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. CW4Barak

    She is dazed and confused....has been since Iowa, have not yet recovered from the shock. But we knew she was like this which is why we supported Obama from the get go.....this woman has no morals. Now John McBush is campaigning for her and singing her praise....they are so hoping they still get a chance to run against their favorite Dem. candidate....a Clinton!!

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Vig

    CLinton should never give a concession speech. Her nomination was railroaded by the news media and their blatant repressive attitudes, comments and thinking about a woman leading the free world. No Clinton for VP = No vote for Obama – it's that simple for me.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Kevin-Seattle

    "Ken" stop drinking the Billary juice. Hillary's speech last night was a joke and big disappointment. She should have done the right thing, concede, congratulate and unite the party. I have lost alot of respect for the Clintons.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Jerry

    That's because it's not about the party. It's about her. She's made that clear this entire campaign. Rather than attack the Republicans she's focused more on Obama. She had opportunities to take the high road – like when she was asked about the misconception that Obama is Muslim – and she gave an answer that I thought was pretty disgusting coming from a Democrat. I'm not saying Obama stayed completely above the fray, but I've gotten the sense all along that she will say or do anything to get a vote – whether it hurts the party or not. She's going to go down kicking and screaming even if it drags the entire party down with her. I admire her tenacity and unwillingness to give up, but enough is enough – she and her supporters seem to be having a tough time accepting reality.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Darcy - Arkansas

    It doesn't look to me like Sen. Clinton was or is ready to handle her responsibilities on Day 1. It appears she is going to rely on Barack to pull it together without her, or maybe in spite of her.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. kr

    So why doesn`t he tell Clinton this, and tell her to acknowledge OBAMA`s win, get behind him or he should endorse Obama himself.

    Why is everyone treating her with so much respect? She lost! GET OVER IT. They are also disrespecting him by waiting to see if she will do the right thing.

    Does the DNC and superdelegates have no spine?

    I am ashamed if Hillary and the res of the party1

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. JB

    Ken...

    You're nuts.

    She lost. Its about delegates not popular vote, just as the general election is about electoral votes not popular votes.

    Isn't that what she is saying about swing states...electoral votes? You can't have it both ways.

    Again, she LOST!

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. amtFresno,CA

    Once again it "O we must wait & see what it is Hillary wants" Why??
    She is out for herself. It is obvious she does not care about the American people, or the Dem Party. Obama is the Dem nominee & she feels it is beneath her to congratulate him or concede to him. No Character. She sounds more like a Nut Case than a dem candidate.

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. B - NYC

    ***************************************************************************
    With due respects to Senator Obama for running a good campaign, despite needing four times the money and the title of "media darling" to win.

    His supporters need to realize a few things... They have been rude and disrespectful to Senator Clinton therefore, rude to her supporters... What they are failing to realize is that HE NEEDS HER, SHE DOES NOT NEED HIM and we will NOT support him, which means, he will in fact not have enough votes to win in November...

    I would start being a bit respectful if I were you...

    Senator Clinton OWES HIM NOTHING... So please stop complaining.

    ***************************************************************************

    June 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Martial037

    Good point.
    What a pity that just few of Clinton's supporters go aout and criticise her position

    June 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. B - NYC

    Rangel... Your a baby.

    June 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. REAL American for Obama

    To Ken:

    There is no longer a race. The race is over. It's on to the general election. Nothing will change at the convention. Let it go. It's finished. Take some time to let your anger subside.

    Neither the convention or running as an Independent is going to get her to the White House. In fact, each day she fails to concede is another nail in her political coffin.

    She's finished, in the primaries and in politics.

    June 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. jersey

    she only cares about her agenda. she changes the rules after she agreed to them. but that was when she didn't think those would matter. she says count every vote, but only those for her seem to count.

    June 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Ric

    They need to respect the candidate whom they could not beat in a straight-up fight for votes.
    Clinton Democrats for Mc Cain '08!!

    June 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Bruce

    Rangel has been one of Hillary's chief enablers. Two peas in a pod. Now maybe he is seeing her for what she is. Next, maybe, Rangel will really focus on what's right for America and dump Hillary and endorse Obama.

    June 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. JJ

    Her speech last night was very fitting giving what she has portrayed through this campaign. I, for one, would not want to be the communications director who had to write the speech.
    It is very difficult for her at this time and we get that but now it's about unifying the party and she did not even make an attempt to do that last night. That was most disappointing.

    June 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Glenn

    For once Congressman Rangel is correct! However, the only thing that Hillary cares about is Hillary! It is all about Hillary. She once again showed that she lacks character and integrity to make the critical decision. She showed tonight that this election was about Hillary, not the Democratic Party, not her supporters and certainly not about the country. Hillary is truly pathetic!

    June 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Abby

    Ken, she did not win the 'the popular vote'. Many states didn’t even register it as that is not what the race was for! Rules are rules.

    June 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Mary

    Ken–

    She does NOT have the popular vote. The only way she has it is doing Hillary Math and her math just doesn't work.

    Get real. I would have thought that after last night with her speech that that showed everyone who the really Hillary Clinton is. But some still have their blinders on.

    All she cares about is herself. Nothing more.

    June 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Punahou

    That's the most amazing part of being a woman, esp. a narrow-hearted one

    June 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. BTB

    Ken. She did not win the popular vote, the pledged delegate count or superdelgate count. Why can't HRC supporters let that go? She lost straight up.

    June 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Martin Agnew

    Hey fake CNN only accepts notes critical of Hillary – just business as normal. Rangel has nothing to complain about he's under no pressure to do anything.

    June 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. albert

    I agree with Jimmy Carter. Putting Hillary on the #2 spot on the ticket is the worst thing Obama can do right now. If she wants to hold the party and the presumptive nominee to ransom for a spot on the ticket, it is nothing but blackmail. I would rather have Obama lose in November without HRC than to win with her in the ticket. At least, that way, he would have maintained his integrity and not sold out to a blackmailer.

    June 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. 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 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Jerry in Fresno

    It's amazing how Rangel has lost his voice in the last few months.

    It sure doesn't do anything for his credibility.

    Waffling was never one of his strengths before>

    June 4, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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