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. Kristen

    While i'm not defending the notion that it is good sportsmanship not to give the the winner acknowledgement , Give me a break CNN, can you be anymore pro Obama and anti Hillary, you barely mentioned one line of his State of the Union snub where he clearly turned away from her hand shake, let alone anything negative about him or his campaign. I know he's a great public speaker (mostly from the free coverage you give him when you air his entire speaches and only a 30 second clip of hers). Why do you even report on the Democratic Primary, why don't you just release a statement that says "CNN endorses Senator Obama" and call it a day!!! I am a life long Democrat and will proudly vote for whomever our nominee is, but this election has had everything but fair coverage!

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. mc

    Hillary also congratulated him..white pople untie, just like the 90 percent black obama supporters, oh that's the republican party, where i'll be in NOV; See la times article on obama wins in lily white states, fascinating;

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Dude from Wisonsin

    L for Hillary or rather Billary team.
    We dont want a CO-Presidency as we have seen this failed Co-Candidancy.
    Remember Bill said back in 1992 that a vote for him u get 2 for the price of 1. WE DONT WANT THAT. BILLARY, time to go home!

    OBAMA '08 All the Way!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. jersey girl

    I feel the same way, CNN needs to stop their biased reporting. In general the media likes to portray Hillary in a negative way, but why should CNN be petty too?

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. champ

    MR OMAMA was the first to tread this path when he did not congratulate on Senator Clinton's victory in Nevada... what is this crap from CNN... do your research before you pen down such stuff...

    February 12, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. NCInformed

    Regardless of how Senator Clinton responds she will be scrutinized. The media plays a large roll in how the public views the candidates. According to media coverage, there is nothing that Clinton can do right, and nothing that Obama can do wrong.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Cindy

    I'd have to agree with Rachel's comment. No congrats from Bama-man for Super Tuesday wins. Boo-hoo bama-man!

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Stephen

    To all those who say, "well Obama didn't congratulate her on her wins."

    I just pulled up my recording of CNN's super tuesday broadcast and took an excerpt from Obama's speech that night.

    "I congratulate her on her victories tonight, she's been running an outstanding race." -Barack Obama on Feb. 5 at 10:52:20 pm CST

    That sure looks like he's done it for her most recent victory. I know it's hard to remember since it was a whole week ago and she hasn't won a thing.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. bryan from NC

    Hillary strikes me as the type of person with the ego and attitude not to lose gracefully. I don't trust anything she says.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Ray

    The guy who talks too much will do nothing. That guy is Obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Bama Nana

    I just wanted to see what the article was about. I do not support either of them. Honestly, this is one article that wasn't news worthy. I don't see what the big deal is here.

    February 12, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Eelill

    "Sonya February 12, 2008 9:50 pm ET

    Hope is not lost. SHE will win because the majority of the smarter Americans know that a "rock star" cannot lead a country."

    Thats a very interesting statement considering Obama always gets a higher percentage of the SMARTER people voting for him. You know that is if you measure smartness by how much schooling people have got. Obama is inspiration. This country is a country of the people, and with Obama's inspiration we will lead it together!

    Obama 08!

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. vinn

    That woman is not fit enough to be the leader of the free world..

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Michael

    This is a clearly biased article. I mean give me a break. Does anyone really care?

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I am to switching to another channel, never anything nice to say about Hillary.....her speech (which you cut off prematurely to get to election results) was far superior to anything I've ever heard come out of Obama's mouth – she dicusses the issues and gets very specific – he on the other hand (copies Kennedy/King) keeps pumping out inspirational stuff – anyway, even when you do give her coverage, it implicitly supports him....I can't believe that's what you got out of her speech – you guys stink.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Deb

    Does anyone have a brain left? Obama is PIE in the sky without a plan.
    Has anyone seen Obama pledge the flag?????

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. C Kopcho

    To Sonya: (who writes) "Hope is not lost. SHE will win because the majority of the smarter Americans know that a "rock star" cannot lead a country."
    Perhaps you haven't been paying attention, but Obama has by and large won the majority of votes from individuals with higher education.

    Hillary isn't counting on people that are "smarter", she's counting on people that are gullible.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Jodie


    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Wisconsin

    I'm from WI and we are actually next in the primaries. It sure is nice to know that she don't care about us at all.

    How sad that she started the TEXAS run when WISCONSIN IS NEXT!!!

    Hillary is suppose to represent us ALL if she gets elected not just Texas, New York and California!

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. dk

    i'm not even american, but i do follow the race closely because i have lived in the US for so long and have family and property there.
    i think both democrats are great, but i support hillary and think she is the best candidate to lead the US not only domestically, but internationally. obama i dont think will get the same respect globally.
    either way, my thoughts are that america obviously doesnt have the best record in choosing their leaders (bush 2 terms!!!!??) so why start now.
    get swept away by obama and pay for his inexperience later. he is charismatic, moves people, great speeches...but he wont unify the world. i hope i am wrong, but i know hillary will truly be the face of change in this country and the world.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Charles

    She has absolutely no conviction, she runs on her (soon-to-be-ex)-husband's name and had she realized the GOP couldn't get its act together, she'd be right there running under republican colors against McCain... Anything to win... She's just power hungry...

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Kenny H.

    Hillary Clinton, at this point is only concerned with reviving her sinking ship. She is in a severe state of desperation right now, and as a result, does not see a need to properly congratulate her opponent. She is hurting deeply inside. Her troubled campaign has failed to keep pace with Senator Obama.

    Unfortunately, it's no one's fault but her own.

    February 12, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. Lance

    Switching coverage from Obama to McCain = mistake... Why did cut from the Obama speech?

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  24. Sunny

    Some observations:

    1. HRC has not declared her tax returns ... as yet! What does she have to hide?
    2. HRC has not disclosed her White House records..... what does she have to hide?
    3. I am a plumber... my wife is not a plumber...does she have the knowledge and experience to become a plumber?
    4. HRC please come forward as a uniter, an inspirer, somebody we can look upto.....but you are always talking about the FIGHT with Republicans, the WAY you Stood upto them.....that is old.....Tell us something new rather than energizing the Republicans to vote against us......You sadly polarize.
    time has come to turn the Page........ no bush no clinton.


    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Javier G.

    Anyone BUT Hillary please. We don't need another Clinton White House.

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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