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. Rick in Florida


    June 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. corey

    i have lost all respect for hillary

    June 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Denny Sangiovanni

    Where were you when she spoke yesterday? I hear her clear and loud. She was very specific about unity and making the Democratic party the winner in November. Also she congratulated Obama and said a lot of nice comments on him. Again where was this guy last night. Was he with Carter too?

    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Why

    I thought se was ready for anything on day one. She knew this day was coming an experienced person would have planned for it. The way her campaign was ran you know she is not good at planning. Thank God we got rid of that liar Clinton.

    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |






    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Arthur

    It's all perfectly simple; she is justgoing back to her entitlement strategy with which she began the campaign now, however, she is saying "I am entitled to be Vice President." What she does not realize still is that one has to earn respect and earn trust and earn support. She would be a disaster as a Vice President.

    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Yes, it's about her...

    and 18 million American voters.

    Why do you all insist the American process not be fully carried through? Clinton has every right to stay in the race because....GASP! It's truly not over until the DNC.

    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Justme WV

    Rangel – lost respect for a couple of months ago. So who cares? He and Hillary can keep themselves in NY.

    June 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Rangel, I've got nothing but respect for you, but Hillary has achieved something great and deserves to be acknowledged for it and to have a significant amount of power because of it. Unfortunately, the party elders that be are unwise and have thrown oru chances in November away...

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Rick

    Maybe Hillary can be the first pick in the draft that Rangel wants to reinstitute.

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Hillary for President

    for all Obama supporters . Stop to attack Hillary live her alone. She should not help Obama , you did not want her before , now what is tha problem?? you cant win against Republicans whit out her, this is funny!!! if he can't win in November it is your problem!! I vote for McCaine.

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Unshrub

    Obama, like all other Democrats, should just ignore her and let her drift off into obscurity.

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. It's over!

    That's what you get when you deal the devil

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Jay

    This is why Hillary was NOT nominated. A true leader would have put personal ambitions aside for the sake of the Party.

    Her behavior is NOT presidential.

    Once again, she is being exposed. Why can't her supporters see this? It is so clear that her behavior would gain the respect of world leaders.

    June 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Hurley

    Hillary complains of sexism, but if any male candidate were behaving this way, it wouldn't be tolerated for nearly as long. People have put up with a lot of poor sportsmanship and awful behavior from her because she's a woman, and because she's a Clinton. She's exploited both to the fullest, and she should be ashamed.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. elen

    Ken says: "Let Hillary Clinton run this race the way she wants to run her race. She has every right, for she has won the "Popular Vote" and she does have every right to even take it to the convention floor. "

    The race is over. The avalanche started yesterday and continues today. The Superdelegates are deserting her camp.
    On the other hand I think it rather ghoulish how having lost the pledged delegates, the super delegates (after leading for months) the popular vote (unless you use funny math and count Michigan where she broke the rules and left her name on the ballot) and the campaign fund (through bad management) Clinton et al are hoping for their last and only solution which is that something will happen to the winner so the loser can scamper gleefully to take his place. What a distasteful image.

    I am glad that this pouting behavior has partially put the brakes on the possibility of an Obama/Clinton ticket and will allow Sen. Obama the freedom to choose a partner that is not busily salting the fields and poisoning the water.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. tony

    I'm inclined to believe that Hillary Clinton should be allowed to address the future at her own pace and however she sees fit. Unfortunately, the political process does not stop and Obama has to address his general campaign the way he and his team see fit. Forcing a working relationship on two people who may or may not be a "good fit" with one another is not prudent, especially at such a critical crossroads for our nation. History will be a stern judge of the participants.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. frank O

    The last good thing she could do is concede.
    But again when was she known to do any good for the sake of the party or for the sake of the nation.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. dion

    As I have stated on similar articles, Hillary can't raise funds for her indebted campaign if she concedes therefore expect her keep this campaign alive until she can recoup her personal losses an estimated $20 million and payoff her campaign debts!!! I don't why this fact is not being discussed! She does not have to stay in the race to have bargaining power, or to get on the ticket in those regards she has all that she needs, this is clearly financially motivated. You want her out go to her website and DONATE!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. F De Castro

    By the way who was that Governor from Pennsylvania? This GUY is also out of touch just like the person he is supporting (HRC)!

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. YES WE CAN

    Hillary is horrible and will destroy the Party if you let her.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Obama-Junkie, IL

    You are right BTB...People are entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts!

    Hillary doesn't care about "no stinkin" New York delegation. It's all about Hillary. Maybe Father Pledger had a point.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. fairandstraight

    Hillary Clinton did not win the popular vote. That number she is feeding to her supporters does not include cacus states. People, known as voters, are not being counted. Most of all, she lost the delegate count in which presidential nominees of the past has been selected by.

    Hillary Clinton is not in control of all those people that voted for her.

    June 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. A Proud American

    Why shoul Hillary support a luing cheat? Number one; he didn't desrve any votes for Michigan because he withdrew his name. Plus the democratic committee said that if Florida and Michigan moved their primaries to when they did, their votes would not count at all. Now the DNC has gone against what they said and allowed half the votes plu gave votes to hObo when he removed his name. I say screw the DNC and vote McCain '08.

    June 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Unshrub

    A guy sees a rattlesnake down in a hole. The rattlesnake says, “Please get me out of this hole.”
    The man says, “No, you will bite me.”
    The rattlesnake says, “No, I promise, if you get me out of this hole I will not bite you.”
    The man reaches down into the hole and lefts the snake out. The rattlesnake bites the man.
    “Why did you bite me? I was lifting you out of the hole.”
    The rattlesnake says, “It’s my nature.”
    Obama should be careful of Hilary.

    June 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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