June 4th, 2008
04:14 PM ET
6 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. Eric Johnson

    Hillary,
    The party over, the bar and kitchen are closed. It is time to be polite, take Bill and go home.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Sky

    Rangal is a piece of work..even though he's right..he' s still a piece of work.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    I very much admire Sen. Rangel. It must have been tempting for him to switch sides along the way. But he stayed the course. This man is one of the insiders who encouraged Hillary to run. When he says he was disappointed... wow. he's been a stalwart Clinton supporter.

    I agree, at this point, she's playing the spoiler.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Tammie, Princeton NJ

    It is right that Hillary Clinton wait to make her decision.
    Charlie Rangel should not be so eager to "shut the door " on Hillary Clinton. I would suggest patience.

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. What do you mean not generous????

    When has Obama and his supporters been generous or give Hillary any praise? Only now when he realizes that he really does need her supporters. Even Michelle Obama, who has made it very clear that she hates Hillary, has tried to heap praise on Hillary. When has Obama done this? The only time is after Hillary has done this. He has ignored her and treated Hillary with contempt and distain. Hillary owes nothing to Obama. To paraphrase Obama, Hillary "has been" generous "enough". Obama is the illegitimate nominee until the 30 RBC members and the DANK changes its ruling where it hijacked 4 delegates from Clinton as well as giving him delegates that he did not deserve because those were the rules. What does Rangel know about being generous? He cannot even stay loyal to Hillary after he said she was the most qualified candidate and that Obama wasn't ready to be president. Generous, my sweet Aunt Sally. Not one politician, living or dead, with the exception of Bill Clinton, could have put up with as much garbage as Hillary and still won the most votes than any candidate in primary history. Nobody!!

    June 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Rick in Florida

    Charlie............it's NOT INCONSISTENT with her selfish, ego-driven campaign for the last year. Even her own campaign staff admitted that "it's Hillary first, the Party second". So why are you surprised??

    Have some BACKBONE and take the NY congressional committee and endorse Obama, and state CLEARLY that he has your support.

    And if Hillary has a problem with that, IGNORE her. She doesn't have the votes for Denver, so she and Bill are IRRELEVANT at this point.

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Todd

    We need more of this.

    Obama won...let's move on and unify to make sure that the republicans are out of the White House.

    All those they feel that they are going to vote for McCain now that HRC is out need to take a long look inside themselves and think about how damaged this nation is after 8 years of republican rule.

    There are many that are sad that HRC lost but it's time to get behind Obama and take back Washington for the good of the people rather then the greed of corporations.

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Gerard in Michigan

    Sore Loser Mr Rangel...she lost at her own game,
    just lets everyone again sees her selfish jealous
    ambitions are still driving her to such destruction,
    an this is sad to see,...I have no respect for those
    who show such ill character....face it Hillary you
    are finished...an if you donot back down soon, it
    might be politically too.

    Gerard in Michigan

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Lacey

    Because Hillary only thinks of herself.

    After watching the two speaches last night. I am convinced that Hillary doesn't care about this country or the democratic party at all.

    I can't stand her !

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Eric

    Questions; Will she have any friend left after all this. Is there someone with enough influence to help Clinton face reality?

    June 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Hillary Dems for McCain

    Et tu Rangel?

    It's time to declare Independence Hillary. I wish all these people would get off their soap boxes. Blame Hillary for Obama limping across the finish line when most black pundits on TV have stated that they knew Rev Wright would be an issue, but they didn't expect it to be an issue until the general election.

    Blame Hillary for Obama's comments in San Francisco when he talked about small town voters who have antipathy for others, cling to bibles and guns.

    Blame Hillary, Blame Hillary, Blame Hillary...

    I for one am thankful that someone vetted BHO before the Dems pulled a snow job on the American people.

    If you turn the Channel off of CNN and MSNBC, you losers would get a picture of the real Obama.

    Obama=Bush=Carter

    All three couldn't find their a*s with a ten man hunting party. Incompetence is as incompetence does.

    Hillary 08 or McCain if necessary.

    I am a man, so don't think only women are leaving the dem party.

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. 35 Southbound

    Clinton Supporters,

    I truly hope that all or most that claim to Clinton supporters that blog her on CNN are actually Reps trying to stir the pot by stating they will take their 18 million army and right in HRC or vote McCain. I truly do, I still today, see a lot of threatening blogs from these Clinton supporters, it never stops. If you all are Clinton supporters and serious about your threats, well you are dooming yourself and dooming your neighbor. And by the way, will have a negative impact on the woman you so adimatly and emotionally follow. You and ultimately her would be blamed for a Republican back in the Oval Office. If this is true, it is certainly disgusting that you all would be so selfish, you before your neighbor, you before your children, you before your country. I find it repulsive. If this is false, which I truly hope it is and it is a bunch of neocons stirring the pot, well, we know they are disgusting so it wouldn't supprise me.

    BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, LATINO, INDIAN, AMERICAN INDIAN, MEN, WOMEN, YOUNG, MIDDLE,OLD, BLUE, RED, PURPLE, CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS, HINDUS, ATHIESTS, THIS IS OUR TIME – DEMS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Jim Wade

    Obama won the popular vote. If you want to count negated primaries like Florida and Michigan, you have to count the dozen of caucus' that Obama dominated.

