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)

    At least, I say again, AT LEAST, you can name one thing that Hilary has accomplished. Can you name anything that Obama has accomplished? He is simply a good talker and makes everyone "feel good" to be an American. We need more than lip service, and Obama ain't it.

    February 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. J.A.K.e

    why are people saying Obama did not congratulate Clinton on Super Tuesday? He has every time, and here's a cip fron an article:

    Speaking to a rally of screaming supporters in Chicago, Obama congratulated Clinton on her campaign so far and said the two would remain friends when it finished.

    'A real choice:' Obama

    "I congratulate her on her victories tonight. She's been running an outstanding race. But this fall we owe the American people a real choice," he said. "We have to choose between our future and our past."

    February 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Get America Back On Track

    BBBBUUUUUTTTTTT, the race is still going on.......and he has said that the other side won't catch him.........what a way to disenfranchise voters who have yet to have their American voices heard......that is shameful.......

    February 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. hondo2az

    "Don't mess with Texas" -Texans are very polite and don't kindly to indivduals who aren't.

    February 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. dan

    I think it's a set up... Obama's gonna win the nomination, and then what?... The Republicans are gonna kick his butt sooooo hard. I don' t know why everyone's so hard on Hillary. Atleast she's been trying to do something for this country since she was fresh out of college. She's been about "Change" for 35 years... Now she has a chance to really have an impact, and all people can see is that she voted for the war, and is too driven. I would like to see what any of you would've done when it was time to vote for the war, given the information that our President laid before us. I think that she knows that when you have a problem, you problem solve, not be stubborn and dig yourself into a deeper whole!!!

    I'm sorry, but she's probably our(democrats) best chance at winning the presidency. There is no empty rhetoric with her. Think TELEVAGELIST, next time you listen to Obama. He's a nice guy, but FOR REAL people!!

    February 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. mainstream_media_ shut up

    CNN why dont you just come out and endorse Mr. Obama ? You sure arn't reporting the news andmore !

    February 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Mike

    Don't mess with Texas Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Voting for Clinton is Dumb

    To John Metters you sound childish and ignorant ? Please get off this adult board !!

    February 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Hal

    they are both CFR members and enable the philosophy of globalization, not the priority of national sovereignty. Same is true on the right, for the most part. Either way.....the dollar will collapse and we will not leave the middle east.....NAU is coming and both would support it, then where are we......? Is that the CHANGE you want?

    February 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Sharon

    Well, this silly story shows me that you can't fight biased media. *sigh*

    February 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. dany(naples,fl)

    I'm a true democrat, but if Sen. Clinton doesn't win the nomination I will vote for John McCain.

    February 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. kbk

    Hillary is a sore loser.....her ship is sinking.
    Go Obama Go!!

    February 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Al M.

    I"m an Obama supporter and have been since day one, but please lets not make this so personal. Hillary is a wonderful candidate and would be a fine president as she has been a wonderful senator in my home state of New York. The way it looks to me this morning is Obama is going to be our candidate, math is math. Lets not divide our party and play into the Republicans hands. It's time to start aiming at "100 years of war" McCain and believe me the Clintons will be an important component in seating president Obama come January.

    February 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Garry

    Even the Texas Repuplicans are voting Obama to get Hillary off our TVs ...

    February 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. John

    ATTENTION! to all you television people, please have video cameras ready on top of the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge to capture Hillary once she realizes her 'FAIRY TALE" with it's Elmer Gantry stlye is exposed. This nation has had enough of the CLINTON nonsense. Eight years in the White House was not enough, now the Clintons are more hungry and greedy and want eight more years.
    Just go away and leave us alone. "I feel your pain" is not in season this election cycle. Both Clintons move to New York and pretend to be "Big City" know it alls, what has she done for New York? , Hillary is never here, she and Huckleberry Bill have their own hidden agenda to move back into the White House and thats been their plan all along, just playing the voters for suckers. This nation is in need of genuine leadership and cannot endure the "Lonesome Rhodes" and Elmer Gantry charade. Hillary, are you ready for your close-up?

    February 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Don

    I dont scare who will be next president but Obama will not get my vote hahahah...

