May 13th, 2008
09:50 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain, Obama offer Clinton congratulations

(CNN) - A senior McCain adviser tells CNN's Dana Bash the presumptive Republican nominee called Hillary Clinton to congratulate her on her primary win in West Virginia.

McCain has not called either Democratic candidate after the past few contests - but he has made clear in the past that he admires Clinton's tenacity. The two have long had a cordial relationship in the Senate.

The Obama campaign says the Illinois senator also called Clinton to offer his congratulations, reports CNN's Chris Welch, but was unable to reach her, and left a voicemail.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Ron

    You need to be civil even if your are dealing sleep deprive pathological liar.

    May 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    Wow! McCain has never called to congratulate Obama on his primary and caucus wins. Hmmm...something smells fishy here.

    May 13, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. lil

    I think he tried to unite the party, Obama tried to call her she snubbed
    him but she answered sen macains call, now what does that tell you
    about how much she want to unite the party. Hillary thinks she is
    entitled to the presidency and she will change the rules to suit herself
    as often as it suit her selfish needs. She is not in this because she cares so much for us hard working people she is in it for the power.
    How can someone worth 100million dollars really care about hard
    working white voter ie she played the race card on the sly.

    If sen.Obama had said that he would have been the talk of cnn, msnbc
    and old lord Fox would have had a heart attack spinning it.

    History has been made tonight in mississippi why cant it be made with sen obama winning with out the white state of WV.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. An American in Canada for David




    May 13, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. Ed

    To all Hillary supporters: The 2008 version of the "It's the economy, stupid" is "It's the MATH, stupid!" Let it go. She's toast.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Abby

    What the results in West Virginia have shown once again, is that Hillary Clinton is by far the more ELECTABLE candidate than Barrack Obama to win the ELECTORAL COLLEGE in November.
    There is a certain HYBRID of Democrats in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia who have certain core conservative values which are quite Republican in many ways.
    The majority of these people will NOT vote for Obama in the electoral college. THEY DECIDE WHO BECOMES PRESIDENT EVERYTIME.
    Do your homework about past presidential elections in this country before you start arguing.
    Another point to note is that Obama can win in the southern states like Louisiana, South Carolina etc. due to the African American vote in a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. HOWEVER, HE CANNOT WIN THOSE STATES IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION because the African Amercian population will become a minority to the white vote (overwhelmingly GOP) in those states in a presidential election.
    You people in the DNC BETTER WAKE UP FAST otherwise Democrats are GOING TO BEATEN IN NOVEMBER if Barrack Obama is made the NOMINEE.
    I know many of my young friends posting will disagree with my comments but I am looking at what I know will happen.
    Middle America maybe outraged that at the state of affairs in the country, but those folks will be ready to VOTE for John McCain ANYTIME instead of Obama.
    They made it clear in exit polls in tonight’s primary.
    I as a person of colour you may expect to support Barrack. I know however through my life’s experience that there is still racism and bigotry in certain parts of this country.
    I also know that in this life, one has to put aside EMOTION and instead look at hard cold REALITY when making critical decisions in life if you don’t want to end up being sourly dissapointed in the end.
    This Democratic Primary is clearly looking more like a SELECTION than an ELECTION. Certain powerful and well connected people in the Democratic Party are determined to see to this.
    They do at their own PERIL if they don’t see the writing of an unlikely DEFEAT on the wall in November.
    A word to the wise is quite sufficient.

    May 13, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Why is Obama afraid of a re-vote in Michigan and Florida?
    If he can not be over taken in the elected delegates?
    By denying an re-vote he is alienating those voters against him in the general election.
    Without Michigan the Democrats can not beat McCain.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. Dino

    June 3rd cannot come soon enough. This primary, and the media machine provoking it, has devolved into a circus sideshow. My favorite part of the coverage tonight is all the "troubling exit polls" of the fine folks in West Virginia – like they represent something any candidate needs to build a national strategy around. Same thing for the "troubling exit polling" in North Carolina. Just count the votes, count the delegates, count the supers, agree on an equitable split of FL and MI, and be done with it.

    "I belong to no organized political party – I'm a Democrat!" – Will Rogers

    May 13, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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