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Eric Johnson

    Hillary,
    The party is over, the bar and kitchen have closed!. It is time to be polite. Take Bill and go home.

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Democrats Unite Against 3rd Bush Term

    A politician who speaks his mind!

    June 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. William, from Cali

    Rangel, wasn't he the same guy, who defended Bill Clinton; when he should have been impeached for lying...That's what wrong with Washington now, we need "New Blood", there......................

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Generation X

    Don't you get it....it's all about Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. You Know Who

    There are 3 things obvious about Clinton right now.

    1) She is delusional, not accepting that she lost.
    2) She is power hungry at all cost, still seeking ways to win.
    3) She is not bowing out gracefully.

    Now, who still wants to support the lady?

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    RANGEL SHUT YOUr DARN MOUTH!!! AND THAT IS PUTTING IT MILDLY. SHE DON'T HAVE TO CONCEDE TO ANYTHING AS UNIMPORTANT AS THIS BARRACKER OBEENIHAHA. HE AND YOU RANGEL ARE A LAUGHING JOKE. HERE ALL OF A SUDDEN "YOU FOLKS" ARE FEELING YOUR OATS AND THINKING YOUR PRETTY GREAT FOLKS, DON'T YA? WELL LIVE IT UP TO NOVEMBER. I GUESS YOU HAVE THAT MUCH COMING TO YOU. RANGEL YOU ARE JUST ANOTHERE STUPID AA WHO THINKS HILLARY HAS CONCEEDED. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU MANAGE TO FIND THE SENATE FLOOR TO TRY TO WORK? DO YOU PRINT OR WRITE? OH YEAH YOU HAVE SOME LITTLE INTERN TO DO THAT FOR YOU, DON'T YOU? SHE DON'T HAVE TO CONCEDE ANYTHING UNTIL THE FLOOR OF THE CONVENTION IF SHE SO ELECTS. SHE CAN STILL TAKE THE DNC(A JOKE) TO A LAW SUIT. THEY WERE TOTALLY OUT OF ORDER AND SHE DOES HAVE A LEGITMATE COMPLAINT IF SHE CHOOSES TO USE IT. THE REPUBLICANS SET THE ELECTION DATE AND OBAMA CAMPAIGNED THERE. THAT MAKES IT FLORIDA UP FOR GRABS. IF THEY RULE THAT IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW TO DISENFRANCHISE MI. AND FL. THEN HILLARY WAS THE WINNER IN DELEGATES LONG BEFORE LAST TUESDAY. GOODBYE OBAMA. SO SHUT THE HE..! UP RANGEL. YOU GIVE ME A CRAMP ANYWAY.

    Then say goodby and be sure you make your concession speech to McCAIN>

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. New Day

    Meh, she can either endorse or not. If she doesn't and Obama win's she is going to seem pretty irrelevant. She needs to realize that it's over. She isn't going to be president now or in 2012. Its not a knock on her, it just wasn't meant to be. No one cheated her out of anything. If anything, she was given every courtesy the DNC had to offer. Hillary has been planning this since Bill was in office and, its hard when all that hard work doesn't pay off but, that's life.

    She and her supporters can block Obama and allow McCain to win if they choose to but, all that will prove is that they are petty and bitter.

    If the US is made to endure another 4 years of the same policies people will remember who could've done something about it but didnt.

    So, if you're a democrat; act like it.

    If you're a republican; grow a pair.

    And, if you're a Clinton supporter who wont vote for Obama than don't vote for him and shut-up. You complain so much that caususes aren't secret ballots and then you can't wait to tell us all about who you are or arent voting for.

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. REAL American for Obama

    I will always love you, Charlie Rangel. I haven't always agreed with you, particularly your support of HRC, but you are one of the most level-headed, consistent, intelligent congressmen we have.

    I hope you have great influence on HRC. She needs to graciously concede immediately and make it a point to acknowledge the historical significance of Obama's clinching of the Democratic nomination.

    Time to focus on John McCain!

    June 4, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Nia

    You cannot be a good VP if you cannot concede. that's what the job of VP is being told what to do by the President. it isn't a co- presidential position. And did she forget that she said that she would concede when a nominee was chosen? Again she pandered.
    Call off the pettitions and put more energy behind Obama like you said Hillary!

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Nando, Florida

    THEY ARE CLINTONS!!!! ENOUGH SAID CHARLIE

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Clinton FATIGUE

    It seems the EVERYONE is getting tired of Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Tracy

    Finally something that makes sense has come out of his mouth. Hillary, do the right thing. Get behind Obama for the good of the country. For once, let this be about US and not about YOU. The damage you've done is disgusting and that false claims of sexism make women like me, who have HONESTLY suffered sexism angry. You were not nominated, not because you are a woman, but because you are not a team player and have a future vision only for yourself and your own legacy. You also have no respect for the rules of democracy. I am a caucus voter who you disenfranchise and dismiss each time you and Wolf Blitzer claim you've won the popular vote. Disgusting.

    June 4, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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