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. Independent

    Those voting for Obama are doing to because he represents change. The Clintons are linked to many of the problems facing the nation today, such as, the WAR, NAFTA,CAFTA, PAC Money, ect, ect.

    Hillary would be a very bad choice for VP. She is acting as if the VP spot is a co-president position already. It's time for her to go.

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Jerry Brown


    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. David Newport, OR

    Because it is the true nature of Hillary Clinton. Why are people surprised? This is exactly why she would not be a good President. She is still looking for a way to get elected one way or another without putting John McCain in office. If she feels she can get enough votes to combat Obama AND McCain at the same time...she will run. In reality, all she is doing is prolonging the inevitable and creating hostility among her followers and the Democratic Party. If she doesn't come out today and concede, she will destroy her career. Let's see where she really stands. On the side of unity or on the side of selfishness.

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

    Charlie ... in her self-serving mind ... it IS and it ALWAYS HAS BEEN about HILLARY!! She has never shown any indication that she is a team-player and thankfully there is no ball for her to go running home with!!

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Rangel you should go talk to her maybe you can get her to record it on a CD or something. You stood by her so go talk to her bro!

    June 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Randy - Denver

    She will most likely pull out, in about a week, if not sooner, but by remaining in and letting her supporters think she will take it to Denver she can continue to draw on the donations to pay off her loans.

    Her graciouslessness last night removed ANY vestigal support I had for a combined (nightmare) ticket. It showed that she is in it for herself.

    Also someone should point out that when add in last nights numbers her claim to have the most votes, by not counting caucuses and counting Michigan votes for her (but giving the 30,000 Mr. Obama writeins in MI) to her she is now BEHIND in total votes by about 2500 votes.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. America Speaks

    Its about time you spoke with some kind of sense!!! I guess better late than never. How could you even support someone who behaves in this manner and doesn't even try to cover up her divisivness. How can you sleep at night nowing that you support someone who does have any dignity and is not humble enough to admit defeat. OBAMA WON FAIR AND SQUARE

    HE WON



    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Caryn, WDC

    Hillary Clinton has wanted this for a long time and I understand that however, it's over now and the better man won.

    Hillary needs to accept defeat, concede, and work her heart out to unite the Democratic party and get Obama elected.

    She is seriously in danger of destroying her legacy and all that she has done for our country.

    You entered this race for better or worse and now it's over.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Gbolahan Olubowale

    I'll like to suggest that Senator Obama picks someone who cuts across both Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and other Keystakeholders interest in the Democratic Party for his Vice Presidential candidate without jeopardizing the "18 million " voters Hillary Clinton claims to "control".
    Hillary Clinton can be offered the post of Secretary of State for which she is excellently suited or Secretary of Defence or Health.
    Olubowale G.O.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Prolonging

    Where's the shepherd’s hook when we need it?

    Hillary's still on stage – commanding and DEMANDING that she not be ignored...

    It will show GREAT WEAKNESS on Obama's part if he succumbs to such pressure!


    This is Obama's opportunity to show his true strength – stand up to the Clintons and take no more bologna – invite no further drama!

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Tammy - KCMO

    So what more does it take for her supporters to realize they've been used and she was only in this for herself and not to help the Democratic party?

    Obama and the DNC need to just ignore her and continue on. She's lost her chance at saving her political career as far as I'm concerned.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Obamaonceinalifetimeleader

    I am telling this woman need to be evaluated for for mental problems both her self and her husband are acting strange they could not grasp the fact that obama is the nominee they think they are the only one who are entitled to the presidency.

    June 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. OBAMA 08

    I mean this race is done. So leave the lady alone I am sure she will get behind him soon.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. jt

    How would you feel if you just got screwed buy your party.

    Plus there were 18 million voted for you.

    The fight should go to Denver. Why not?

