June 4th, 2008
04:14 PM ET
14 years ago

Rangel criticizes Clinton over non-concession speech

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(CNN) - Prominent Hillary Clinton backer Charles Rangel thinks the New York senator could have been "far more generous" during her speech Tuesday night after it was clear Barack Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination.

Rangel, the senior member of the New York congressional delegation and an early supporter of Clinton’s presidential campaign, said in an interview Wednesday Clinton should have been more clear about what her future plans are.

"I would agree that after the math was in before her speech, that she could have been far more generous in terms of being more specific and saying that she wants a Democratic victory," Rangel said in an interview on MSNBC.

"I don't see what they're talking about in prolonging this," Rangel added. "There's nothing to prolong if you're not going to take the fight to the convention floor…I don't know why she could not have been more open in terms of doing up front what she intends to do later."

Rangel also said the entire New York congressional delegation is awaiting guidance from Clinton on what to do, and could be put "on the spot" if the New York senator does not explain herself soon.

"We could be on the spot if we don't get some answers about what does it mean when you say that you are not endorsing - or what does it mean when you say that you haven't - you're not out of the race. It just doesn't make any sense. It's inconsistent with wanting a Democratic victory and not endorsing the Democratic candidate."

soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. F De Castro

    Governor Randel,

    Please take your face out of CNN tv monitor. You make me puke!

    June 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Independent for Obama

    I think HRC ran a great race and has really moved the ball forward for women. Right now, however, she needs to show that she, and women in general, have the guts to take a loss and be gracious about it.

    I want to be able to teach my kids that sometimes you try hard and fail, but you don't treat the winner of a contest disrespectfully just because you didn't win – she's turning into a bad example at this point, as opposed to a fighter.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Dolores

    Senator Clinton was self serving, as usual, in last night's speech. After that historic moment for this country, she showed little or no respect for Barack Obama. It was terrible. Congressman Rangel is absolutely right and he was a strong supporter of Clinton. She can not bow out with grace when anger is her stronger suit.
    Please, no VP spot for Hillary. Senator Obama won because the people chose him. Let her go back to her seat in the senate.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Rap Insomniac

    Hillary is taking eher ball home because she doesn't like th eoutcome of the game.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Phyllis from Nova Scotia

    What Sturm und Drang!

    What wanton hubris!

    Do these loyal Democrats need more suspense and melodrama? If Hillary were a man the media and her fellow Democrats would dismiss her and move on rather than waiting for her to catch her breath. Anything she has to say now is too little and too late.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Shawn, Kansas City, MO

    for wanting to unite the party on the other hand, you obama supporters also need to keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. bashing hillary is the last thing you want to do in the attempt to get our votes.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I don't understand this "It's not even 24 hours" thing. The math has been the same for months. Nothing has changed, and there has been plenty of time to prepare for this. It's been on the horizon for a long time, even Bill Clinton acknowledged it days before as his last time campaigning.

    When Obama's magic number was under 50 and you're 200 delegates behind, you prepare for the inevitable.

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    The fat lady has already sung, and now she's giving out free CDs to the first 1000 people at her concert! 🙂

    June 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. M.S. Indiana

    Jot, how was any thing stolen from Hillary ??? people voted, she lost fair and square.... her campaign failed and is in debt... and now her people are joining Obama to celebrate ....

    June 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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