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. Steve

    There is no doubt that HRC is playing the wild card, using it for political clout. She want to force Senater Obama's hand, she thinks he can't win without her endorsement. I have more confidents in Hillary's supporters than that. I know the majority of them are true democrats and they will support the democratic ticket. Hillary must think she has complete control over her supporters, like she can govern them and make them vote for whoever she sways. Her true colors are really shining through now. I respect all you Clinton supporters, so please think about what we heard from her last night. History was made and she never even mentioned it. Hillary must be a ME ME CHILD.



    June 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter

    No one has to criticize what Hillary Clinton does. Her actions speak volumes and she will prove to be her own worst enemy.

    June 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. eyeingtenure

    Only the Clintons know what the Clintons are thinking.

    June 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. jrzshor

    people, it's called POLITICS

    June 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Betty

    Hilary is ...what word do I want to use..selfish..This is not about her, it's about winning back the white house..Hard working people are drowning and there's no life vest in her hands. Only her sign..vote for Hilary and last night shows just that..We've all had enough of her. I've tried VERY hard to get to know her and like her but it's very hard.

    June 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Texas Girl

    Ken, you obviously are a repulking trying to use fear for arabic name, I will vote for Barack Hussein Obama not McSame as Bush!

    June 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. robb

    Hillary's motto – Hooray for me, to heck with everyone else. What happened to that gas tax rebate?????? Not much being said about that anymore – it fell flat just like her health care project years ago.

    June 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. alan j.

    No Hillary? Fine.
    The Obamanatics have their candidate.
    Good bye, and good luck.
    I'll be voting for McCain.

    June 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. mike

    Spoken by a Hillary supporter. Couldn't be more true. She is being given the respect and leeway that she deserves. This is not the time to look like a calculating politician looking for the best deal to further herself. If she is doing it for the sake of her supporters, then just say that. But also, give Obama his due as the nominee.

    June 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    He is absolutely right. I keep reading comments from Hillary supporters claiming that Obama supporters are rude. Have you been watching the primaries. Haven't you seen all of the attacks that Obama has had to endure and he still shows her respect for Hillary. Didn't you see how she conducted herself last night and how she refused to acknowledge that Obama had won the democratic nomination. For months I have seen negative and insidious comments made against the Obama campaign. Now Hillary supporters want to threaten repeatedly that they will vote for McCain, because your candidate ran an ugly campaign and lost. Wake up. Is this really the sort of leadership that you want to represent you. It is time to move forward in a positive way. Recognize that what is happening now is the reason that Hillary is not the nominee. This is not about her, but the future of our country. Now is the time for her to be a real leader and stop this nonsense. She is continuing to divide the party and doesn't seem to give a da...n

    June 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Jenny

    Obama could have ended the Democratic Nomination Process weeks ago if he would just have given Hillary Clinton the VP slot on the Democratic ticket. I think she has definitely earned it by getting the most votes by actual voters in this contest. I think that adding Hillary Clinton to the ticket would also be a smart move. Obama can either be the first black president (with Hillary by his side) or he can let McCain be president by choosing a different running mate. I know Obama's wife doesn't like Hillary, but Obama should do what he can to win the nomination otherwise McCain will be president come January.

    June 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Anacostia

    Hillary not conceding last night was a real slap in the face to Obama. Moreover, Hillary and Bill are not going to campaign for him – who in their right minds actually believe that? Thus – she could not by my V.P. She's much too selfish. What a sore loser.

    June 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Phillip Bunn

    Typical Hillary. She still can't believe that she, " a Clinton" has been beaten; and I'm sure she is trying, as hard as she might, to figure a way to get Obama disinfranchised. She is not fit to hold public office and I hope Obama will refrain from putting her on the ticket as VP. It is time for a change and remove American from the corruptible influence of the Bush's and the Clinton's.

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Blue California

    Uh oh Charles.. here they come..


    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Amy

    She still thinks is ALL ABOUT HER. SHE IS SO SAD.

    She should pack up and take another vacation to Puerto Rico (indefinitely)

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Christine Shannon-Preval

    Hilary Clinton show the entire world Tuesday night just how mature she really has become by not Graciously conceeding and Uniting White woman into the Democratic Fold, as well as her 18-million voters by sincerely congradulating Barack Obama on his VICTORY on this Historical Moment in American, and encouraging to get behind Barack Obama to untie the Party.

    As a BLACK African American Woman, I'm appauled by Hilary's behavior, her non-concession speech that stole the spot light on a very Important moment for ALL OF US Tuesday night, and instead of her taking the HIGH ROAD, she choose to act like a winning spoiled brat by showing her true colors. Now Hilary & Bob Johnson want to Bogart, Pressure and Demand that she be VP, I say NO WAY IN THE WORLD is this a winning Ticket......Stealing the Spot Light leaves a BAD TASTE in mouth for ever, and Hilary Supporters stop the madness and get real because we have much to do going forward. Thanks Hilary & Bill Clinton, but AMERICAN's have spoken, no more TRICKS and under hand tactics & strong arming your way back in to the White House because I'M BACKING BARACK OBAMA 110% All the way, and hope you will find a meaningful way to get your voters to come aboard! Barack can choose any one to become VP, but last night you proved to the WORLD you're not READY FOR CHANGE or progress for AMERICAN PEOPLE! It's not all about you, It's BIGGER THAN YOU! Sore Looser...

    Christine Shannon-Preval of Hartford, CT 6/4/08

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Punahou

    do you expect this kind person to handle a 3AM call? you dream! Wait until 3PM, the next day, next month or even next year...

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Dena in SC

    Ken– the stronger candidate- lost. Back the winner. The supers will not change their minds in August–forget that hope and go enroll yourself in political science 101.

    June 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Pepou

    Then STOP supporting her and join the Obama campaign.

    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Mike



    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Perla

    It's really too bad, because Hillary has loads of talent and energy and supporters, but she simply is not wired to be #2. Rangel and other supporters and friends of Hillary would do her (and the party) a great service by having an honest reality-check with her. I hope that Pres. Obama offers her either the #1 spot in the Dept. of Health and Human Services or a Supreme Court position.

    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Ken, do you not understand a nominating process?

    First of all, her claim of winning the popular vote is questionable – if you count Michigan and give Obama the uncommitted vote she barely wins, but if you estimate the caucus states then Obama wins anyway.

    Second, it's entirely irrelevant – the nomination is based on DELEGATES won, not votes cast. Is that really so difficult to understand? Her campaign was terribly run and decided to ignore the caucus states, which may have cost her the nomination....that's the bottom line. Whine and moan all you want about the popular vote, but that's not the determining factor in deciding the nomination...DELEGATES are. Understand? If popular vote were the critical factor then Gore would have been elected in 2000...sadly, he wasn't

    June 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. F De Castro



    June 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Mary


    Uh. No. She herself railroaded her own campaign. Nothing more.

    IT was all Hillary. Stop blaming, like she's doing, everyone else. The only person to blame is herself.

    And I don't believe I have to list all the things she did that brought about her fate.

    She has no one to blame but herself

    June 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Representative Rangel, billionaire Robert Johnson, and many others viewed the Clintons as their best possible link to the inner circle. Senator Obama has put these folks on the outside looking in. The Clintons showed their true colors throughout the campaign–even raising issues of race–and if you can believe it–sexism. While Senator Obama, not for the first time, conceded much to Hillary Clinton last night, Hillary Clinton gave Obama ice water and showed the Clintons' true colors mixed with sour grapes.

    June 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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