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. SR

    Hey there Sen. Obama, I thought you were going to unite the country and bring us all together? Is that going to happen any time soon?

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Cindy

    omg, she snubbed him? So much for getting the VP slot...

    May 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Clinton/McCain

    Everyone we must now unite to fight McCain. Let's unite behind Hillary Clinton!

    May 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  4. deidre

    ‘Applachia Virginia had no problem voting for African American Douglas Wilder in ‘89. Buchanan County, for example borders both West Virginia and Kentucky, is 97% white, and voted 90 percent to 9 percent for Clinton over Obama on February 12, but in 1989, it voted 59 percent to 41 percent for Wilder.

    So, the notion that people are monolithically racist in Applachia and will not vote for Obama because of some sort of knee-jerk reaction to Obama’s ethnicity is largely false.’

    May 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. D

    I agree with SR. How long till Obama is able to "unite" even his own party? Apparently he'll need quite a few years considering its already been a year!

    May 13, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Racism?

    I'm very confused on how people can call WV racist????? Is racism only a one way street??

    May 13, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Rich

    SR, it's hard to fight the powers of divisiveness; give it time. If the number of Repbulicans I know who will be voting Obama in the fall is any indication, it's more the Democratic party that he's having problems with....and I wonder why that would be with him being the almost certain winner....hmmmmmm.....

    May 13, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. Craig

    Wow, sore loser, and poor winner. I'm sure shhe'd make a GREAT leader with this kind of sportsmanship. It must feel great to know the only reason she won is because a large number of her voters won't vote for a black man. For shame.

    May 13, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Des,Toronto

    Well,Well the conspiracy is complete. The wannabe commander in chief McCain congratulates his ally Hillary the other wannabe commander in chief, what a tag team!!! . I hope all you pretend democrats who will not vote for Obama if he is the nominee now see that a vote for Hillary is a vote for John McCain and 4 more years of Bush.

    Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. Independent

    At least the other 2 candidates are gracious, unlike Clinton. She did get a moral victory for her, but it does not change the facts. In the 1st five minutes of her speech, she pandered for money, and of course mentioned what the Bible says. I could not watch more than a minute of her speech. Howard Wolfson and Terry McAuliffe should hang their heads in shame over how they are trying to bully everyone into giving her the nomination, and with their ridiculous spin, hate, and race baiting in every nasty word that spews from their mouths.. I do wish one of these media pundits would come out and ask them about how her campaign paid for votes in Ohio and Texas! West Virginia, you just made this thing drag on and on. I am a frim believer in Barack Obama, and believe he will be our next President. Niver again will ther be a Clinton in the White House – they have disgraced this country enough.

    May 13, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Luke

    Craig you sound like a sore loser yourself.

    May 13, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Issano

    Wow...! Dummies for Hillary, thats speaks volumes about racism in America and those that vote for her. In other words you must be STUPID to be a Hillary supporter. Go Obama.

    May 13, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Ron R

    Let's see now...the number of delegates needed to win the nomination has now changed!!!!!!! How convenient!!! This is unbelievable to me. WAKE UP PEOPLE

    May 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  14. Cry For Our Country

    I am sure that John McCain was sincere in giving his congratulations. Hillary's vow to destroy the democratic party, er, I mean vow to continue going for the big win by getting the supers to vote against the people of this country sure bodes well for a McCain presidency.

    I'm absolutely positive the republicans are grinning from ear to ear over this one.

    May 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Barbara

    McCain called Hillary because he is afraid of Barack Obama. Did he call Obama on the NC win? Hmmmmmm

    May 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. american in ga

    Let's go, Kentucky... we're counting on you to keep Hillary going!!

    May 13, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. QG

    Wow... She gained like delegates on him. Not long before she exits stage left

    May 13, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  18. WV Says NO to Obama

    Yes surprise surprise Republicans and Democrats can be friends. Go Hillary!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    McCain loves it! Hillary is doing all the campaigning for him!!

    Obama called and Hillary checked the caller said "PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES"

    Hillary, third place is good when it comes to race cars, track and field, or a hot dog eating contest...........but not when there are only 3 contestants!!

    Enjoy your victory........have a shot of whiskey (Canadien) and a beer. Savor it while it lasts. Come November, support Obama.

    May 13, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  20. Mark

    McCain is playing a trick here, certainly. Why did not he call the Dem candidates in other contests before?

    May 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. Debby

    Maybe McCain wants Hillary for VP. LOL Boy Obama would be in deep do do if that happened. Clinton wins big when it comes to economics and her healthplan.

    May 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. erin

    Isn,t WV a red state?Neither one will win this state in Nov anyway.

    May 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. Mary

    So you count her out.
    Stop it,.
    you, and I hate to say it "white male fools".Where is just the news. That is what I grew up on.
    Now we have ladies and I like you there but you have no wrinkles
    Nothing girls
    And you are called senior anylist
    stop it
    you know you are being paid
    hey fess up
    now or later
    the republicans will get 'ya
    you will pay now or later
    I say now

    May 13, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. JS

    Obama is unelectable. Not because he is a black man but because he truly has nothing to offer and has fallen way too many times. Too many stumbles, not enough experience, too many empty words, too many veiled attacks while he tries to pretend he's "above all of that," too many shady connections, too much elitism, too out of touch with the world.

    Hillary isn't ruining him – he has managed to do that all on his own.

    May 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Barbara

    Birds of a feather, flock together (McCain and Clinton)

    May 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
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