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. mill

    She did congratulate him but as we know CNN and others is so biased

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Clint

    Gooooo Obama!!!!

    Were tired of war talk, loud finger pointing republicans and the Clinton's.

    Let's move on America, for the love of the our children.

    Sincerly please, we must stop the maddness.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Marcia, LA and TX

    It wasn't Obama choice to cut off Hillary. They were in two different states. CNN decided who they were going to air in their entirety and besides you can watch the whole speech on the cnn website. Stop being sore losers like Hillary. He was the projected winner so of course they were going to show his speech in entirety. There have been times when they have cut his speech off for hers.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. al

    Gold Canyon Gal,

    If 18 year olds can fight and die in a war, then they certainly have the right to vote!

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  5. poochies

    hey yall, i would've said congrats if my opponent won, and dont be hatin on Obama my homboy!!!!

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Henry from Houston

    A great Republican, and ultimately, a unifier, Abraham Lincoln, once proclaimed that a "house divided against itself cannot stand". As a Democrat, I certainly hope people will not lose sight of the big picture and vote out of sheer spite if their preferred candidate loses. Both Democratic candidates are phenomenal and I am so proud that it is OUR party that has taken upon itself to propel them forward. Who would've thunk? Do we not see how far we have come? Please let's not tear down what we've built over a bruised ego. Our great country deserves much better. I will certainly vote for one of the two current Democratic candidates come November.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Elizabeth Slaone

    I wonder if the moderators of the debate will also try to bate Senator Clinton as the "venerable" Wolf Blitzer did. In any case Hillary wins debates with Obama. Debates are not forums for rhetorical speeches.

    February 20, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. Alex NJ

    Clinton voters.. What kind of kinder-garden is this? If Obama is on the list you vote for McCain???? Grow up people.. Think about your future, kids..

    February 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. neil, tampa, florida

    Can you say "poor loser"?

    February 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Marcia, LA and TX

    You are so right Noans

    February 20, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. biyaa

    what she talking about ? give a break!!!!!!!!!it is good for her to endorse smart black men who is going to leads the country to 21st century.

    February 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Justin

    Lots of hardball mudslinging coming Obama's way.............stay the course......

    February 20, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. Abe, Land O Lakes, FL

    It's time for Hillary to drop out. Even Mitt Romney had swallowed his pride and dropped out for the sake of his party. She's simply diminishing the chances for Dems every day she remains in the race.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  14. L Wayne Marion

    How dumb people are getting. Electing a man just because he can talk a big game but has no idea how to really do it. I hope Texas and Ohio show this country talk is cheap. Action is the real deal. A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain to win in November. Look at the votes in 1988 election it just may repeat again and give McCain a win in November. Mrs Clinton is our best chance in November. People wake up.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Eric

    It surprises me to see that much valued portals, CNN included have consistently shown a negative bias against Hillary. They very well know reporting does matter. In any case, I would still hope that there is greater transparency and honesty looking forward. Lets face it that Obama is plain words and no real action. Everybody is trying Hillary and she is out to prove her worth. She will just emerge out fine and win the nomination. God bless America and kudos to Hillary for emerging out stronger everytime.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Arwa

    Let's get real. The republicans know that Mcain is their nominee soooooooooo instead of voting for Mcain, they voted for the weaker opponent. I am not proud to say this but Obama is going to be eaten up when it comes time to face Mcain. Mcain is very and I mean very inteligent when it comes to national security. I think the democratic party is being set up to fail.

    February 20, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. Phil

    Maybe if she would have called to congratulate they could have coordinated their speech timing.

    February 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. norma

    would all you obama supporters stop your gloating-you ( and Mrs. Obama) are doing more to alienate almost half of the Dem. party with all your childish nah nah nahs-and your 'with us or against us" attitude – and you call Hillary divisive,?

    February 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. J-Rich

    For all who believe it is fair game to enjoy yourselves in injustice and be conveniently blinded when it suits your purpose, I hope you accept just as gracefully when it happens to you and you suffer your own in silence!

    It just does not matter who you support; we must all learn to discern right from wrong. I really found it very distasteful that CNN et al just set aside Senator Clinton's speech and aired Senator Obama's fully! Surely they all know that this in itself sends adverse signals to the upcoming voters!

    But always remember that "what goes around comes around" and when we least expect it.

    February 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. neil, tampa, florida

    So what will Hillary's excuse be for losing Wisconsin? Cheese states don't REALLY matter? lol.

    February 20, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Clint

    Were tired of war talk, loud finger pointing republicans and the Clinton's.

    Let's move on America, for the love of the our children.

    Sincerly please, we must stop the maddness.

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. goofus

    Why are you HRC supporters acting like spoiled children, especially since most of you are so old? I really can't believe that when you enter the booth on Nov 4th you would pull the lever for McCain to throw some little tantrum for the head of you "machine." To do so is to overturn legal abortion, set us up for a 100 years war in Iraq, and more trade deals that favor CEO's and shareholders over workers. Is that really what you want to do? Grow up and grow some. REPRESENT!

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Vikki, Tennessee

    I agree with Steve, even if Hillary had congratulated Obama, she would have been cut off. I'm getting so sick of the media spinning every story about Hillary to be negative.

    Hillary is our only hope! I just pray that Texas votes right and gives her a win by a large percentage!

    HILLARY '08!

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Marcia, LA and TX

    Clinton supporters can you explain to me what makes her have so much experience? What cause she was first lady? What cause she has been in the senate longer? Cause she is older? I remember when I was younger it was always the president is going to be the person with military experience. Obama and Hillary are both lawyers they have both done the same type of work. Who stands for more is what we need to ask ourselves NOT who takes money from lobbyists to make a decision on how they should vote

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  25. brenda

    The next thing CNN will talk about is "Hilary is Breathing !!!! " – Why make a big deal that she did not congratulate him – she called him after the speech – why not focus on that ???

    When the MSNBC guy used profanity when mentioning Chelsea Clinton, Hilary was not allowed to react .It was a crime that she stepped up to protect her daughter.But it is perfectly OK for Mrs Obama to come on Larry King and say she is "ticked off" when people talk about her husband. And do you really think America needs a first lady who is for teh first time proud to be an American just last night???
    If she has no reason to be proud to be an American then why is her husband trying to be the president?

    I would really appreciate if someone can tell me what happened to plain on journalism where they report facts – CNN is so opinionated and biased – why not just come out an endorse Obama?

    Also can CNN air a show on how many so called 3rd world countries have had women heads of state ( like Pakistan ,Bangladesh ,Srilanka,India ) years back. And we call ourselves the most advanced nation in the world????

    February 20, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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