January 30th, 2008
09:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: McCain uses Reagan against Romney

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Ronald Reagan cast a long shadow over Wednesday night's debate. (Photo Credit: AP)

That was a good answer on Reagan’s legacy – he used it to introduce a very sly and effective reminder of Romney’s shifting positions.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Rich In Seattle

    Wow you are biased. Why wouldn't they put someone on a blog who doesn't have an agenda.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. martie

    Go Obama/Huckabee!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Ying

    WHO CARES WHAT Ronald reagan has to say?!? This election should focus on the people and who they believe will be best in this election. Reagan is dead lets not ponder over what his opinion would’ve been and lets focus on the numerous domestic problems we have.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. Russs

    didnt you feel like this was a cheap shot?

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Don Won

    Ya we want hot head McCain with his hand real close to the missile button.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Jack

    MCCAIN REMINDS OF BILL CLINTON IN A BAD MOOD

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. David De Trolio

    These two candidates really hate each other, and it showed throughout the debate. This cannot be overlooked

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Brandon, San Antonio

    Dirty trick by the man who shouldn't claim to have ever heard Reagan! He has never at least in the last decade voted as if he was in the 'Reagan camp'!

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. jason

    I disagree, that was a cheap shot and totally uncalled for considering the question. The question was would Reagan endorse you and why, not why wouldn't he endorse the others.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Will

    Again, why the use of the weasel word sly? You're supposed to be somewhat impartial, you know.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. lemuel66

    Huckabee and McCain gained. The others lost.

    January 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. CaliMom

    Funny thing though I can still remember the Bush Campaign making the same exact claim about McCain 8 years ago...

    January 30, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Jacqueline

    McCain spoke of Reagan's unshifting Conservative principles. Too bad McCain doesn't have Conservative principles!!!!!

    Limiting free speech
    Increasing taxes
    Amnesty

    Not really a Conservative, is he?

    January 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. jake

    i look forward to seeing the amount of face time each candidate had, so that maybe someone will try to shift that complete imbalance. to blame the questioners would be to not give enough credit to romney and mccain blowing hot air for way longer than what i would have thought was their alloted time.

    January 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. alex newton

    Bill: like McCain hasn't shifted his positions on immigration and taxes, two huge issues. Common Bill, tell the truth.

    January 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Kevin Reese

    How about the war that Reagan started that we are still fighting and losing....The war on drugs. Silly that the debate was about Reagan and his policies and not one question about the war on drugs.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Stacey

    Overall, the debate showed how awful and petty McCain is. Hope the country is paying some attention.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Casey

    Here's a new ticker: President Reagan was the second worst President of the United States- other than his Vice President's son.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Jorshy

    I guess if you call immature attempts at trying to cut down someone who is clearly the best candidate –

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. charles

    Mc Cain is a disgrace, he gonna bankrupt this country

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Gceres

    Complete cheap shot by McCain.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    CNN...

    Who's this Bill Schneider guy making all these ridiculous comments. Bring in someone without a transparent self-serving agenda.

    January 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Rich

    I agree with Jason. Seems to me McCain's going negative at this point is VERY risky. Given the momentum he seems to have right now, I'd be on the high road and focusing up, up, up at this point ...

    January 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. Joel Mascio

    ITS CLEAR RON PAUL WON THIS DEBATE.

    January 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. Ronald Raygun

    Huckabee clearly gave the best answer on the Reagan legacy. You know, if people actually voted their heart and weren't so easily swayed by popular opinion and worthless polling data, Huckabee could win this thing. Just like Harry Truman did in 1948. He didn't stand a chance but people voted for him anyway because they liked him.

    January 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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