June 4th, 2008
04:14 PM ET
7 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. BARAKFORLIFE

    She's a spoiler and now she won't ever get a chance at VEEP. What a fool!

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    OKAY, IF HILLARY DOESN'T WANT TO MAKE A CONCESSION SPEECH, ALL TOGETHER NOW, LET'S DO ONE FOR HER. MY NAME IS HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON AND I CONCEDE TO OBAMA, THE NEXT DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. brenda ,minnesota

    Senator Clinton will never endorse Senator Obama, Senator Clinton will never concede this primary race and never work towards unifying the democratic party. period. Now the choice before americans is do we want more fringe republican policies or do we want policies that are debated by democrats and independents and republicans and formed on consensus and understanding thhat the challenges we face are huge and complex. Do we want this great experiement to end or continue, thats what we need to focus on, in my humble opinion.

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Joe Parks

    It seems to me, at this point, that Clinton's actions only make sense within the narrow confines of narcissism.

    I fear the leadership of a person so willfully out of touch.

    No one understands Clinton right now except the most narrow minded of people. More and more such narror minded people are using Clinton's campaign as a foil for their own distaste at the prospect of an African American President. Clinton – far from disavowing such a role – seems to relish it.

    I can understand this must be very difficult for her. But so what! Life is tough sometimes! There are more important things going on than her desire to find her way back to the oval office again...

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Frequent Flyer NYC

    Finally something smart comes out of this guys mouth...hes 1000000% right. Everyday she looks more and more like a terrible person. GIVE IT UP! I didnt even care that she took the primary this far but now that she lost its like..................are you kidding me?? This woman needs to leave politics forever and go swig some whiskey and budweiser on the back of a pickup...Vote with your mind not with your heart

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Paula

    Well put.

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Pandering

    I am just so surprise what people see in Hillary... she is so blunt and mean sprited. Maybe these are the people whom she attracts.

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Debby

    Its not even 24 hours Charlie take a chill pill. She just gave a speech praising him this morning.

    June 4, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Ken

    I am really getting tired of people trying to steer Hillary Clinton to be anyone else but herself. 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.

    Keep in mind that Barack Hussein Obama WILL NOT get the "Super Delegate's" vote until they get to the convention!

    Hillary Clinton is still the stronger candidate to beat McCain in November. So I would suggest that the Democrat Party allow Hillary to close her race according to the way she feels is right!

    June 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Logic Man

    I was not too surprised a the dubbed, "sore loser" speech Hillary gave last night. I was quite disappointed however. I hope her ego doesn't allow her to through the entire democratic party under the bus. Obama won't let her. The American people won't let her. this race is just beginning. Obama/Sebelius in '08

    June 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Anita

    It's not right to keep all her supporters in the dark. That's not leadership. I think she'll address it as soon as tonight.

    June 4, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. s magill

    I totally agree – she should bow out gracefully and throw her full support behind Obama

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. KP, FL

    It's OK, this single mother of three is sending another (I've lost count after a 15 months) with a note attached:

    REMEMBER, NO HILLARY!!

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Freddy

    What ever. Your opinion doesn't count for much. Thank you and go away.

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Made in Manhattan

    About time you grew a backbone Mr. Rengel, though I'm not sure I can

    call this stand of yours a backbone. You're the sort of chump who

    hides behind numbers and polls, waiting to make sure it is politically

    safe to express what many of us knew all along. Finally you

    summon the courage to stand up to this political terrorist who wants

    to hold the party hostage. You're such

    a politician...

    Pathetic.

    Get lost Hillary and take your supporters w/ ya!!

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. North Georgia Obama Supporter

    Talk about a sore loser! Obama has crossed the finish line and she (nor anyone in her campaign) has yet to concede. The Clinton regime has come to an end and on what was to be Obama's night, she chose to make it about her. I am not sure what hole she and her constituents are living in, but the primary season is over. The votes have been counted, delegates (supers – uncommitted as well as hers formerly) continue to pledge their support to Obama, yet Hillary acts as though there are more battles to be fought. Maybe so; however, that battle is in her mind as she is a sick individual who has a hard time embracing reality.

