February 20th, 2008
08:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton's election night speech fails to mention election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/19/art.clinton0219.ap.jpg caption="Clinton tonight in Youngstown, Ohio."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Three times may make a trend: for the third primary/caucus night in a row, Hillary Clinton has taken the stage at a post-election rally and failed to mention her losses, or congratulate her winning opponent, Barack Obama.

She spent Tuesday night at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, looking ahead to the primary there on March 4. She made no mention of Wisconsin.

Last Tuesday in El Paso, Texas, hours after getting swept in the Potomac primaries that night, she didn’t acknowledge her rival’s big day. The Saturday before that in Richmond, Virginia, she spoke at the state’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and ignored Obama’s string of four primary and caucus wins that day.

After reports that focused on the second oversight, Clinton congratulated Obama at a press conference the next day.

Acknowledging your losses isn’t required in politics, though it is a courtesy that’s been practiced for decades.

Then again: it's also been traditional for candidates to delay their remarks to avoid overlapping with their opponents' speeches. Obama began his victory speech in Texas Tuesday while Hillary Clinton was still addressing the crowd in Ohio - and most of the networks cut away from her event mid-speech. (Granted, she had begun speaking after the expected start time.)

UPDATE: CNN's Mike Roselli reports that after their speeches ended, Clinton called Obama to offer private congratulations before she headed back to New York.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (506 Responses)
  1. George from Minneapolis

    9 in a row. Goodnight sweetheart.

    Perhaps if she asks nicely, Obama will consider her for secretary of health.

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. B. Smart

    I think its time for Hillary to go home and turn the porch light on for Jimmy Hoffa.

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. mike

    Jeremy stop being a sexist! Do not care who you support but that could be a female in your family. Obama will never a national election.

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Brian

    To Clinton supporters:

    Are you trying to deny the WILL of the AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    It's time to stop campaigning and join Obama to defeat the Republicans!
    Don't be sore losers

    Thank you

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. tickered

    And yet she expects these same people that she callously cast aside to vote for her if she were to get the dem nomination.
    This is further example of her divisiveness.
    Against McCain, she's no match, she's digging her own dry well.

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Chris

    Gold Canyon,
    I hate to break it to you but 18 year olds do have the right to choose who they want as president. Just as much of a right as you do. If you decide to spend 100 years in Iraq the by all means vote for McCain. Don't blame the younger generation and cross over republicans because they don't want another 4 years of Clinton politics. If 18 year olds are old enough to join the army and die for this great nation then they can choose whoever they want as President.

    February 19, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Jim

    Obama's speech wasnt a victory speech, it was an acceptance speech.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Curtis

    Quick question:

    An 18 year-old, who can die for our country, should not have their vote counted as much as you? Hmmm... Interesting.

    Also, Obama supporters, those "kids", donate too. The empowerment of those voters, and people who donate, are coming out and donating. Get enough of those 18 year-olds donating and you get the same amount of money. Crazy what happens when you empower voters instead of disenfranchising them. Hmmm... Interesting.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Amy

    Hey Gavin grow up.

    Every network cut off the Clinton propogada.

    Barack won. If she wanted to have her speech heard she should of at least acknowledged her loss and thanked us Wisconsins.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. CC

    The news media is doing a great job of treating Hillary Clinton UNFAIRLY.

    Why didn't the media let Hillary finish her speech before carrying Obama's speech. The media is biased.

    America, let's stop the Obama Revival Movement and get back to reality before it's too late.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Monday

    CNN should stop talking about voters that don't have a college degree.....I'm sure there are some people with college degrees that vote for Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. Alex

    So called "Gold Canyon Gal", I have only this to say. The youth in this great country of America have just as much right to vote as you. What makes you think that they are such, to put it frankly, idiots? Many of them are quite intelligent, in fact more intelligent than the majority of Americans. You should not be so quick to judge.

    Ah yes, and for good taste.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. jaylo

    Obama-Congratulations for spending 10 times as much money in Wisconsin. I guess you, Oprah and the super rich just bought another one. Way to go.

    February 19, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary knows very well that political etiquette calls for her to congratulate her opponent on their win.

    The first time I saw this I thought it was an oversight on her part. The second time I thought she was denial. But this third time is just plain rude on her part.

    I am quite glad that Obama's remarks were not delayed as a result of this third insult. The Clintons are quite calculating and I have no doubt she ignored his win on purpose. Enough is enough Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Janet in Florida

    I wonder what would have happened if the Republicans and Indpendents couldn't vote in a DEMOCRATIC election. I guess we will never know. Go Hillary! We love you in Fla.

    February 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. H. Rao

    Bush was picked over Gore and Kerry – Big mistake – Obama will not make any changes that are of consequence – Corporations run the country and I am voting McCain who is a centratist and works with Democrats. Obama is too leftist for this country

    February 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Steve25

    Sen. Clinton has practiced policy of ignorance and this is going to do a lot of damages to her camp.

    February 19, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. James

    I wonder if she will cry before or after she gets sweeped in Texas and Ohio.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. William

    I didn't want to see Hillary or Obama win for democrats. Edwards was the far far better choice.

    McCain gets my vote now.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Nikole

    Nobody told CNN and MSNBC to cut her off. That was a decision they made on their own. Why are they blaming him? He was scheduled to speak in Houston for days.


    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. jack2

    Sore loser!
    I'm sure the white house staff are keeping their fingers crossed that this women does not come back with her uninhibited husband!

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    There is no other word to say but shame.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. Jdona

    There is just a very small difference in the pledged delegate total, one that can be very easily overturned with Texas, Ohio, and PA. So don't go coronating King Obama just yet. Hillary supporters are diehards, we don't give up – we just get energized. What the Obama supporters and the DNC had better wake up and realize is that a huge majority of these same Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama should he win the nomination. Obama and his minions scare us with their mindless cult like devotion to this man and their acid dripped hatred and vicious attacks on Hillary. That is not the kind of change we are comfortable with. And before we will vote for him in the general election, we will either sit home, or vote for McCain. So do the math. If we either sit out the election or vote for McCain, Obama looses either way to McCain. And the DNC had better take note of that.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Connie

    Barack is a manipulative, tactical, non-substantive, salesman.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. The Insider

    It's over.

    February 19, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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