(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."
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.
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.
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!!
WE DON'T WANT OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!
What? A Clinton supporter with some sense? Impressive.
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.
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).
sen. hillary speech was great last night know matter what oboma's says
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.
Go light one up Rangel. Hillary is set on destroying the party.
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.
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
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.
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.
He told you Hillary!
About time someone spoke the truth.
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.
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.
I don't think Hillary knows how to be "far more generous" about anything other than empty promised to the poor.
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?
WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT SINCE IT BECAME CLEAR THAT SHE WILL NOT WIN WEEKS AGO!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHE NEEDS TO BE CONTRITE.
Get out of the water Hillary. its OVER!!!!!
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 :-)
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!