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. Natasha R

    Grant, you are an idiot! GO HILLARY!

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. A Jones

    What exactly did Bill Clinton do for balck people??? More black men received the death penalty than any other president in history

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Sadeeq Sada

    Well my opinion is Hillary is capitalising on Obama not keeping his cool earlier...And the poor guy has clearly stated that he doesnt like personal attacks...Thats politics though...GO OBAMA!!!

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

    I am tired of Bill Schneider , please Cnn should butt him out of here. He does not do good journalism, he is corrupt

    All his comments on Obama has been with but.

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

    cnn boosting obama again sheesh

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

    hm... fact check on Edwards doing best against McCain?

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Mack, NJ

    I am finally voting for Barack Obama, because he makes perfect sense to bring the majority of votes in order for a Democrat to be nominated for president. Hillary will bring only Democrats and intesify the Repulican party. Barack is good, the republicans do not know how to run against him, but they do know how to run against the Clintons.

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

    She isn't that partisan, but again this is a primary fight; its good to cater to a party than shift to the middle in a general election...Obama might go more conservative or leftist....he just seems unknown and untested.

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

    Why is Obama having so much trouble defending himself if he is so righteous??

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. Jason King

    Whether we like it, or not, bi-partisanism is the fundamental reality of our government. I would much prefer an aware and experienced candidate rather than some young man wanting to launch a love-in. Obama is showing his true colors of inexperience and lack of ability by assuming that his election to the position means everything he wants will happen. We are already doing away with the second "King George" that has screwed us over as a nation. Why elect a third?

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

    Go O!
    Hilary was called out on her, and Bill's distortions of Obama's voting record and speeches and am glad that Obama was able to call her out for the maniupulative tactics she has been using.

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

    A political change would mean bridging the gaps between parties.....part of Obama's platform from the beginning. Why do we have two parties anyway so that every four or eight years only a portion of American's can be represented?

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

    As she shoudl... It is very HARD to even exist being a Democrat in a Republican congress. You can hardly exist. Polar extremes....

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Indepedant in 08

    She constantly speaks about her experience and fighting against the Republicans, has anyone really questioned when, where, and how she has done this? Also, this entire debate,particualry the beginning part she seemd to be very emotional and angry, and I'm curious how well that will play out in terms of her ability of being a leader.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Scott in Ohio

    It's disheartening to see Hillary scoring politcal points on her divisive past, present and future. I agree with you Bill – her partisan message will appeal to the base and turn off voters in a general election.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Richard Uckmann

    Being a partisan is not a "dirty" thing. It shows a person's passion. I would much prefer an individual with a strong commitment than one who vassilates.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. Rob in CA

    The GOP is going to chew Obama up and spit him out if he's our nominee. I want someone who will spit right back, and that's Hillary Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Abi

    She is being honest and I think she will get it done!!!\

    Clinton '08

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. Rachael

    Clinton keeps throwing out the experience card...in the white house for 30-some years right? Partisan terms wont really play out because I think there is a large faction of younger voters and also voters who do not care as long as a republican does not remain in office any longer. Clinton should stay away from the us versus them argument because honestly no one with a brain will allow "them" to win...because we already spent 8 years sucking it up.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. Shelly

    Here she goes again, riding on a strategy that has failed before – electability

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Does anyone really get anything done fighting anyone in congress?

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. john williams san diego, ca.

    Bill SCHNEIDER must think he's Bill CLINTONS stand in. Maybe White House press secretary sounds like a good job for a CNNer.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. J. Papeika Derby, CT

    All three need to be careful not to place themselves too far to the Left as to keep Republicans from seeing one of them as a good alternative to whomever becomes the Republican candidate. I believe that the Democrats will need to depend on Independents and Republican cross-over votes to win. Obama seems best at stressing this point.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Torrey

    The three of these guys *together* aren't fit enough to run this country.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. jones

    I am a black female and I will tell you that I don't trust Barack HusseinObama. Wake up America! We don't want to go there. His church just named Farrakahn Man of the Year 2008!

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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