    February 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Ed in CA

    Well, I'm not sure what speech I was watching – but Senator Obama ABSOLUTELY DID congratulate Senator Clinton on Super Tuesday. Your feed may have not shown the beginning because it sometimes allows the moderators to set the tone during the candidates "Thank Yous."

    But there is no doubt – he did congratulate her. And has for every SINGLE ONE of her victories! Go on YouTube and watch his Super Tuesday speech and others!

    She's making a terrible mistake by blowing past these key moments.

    Not for Obama - he doesn't need her Thanks, but it would be courteous and graceful of her.

    I'm talking about the VOTERS and her VOLUNTEERS and CAMPAIGN STAFF.

    They deserve all the gratitude in the world – even if she didn't win in those states! That's how you grow your support – not by ignoring them and acting like it was meaningless.

    How many times can you ignore THEM and still get their support and their votes?


    Independent Ed

    February 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Jay

    There have been several people claiming that Senator Obama did not congratulate Mrs. Clinton on Super Tuesday. If you check out "Super Tuesday Speech" posted by barackobamadotcom on YouTube, you will see him do just that. It's around the 9:05 mark of the speech.
    And, for the record, I support neither of these two candidtate. I would have voted for Newt Gingrich if he would have run. But, I wanted to investigate the claim and set the record straight.

    February 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Ora


    Where are your table manners? Very disappointed that you have shown yourself a sore loser and most importantly a jealous component.


    February 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. J.A.K.e

    Yeah, Clinton won in Michigan... with her name the only one on the ballot! To count those delegates would be stealing.

    Plus, every poll has made it clear... Obama wins huge over McCain. Hillary, not so much.

    February 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. spj

    Watch out for another 'Tears welling up' performance from HRC!

    February 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. So Cal Gal

    Geez, so many Hillary haters even in our own camp. I love Hillary, but I must support Obama I just don't think she can pull off a win with all the haters, and a democratic win is a MUST!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Ber

    To all you Obama haters. Give it up!! Rather you are Republic or Democratic. Open your eyes. Everyone likes a winner. Obama is an organizer, Hillary is a demonizer. Obama is the man with the plan. As for experience what experience does she have. Does she consider the experience that her adultress ex-president husband has a community property. You guys really need to do your research. It is over for the Clinton Hil-billies. With all the skeltons and scandals sourrounding them they should have quitely left the whitehouse and retired on some exotic island. For God sake the woman is 60 years old.
    Past the torch Hil, let the young man do his thing. You have no vision for this country. You are just the Bush cover-up girl. That is what I said Bush cover-up girl. All the intelligent people know that your husband and George Bush senior or good friends. The informed Americans know that daddy is really running things and telling jr what to do. The Bush-Clinton Foundation...hmmm...give it some thought people.

    February 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    All the Hilary supporters that are saying that you will vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee need to grow up. You sound like a bunch of schoolkids. Why don't you sit down and think carefully about what those actions would mean. Didn't you hear his speech last night.............fear, fear, fear. If McCain wins the nightmare will continue. He has already said that the war will most probably last for at least 50 yrs... is that what you want for our soldiers? He has already said that he doesn't know much about economics..... is that what you want for your wallet? Tax cuts for the rich will continue, jobs will continue to be shipped abroad, our soldiers will have to continue fighting, and what for? So Hilary supporters can stick it to Barack.

    February 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Barry

    Let's all vote for CHANGE! HIgher tax rates with a full on rush towards socialism. Maybe we can match Europes tax rates of 75% with 35% of the population on the government dole. Look how they all come here for our CURRENT health care system. It's not perfect but it's better than anywhere else.

    Let's vote for a rock star who can't wait to raise your taxes. It's YOUR money people, wake up! How do you vote for people to promise to raise your taxes. We already pay "our fair share". Look at your check stubs! Obama- the great speaker who says absolutely nothing but "Change". Look at political history this century, how many candidates use that same old line. "A new direction", "Change", etc...all of the use it.

    John McCain is a democrat with an R next to his name. George Bush ruined the GOP and I'm disgusted with all of them. Leave my wallet alone politicians! I pay 55% of my income to taxes now, that's enough.

    February 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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