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

Clinton: Still no congratulations for Obama

Clinton did not acknowledge Obama's winnings or congratulate him on his victories over the past two nights.

Clinton did not acknowledge Obama's winnings or congratulate him on his victories over the past two nights.

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. Sharon

    Apparently you choose to post only the negative comments about Hillary. Twice I have tried to add comments but have not been able to. Your so called news station is obviously one sided so you should now call yourselves a talk show with no more credibility than the Jerry Springer Show.Although I have respected yours news for the past 10 years, I no longer respect you as a news station. From this point on I will watch other stations and go to other true news websites to get a fair picture of what is really going on in the world.

    Disappointed in California

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. art

    i've never seen so many hateful people as there are in the obama camp.they are the same people that supported the clintons and are now stabbing them in the back.if you don't want to vote for her thats fine but do you have to stoop to the republican tactics.your hate don't belong in the demorcratic party.i think i'll just sit nov. out

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Billy - Texas

    IT IS VERY OBVIOUS THAT CNN FAVORS OBAMA.....How much CNN? This is a on sense political ticker. I am not for anybody but for viewers sake MEDIA should be in the middle not favoring anyone. That should be the guideline and standards the media should follow. I was watching OBAMA at Madison and wow CNN showing him for about 30 mins live on the air.

    HOW MUCH? Please deliver fair media to anyone.

    February 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Sonali

    I am sure my comments won't get posted which are against Obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Jim P - Chicago

    Why expect one to congratulate his/her enemy? Which is basically what he amounts to in this contest. She was winning when she was out to destroy him. But the disgusting liberal media crucified her, and Billy boy for that. Face it, nobody will be able to call hip-hop boy on anything. An empty suit shall soon be annointed President because he's a somewhat articulate black man – you progressive liberal fools ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. mc

    the sheep are the little obaaaaamma supporters; npr had a question for his fans not one could anwser what change he stood for "just change/something different" he will get crucified in GE

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. ralph tyler

    I don't think Sen. Clinton is a bad person, but one gets the feeling that she believes she is entitled to the nomination, believes she is the only one who "can solve our problems"(altho she helped create some of them), that what she cares most about is winning, even if it is to the detriment of America and that she is a rather humorless, sore loser.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. John

    Obama's baloon will burst in November.

    exactly. bubbles are beautiful, but without substance, they won't last.

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Marlon

    I want to "thank" CNN for its lack of great reporting and in-depth analysis of the Presidential campaigns!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Mary

    Who ever advised Clinton to play nice with Obama during the last debate, gave her crappy advice. This neutralized her potency and allowed gender bias and race bias to form momentum for Obama. Clinton needs to take off the gloves and start hitting hard – she's smarter than Obama, knows the issues better, is a realist and doesn't sell empty promises. DUMP OBAMA IN MARCH and let's get back to reality

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. melissa nj

    WHO CARES?! seriously is this really news? Stick to important facts!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Royalty

    Her true colors are now beginning to show. And it's not pretty.

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. nadeem

    "I Congratulate Hillary Clinton on her wins tonight, she has run an outstanding campaign"
    Barak Obama, Feb 5th 2008, CNN, MSNBC, ABC

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. Benjamin

    Give me a break.

    When did Obama ever extend congratulations to Hillary!? HE DIDN'T!

    All he has ever done to Hillary is scandalize her and everything she has ever done and said.

    Remember Florida? Obama made fun of the 2 million voters and that they mean nothing to him. HE MADE FUN OF HER AND THE 2 MILLION VOTERS!

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

    It's so sad to see the Hillary Clinton ship sinking (sarcasm noted). Thank God the era of the Clintons is almost over.

    She's a sore loser. I'm waiting for those crocodile tears to fall on March 2nd or 3rd to try to sway Texas and Ohio.

    Oh how I hope those "big" states go with Obama.

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Bert

    For everyone who says Obama didn't congratulate Clinton on Super Tuesday, this is from Obama's speech given on the night of Super Tuesday:

    "Now, this isn’t about me and it’s not about Senator Clinton. As I’ve said before, she was a friend before this campaign and she’ll be a friend after it’s over. I respect her as a colleague, and I congratulate her on her victories tonight."

    So... what's the deal?

    February 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Karen in Florida

    Hillary- get some rest, take a vacation- get out of the race!!!!! Let someone with fresh ideas take over! Come back in a supporting role! And hit a spa for some botox!

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. ready to win

    This message is for all of you who are living in the past along with hillbillary-its over long live the king and out with king shrillirly.....And for all of u scared of Obama- grow up, the world is a changing place. And so is its face- look around you. Its time people to embrace all that this country can and will be.P.S. money talks AND BS WALKS. WALK AWAY HILLBILLARY...NO DONT WALK RUN...

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Devin MA

    Well when you convince people that your lies are the truth its easy to win. Nice campaigning Obama!

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Jerry King

    This article is another example of how the biased media corporations are corralling the viewers into voting the direction they have set as their precedent. Don't buy into it. Be a thinking voter. Don't let these media companies run the elections. They are setting up Obama for the coronation. The media has shut out the other candidates. Wise up America before your democracy is taken from you!

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Obama

    Obama is a sore loser. He didn't congratulate after Nevada.

    Obama was expected to win all these contests. + Republicans were a large portion of the vote.

    I am one of many Hillary supporters who will vote McCain if Obama is the nom.

    That inexperienced cad doesn't deserve to even dream of the white house with all his lies and flip flopping.

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. justobserve

    Now people can see how different Hillary behaved when she lost or won. If she lost, she looked forward to other state without thanking her volunteers,... as if they were nothing (South Carolina, ..., Virginia, Maryland, DC). If she won, she came to thank the people who voted her (Florida) as if they were counted. That is why people now realzed that she only used them for her and Bill's own ambition.

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Is this real journalism? What kind of headline is this? Could your article have any more of a pro-Obama anti-Clinton tone? Shame on CNN for posting such a poorly written and opinionated article and calling it a news story. Go back to school, learn the values you went into journalism to defend, and come back here with a properly written, two sided story.

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Anastasia

    I am not surprised at Hillary Clinton's self-centered and cowardly behavior. Like a spoiled bratty girl, she chooses not to deal with reality and just ignore what is happening because she doesn't like it. I'm convinced that Hillary would exhibit this same behavior if she was able to get into office! Oh Hillary, just pretend its not happening and you don't have to acknowledge defeat or even deal with it!

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. vv

    EXACTLY Colorado- The media plays a huge part in all of this BS.

    February 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
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