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. JC

    Do you people not even bother to look up facts?


    Don't try and pour salt on the wound by lieing for your sore loser of a candidate.

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Coke Dealer

    Bill might of smoke pot, but Obama is a cokehead. Look at the Last Cokehead that we had in the white house for the last 8 years.

    Good Luck with that one.
    Cant wait to see the Swiftboating that will be awaiting mr. obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. dana rudderow

    In response the the person who asked why Clinton gave up her campaign on universal health care.... She was paid off... 800,000 paid her off to keep her mouth shut. If you need more answers watch "Sicko"

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. TR

    GO Hillary gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Hillary will be the next President!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Jack

    Why should clinton congratulate obama! they have not even completed the elections. Hold your horses! Silly for CNN to even report this

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. AG in Hong Kong

    Once again this reflects the media's bias and preoccupation with petty stuff, rather than discussing issues.

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. kama

    she might tear up again

    February 12, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Maureen

    Congratulate Hillary on her Super Tuesday win?!? I am so tired of hearing that winning fewer staes counts if they are bigger. How insulting to Maine, Virginia, Maryland, DC, Missouri, South Carolina, Iowa, Washington, Conneticut, Colorado , Alabama, Georgia, The Virgin Islands, Illinois, Deleware, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Lousiana, Nebrask and Utah! I guess in a Hillary adminsistration only New York and California will count!


    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. Murry

    That's rude. Hillary's true nature is showing through.

    Obama has always been a gentleman. He didn't congratualate Hillary for super Tuesday because he was the one who won more delegates. She should've congratulated her.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. Carrie

    Another sore loser moment!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Tlc

    There were no stories about Senator Obama not congratulating Senator Clinton after Super Tuesday because HE DID CONGRATULATE SENATOR CLINTON after Super Tuesday. This information is easy to find using Google or any other search engine.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. bobby

    Pia what ever happen to the idea of a woman President, there was always the thought when I was growing up that a woman would be more sensitive to the needs of the country.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Dee

    What a poor sport!

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Tom (Philadelphia)

    No one new of Obama before this campaign. All they knew was the name Clinton. We don't want the division that Clinton brings. Remember Ohio and Texas, Clinton thinks that she has you in her pocket just like the lobbyists have her in theirs. Just stay honest and open minded. Look at the issues. Don't vote for Hillary just because she has the last name Clinton. Unity over division. This is America and this is what Obama brings.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Not so easily fooled.

    Obama gave another "route 66" poetry reading tonight.
    Boy, he would have never authorized the war....humm
    then why does senator Obama vote over and over to keep the war funded?
    This guy is better than Bush at saying one thing and doing another.
    Big Promises, but no action, that does not seem like a change from the past to me.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Mimi

    It's a shame that CNN is trying to pick a president for american ppl.

    February 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. Robert Reese

    Wow McCain is giving the best speech. Hmmm looking better every delegate Obama gets.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Mary

    Clinton's campaign is having a hard time with reality. The fact that she is incapable of exhibiting even the minimum amount of courtesy is very telling. Those who have said that her campaign is in denial are absolutely correct. The Clinton problem is that she believes that if you ignore the facts (her vote for the war and his support of Nafta) – that those facts will no longer exist. The campaign also completely misread the public's insistence on truth – not spin.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. John snow

    Clinton is taking the gloves off now.

    "The ultimate measure of a [wo]man is not where [s]he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [s]he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
    – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. Obama is all talk

    Obama can talk the talk but can he walk the walk? Doubt it with all my heart. Inspiration means nothing if he cannot prove himself to be worthy. I think most people who voted for him at the point are thinking with their heart and not their heads. No doubt he has the momentum but he has absolutely no substance. Once again ALL TALK. He should be an insprirational speaker for students. He would needs lots and lots of luck if he becomes president. He is riding the wind at this point since he is the medias darling. Shame on the media who still think women are still not equal to men.

    As a loyal Demacrat for years, it's the first time that I am thinking of switching sides.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Randy

    Should the concern here truly be about etiquette for the opponent??? Shouldn't the concern be focused on how Obama is all over the media and all people are hearing about is Obama this, and Obama that, and Yes We Can! Shouldn't the concern be that Hillary hasn't received fair news media coverage and the Media has basically made Obama a superstar. It's unfortunate that the Media tends to bombard people they believe will attract viewers. Just like Britney Spears, it wasn't a real story, but it was a story...Obama, not a real story, but it's a story...I hope in July we can say, but you didn't...

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. HISTORY!!!!!

    History is being made here. If Obama were republican I'd vote for him. If he weren't here I'd vote for Clinton. I kinda think many Americans look at the aspect of a dramatic change in the history of the US and this is why so many are voting for Obama. A woman pres would be wonderful, however, a black man as pres sounds much better for the US, keeping in mind the history of this country.

    Regardless of the outcome of these primaries, the Old White Man's club is getting a kick in the pants.

    GO USA!

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Todd in PA

    I hate to repeat, since it has already been mentioned by others, but Obama did congratulate Hillary on her wins...

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

    Fellow Americans, we need to wake up! It is time for a change and the change should take place now. This Obama/Clinton deal that you are wasting time on is doing you no good. You need to hold these people accountable and get them to work. They are already millionares and do not get much affected by this election anyways. YOU ARE THE ONE GETTING AFFECTED, SO LETS FOCUS ON SOME CONSTRUCTIVE CRITISISM AND THE POLLS WILL TELL. November is close, who ever the candidate will turn out to be, LETS HOLD THE ACCOUNTABLE AND PUT THEM TO WORK FOR OUR OWN GOOD!

    I respect Hilary, but its time for change and Obama gets my vote!

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Obama NEVER congratulating Hillary, EVER!! He is an arrogant and pompous, so WHY should she?!! All he has ever done is scandalize everything she has ever done and said.

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