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. Gary

    TO all Obama Supporters! Watch out, HILLARY will come back and she will sweep you out! She is determined and all her supporters are challenged!!!! This is not an easy game, we will fight with HILLARY til the end! This fight is a battle for supremacy and I still have faith with the American voters that they will use their judgment to choose the candidate who can not only inspire people but lead us to the right direction! THAT CANDIDATE IS HILLARY! WE NEED A CANDIDATE WHO CAN BRING SUBSTANCE TO ALL THIS MESS WE ARE IN!

    February 13, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  2. waterfall

    Experience is Hijllary -Beginners is Obama. Get it! We need change we need a women in office. Someone that can make desicions on her own.

    February 13, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  3. Warren

    McCain wants a 100 year war....yikes!!!

    February 13, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  4. Roger

    HeeHee....Stop the madness and wisen up folks. Can you not see the mess the Democratic party is already in. VOTE REPUBLICAN and avoid this madness.

    February 13, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. Keith

    Obama wants a tax to save the world...

    Obama's "Global Poverty Act" (S.2433) which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845 billion over and above what the U.S. already spends on foreign aid. Keep the treasury printing presses running.

    Double Yikes!!

    February 13, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Ray

    It's funny how everyone is jumping on the Obama bandwagon. Lets not forget if Obama wasn't in this campaign all you Obama lovers would be voting fo rHillary. Keep it real.

    February 13, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. publius

    Universal health care? Can you say socialized medicine? Don't you need 60 votes in the Senate for that? Can you say never?

    February 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Whochebama

    The Clintons can now crawl back in their hidey hole...from whence they came.

    February 13, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Becky

    What I'd like to know is why should I vote for Hillary when it's clear that she doesn't care about my vote?? WI is the next primary, but she's already focused on TX. Barack was in Madison to speak to the people of WI, and she sends Chelsea???? I wasn't aware that Chelsea was running for President. . .

    OBAMA '08

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Henry

    I'm a Texas Republican, but I am voting for Obama in the Democratic Primary just to keep Hillary off the ballot in November!

    February 13, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. bill

    Flash- Gore to endorse Obama- This insures Bill and Hillary"s nomination and eventual loss to McCaine

    February 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Justin Snyder

    not only is the race for the democratic nomination over, the general election is over as well. We will have our first african american president, and people better start getting used to it. Obama is this generation's RFK.

    February 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Derwood


    Count down to tears part 4.

    February 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. she is a loser

    maybe Edwards is right, there really are 2 Americas...1 that is subservient to the whims of camp Clinton and the majority of other who are enjoying their dismal historic meltdown.

    February 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. slinkybender

    She's toast.

    February 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. 1984

    YOU don't understand. She does not have to Bow down to ANYONE. BIG SISTER is coming and all of you who criticize her now will be humbled. You will see that She is the only Answer. Kneel down before the Pant Suit Master!

    February 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. zoran jovanovic

    Mrs. Clinton is a power-hungry scorned woman. She will say anything to get elected. She is also a pathetic sore loser . Is this what we need for a future
    Commander in Chief ?

    February 13, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Bill-O-Notes

    I can think of over 100 billion reasons to be grateful that Hill may get the silver – and over 60 billion reasons why Obama won't make "net pay" a happier combination of words. In this instance, Hillary is showing her true stripes while ignoring the spotted elephant / donkey (pick one) in the room.

    February 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Arin

    To all Clinton supporters, be prepared not to be thanked by her. There were many people in Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana that voted for her, but she never thanked them after it was over. Win or lose, you should be gracious to those that supported you. Yes, you can.

    February 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Go Obama

    The most ridiculous thing I have read is the "I will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination" bullcrap.

    You all are Democrats first and Hillary surpporters second, don't forget that. I read a comment earlier from a woman who said exactly that, and would do it 'for her children'....

    A vote for McCain continues, in his words, a '100 year war'.... so, please, vote for him if you want your children drafted to fight the Republican wars that will never end... Democrats unite against McCain, or... Bush 2.0.

    February 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. RuthieM

    What a pig. Hillary Clinton has not congratulated Senator Obama after any of his 8 for 8 wins. Too bad. And she wants to be president? No way. She needs to grow some decency first.

    February 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Andrea L

    It is not over until it is over, let us be clear The learing curve for Obama is to great

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    As much as I am an Obama supporter, how is this news?!?! and then people coming out commenting on how rude Clinton is?!?!! While I am an Obama supporter, so what if she did not say thank you. I kinda feel sorry for her, she thought she had this in the bag!!! and her dreams are being swept away from her. I just hope she can realize that at this time, we needs someone like Obama. It is nothing personal against Clinton, its just that the democrats need a guranteed win in november, and Obama can do this, and unite the country. We need unity, hope, and change, not just as a slogan but literally.

    Texas for Obama!!!!!
    Obama/Edwards 08!!!!!

    Good run Clinton, I commend the work you have done for this country, and the wonderful years your husband gave to this country as president, but now more than ever, we need Obama to raise this country up.

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Jay

    It is continued proof of the long standing animosity Hillary has for Barack Obama. Yes they made up and agreed to "play nice" for the sake of the party but Hillary wears her distaste for Obama on her sleeve.

    After all he is threatening to take away her birth right of becoming the President of the United States. I mean it is her turn now and he is stealing all her thunder. If I had people telling me for 7 years I was going to be the next President of the United States I'd be frustrated too.

    It's like that mean old Jennifer Hudson stealing the spotlight from Beyoncé in the Movie Dreamgirls. That was supposed to be Beyoncé's coming out party and Hudson had to go and win the Oscar.

    These darn talented folks, taking all the fan fare away from the entitled. What's this world coming to?

    February 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. DoWhat'sRIGHT

    Either Billary or Barack has any real substance- Please cite me one example of an accomplishment that either has had except for their poor voting records. No bill authored was ever enacted into law. Either has ever chaired a committee. They seem to be the modern version of celebrity. Meaning you no longer need a specific talent, or ability. Just to be "infamous" is enough... At least Mccain has served in the military, with valor. Authored bills that have become laws, chaired committees, and served more than one term-

    February 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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