January 21st, 2008
09:46 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Hillary speaks partisan language


MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) –
Hillary Clinton constantly speaks in partisan terms - that she knows how to "fight" the Republicans - she's been doing it "for 16 years." It's very different from Obama, and it's a tone that is very appealing to many partisan Democrats that make up the majority of primary voters - but how will it play in a general election match up?

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (486 Responses)
  1. Orville H.

    In general election, Hillary will win hands down. You didn't realy believe Obama and Edwards could fight the Clinton mACHINE for ever?

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Ainsley O.(NC)

    I think that Hillary is making her "General Election" stump speeches too early in the Primaries "fighting the Republicans".. This will backfire, with Independents and Republicans who are able to vote for a Democratic Candidate in the primaries.... Obama will be the receptor of the "middle of the road & Anti-Clinton" votes!!!

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Richard

    Republicans = Evil corporate Snakes

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Brad

    Regardless of what happens, things in Washington are staying partisan. Obama talks about getting a 60% majority, aka he wants conservatives to get out of the way and let liberals run the country. Pure demagogy. We live in a Republic, NOT a Democracy

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Rebecca, NE

    If Hillary wants to fight the republicans and Obama wants to work with the republicans who do you think is going to get more accomplished as president?? OBAMA

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Allen

    Sylvia you just missed what Obama said. He said we have to change the political scape completely. Clinton followers view through Hillary colored glasses. Hillary is too close to that which needs to be changed. The fox can't guard the chicken coop.

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. mrtrate

    pray tell...what's her record on "fighting" republicans???

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. eric downing

    Very, very true! Every time she does that she further divides our country and gives all republicans to unite against her. I was very impressed that Obama directly addressed that and challenged her paradigm. It was very refreshing.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. RP

    Obama is nothing but fluff. Edwards is so right when saying that Dems need to choose a candidate that can beat McCain. Obama won't be able to do that. We need a tough ticket, not an inspirational one.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. lisa

    I think that the "fighting the Republican" rhetoric is NOT the kind of talk that UNITES a nation but rather further divides it!

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Nylor

    Barack, I believe in the general election, will cross all political lines to bring us together as a nation. Not try to divide us, we are so tired of partisan politics.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Terri

    I for one am fed up with partisan politics and do not believe Hillary can heal this country. She will cause further divisions. I also believe Bill Clinton will right in the middle of everything and that just doesn't work for me. His term is over.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. catmarshall

    We all need to be thinking "how are we going to beat the Republicans." Edwards just addressed this. All of them are good but who's got the experience and strength to go the long run. My vote is for Hillary.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Bill Schneider is the best

    @ Sylvia. I completely agree with you. Democrats should be getting ready for the Republican attack machine.

    This reminds of wolfs used in the last election ads. Dem need someone who can withstand the Republican

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Jo

    Once again, you attack Hillary! Obama is not answering the questions at all. Can you find anything wrong with his performance? I can.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Joe

    What about Edwards point that he is the only won that can beat McCain in a general election?

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. Orville H.

    In general election, Hillary will win hands down. You didn't realy believe Obama and Edwards could fight the Clinton mACHINE 4 ever?

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Rocky

    We need to bring in a president who has lived abroad and realised the american dream by contesting for the presidential candidate. As a muslim I support my brother.
    GO OBAMA 08

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Josh

    this is why a vote for Clinton is a vote for the status quo...

    She represents partisan politics that have stopped Washington from accomplishing anything...

    Barack represents a unity that the Clinton machine knows nothing about...

    Are we so cynical as a nation that we don't believe that we can truly behave as one unified nation??

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. John Hardina

    Hillary is like Bush...ONLY her party. Obama want to INCLUDE ALL Americans, no matter what party. Good catch Bill.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. Lillian

    Hillary is a natural FIGHTER...she has been from the beginning of her career as an advocate. Fortified by the many years of the Republican attack machine focusing on her.
    The Republicans would find it difficult to find anything new to attack her.
    I am afraid that Barack would be more susceptible for fresh attacks.
    He REALLY needs to work on that speech pattern of his!

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. Anthony

    Has Hillary been an elected official from the time she graduated law school? If not, what is the 35 years of experience that she continued to hammer home. Typical Hillary, distort poltical experience with life experience.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Orville H.

    In general election, Hillary will win hands down. You didn't realy believe Obama and Edwards could fight the Clinton mACHINE and win did you?

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. ed

    But that certainly pegs Clinton to being part of the Washington problems....she needs to be careful. The person that will win this nationally (rep or dem) will prove that they can be TRUSTED and they have not been part of the problems of the past 16 years.

    Hillary will likely have a problem with both of those tests nationally.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Ed

    No matter how good you feel about Hillary now, she can't when in November. Edwards is the way to go if you want a democrat in the White House.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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