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. sheila

    obama has it right...if we're ever going to get things done in this country we need to draw in many different groups of people...I personally know at least a dozen people who are either independents or republicans who have spoken openly about their serious intentions to vote for obama.

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

    Wolf just said there was a "raging debate" by viewers on cnnpolitics.com, but I see no comments posted whatsoever!

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

    I agree. It is what it is and when it comes to politics, there are no two people better than hillary and bill

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Sunny in NC

    Grant , do your research, read the Il papers, Barrack is no angel, and he tries to portray himself that way.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. iplaywithplato

    Well it certainly won't appeal to anyone in the Republican Party.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Brooke

    This is why Hillary will win.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Gregory J Amani Smith

    I do believe, though, that Republicans will and can attack Hillary in ways that they have difficulty with Barack.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. m-Cincinnati, OH

    Obama for president! It's this sort of thing that we need to get away from. I actually like Hillary, but she and Bill have seemed unattractive lately. I think she inspires a lot of divisiveness, and that worries me.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Cheryl

    Bill Clinton had his time, and now it's time for him to sit down!

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Joshua

    To win a general election, you need to build a coalition.

    Hillary's partisan language divides people, hurts the democrats, it makes her UNELECTABLE.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  11. Mike Vinocur

    But this is why she may struggle in a general election. Many moderate Republicans who could consider voting for Obama can't imagine voting for Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Russ

    All the passion in the world will not get the job done. Experience and partisanship is absolutely essential to push tough changes through and I believe Hillary has what it takes to beat the Washington political system.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Russ

    Is it Hillary or Bill...just who is running? Do we really know?

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Adam

    It will continue to play because her strategy isn't inclusive of republicans in general. It's all about turning out the base and some independents. Plus, even Republicans are dismayed by their party direction right now so the message that she is fighting the current republican politics may gain traction even with conservatives.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Carrie

    You don't need to fight with Republicans, The next Democratic President needs to work with them and unite the country. Hillary can't do that.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. donald

    what nonsense! Obama and his fans need to stop whining all the time; if they can't win every time they say the other side isn't being nice enough to them. What bull, esp. after the hate and vileness they spread every day on every blog and in every speech, about Mrs. Clinton. Grow up, Obamanistas! And stop doing what you accuse your oppenents of–stop lying about Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. Gary

    she is absolutely correct

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Todd

    Hillary is fair and her partisan parlance is a gesture of unity! It was very bad form of Obama to criticize the former president. Obama insulted Clinton this week by saying
    that the Republicans had all the best ideas in the last 15 years. OBAMA started it.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Kyle

    She's right, and she's gonna do it. Reps aren't playing nice now or in the general, so Obama is cute to think they will. Cute and naive.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Barbara

    We need a leader who can build consensus yet show a firm face to other world powers. Enough of partisanship already ... it's only mired us deeper in our own divisiveness.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Mary

    I think Hillary is the only one prepared for the national election. Rove has said the Republicans are going to stress national security. Obama knows nothing about it.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Verna

    She has had 16 years to 'do' something. What was it?

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Bob

    Once again this debate is all about race. Unfortunately black people are the ones being racists. Evidently they do not have the best intentions in mind....

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Brenda

    I agree with Sylvia.
    Grant, Hillary is the only one being realistic when dealing when partisan interactions.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. shawn tillman

    I believe that Hillary is preparing for what the republican nominee will do to her. She is being very strong and very focused in expressing the direction she has for our country.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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