April 22nd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama congratulates Clinton


Watch a clip of Sen. Obama's concession speech.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama said rival Sen. Hillary Clinton “ran a terrific race” as he conceded defeat in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary Tuesday night.

The Illinois senator also thanked the Pennsylvanians who supported him in his bid to win a state whose demographics favored Clinton. “Now, six weeks later, we closed the gap,” Obama said to an audience in Evansville, Indiana that had initially booed when he congratulated Clinton.

“We registered a record number of voters and it is those new voters who lead our party to victory in November,” Obama added.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jane

    National Polls Barack Obama 51% Hillary Clinton 41%



    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. Mark

    "Ran a terrific race?" You've got to be kidding.

    Gun totin', Church goin', but still lyin' Hillary. How dumb is PA?

    April 23, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  3. Debster DC (I Bet CNN WON'T POST THIS)

    CNN please just say, you endorse Obama.

    April 23, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. Clinton or McCain, but NEVER obama

    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER obama.

    April 23, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. Ken Austin, TX

    Clinton ran a terrific race, Obama? Now that is the first lie I've ever heard you tell. LOL!

    Obama '08

    April 23, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Jane

    CNN is anti-Obama.

    From now on it's MSNBC. I'd rather hear Tim Russert and Chris Matthews make fun of Hillary any day. At least THEY know the truth about her and aren't afraid to talk about it.

    April 23, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  7. Sandy

    Awesome! Obama! I'm going to donate$100.00 to your campaign again!!

    April 23, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  8. Joe

    Obama supporters booing Hillary Clinton when congraulated by Obama .... sounds exactly like what one would expect them to do.

    Where is the negativity? Look very, very close .... Obama supporters and you will find it closer than you think.

    April 23, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. chisom

    Did the voters in Penn, forget about the Bosnia sniper fire lie, or the health insurance-lead-death lie, What exactly motivated them to vote for Hillary, I am just curious, i can't picture it!

    April 23, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  10. Chris in Va.

    Hillary should take lessons in humility from this "elitist".

    April 23, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  11. Venus

    Way to go Obama!

    Hillary stated with a 33% lead and you cut it down to 10% or less!
    Not bad for an underdog!

    She's broke – so don't give her any of our money!

    April 23, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Grif

    Respect you're Leader Mr... Maybe she will find a job for you...

    April 23, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. JB

    Wonder if Clinton would have been as gracious if the tables had been turned???? It's amazing that Pennsylvanians found her more negative and less trustworthy yet they voted for her anyway. Go figure . . .

    April 23, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Barbara-California

    Anyone else notice that all the photo's tonight of Obama show him as very very dark skinned? He is not very, very dark skinned....wonder why he looks that way on CNN site?

    April 23, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. Rohit Singh

    Stop the Drama, Vote Obama

    April 23, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  16. Barb in TN

    And his campaign is already talking about how it wasn't really a win for her. They are also talking about going even more negative on her in Indiana. What happened to "change" and no more politics as usual? Just words? I think so!

    April 23, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. angelina

    Sen.Obama run a very good,decent and dignified campaign..

    April 23, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  18. SC for Hillary

    It took $12 million dollars to close the gap, How much will it take for you to win? Hillary 08

    April 23, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  19. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Yes.......you are a gentleman. You don't act like your opponent.

    April 23, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  20. francis

    Way to go Sen. Obama, what a gentleman.
    That's really what this country deserves.
    Men and women who work to bring this country together instead of tearing each other down ,fellow dems and citizens while other countries are working hand in hand to get over us.

    We need to lead this world not only by our power but also and most importantly by our !!! VALUES !!!

    Wake up for what's better for you, the people decide that's he essence of democracy ...as you make your bed ... as you sleep ...

    don't foget the ultimate ... !!! PROUD OF AMERICA !!!

    April 23, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  21. Mark

    you see thats the mark of a true leader... Barack has always congratulated Hillary but Hillary never once gave congrats to Barack when he won , one of his many states...

    April 23, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  22. Daniel L

    As an Obama supporter, I too congratulate Hilary on her win. I hope that this leads to a turning point in this increasingly bloody process. I hope that both candidates drop the negative and senseless squabbling and return to civil, intellectual discourse.

    Let's all drop the hostility and focus on what matters: defeating McCain. I am an Independent, I support Obama, but if it comes down to it I am more than willing to line up behind Clinton over any republican any day.

    The first place to begin is here, let us force the candidates back on the right track. Let's see more intelligence and more substance. This should be a battle of wits and of who has the best ability not over who can sling the most mud the fastest.

    April 23, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  23. F Hitlery

    This is the beginning of the end for Obama. Hillary will become the nominee and the next president. It is inevitable by the will of GOD himself. She is GOD's chosen one and will fulfill her destiny.

    April 23, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  24. LT for Obama

    Gracious as always.

    April 23, 2008 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  25. Raphael Houston Tx

    Obama you got a lot of learning to do and you just got whipped in Pennsylvania. You out spent Hillary 3 to 1 and campaigned for 6 weeks and left Pennsylvania as the big loser.

    OBAMA you can not win the BIG STATES. Give it up.

    April 23, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
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