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Kelli

    I agree with Rangel. Clinton was less than graceful in her speech last night. This speaks to her narcississtic tendencies and lack of trustworthiness. The night before she stated that she would back the nominee just as soon as that candidate "reached the magic number" and then failed to do acknowledge him as such.

    She also said she would do everything to unite the Democractic party once the nominee was announced. She didn't. All I witnessed last night was another chance to pat herself on the back, steal the limelight from Obama, and a failure to acknowledge Barack as the official nominee.

    But, most importantly – I saw her miss the opportunity to acknowledge history being made as we announced our first African American (biracial) Presidential nominee! She said nothing about it.

    What does this show – A SORE LOSER who is only looking to broker a power deal which would seek to further her own political career by making a power play for the VP spot by leveraging the stakes of the voters she won in places Barack knows he'll have a challenge.

    June 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Gadissa

    Is Mrs. Clinton in the news? Let us forget about her and do something good for our country.

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Andrew

    You don't want her to concede. If she does, me and millions of others will switch parties and vote Republican. That is some "change" you can believe in.

    You ought to be ashamed of yourself Rangel, having seen the way the radical leftists tried to destroy Hillary and told her to drop out months ago!!!

    Maybe when Obama is president of Iran he will offer you a cabinet position!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Terry

    Come on everyone jump on the band wagon and vote for Obama!!!!!!!!
    I can't believe americans can be so stupid. Now all the best candidates are gone. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE OBAMA PEOPLE WHY DOES A GOOD SPEAKER QUALIFY YOU TO BE PRESIDENT??????? DO YOU OBAMA PEOPLE REALIZE THAT HILLARY CAME OUT WITH HER PLAN FOR AMERICA FIRST AND OBAMA COPIED IT. WHY?????? MOST HILLARY SUPPORTERS WILL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA UNLESS SHE IS PLACED AS VP SO SHE CAN TEACH HIM. IF HILLARY IS NOT THE VP OBAMA WILL LOSE BECAUSE MOST OF THE HILLARY SUPPORTERS ARE LOYAL AND WILL CROSS OVER AND VOTE MC CAIN OR WRITE IN HILLARY. OBAMA PEOPLE HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN IN NOVEMBER WITHOUT HILLARY SUPPORTERS VOTES??
    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Logic Man

    I meant throw

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Chris

    Good one Charlie. More and more Hillary supporters are going to question their loyalty to her. Finally they get to see the dark side of Hillary. Question is, why didn't they see this before? Every one knows what shady characters the Clintons are.

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Les-Wa

    Another thing Mr. Rangel, Senator Hillary Clinton does NOT need Obama, he needs her! So lets cut the BS! Even if Hillary endorse Obama or she is in the ticket of Obama, MAJORITY of us lifelong and moderate democrats will NOT vote for him. You all think you can treat her like a piece of rag, discarded in the corner and pick it up again when you need her? I have news for you, when women cast their vote, Democrats win the Whitehouse. You've all treated us infernally, we have memory like an elephant, we do NOT FORGET who injured us. When you all slighted Hillary, you've done it to all us, FEMALE OF THE SPECIE regardless of skin color. Remember election 2000, it only took 2% for VP Gore to in general election, it would be worse for your presumptive nominee in November.

    June 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. CW4Barak

    I'm white, my husband is Bill Clinton, I'm entitled....there's a black man stealing my show!!

    Obama '08!

    June 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Jane

    Hillary did not concede because she can still run as an independent candidate like Joe Lieberman did and win the election in the Fall. People voted for her in the primary because the believe in her health care and her policy. They believe she is a fighter who will fight for them and who will stand with them to solve the problems that we are facing now. I believe if she runs an independent candidate, she will win the election because people will vote for her and not for her party because they believe she is the excellent leader who can help them.

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