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. JP - Iowa

    Where does it say that she has to thank him ... It doesn't .. really enough is enough. The media needs to stay out of this and let the people choose. Also, she was talking before 2 states numbers were even being tabulated .. Hillary ' 08.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. New Jersey

    All of you Clinton supporters are a bunch of Sheep......Wake up.....BAAAAAAAAA

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. John

    Obama DID congratulate Hillary on her Super Tuesday wins

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Matthew Rettenmund

    They're both great candidates, but only one of them has been microcriticized at every turn—her. So what if she didn't congratulate him (yet)? He didn't congratulate her for any of her Super Tuesday wins. You're just filling space with nonsense like this.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Patrick

    That's pretty crappy of Clinton. She's all smiles in front of the TV camera, but she doesn't extend this standard political courtesy to Obama. It makes her appear to be in denial.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Lucia... happily in Toronto

    Lack of grace... that's her problem. Sore LOSER is the perfect description.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Nancy from Maryland

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary......it's all about you. It always has been. You don't do anything without first counting the cost. Nothing ever happens by you without a calculation. I can only hope the american people will wake up and see that you only say what you need to say to win. And then you change your position when it will serve you well.
    I'm so tired of hearing how you've had all this "stuff" thrown at you and yet you're still standing (you say you've been tested). Did it ever occur to you that YOU were the one that caused all this stuff to be thrown at you. You & your husband created all the mess. I'm tired of all you're scandles, and lies. I want you both to go away. You haven't a clue about decency and honor and integrity. Just – please, please, please – GO AWAY.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. observer#1

    Why should she? He has taken everything she has detailed that she wants to address, put alittle twist to it and is selling it as his. Listen to his speeches closely, from one to the other, he says the same thing over and over. The little talk about someone whispering to him that they are a Republican, every speech. Health care? We can forget . Hope the college students parents can afford his plan, seniors, forget it, you'll get to pay more. If it's not universal, it don't work, Hillary has fought insurance companys for years and her plan is the workable one, John Edwards was almost a twin to it.

    February 12, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. chris in oregon

    rachel, this is a quote from obama's super tuesday speech:

    "This isn’t about me and it’s not about Senator Clinton. As I’ve said before, she was a friend before this campaign, she’ll be a friend after it’s over.

    I respect her. I respect her as a colleague. I congratulate her on her victories tonight. She’s been running an outstanding race."

    how about fact checking before you make a statement???

    if the fault is there, better count on the media to bring it out.

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

    The media is SICKENING! I once respected CNN. Not anymore!

    Hillary 08

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. jon

    Hey, let's have a thank you card writing contest, and the winner gets to be president. *sheesh*

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. goobama

    Clinton is such a sour loser, she is so egotistical

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. David

    I can't believe that latinos are falling for Hilary. She is merely using them to win over Senator Obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Let's not forget that if we were counting Michigan & Florida, she would still be ahead.

    Two of the largest states in the union. How can the DNC just ignore them?
    After making such a fuss in 2000 that "every vote must be counted".

    If I was a Democrat from Michigan or Florida, I would be hoppin' mad!

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Good lord, when will the animosity end! You Hillary supporters STOP HATING!!!
    She lost and lost BIG, get a grip! OBAMA WILL BEAT MCCAIN!!!

    GO BARACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. P in Denver

    This is just more of the same for Clinton – she dissed the Iowa folks after losing that caucus, then she dissed Colorado and the other small "unimportant" states after super Tuesday. Don't kid yourself. She's not out to represent the United States – only those states that have a lot of delegates. It will MOTS if she's the nominee and eventual President.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. just saying

    @Rachel,
    For the record, Obama won super Tuesday– late night tallying showed it. He received more delegates than Hillary did, so again, Hillary did not congratulate him.

    @ V,
    Give me a break– it's fair game and the microscope fixes on everyone. Your candidate is not more fragile than the rest.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Sean

    I agree with you NH. You hit it right on the nose.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Colorado

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

    And did we see CNN write up an article entitled "Obama: Still no congratulations to Clinton"?

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Debbie

    Sadly, unsurprising. Her true colors are a sour shade indeed. Thank God America seems not to be swallowing the line and its rusty hook.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Okay, CNN this isn't the way you cover news. You seem to be slighting Clinton on something that doesn't really matter too much. Should you beat up Gravel for not congratulating them as well? He's still in the race too...

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    If cnn & co. especially the panelists would give Hillary as much positive time as they give Obama we might get a fairer picture. It is disgusting to see the smiles, smirks and joy when Obama beats her. I thought you were supposed to be neutral. The negativity spoken about her is disheartening. Let them win or lose on their own merit please.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Stacey

    WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?!!

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Robert Reese

    I just dont get it. Come on people do you actually believe this fantasy hype Obama is preaching. Im ultra Democrat Ultra Left BUT I will vote republican before I vote Obama.
    This is such a joke that no one sees through this guys empty words and playing on the very depth of American fears. Blah! is the best comment I can make to his false orations.

    February 12, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Stephen

    Screw him. Let him keep saying that he will get all of Hillary's Votes. If he wins i am voting for McCain. Lets see how they explain that...

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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