June 4th, 2008
04:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Rangel criticizes Clinton over non-concession speech

Rangel criticized Clinton's non-concession speech Wednesday.

Rangel criticized Clinton's non-concession speech Wednesday.

(CNN) - Prominent Hillary Clinton backer Charles Rangel thinks the New York senator could have been "far more generous" during her speech Tuesday night after it was clear Barack Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination.

Rangel, the senior member of the New York congressional delegation and an early supporter of Clinton’s presidential campaign, said in an interview Wednesday Clinton should have been more clear about what her future plans are.

"I would agree that after the math was in before her speech, that she could have been far more generous in terms of being more specific and saying that she wants a Democratic victory," Rangel said in an interview on MSNBC.

"I don't see what they're talking about in prolonging this," Rangel added. "There's nothing to prolong if you're not going to take the fight to the convention floor…I don't know why she could not have been more open in terms of doing up front what she intends to do later."

Rangel also said the entire New York congressional delegation is awaiting guidance from Clinton on what to do, and could be put "on the spot" if the New York senator does not explain herself soon.

"We could be on the spot if we don't get some answers about what does it mean when you say that you are not endorsing - or what does it mean when you say that you haven't - you're not out of the race. It just doesn't make any sense. It's inconsistent with wanting a Democratic victory and not endorsing the Democratic candidate."

soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. John Smith

    Obama has won this process WITHOUT the help of Clinton. In point of fact, Hillary and her supporters threw all the kitchen sink stuff at Obama and he still won "fair" and square.

    So Obama does NOT need Hillary to screw this process for him. Hillary, Bill, and Chelsea should stay away from this ticket and the White House as far as possible. This nation cannot afford to deal with any more of the past or current scandals!

    If the Clinton supportes want to roll over to McCain, so be it. No DEM should beg or worship these people! Both Hillary and McCain make the same old poor judgements with their years of tauted experiences. We need to move forward (change); this election is about CHANGE, not Queen Hillary or One-eyed McCain.

    June 4, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. BK

    Charlie just go on over their with your pick Obama. You don't have to give us excuses. We know which side of the fence your on.

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. ENOUGH inner party fighting!!

    The primary race is over. We have our nominee.

    Vote Democrat, or four more years of Dick Cheney's policies.

    End the nightmare, VOTE DEM!!

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. No Obama


    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Alex

    What? A Clinton supporter with some sense? Impressive.

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. cda

    It's all about Hillary and her ego. She feels she has power the way she is handling this situation. The leaders of the Democratic Party need to stop the madness.

    June 4, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. michelle

    Oh, come on, gimme a break.

    Cut her some slack.

    Give her a day or two or three to decide what she wants to do. IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL SHE SAYS IT IS..... NO MATTER HOW EAGER EVERYONE IS TO CROWN OBAMA PRINCE OF THE UNIVERSE (GAG).

    June 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. clara

    sen. hillary speech was great last night know matter what oboma's says

    June 4, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. FL Independant

    and just how many more lamentations of Rangel regarding Clinton must we endure this election season?

    He should just get a "She' sorry" button for his sport coat and then he could stop making excuses for her.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. sophia nyc

    Go light one up Rangel. Hillary is set on destroying the party.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Rob R

    Good for you Charlie Rangel!!!!

    When you break it down, how many of the 17 million plus Hillary voters were sincere or part of Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos? I suspect by the time the general election rolls around, there will be a very small minority of Clinton voters who were Democrats that will vote for McCain.

    Obama is already looking Presidential if you saw his address to the AIPAC discussing his plans for Israeli support and his plans for that region in general.

    And that's what it is all about – Obama has started preparing for how he is going to win in Novemeber and reshape America. Hillary still thinks she is going to be the nominee. Big difference.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Former Dem-Changed to Independent Today

    Hillary needs to run as an Independent. Who cares about the Democrats who have treated her so disrespectfully? I am so disgusted by the way this primary has been run that I sent off my paperwork today to drop out of tthe Democratic Party after being a member for 30 years, and I will vote for McCain in November.

    McCain '08, Clinton '12

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Dan (TX)

    Hillary should have conceded. The only reason I can figure that she would "stay in the race" is to solicit her supporters for more campaign donations to pay back her $11.4 million personal "loan." As long as she's "in the race", she can solicit funds. After Denver, her "loan" becomes a contribution – ouch!

    Ego, fame, greed, money – pick one why Hillary is not conceding yet.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Margi

    Hey Senator, this is your candidate, maybe you can talk some sense into her. And let her know that she has disrespected Obama and his 18 million supporters.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Curtis Tate

    He told you Hillary!

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Lorna, NY

    About time someone spoke the truth.

    June 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Daniel Santos

    I think all the Superdelegates need to remove their support of Clinton and endorese Obama. This includes Rangel. We need to rally behind Obama reguardless of what the Clinton's plan to do.

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Obama all the way..

    Her own supporters are questioning what the hell she is doing.

    Doesn't that tell you something???

    It is time for someone to grab the cane and pull her off the stage. Then close the curtain. For good.

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Realist in Maryland

    Amen Rangel.

    I don't think Hillary knows how to be "far more generous" about anything other than empty promised to the poor.

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Ben

    Why are all of Clintons friends and advisors crude and cunning.? Just dont understand them..This is about the American people and not Billary or Lanny DAvis or Kiki..Real bunch of self-centered bunch!..Lanny are you looking for a job?

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Stacy Clarks


    But non-the-less, let us all give her space to do what is right, and show her that we appreciate all the work she has done for women in this country

    A UNITED DMOCRATIC PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Kenneth M


    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Mary

    Get out of the water Hillary. its OVER!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Chi4Obama

    Hey Obama supporters,

    I say that WE ALL take Clinton up on her offer, and go to: HillaryClinton.com

    Let's all give her some strong words of encourgament on what she should do next 🙂

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Mat

    Last night Hillary high lighted that she puts herself ahead of the party. By not stepping down last night, and words in her speach, she basically said – I have 18 million voters and if you want them – you better give me something before I let you have this nominee – Another sign of old school politics at it's worst and i'm sick of it! Obama needs to stand up to this and make a point this is his party and if she wants to be part of it, he's all about it, but as the leader, he'll chose how and when that is! Not the other way around!

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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