February 20th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton's election night speech fails to mention election

Clinton tonight in Youngstown, Ohio.

Clinton tonight in Youngstown, Ohio.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three times may make a trend: for the third primary/caucus night in a row, Hillary Clinton has taken the stage at a post-election rally and failed to mention her losses, or congratulate her winning opponent, Barack Obama.

She spent Tuesday night at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, looking ahead to the primary there on March 4. She made no mention of Wisconsin.

Last Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, hours after getting swept in the Potomac primaries that night, she didn’t acknowledge her rival’s big day. The Saturday before that in Richmond, Virginia, she spoke at the state’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and ignored Obama’s string of four primary and caucus wins that day.

After reports that focused on the second oversight, Clinton congratulated Obama at a press conference the next day.

Acknowledging your losses isn’t required in politics, though it is a courtesy that’s been practiced for decades.

Then again: it's also been traditional for candidates to delay their remarks to avoid overlapping with their opponents' speeches. Obama began his victory speech in Texas Tuesday while Hillary Clinton was still addressing the crowd in Ohio - and most of the networks cut away from her event mid-speech. (Granted, she had begun speaking after the expected start time.)

UPDATE: CNN's Mike Roselli reports that after their speeches ended, Clinton called Obama to offer private congratulations before she headed back to New York.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (506 Responses)
  1. ks katty

    Gold Canyon Gal, AZ February 19th, 2008 10:36 pm ET

    If the Democratic Party allows cross over votes from Reoublicans (who already have their nominee) and 18 year olds still wet behind the ears determine our Party's candidate for November, I will dump this Party like a hot rock after 40 years of voting a straight Dem ticket…and I will take my money with me.

    18 year olds, ALWAYS, think their parents are old fashioned and/or stupid. 18 year olds just usually DON"t TELL their parent they are stupid. We are still supporting them, remember.

    February 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. Nick

    Well, Hillary deserves the pain she gets. Too bad for her that she's going to lose.

    February 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. Cali

    Go Senator Obama! Thank you Wisconsin!

    February 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Serves all you Clintonians right for making such a fuss over alleged "plagiarism" on Obama's end. You're all too stupid to see inspiration when you hear it.

    February 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Tonya for Obama

    As Texans say, "you have to know when to fold em and walk away." ...or was that Kenny Rodgers...opps ... I guess I just plagerized ... arrest me...

    February 19, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  6. Darryl, Arlington Texas

    Those of you who support Hillary, my God she starting to look a little bewilder. She would likely do better if she a nicer person. She need to thank the people of Wisconson.

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Robert Friends

    CNN picks on anything Hillary does and this "Acknowledging your losses isn’t required in politics, though it is a courtesy that’s been practiced for decades" comment successfully put CNN in the league with Fox news. Then again, they are in the rating business so if throwing away dignity and integrity helps CNN win the rating war, as sad as it is, you can't really blame them.

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Gilles Deleuze

    Break out the Kleenex again, Billary.

    Game over, Clintons.

    OBAMA 08!

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. marylou

    Obama has shown himself to be not only an articulate politician but a true gentleman as well. Too bad Hillary's level of civility is not of the same caliber.

    Congratulations, Obama, our next President of the United States!

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. park more, New Orleans

    Who care, your article is very old. You did not get it, Obama is for change and you are still bringing old fashion..........

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  11. leah

    not surprising. billary's a sore, ungracious loser!

    TEXANS FOR OBAMA!

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Geena Holloway

    CNN has an obvious preference for Senator Obama, totally disregarding the millions of voters that see Senator Clinton as the best choice for President of the US. Sometimes it seems that CNN even relishes on Clinton's recent defeats. I am very disappointed in you guys and will be watching FOX (gasp!) from now on.

    CLINTON 08

    February 19, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. maggie

    You all make me laugh! It ain't over till it's over. Many people have made the mistake of counting the Clintons out! Big mistake!

    February 19, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Chin

    I not a US Resident, but am amazed at what's happening right now in the USA. With their mortgage crisis and the looming economic recession, most American democrats want to nominate a person who has less experience and who has not been tried and tested! Sure he is very inspiring, but this is a very delicate and serious situation. I certainly hope that if he wins the presidency, he brings about the right kind of changes that America needs. Afterall, the only permanent thing here on earth is change. But what kind of change will this bring is another question....

    February 19, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. John

    Bye Hillary... lol. It's over.

    February 19, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Jon Cruz

    Why does CNN keep trying to make this a battle of personalities instead of a battle of issues? Why do you insist on making stories out of nothing? And why, oh why if she did congratulate Obama on the phone does the front page scream that she didn't congratulate him?

    February 19, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Vanessa

    It appears MSNBC and Fox cut away to Obama's speech tonight as well.

    Go Obama!

    February 19, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. Geena Holloway

    CNN has an obvious preference for Senator Obama, totally disregarding the millions of voters that see Senator Clinton as the best choice for President of the US. Sometimes it seems that CNN even relishes on Clinton's recent defeats. I am very disappointed in you guys and will be watching FOX (gasp!) from now on.
    CLINTON 08

    February 19, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. chevy

    Toyin, Marietta, GA you make a good point she needs to common decency to thank those Wisconsin voters for braving a terrible storm. Hilary lose more and more respect from me after every primary and caucus.

    February 19, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. John

    Grow up Hillary freaks. CNN is NOT biased. You'd be singing a different tune s she wasn't LOSING. lol. Move on with your life. It's over. He's obviously the best man for the job.

    February 19, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    What is wrong with Hillary?

    I have gone from adoring this woman to having to hold my nose if I have to vote for her, good Lord.

    February 19, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. Dr. Gonzo

    Clinton's campaign is struggling to find a voice that does not make the American people cover their ears.

    February 19, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Janet

    I see the Iraq vote was mentioned again. Obama wasn't around when they voted for the Iraq war, so we don't know whether he would have voted for it or not. Obama has no right to comment on it now that he never voted for the war since he wasn't even a senator. He can't say how he would have voted either, because it's hindsight, which is 20/20. I don't believe we should have gone to war, but we did, let's fix it.

    February 19, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Voted for Hillary in WI

    There's an old saying...be careful what you wish for...let's not forget Wisconsin also helped vote George W. Bush into office...not once but twice.

    February 19, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Pat M Canada

    WE WILL SEE HOW YOU CLINTON BASHERS RESPOND to another War Mongering President namely John Bush McCain who will hand out Trillions more to a Country and a War that should have never, ever, started! WHO WILL KEEP THE MID EAST IN CONSTANT TURMOIL, DESTROY THE AMERICAN IMAGE BEYOND REPAIR AND BANKRUPT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.

    WE WILL SEE HOW YOU CLINTON BASHERS RESPOND to an Inexperienced, Incapable, "I HAVE A DREAM, BUT NO PLAN I CAN DETAIL" BARACK OBAMA WHITE HOUSE! A Lawyer who can't FIND HIS FILES but can find many HISTORIC SCRIPTS FROM GREAT MEN TO QUOTE ENDLESSLY ON STUMP AFTER STUMP! Who can reiterate a million times he did not vote for the war but neglect to say BECAUSE he wasn't present over a hundred times as Senator to VOTE on any bill! WOW what concern and dedicaton!

    Hope you all ENJOY another four years of disaster with John Bush McCain as OBAMA won't be in the White House. He hasn't got the support or experience to beat the Republican Front Runner.

    Peter, congrats on a great job of partisan reporting! I'm guessing Red is your favorite color. Equal Air Time for all Candidates and neutral reporting was never anything I expected. So I wasn't disappointed.

    February 19, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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