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. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    You just cannot trust Hillary and Bill they have proven that; thru this primary campaign season. You need some you can trust; to me that is the bottom line. You need some that will have your back. Not someone who puts it into your back then twist.

    All anyone has to do is look at the way she is acting. She is acting like a three year old falling out in a store when you tell them no you cannot have that.

    Someone needs to take her by the hand and talk to her one on one.

    June 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Linda

    No one - from Obama to the media - has been gracious to Hillary. This campaign has been rife with sexist attitudes since it began. When others are gracious, maybe then Senator Clinton will return the sentiment.

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

    The worst mistake Hillary could make would be to accept a VP spot with Obama. He will not make a good president. Let him pick Caroline. Then they could have two, know nothing candidates. What does Caroline Kennedy know about what the people of America want? She has stayed out of politics and the public eye until now? Was she already asked to be VP? That would explain her sudden attraction to politics. It would also explain Ted Kennedys endorsement over the wishes of the voters in his state. Obama is the presumitive nominee. Until the conventions, no one including McCain, are the nominees. the convention is when the actual votes will be given, until then anything can happen. I will wait until the convention to see the actual results. Out of three possible scenarios on popular votes, Obama is ahead in only one. He is not my nominee. If he is the actual nominee in August and that seems likely, I will at that time know how I will vote in November. I suspect I will have to vote for Hillary, by write-in

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Jo in Oregon

    The dogs just can't leave Hillary alone. The convention is intended to be the venue for candidate selection. It is stupid for candidates to quit prior to that time.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Dolamite, TX

    Pride is a deadly sin and it will probably be the death of Billary's VP chances.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Jen

    Exactly and this is what some want in the whitehouse? Someone who is "bitter" but cant admit they are "bitter"? LOL This is one Bitter American here! But only because she cant get her way like my own toddler does! Why doesnt she just stomp her feet and cry along with her rudeness?

    This is not the type of character we need to run or help run our country.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. MDW

    There you at last someone said what neede to be same at the highest level...one of her supporter..

    HRC is burning her bridges day by day with her collegues..

    The beginning of the end of a era ..08.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Joyce in Florida

    I personally think that Senator Clinton's speech last night was gracious and truthful enough. She does not need to make a decision right now. I think she should stay and fight all the way to Denver. The people have spoken and we are not ready to accept Obama as the nominee even if we have no choice in the matter. Contests are done and it is time to heal. But there is no reason for Senator Clinton to rush into things; why should she? If Obama wants a chance to win in November, he should put her on ticket as the V.P. Millions and millions voted for Hillary and we still stand by her in any decision she cares to make. Keep fighting Senator Clinton. We still love and support you all the way to the convention. GO HILLARY!!

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    He knows this, the media knows this, I know this and all the American people know this......why doesn't Hillary herself know this? OR if she does, why didn't she concede last night. No V.P. for her ever. She's ruining it for any other female to run for President and she's doing it on purpose. For you Hillary supporters, if you don't see this, you too are delusional. When your daughter or grandaughter decides to run for President and gets laughed at. Thank Hillary for it!

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Bri, VA for President Obama

    Clinton can take as long as she wants to concede. Meanwhile true democrats, whose first priority is and always will be rebuilding the United States, will be rallying with Sen. Obama to ensure we take down McCain in November.

    No matter who he chooses for VP (yes even Hillary), I will support him all the way.

    Democrats Unite!

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. NJ Independent

    Charlie, wake up and smell the coffee!

    This is what we have been saying throughout the campaign about HRC. She only looks out for herself. Shameful performance last night, once again.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. NoMcSame

    Sorry Charlie,but you are on the outside now. We told you so but you would not listen. Have fun with Hill and Bill on you guys sinking ship. Gone, Gone, Gone.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Daniel FL

    I agree with Rangel, but he was a lot nicer than I would be. Clinton was a disgrace to everything that is American, Democratic, and just plain human last night. I will NEVER support any ticket with her on it.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Jason

    Rangel, you said it right.
    Let her leave the party.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Obama Gore 08

    Lets hear it for Obama/Gore 2008

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. LevelHeadinCA

    Well said...nuf said.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Joseph, NY, NY

    Beause she's going to run as an independent since she was back stabbed by her party. She going to do a Lieberman and win.

    June 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Matthew

    The true demon in the Clinton's is finally revealed

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Mikey from San Antonio

    Did you really expect Sen. Clinton to admit defeat? This word is not in her vocabulary. This was Sen. Obama's evening. This was his evening to celebrate the Democratic Party's accomplishments. This was his night to begin a national campaign. Yet, he took the time to congratulate Sen. Clinton and proclaim her accomplishments. He took the time to begin the ‘healing’ process. He took the time to begin setting the stage for November. But again, Sen. Clinton cannot accept the fact that she is not the nominee.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Raz

    Well said. I really liked her if she gave her vote to Obama Yesterday night.


    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. NEVER to Say Her Name Again (Completely Unimportant)

    I'm an Obama supporter and yet you disgust me! No one knows where you stand mister. Either join Obama or shut up.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Dru

    Colin Powell for VP.......please tell Clinton to go home.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Adam from NY

    Tell her, Charlie! Remind her what's at stake.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Hillary Clinton

    Let's not be too hasty. I'm still waiting on the Michelle Obama video.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. maxine

    I totally agree with mr. Rangle. If want the DNC to win in November and If you are going to unite the party do so without conditions and strings attached. HRC behavior last night left a bitter taste in most people's mouth. She must remember DNC does not mean Demanding Narcissistic Clintons.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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