama crazed supporters have alienated the clinton supporters and you will never get us back – word

    TX/PA/OH – Hillary or bust...

    February 12, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Fairfax, Virginia

    she's too busy to for her own campaign in Texas.. she aint wanna lose again.. too bad Hillary...

    OBAMA won in my state!! Yeah!!
    Won in DC and MD!!! OBAMA Night today!!!

    Obama 08!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Jon

    the media should really focus on the real issues we face instead of such little things.. tired of it.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. bobby

    Why does Obama continue to state that he didn't support the war, but he continues to take the support of all those Senators who voted for the war. isn't that being a hypocrite.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Mary

    You liberals are so disgusting. Some of the comments in here. God help us all if you fools take the White House. Cue the bombs terrorist, there will be no relatiation, Obama will be in DC preaching about Change

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Casey Lunkley

    Who cares? I'm so tired of elections being based on etiquette. The American people care more, I hope, about the issues than the candidates' manners.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. ray gardner

    Ok it's time's time for Nm to call clinton the winner.Now fla michan to call for clition the winner in thoses three state puting clinton back on top cnn needs to waite till the polls close and not call a winner till then

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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