January 30th, 2008
09:35 PM ET
6 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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  1. BMAC

    Gee, I could have sworn there were four candidates. Ron Paul was there too, CNN. Where do you take your directives from? Are you to report only on McRomnabee? As with each of the debates, Ron Paul gave the winning answers. Started with 11 candidates. Now Giuliani whimped out. Ron Paul is one of the four left standing (Huckabee will pack it in next.) Stop trying to bury Ron Paul. He is the best thing for this country and the worst nightmare for the establishment–the GOP who have "broken" this country and our economy. Anyone who is frightened by Paul's message (Hannity, O'Reilly, CNN, ABC, etc.) is unAmerican. He preaches the United States Constitiution. He is a true conservative.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Julie

    Oh for heaven's sake, Bill, stop slamming Romney at every opportunity. He is making a great case and McCain is soft on immigration. We're not interested in YOUR personal politics.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. leila

    Ronald Reagan was a reg. democrat – 30 years !

    RONALD REAGAN WAS A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT .

    And after that in the 60 – libetrarian.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Brandon, San Antonio

    Biased against McCain? Are you kidding biased for Huckabee and against the two front runners especially the honorable governor Romney!

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Stacey

    I guess the truth hurts, Paul. McCain really is that awful.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. greg goodman

    The whole "debate" is a typical American farce. It's not a debate. Both Romney and McCain lay snugly back in their arrogance knowing that CNN mediaphile will pay no attention to the truths which Mr. Paul presents about the US Empire and its foreign policies.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. Rick Knight

    This was a sham of a debate. Anderson Cooper was clearly favoring McCain and Romney while giving Huckabee little time and completely cutting off Ron Paul.
    What an insult and disgrace to all American people. This type of "journalism" is what's wrong with the Country today.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. will

    I found McCain disgusting. Tear down the opposition because you have no ideas of your own. Being endorsed by all these bureaucrats is a good thing????

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Mike H.

    Romney won the debate in a walk. McCain was ineffective and inarticulate. Clinton or Obama would eat his lunch. If Rebublicans don't go for Romney, they can kiss the White House goodbye.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Dan The Man

    Hey Bill, why no mention of the very important point made by Congressman Paul: Iraq is an immoral invasion of a sovereign nation and the invasion was done against our own Constitution?
    We shouldn't be there period. Why haggle about the terms?
    And the war for oil (Greenspan) in Iraq is the cause of most of the economic problems in our country right now: the huge deficits, the borrowing abroad.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. andrea benini

    mccain was fightin for his life and at times appeared uncomfortable – i think romney won but it does not matter because i'm voting for hillary

    January 30, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Jeff, North Dakota

    This so-called "debate" was a farce. Ron Paul was blatantly disregarded on every issue. As an American I am very dissatisfied with this process of selecting a president.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. john ciacci

    If California ever succeedes from the American Union, I hope Ron Paul will run for Premier of 2nd California Republic!

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. leila

    Dear Schneider ! You don´t remember that Ronald Reagan was a reg. democrat, a liberaldemocrat , a tradeunion leader?

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Stacey

    If McCain is so conservative and understands economics why was his campaign going broke last year? Can't wait for the Q4 numbers to come out tomorrow.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. David - SA, Tx

    The way CNN marginalized Huckabee and Paul was an absolute fraud.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Lauren

    TV Broadcasters and CNN should be ashamed that they purposefully framed McCain and Romney to be the center of attention tonight. Huckabee was the ONLY candidate tonight that was respectful and had benefitial comments to make on our economy and state currently. I was undecided before this debate, but after researching up on the candidates a little more while they discussed their views/opinions, I FULLY support Huckabee. The media is trying to make this a run between McCain and Romney by only giving them air-time, but it's not. Huckabee is the ONE candidate with values who does not mud-sling and focuses on how to IMPROVE the U.S, not how to put down other republicans. Republilcans should rally behind the one candidate who focuses on how to improve our country instead of how to put down other republicans.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. George

    McCain if fighting for his life in this race. I think that even good men lose their way when they let their ambitions overtake their principles. Though both McCain and Romney have some of the same positions, Romney is by far more Presidential.

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Lisa Pitts

    I watched most of the debate & got sick of the "McCain/Romney" show & finally changed the channel. I was hoping to hear what Huckabee had to say on a lot of different issues, but it seemed that there were only two canidates at the table!

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Matt

    This was the worst debate I've ever seen, I mean that literally. The hosts left Huckabee and Paul out of the mix and let McCain and Romney argue over technicalities on an issue they agree upon...I would expect such sensationalism from entertainment tonight not cnn

    January 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. bobby o negri sr

    mc cain didn't answer the question on regan if you listened closely. he said what regan would do. i think mc cain is a good man,but he's wrong on alot of thing . you sound look back and she every thing is not rosy.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. chris hoeffner

    hey steve fom texas, check out his POSISTIONS on abortion over the past 10 years

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Cape Cod Gunny

    If McCain were a Brillo Pad, he's be worn out and rusty.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. nicole

    Although Ron Paul's comments/answers are always more mature and logical than other PC candidates he never gets enough coverage by the media. Why the censorship? Maybe becasue Ron Paul is the only candidate who is not connected to special interest groups?

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Dan

    Bill, is Romney paying you by the comment?

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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