April 22nd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama congratulates Clinton


Watch a clip of Sen. Obama's concession speech.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama said rival Sen. Hillary Clinton “ran a terrific race” as he conceded defeat in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary Tuesday night.

The Illinois senator also thanked the Pennsylvanians who supported him in his bid to win a state whose demographics favored Clinton. “Now, six weeks later, we closed the gap,” Obama said to an audience in Evansville, Indiana that had initially booed when he congratulated Clinton.

“We registered a record number of voters and it is those new voters who lead our party to victory in November,” Obama added.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Dick in Sioux Falls

    Once again we see the fundamental decency in this man, not to be compared with the sleezy deportment of Bill and Hillary throughout these recent campaigns.

    This is the same woman who shocked White House insiders with her foul mouth while Bill was president. Obama needs to talk more about removing the cap from social security taxes to fix Social Security and Medicare. This will resonate with the older Senior citizens who have been mesmerized by Clinton even while she refuses to talk about sufficient taxes to pay for her endless program promises.

    April 23, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  2. tiff

    What, no comments from the "typical" supporters of Hillary Clinton. I guess this gesture of congratulations is too genuine and decent for you!

    OBAMA 8 and 12

    April 23, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  3. Jay

    A man of courtesy, integrity, and honesty.

    President Barack Obama.

    April 23, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  4. Harry

    After taking on perhaps the most bigoted primary campaigns in recent times, Obama should be proud of the result achieved and satisfied with the pledged delegates gained in PA.

    He will carry most of the upcoming states and may even surprisingly carry unfancied states by slim margins in light of the negativity that has embraced the Clinton campaign.

    As for CNN's commentary : "The Best Unprofessional Political Team on TV". Credibility: ZERO

    April 23, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  5. Mike

    ..."registered a record number of voters..." and spent a record number of $$$$$$, didn't work in your favor though did it?

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  6. Indiana for Hillary

    Buh bye, Barry. Please go home. Hillary has a country to lead!

    April 23, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  7. The O

    Oh crap this means 2 more weeks of the SILLY-HILLY show with special guest apperances by BILLY. But I say good for her. she can have the geretol giuld. you know what they say don't trust anyone over 30. I mean the voters


    April 23, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  8. Michelle

    I have great respect for you, Sir.

    April 23, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  9. Dylan

    You're a good man, Barack. Way to stick to your ideals and refuse to stoop to the Clintons' lever. At least we have one candidate in this race with real integrity.

    April 23, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  10. Cindy

    At least he has the money, Raphael...

    Look, he has to spend more, everybody knows the Clinton name, a year ago, nobody's heard of Obama. He's done exceptionally well for someone nobody's heard of, a mere year ago.

    A few weeks ago, he was 20 something percentage points behind. A few days ago they were virtually even. Then came the negative ads. The fear mongering. This finished just like Ohio.

    Anyway, a win is a win. Congrats, Hillary. You won... not fair and square, but still, you did win.

    April 23, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  11. richard

    Did you hear his crowd boo when he congratulated Hillary? Typical Obama campaign people. When Hillary congradulated Obama people cheered for him also. What a difference between the camps.

    April 23, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  12. richard

    At least he did not congradulate Hillary in a closed door campaign rally in San francisco to a bunch o rich people. Integrity?

    April 23, 2008 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  13. America Post Obama

    What can be said....he lost...she won! The better one won!

    April 23, 2008 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  14. T Baker

    Obama you got a lot of learning to do and you just got whipped in Pennsylvania

    I'd say you 'got a lot of learning to do' – like how to count, for one. A loss by less than 9% in a state you are SUPPOSED to lose doesn't seem like such a 'big' loss.

    Way to do Obama – nice to see you congratulate your opponent, unlike she did in the string of defeats she got in those 'non counting little states' ... cause they are little, you know, they don't count.... 😛

    April 23, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  15. rachel

    umm if I am not mistaken Hillary was positive with barrack today too!

    April 23, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  16. Vig

    Obama reminds me of the Wizard of Oz – all bluster, bells and whistles – then yoy pull back the curtain.

    April 23, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  17. Newman

    Raphael, I am so sorry you are blinded by the Hillary lies. Obama leads in popular vote, total delegates won, and most states. HIllary was expected to win PA by more than 25%, yet only managed a measly 8.6%. PA is not winner take all, and Hillary did not win much at all. Token victory for Hillary at best. I guess you haven't seen the growing number of super delegates that have been falling off the shelves for Obama in recent weeks. Obama will win the nominee, and you will finally see who is the true leader, Barack Obama.

    April 23, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  18. Jim, Indiana

    Leave the race now Obama. You can't win enough electoral votes in November since you can't win any of the big States necessary to give the White House back to the Democrats.

    Superdelegates have to make their decision now to support the most legitimate candidate and certainly the strongest opponent for McCain in these major States. Hillary has proven enough now and the voters are not turning to Obama even with all of his millions spent on publicity.

    On to victory in November Hillary!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  19. Trang, Fremont, CA

    I am proud of you, senator Obama. Win or lose, you always demonstrate great leadership.

    April 23, 2008 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
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