January 30th, 2008
09:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Romney has McCain on the ropes

Romney is winning this big-time - McCain’s wrong. We already have timetables for everything in Iraq, whether we stick to them or adjust them later on.

Meanwhile, McCain is identifying himself with the surge completely – that’s risky, big-time. He has to hope it continues to work. And while the policy isn’t controversial among Republicans, it certainly is among the country as a whole.

Related: Watch Romney criticize McCain's record

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Andrew Wells

    they both look like a couple of children arguing over a box of candy Huckabee looks the best out of this situation.

    January 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. kurt

    McCain looks petty. As Ron Paul just said, it's a silly debate on something that they both actually agree upon. It's a bizarre argument on a minor point of something that McCain's interpretting.
    McCain is looking weak. Huckabee is sounding the most connected.
    I say this as a true Democrat watching these guys argue.

    January 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Kyle Moore

    If Romney had McCain on the ropes. I think Ron Paul just knocked them both out.

    January 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Peter B


    McCain is getting across that Romney will say what is politically expediant at the time, as he did in Dec. 06 and Apr 07. Romney spent his last year as governor in Iowa, then hid behind his job.

    Gimme a break!

    January 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. ken

    ooohhh....Huckabee just shot down McCain's comment that looking into Putin's eyes he sees KGB...Hucks response was correct..people's eyes can lie but people's actions don't

    January 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. Nel

    Schneider, Romney has contradicted himself at least 3 times in this debate but the most graceful was the position for the states regarding stronger environmental regulations but he said in Michigan that he was supporting the car industry, what is your final position? Flip flopping again?

    January 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. christie

    I agree Mccain is terrible He is so grumpy and I can't believe anybody wants him He only fake smiles Why would you want a old grouch as a president? Vote for Huckabee! Or at least anybody else other than Mccain

    January 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Dean

    This is the worst debate I have ever seen in my life. Worse than the fox debate. I would rather watch Fox, and I despise them. This is the most unfair, unbalanced debate I have ever seen. Then to take the Ron Paul discussion board off the site is more ridiculous. This will not go unnoticed, and the law will take over.

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

    I wish Huckabee would get more time to talk.

    January 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Eryn

    I'm sitting here watching the debate and although I can respect McCain's time as a POW and the sacrifice it was I am getting tired of him bringing it up all the time. I don't see how that will help him be a better President. It's kind of like Guiliani mentioning 9/11 over and over and over.... Move on and tell me what you are going to do NOW and in the FUTURE!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Tom

    McCain playing "Dirty Politics" again.
    He only talks of his 5 1/2 in Prison camp in Viet Nam...!!!
    Look up his Military Record on Yahoo, it's not so "pretty!!

    January 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. gc

    McCain is the best Republican candidate for President. Romney is looking to buy the election with his personal money. He has changed each of his positions to favor the extreme right. McCain and Huckabee are the only Republicans that can bring the country together. They have demonstrated an ability to work with the other side of the aisle.

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

    Schneider call it right. McCain beliefs and thinking on a war that killed and is killing Americans is his downfall and because of his thinking, he will not receive the Republican Presidential Nomination. Dont forget democrats and republicans children died in the war.

    big mistake mccain.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Brian

    McCain looks terrible. He can't answer a straight question and employs one of two styles of argument: [1] dodge the question and then end it with "I'm John McCain, the war hero, or [2] say he knows a lot about something and then rattle off half a dozen people that are endorsing him.

    It will be a sad day if he becomes nominee.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Marti, San Diego CA

    Bill – Romney accurately called McCain's lying about timetables a dirty charge , not this issue of when Romney supported the surge. It was a page right out of the Clintons' playbook.

    McCain, as a Senator, had access to far more info with which to have opinions regarding troop levels. I applaud Romney for not wanting to take a firm position without first having the facts. Is that wrong to suggest that people should make informed decisions?

    January 31, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |