January 21st, 2008
08:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: This could put Edwards back on the map

 Will Monday's debate revive Edwards' campaign?

Will Monday's debate revive Edwards' campaign?

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - This could be a debate where John Edwards gets back in the game. He's effectively making his points, while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in silly squabbles. Voters have too many concerns to care about Obama and Clinton's political potshots.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Bob L.

    John Edwards should stay in this sfight for as long as he can. He is the adult who stands between two squabbling children who never answer questions because they are too busy hurling insults at each other. John Edwards on the other hand stays on topic, admits mistakes, and is able to maintaain the moral high ground at the same time.

    If these primaries are to select the best candidates for President, let John Edwards be heard and send the children in their corners.

    January 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Kate Clinton

    John Edwards is definitely the person who has come out the winner tonight in my eyes. I'd want him in my corner every time. I would like to hear more discussion of what is specifically needed in education. Let's go John, your the closest to Kennedy I've seen. And I loved Kennedy

    January 21, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. C C

    Obama's rambling should have been cut. Wolf should have ended it. John Edwards was clearly not given equal time. Yet, I believe him to be the winner of the debate. CNN encouraged the battle between Clinton and Obama with the petty questions asked. Poor performance by CNN.

    Overall impression... Obama is not ready. Hillary has a plan. Edwards is the only one who can beat John McCain.

    January 21, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Frank

    People who listen will recognize that among these candidates, John Edwards is the most earnest, honest, and serious candidate. If the American public can hear the three candidates in fairness and not just make it look like hillary and barak are running, the public will see how smart Edwards is and give him that rightful change to lead this nation. People who vote along loyalty to sex and race will sadly be dissappointed. Edwards must be on the ticket in November or else the democrats lose. JOHN EDWARDS is the best candidate for our next President!

    January 21, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Hiba

    There's no question Edwards is back on the map after this debate. What he needs to do is continue asserting his position with the clarity and conciseness he did tonight.

    CNN is unquestionably marginalizing Edwards and this is unacceptable and clear to viewers that Clinton and Obama are the network's favored candidates.

    CNN let Clinton and Obama go on far to long with their mud slinging.

    After tonight, voters know Edwards is fighting for the middle class, wants to lift up low-income families and is against big money/corporate interests. After tonight, voters can clearly see his agenda has been consistent and Obama is ONLY about political answers and NEVER speaks consistently from the heart.

    I hope Edwards keeps up tonight’s momentum.


    January 21, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Nancy

    John Edwards has a good message that needs to be heard. Thank God we were able to hear him tonight. If I were able to vote tonight, Edwards or Clinton would get my vote. Obama is too green. I'd love for him to get more experience in foreign affairs and allow voters to reconsider him in the future.

    January 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Nathalie

    Edwards is RIGHT ON TRACK! While the others fight and nit-pick at each other over nothing, Edwards makes the real issues the country faces, like poverty, health care, the economy and the war his focus in the debate. That shows as president he will keep his eye on the important problems of Americans.

    January 21, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Karen

    You cannot rate Edwards chances on Nevada. What a fiasco! No one knew what they were doing. The voters had no idea what the prupose of a caucus was. The caucus captains for the Democratic Party were obviously supporting Clinton. We were not allowed to display signs for Edwards while Clinton had a separate space with signs galore set up as a hospitality suite! When Obama's supporters put up signs, they were afraid to say anything because of the race issue while Edwards' signs had to remain on the floor under the bleachers. We were supposed to have 15 minutes to try to encourage voters to support our selected candidate and they did not allow this. A clear violation of caucus standards.
    It is wonderful to see Edwards coming out so strong tonight. Americans need someone of this caliber to finally represent us.

    January 21, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. C C

    Obama's rambling should have been cut. Wolf should have ended it. John Edwards was clearly not given equal time. Yet, I believe him to be the winner of the debate. CNN encouraged the battle between Clinton and Obama with the petty questions asked. Poor performance by CNN.

    Overall impression… Obama is not ready. Hillary has a plan. Edwards is the only one who can beat John McCain.

    January 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Federico Valadez Jr.

    The only candidate to win a a Red State was Senator John Edwards. Senator Clinton and Senator Obama won in Blue States. If Senator Edwards can carry North & South Carolina, the Democrats can win the White House. The other two candidates may not be able to carry sufficient Red States for the Democrats to regain the White House. Senator Edwards is the ONLY candidate who can carry a majority of the South, to win the White House. Clinton and Obama have already divided the Democratic Party with their fighting. The only candidate that can unite the party and win Red States is Edwards which is only way to WIN the White House.


    January 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Iowa Woman

    I have met and questioned all the Democratic candidates and can and will support whoever gets the nomination. I realize that Clinton is following time honored advice in going after the person who is in the lead but I think she could do it in a way that examines the issues rather than the personal attacks. She and Bill may gain some points but will lose respect.

    January 21, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. VALtheGREAT

    Thank GOD for John Edwards. I was becoming sick of Obama and Clinton bickering like 2 school children. It is quite apparent they both have some underlying "beef" but who cares? I want to know your stand on the issues. Clinton suckered Obama in the entire night to defend his record. Obama did that poorly but objecting to everything that was pointed out! Right now, I really see my vote going to John Edwards. He has been the only clear and concise candidate in the debate tonight. He gave straight forward answers and REALISTIC answers. Obama would be great for Black America but not this time around.

    January 21, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. linn

    The comment by the KIRO Radio Host thinks that Hillary has more delegate votes and Wolf Blitzer has his head somewhere else. Hey, it is all about delegates! Obama got more delegates in Nevada. Obama has more delegates overall, so far.

    Stick to the issues.

    January 21, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. bill

    Hilary is the only one who has done her homework.

    January 21, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  15. Dave

    Hillary Clinton is just a bad version of Bill Clinton

    January 21, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. John

    John Edwards is back in the game. He won the debate and has more substance than the other two!

    January 21, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Glen

    Barack had to answer all the lies Hillary has been stating about him and he did. Edwards did a good job too. Hillary looked the most desperate in the debate. It's unfortunatee that Hillary & Bill Clinton thought they had to tear down Barack to win. Hillary has lost my vote even if Barack loses to her eventually. I did not like her Carl Rove tactics to win at any cost....shame. If she is the nominee in the general election and Barack is not on the ticket...I will vote for any independent party candidate. Shame on Hillary & Bill Clinton for bringing the primary to this level between herself and Barack. The first time a white woman and a black man is running for President should never be lowered to this level. I live in Georgia and I know a lot of minorities throughout the USA saw this debate. Even if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, she lost a lot of minorities vote in all 50 states.

    January 21, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Sherry

    a vote for Obama is a vote for MCain. I'm moving to Switzerland.

    January 21, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Mac Walton

    I think that if CNN wants to hold a non-biased, objective debate, that they need to allow Senator Edwards an equal amount of air-time. He's a viable candidate – if he weren't, CNN wouldn't have invited him to the debate. Why invite him and not allow him the same opportunity to convey his message?

    Furthermore, I think Mr. Blitzer, as moderator, needs to have a better grasp of control over the debate and actually attempt to civilize the debate. These constant personal attacks among the candidates is becoming tiresome and may ultimately dissuade Democrats (including myself) from voting for them. I wish that these candidates would have Bill Richardson's poise and civility.

    January 21, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. jOE

    Bottom line is:
    Hillary and Bill Clinton wants to stay in power and build a dynasty for another 8 years! wait a minute I did the math wrong-its for 16 more years.

    January 21, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Edwards looked very good tonight.

    January 22, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. db-columbia, sc

    Except for the childish bickering, I thought this was one of the best Democratic debates to date! Edwards made me remember there are 3 front-runners in this Presidential race and made several strong points, especially on Healthcare and stressing his commitment to the plight of the poor. I thought Hillary was strong, as usual....what kind of attitude should the (possible) first female president of America present...weakness & subservience to her male counterparts? PLEEAAASSSE!! They were all right on bashing the B-man on his failings and I appreciated her specific outline for Healthcare reform and her plan to begin troop withdrawal from Iraq. Things still may change by then, but she's put something specific out there for the public to judge her by. It's time for that from them all! Obama seemed to strain with responses tonight, not usual for him, as he was on the defensive alot taking some valid, (and some meaningless straw-splitting), heat from the competition. But this is to be expected for whoever wins the Presidency and gives some idea of how Obama, and the other candidates may respond when receiving such treatment from within the American Congress and World Leaders, and most importantly, we the American public. Overall, a great deal of revelations into the candidates personalities was displayed tonight.
    That's a win for the voters, who need as much insight into the candidates positions and personalities to cast as informed a vote as possible. Well done to all! Happy King Day to all "DreamKeepers"! RIP MLK!!:)

    January 22, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. db-columbia, sc

    Also....strong candidates need a strong moderator!!!!

    January 22, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  24. Bonnie

    John Edwards had the stature and no nonsense stance to be our next president. His policies are spot on and I believed him. If he had been at the top of the dem ticket last time instead of Kerry, we would have been spared the last four years of Bush.

    January 22, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  25. Joe

    I just finished watching the entire debate on CNN. It just completely p@#$ed me off how lousy a moderator Wolf Blitzer was. JOHN EDWARDS DID NOT GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME AS BARACK OR HILLARY!!!!!! Obama just seemed to be rambling on and Blitzer allowed it, and Hillary's performance wasn't much better either. Even with as little time as he was given, the choice was ABSOLUTELY clear: John Edwards looked like a President, the other two looked like condescending,slick politicians satisfying enormous egos. GO JOHN GO!!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
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