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. Emmanuel, Ind

    And why should Obama respect hillarys sore losing tactics. Hillary fails to be a lady by first thanking Wisconsinites for coming out for her in freezing temperatures, and failing to congratulate Obama on his win. So why should we Americans be allowed to see such rude, disrespectful and arrogant behavior LIVE from Hillary.

    Go tell that to the average WI that went out in 5 degress temperature to vote for her. You Hillary people are disgusting. And I seriously hope people like you don't vote for Obama because it will be a win win situation for us. When Obama wins the general elections then eat your words out, but if we lose then the ladies suffer more when we lose the judge in the supreme court.

    We should all come together now and get a democrat into the white house and stop talking like sore losers. Its your pocket that will be affected too because Hillary and Obama will be just fine. So tell me who is kidding who?

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Tyler

    It is time for Hillary to gracefully bow out of the race and endorse Obama as the official Democratic candidate for president. The longer Hillary plays the part of poor loser and refuses to relent at the expense of the Deomcratic Party, the less enthusiastic I am for her to be the possible nominee for vice president. I like Hillary as a diplomat and leader, but the best thing she could do now for the United States would be to help muster the accelerating momentum behind Obama and cement her place as the next vice-president of the United States.

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  3. d4obama

    Yes we can and YES WE ARE!

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  4. Mark from Hollywood

    Keep HILL-BILLy out of the White House. They did enough damage last visit. Vote Obama '08

    February 19, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Mark Martin

    Obama doesn't need a campaign staff, they have CNN's pundits. Do you actually believe that your biased reporters have any credibility left? You should all join Fox. The Black woman doesn't even deserve the prestige of calling her a reporter, nor does the old hack Carl Berstein. The only Clinton supporter is Bergala and he is worthless. All of you except Andersen Cooper should just get a job working for Obama. This is one Clinton supporter, who used to think Obama was okay, but who now will sit out the election in November and let America get what it deserves, another inexperienced full of empty platitudes candidate, or one who is too old to change the game. Good luck to the new third world country of the United States. Stupid to the end.

    Somebody bless the idiots.

    February 19, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Leigh

    I’m with you Gavin, what was CNN thinking? ABRUPTLY CUT OFF HILLARY CLINTON'S SPEECH
    to run his for 30 minutes. And why are they not digging into Michelle’s comment “ She has never in her adult life been PROUD to be an AMERICAN” These are the people that young Americans are sending to the White House, they are not even proud to be AMERICANS yet she wants to live in the Big House. Young people wake your COUNTRY is in serious danger with his record,

    February 19, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Linda

    This is non-news. I really don't think it matters at this point.

    I do think both Obama and Hillary should thank the people of Wisconsin for getting out there to vote. I spent a couple of winters in Milwaukee. First, it's cold. Second, you have the wind blowing off Lake Michigan. It is brutal.

    Obama 08

    February 19, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. Amy, Kazoo

    when she gave her speech, the polls had JUST closed. is she supposed to concede with 0% reporting? what politician in their right mind would do that?! NONE. not even golden boy.

    now, I would expect her to say something tomorrow. I think that's the right and honorable thing to do, but christ, let her just give her stump speech first, let the polls close, and reporting begin before you report she didn't concede or congratulate Obama. a LITTLE bit unreasonable, dont you think?

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Tyler H

    Hilary was giving a stump speech, she didn't deserve the airtime.

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. Andrea

    I am from Wisconsin and I have to say that I feel sorry that the majority of people in my state would voted for a person that only 5% said was experienced, while 95% said that Clinton was more experienced (taken from the CNN exit polls out of WI). It is a very sad day when people vote based on popularity and not on the issues. Didn't everyone learn their lesson with George W? I don't want to have to say 'I told you so' again, I would rather have some real change, for the better, happening in our country. This is so depressing.

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. vivian

    oh my God. Mike, a blogger just took the words out of my mouth. Hillary is getting on my last nerve with her head nodding and her fake smiles!