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Mike in Columbus

    She was basically trying to show Obama, and the rest of the Democrats that her supporters are still "hers" and if he wants them, he better appease her. That's what I saw. She won't make a move to help unify the party until she has what she wants.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Okay, if Charlie's turning on ya, Hill-Pal, it's time. Seriously. You do NOT want to damage your career.

    Think I'm kidding? If Barack Obama loses, whether or not Hillary Clinton is on the ticket, she loses. If it looks like she hasn't done everything she possibly can to get a Democrat into the White House, she loses. If she prolongs this further than the next few days, she loses. And that's different from not winning, which is what happened in the Democratic primaries: no one lost - Hillary Clinton simply did not win. Don't turn yourself into a loser, Madame Senator.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    She needs to concede and endorse. If her own delegation is confused and perplexed think of all of the voters that she claims to be S-O-O cocerned about !!! This is truely sending the wrong message to someone who wants to have the VP spot on an Obama ticket. I could be wrong......but I believe that you have to endorse and support the number one spot in order to be considered for the number two spot ?????

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Brian

    A few more statements like this from Clinton backers and she'll realize how egotistical and arrogant she was in her speech last night.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Martin Agnew

    If Obama's got it in the bag, what's Rangel's problem. There is no pressure for him or his delegation to do anything. Just going with the flow and saying the same thing as everybody else I guess.

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. pee-d-feet cause something stinks, indy

    Mr. Rangle,

    I've always admired your candor, but your failure to understand who you're dealing with...

    She (Hillary) reminds me of a KID that owns the basketball, so when her team LOOSES the game and not pick to play again she'll take the ball and goes home.

    i.e. sore looser

    June 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. WHoCares

    And no, I am NOT a republican. I am independent. And I am not a woman. And I will be voting for McCain. To all of you dumb Obama supporters who keep saying McCain=Bush – You are the ones with no logic or reason in your empty "idealistic" brains. The man has a 20 yr record. Go check it out. He has opposed his party many times. He hates GWB as much as you folks hate Hillary and Bill. It is sad how quickly you people forget the peace and the prosperity under Bill. But anyways that is all water under the bridge and it also makes sense to explain and reason with "sane" people. Not insane bots who fall in love with a "candidate" not based on their policies but based on their speeches or how they look. In 2000 you elected bush because you liked him as he was a "common man" – now this time around you are voting for someone who is pretending to be "sophisticated". But the bottom line is that BOTH of them said or are saying that they are the "Uniter". Time will tell. AS for McCain – he has always opposed WAR. ut now that the war has been started by GWB, it is NOT OK for US to cut and run and leave Iraq in shambles. Nobody asked US to invade Iraq. Americans voted 51% for GWB who went to war and they voted him in a second time around. McCain simply is doing the HONOURABLE thing. US has a moral obligation to Iraq to fix the country. having bombed its infrastructure into oblivion you cannot walk away since it is costing you too much money. Well u should have thought about it before going into war. And YES, all of the US citizens, including myself, we are collectively responsible for this. Not democrats – not republicans. Americans who demcoratically elected a cowboy as their presidency HAVE to fix Iraq and if that take 100 years – so be it.

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. for obama in hartford

    Thank-you Charlie, maybe you can talk some sense into her. She needs to be clear about her intentions. She also needs to stop trying to force her way onto the ticket. Obama has earned the right to pick who thinks will help him without pressure from her!

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. William

    CNN – You need to show people what Hillary Clinton is up to.

    Last night she said people should write to her and tell her what they wanted her to do, then gave her website address.

    If you go to the website, the e-mail telling her what to do is already filled out saying that she needs to keep fighting. There is no option to tell her to concede. All of the mail she gets telling her what people want her to do will be 100% supportive.

    It would be a joke if she wasn't putting her own interests before the party and the country.

    Please CNN – expose her for what she is.

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Does she have a doctor or does she need some professional help. I hope someone is with her 24 hrs a day! She may do something stupid someone really needs to talk to her.

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. z

    Face it....Hillary wants the VP spot or she and her gang will try to disrupt Denver.

    June 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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