February 12th, 2008
10:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Still no congratulations for Obama

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EL PASO, Texas (CNN) – For the second election night in a row, Hillary Clinton failed to acknowledge or congratulate Barack Obama after he won the day in dominating fashion.

On Tuesday in El Paso, hours after Virginia had been called for Obama, she stuck to her “Texas campaign kickoff” message and did not stray from an energetic, Lone Star-themed stump speech. She did mention Obama by name, only to chide his health care plan.

On Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia, Clinton spoke to a crowd of thousands at the state’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, but she ignored Obama’s quartet of blowout primary and caucus wins that day as well (Obama also won the Maine caucuses the next day).

The courtesy of conceding a primary or caucus loss - and then congratulating your opponent - is by no means required. But it has become standard practice during campaign season.

Clinton congratulated Obama and John Edwards after their first and second place finishes in the Iowa caucuses. Obama returned the favor in New Hampshire, saying Clinton “did an outstanding job.” That courtesy continued through the early states.

But as the race has shifted to a delegate chase with dozens of states in play around the country, the notion of congratulating one’s opponent seems, for Clinton, to have fallen by the wayside.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. zmicer3

    Belarusians for McCain!!

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. leslie

    So, why wasn't everyone outraged when Obama failed to congratulate Hillary in Nevada?

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Tom (Philadelphia)

    Totally off subject but what is wrong with McCain's left jaw. Just wondering. And how old is he again. . .89? Oh sorry what were we talking about again?

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Just a thought

    Of course not. Yesterday she was saying the only reason Barack won was because of blacks and twisted caucuses. Poor loser, Poor Presidential Candidate, Poor Example for our Children.

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Mike

    Let's also not forget that just because she did not go out on stage and congratulate him, does not mean that she didn't call to congratulate. That is the common practice, though even the political comentators seem to forget that during their crusade against Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Bruno

    The media is SOO biased to Obama. Who cares if she didn't congratulate him. She is looking forward.

    Why won't Obama debate her? Could it be the fact that his foreign policy knowledge is nil?

    Obama, "..I will meet with the president of Canada" (Chicago debate)

    Canada has a PM not a pres.

    I like what a previous person said, "Obama is like an infomercial..great on TV and speeches, but horrible when it comes in the mail.

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Sandra

    Why should she congratulate him? The race isn't over. And he never said good job after Super Tues. did he? Enough with the double standards. Go Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. sean Detroit

    it's over Hillary. time for you to drop out and for dems to unite to take down the old man

    February 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. ScaredDemocrat



    OBAMA '08

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Hillary all the way

    Hillary, you will always have my support. It's no mystery that the media is in love with Obama. Most of the commentator on CNN is prejudice against Hillary. I am an ASIAN voter who has had enough with the media. Leave her alone and play fairly. No matter what happens, you will always get my vote.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. JOHN


    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. FactChecker

    "Colorado February 12, 2008 10:04 pm ET"

    Hey moron, did you not read the dozen times above where Obama is quoted as thanking her? Did you do *any* sort of research before repeating that line?

    Jesus. I think this is a non-story, too, but at *least* stop parroting everything you hear.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Rob

    Eyes on the Prize Obama supporters..Eyes on the Prize..late the haters and clinton fanatics fall to the way said...

    Obama 08

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Jon from Wisconsin

    Shes probably in shock she is loosing momentum and this attitude of relying on big states is going to kill her Obama has got the support and she can't handle it

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. JB

    What an example of bias reporting.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Sonali

    Yup, they deleted my comments on Obama...Well looks like Obama rule's just going to be like Bush rule... No freedom of speech.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Jeanne

    Obama is just more naturally gracious, where as Clinton is now making use of her "expierence" which in and of itself denotes the good ole boy Washington slander crap to which she professes to change.... Hillary we know it's a strain to be nice just give it up it does not come naturally for you as it does for Senator Obama. If it is any consolation, you are my second choice.

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. JCB

    CNN focuses on Hillary's clothes, her emotions, her staff, her family, her attitudes, remarks, statements – what's next her hair? – CNN is the most annoying, bias, negative reporting – you all dislike Hillary and you're probably mostly men feeling threatened. So much for fair and balanced reporting. unbelievable – the sensationalism. I am SO disappointed in you. You have said NEVER SAID ANYTHING negative about Obama...it's all Hillary – negative, chastising, condescending headlines – show some basic RESPECT for her as a person!

    February 12, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Joe in Texas

    Texas loves you, HIllary – I know that you'll always work hard for us – and put us FIRST!

    February 12, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Amadu

    i thin we the democrat are going to loose the white house if obama wins this nomination
    Texas and ohio save this election from going away to the republican and vote HILLARY!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Texas Gal

    I sure hope Texas isn't stupid....GO OBAMA!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. bond

    Billary Clinton = Bill Belichik. Sore losers who will do anything to win.

    February 12, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    I am switching to another channel. Hillary's speech was superb. She pin-points issues and is very specific about what she is going to do, Obama just keeps pumping out inspirational stuff. But you are so biased, that you turn her incredible speech into a slight against Obama. You guys stink. You never give her a fair chance, instead you take her time and try to turn it into Obama time. Shame, shame, shame on you.

    February 12, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Duncan

    Obama supporters, of which I am one, need to step back and realized that antagonizing Clinton supporters is childish, and in the long run a really bad idea.

    After the nominations are over there will still be a general election to win. Something that will take a united Democratic base. Lets not lose sight of the ultimate goal.

    February 12, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Tiffany

    Gee, where were all the stories when Obama didn't acknowledge or congratulate any of her wins and instead displayed his full arrogance in declaring he was the one who "really" won? I don't blame her for not congratulating him anymore. She has congratulated him every single voting day right up until this last weekend. I don't recall any sort of congratulations given to her at any time, except possibly after Iowa. He instead gave speeches all about himself. I'm "amused" at the Obama supporters fully condoning any and all negativity, arrogance, and lack of sportsmanship, but it seems Clinton can't catch a break no matter what she does.

    Oh well. Obama will be soundly defeated by Republicans if he gets that far and we can thank all the people who decided experience, knowledge, and detailed plans weren't important and counted for nothing and preferred to swoon over "change" instead.

    February 12, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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