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. lovepolisci

    Gold Canyon Gal of AZ, WHY?!?!? You've voted Democratic for 40 years, but if OBAMA wins it's an ISSUE for you!?!? I don't get it? Do you all really think there is such a great difference between our Democratic candidates! One is preaching Solutions, the other is Hope! Let's face it folks, both Hilary and Obama are great candiate and as a Democrat we should stand behind our nominee.

    February 19, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Lora B.

    Who cares whether or not she congratulated Obama? Asking such a question is ridiculous. The race isn't over until it's over. But it is quite obvious which candidate CNN favors by printing such trash. If CNN were a magazine and I had a subscription, I would have cancelled it a long time ago.

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. Joy

    Who cares he did not greet her at the State of the Union Address and further more who want to vote for an American President that refuses to recite the Pledge nor will he wear the American flag, not my idea of someone I want as the leader of this great country.

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Latigo

    It looks like sexism is alive and well still in our country. Women are deserting Hillary for a "rock star" with no experience except for an eloquent , epetiitve harangue and a wife who has no respect her coutnry. Amazing!

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  16. Tony

    The least she could have done was thank her supporters who worked so hard for her in Wisconsin.

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  17. Joe

    Well If Obama gets this nomination I am donating the maximum possible to McCain and voting republican for the first time in 20 years. I will not vote for him PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  18. Mark Martin

    Oh yes and how many of those 10 states will ever be won by a Democrat? Thanks for your biased reporting. God the media in America has become moronic.

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Kim, Des Moines Iowa

    It's just politics Clintonites! Stop being so nasty. There will always be winners and losers ...just that today, as in the last last nine games, you have been losers. Those "inbred Iowans" aka, the likes of me started all this mess :}...oops, maybe we believe in HOPE...all high achievers do.

    Anyway, pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off and march on. The fat lady hasn't sang but she is warming up. Don't give up HOPE...if you believe in HOPE...we still love you brothers and sisters!

    Obama '08!

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  20. BK

    Congratulations Hillary and Bill Clinton.....

    Your History !

    Hope is on the Way. ...

    Opps sorry ...that line belongs to Bill from his 92' campaign.

    Say Goodnight Hillary.....Goodnight Hillary

    Gotta love it !

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. jan

    If by some sad chance the 2008 election comes down to obama I will be changing parties. From Democrate to Independent. I will not vote for obama. Go Hillary..............................

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Laura

    I doubt anyone is really boo hooing over this second article about the same thing. CNN - what do you want besides the media Prince Obama? Thank God we're not in the old, old days when they saw a strong woman and thought . . . or are we.

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Did my part in Iowa

    Ahhhh...are some of the Hills upset at another loss.
    What people need to realize is that America is ready for something completely different than the 'status quo', and it's disappointing to hear people like Gold Canyon Gal say that she's leaving the party because she's not getting her way...typical Hilary supporter. And it’s not just Republicans and ‘18 year olds wet behind the years' that are out there voting, it’s regular Americans ready for (yes I’m going to say it) CHANGE.
    We the American people are tired of the same old disappointments, year after year from our government, broken promises and broken hearts. No one is perfect, but we as AMERICANS are tired of the old and are ready for the new.
    Barack Obama is motivating unconventional & conventional primary voters to come out and participant in democracy. That's why we have Republicans crossing party lines, 18 years olds coming out to vote and more democrats in record numbers to vote.
    We need someone new and fresh, someone that has not been crushed by the cynics, someone that believes there is still hope for this great nation and hope that we can still right the wrongs of the past 7+ years. Our country is in dire need of a leader that will inspire and lead us to our better future and I believe Sen. Barack Obama can do that.

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |

    hmm....could part of the reason that Obama has not congratulated Sen. Clinton since Super Tuesday be that SHE HASNT ONE A STINKING PRIMARY...or CAUCAS?????

    Senator Obama is a statesman...Senator Clinton is a DESPERATE overly emotional FEMALE...who rode the coat tails of her hubby to fame....

    GET SMART...VOTE Obama 08'

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  25. Karen

    I agree with gold canyon,most of you hiped up young people haven't even lived out on your own yet and are still living on mom and dads money .GET OUT and GROW UP!!

    February 19, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
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