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. Gregory J Amani Smith

    Plus, Hillary is wrong on the war. She voted on the war. Barack didn't vote for it.

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

    Exactly – its an unfortunate fact of modern American poltics that you have to be able to fight the opposite party. Perhaps once this election cycle is over, change can be affected, but right now, none of the republican candidates are offering the proverbial olive branch, and are in fact, saying the exact same thing about Democrats.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. Malcolm, Huntsville, AL

    That's what I really don't understand. You pile on the "evil" Republicans to score points with partisan Democrats yet somehow you claim you'll be able to unite this nation? The funny thing is being the total Clinton politician, she doesn't see how this DOES NOT make any sense, plus the fact that there are a number of Republicans watching these debates – how does she think they're going to feel and respond? A Democrat can not win without a significant portion of Independents and Republicans crossing over!! Yes, you can win the primary bad-mouthing Republicans, but you're setting yourself up for defeat in the general.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Pamela D'Hurieux

    I do not want to see going into the office of the President just thinking of "taking on republicans" that is the SSDD stuff.
    I want to see change with someone who is about unifying the Dems and the GOP not going in swinging.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. bret

    Do we really need another CLINTON in office? I beleive if she is elected the status quo will continue for America. It is time for change.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. David

    I'm an independent white male. Does the Democratic Party have room for me in their party? They don't seem to pander to white voters at all.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Sprite

    Brown: are you sure Clinton did that? Or was it perhaps a bit divided before her?

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Debbieru

    Someone has to be a front runner to be able to handle the republicans when it's one fromthe dems and one from the republicans.

    So we need a stong very strong candiate to take them on. If you can't handle to be critized now what are our chances against a republican when it's one on one.

    They are dirty fighters and we need to choose the one that can fight back strong.
    for our beliefs.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Chris

    What the Democratic party needs to understand is that while Hillary is very appealing to their core demographic, and especially to democratic primary voters- she's essentially the most polarizing figure in the race.

    No other Democratic candidate will raise the ire of Republicans, or the gut-reaction dislike of Independents the way that Hillary will. Obama and Edwards are both more successful in eliciting a generally "pleasant" feeling from Independents and Republicans. This matters in a general election.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Lee

    Should play well - seems more and more Republicans are ready for a change in the leadership and direction of this company.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. Allen

    I'm concerned with Hillary fighting the fight against the Republicans. I think if Hillary won the party nomination – this could hurt the party overall – she may bring the fight and all power to her, but her past battles will hurt her.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Mitt Snyder

    CLinton the divider..........

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. wes

    It will truly be a fight! We would be foolish to not recognize this. The purpose of this primary is to choose who can best fight the Republicans.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Richy

    Yes and its why they call it party politics and she is built tough

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Kylie Baranowski

    Hillary is making a mistake. If she were to be elected (which i STRONGLY hope and believe she wont be) she is NOT just governing the democrats but also the republicans and the independents. We need to UNITE the country! Barack Obama is smart in being a UNIFYING rather than a DIVIDING force.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Jose Card - Independent

    In this wide open election, the candidate who can unite the country will win.
    Don't forget the growing number of Independents!

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  17. Pamela

    I agree with James she will divide the country

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    I'm a Democrat and I will not vote for Hillary. The age of divisiveness needs to end.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. falana

    She is so sneaky she never answers about all the dirty money she takes. I dont trust her period and she proves this everytime she sidestep questions and point fingers at Obama on small points if Obama worked for a slum lord for 5 hours (which Im sure it took them all month to find that dirt) it is still better than her working for an anti American company like Walmart where they under pay their workers buy too many goods from over seas!

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. John

    Bill isn't doing anything wrong. He isn't telling lies. He's just stating his opinion. Everyone has taken his comments out of context. The media just loves to say "Nast fight emerging in South Carolina! Watch out program!" when it's just healthy stumping and criticism. Politics is politics.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Mike

    Hillary comes across as "us" vs. "them." We have endured this situation for 7 years with poor results and it needs to end. We need a President that talks in terms of "we" as in "We the People ..."

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Courtney Woofter

    The Republicans have not been after Sen. Clinton for 16 years. She was not a Senator or a Representative for the 8 years her HUSBAND was in office. Perhaps they were after his husband to be sure, but let's not forget that while Bill Clinton was President, his accomplishments and failures were his own – they were not hers.

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Michael Manning

    Sylvia is right, she is speaking the truth.... if there is one person who can make a change to this nations, take a guess who it is?

    January 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Sam

    If they don't stop this stupid bickering they will not match up to Bozo. Stop it right now . . . stick to the issues.

    January 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    HILLARY CLINTON IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN BEAT THE REPUBLICANS!!!

    January 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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