January 30th, 2008
09:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The bystander benefits

The McCain-Romney debate diminished both candidates – they looked like squabbling politicians. Who benefits? Huckabee.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Gceres

    I completely disagree...Romney looked strong, forceful and on solid ground....McCain looked like he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar!

    January 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Dave

    You don't think Ron Paul just hit a home run? He just nailed the squabling politicians, followed by Huck asking for some time...

    CNN has shows it's colors, and Huck and Paul are tired of it.

    January 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Frog-o-licious

    I agree – both Romney and McCain were arguing over petty technicalities. When they both have the same foreign policy philosophy, then this discussion is pointless. Thanks Ron Paul for bringing light to the real issue – our flawed foreign policy.

    January 30, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Barbara

    I respect the fact that Romney will challenge McCain who just
    lied about his stand. McCain played dirty politics when he put
    this out just before the election. Americans are tired of this kind
    of politics.

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

    Unfortunatley, this is true. But it's only true because CNN decided to not ask Ron Paul anything up there, as usual.


    Romney: B –
    McCain: F
    Huckabee: B +
    Paul: B
    CNN: F – – – – – – – -...

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


    January 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Lis

    AMEN !! You are so right.....all this arguing between Romney and McCain make Huckabee look better than ever! Thanks to Ron Paul for his common sense to point this out.

    January 30, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. John

    Romney and Huckabee both scored well dismal performance from McCain Ron Paul when allwed to answer was the best performer.

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

    I am glad that Romney stood his ground with McCain. I am still not totally sure who I will be voting for, but I think that McCain is off my list for his actions such as this.

    January 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Wendy Knoller

    Shame on you CNN for not allowing this debate to be more inclusive of all the candidates. I am a democrat and watched this debate so that I would be better informed of the issues and ideas coming from all the republican candidates. If I were to be voting on the republican ticket this coming Super Tuesday, I believe I would vote for Paul or Huckabee, based on their common sense and honesty with their answers. I would have loved to have heard more about the important issues this country is facing and how these candidates would lead our country in the future. I care deeply about the America I will leave behind for my children and hope that all people will be able to make the right choice in the coming months, even if they were unable to hear all the facts from all the candidates of this party.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Steve

    I was leaning towards McCain; however, the squabble between Romney and McCain and McCain's accusations on timetables and his answer to the better-off question really turned me away.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. brian

    Here is my official question count:
    Romney: 19
    McCain: 17
    Hucakbee: 10
    Paul: 6

    Times I screamed at CNN to be more fair to candiates Huckabee and Paul: 10,000

    CNN – you should be ashamed! "Shower of questions?" Ridiculous. Your bias is more than evident, it is disgraceful during such an important run for president.

    January 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Anne

    I agree, shame on you, CNN. Why won't you listen to what the American people are asking for? A fair debate, where all candidates can get their message out to the American people. I am so sick of seeing Ron Paul interrupted during the debates while McCain and Romney monopolize as much time as they wish. I used to enjoy watching your programs but the one sided delivery of information has forced me to turn the channel.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. Amanda

    Agreed...shame on CNN, Fox, the whole lot of them.

    It comes down to this, Americans.....the media is trying to choose your president. It's already been decided that McCain or Romney "should" be the republican candidate, just as Clinton or Obama "should" be the democratic candidate, now the media is showing you the "fair debates" to "let you choose."

    People who point this out are viewed as crazy conspiracy theorists, but those who work in the media (as I do), know how this works.

    I'm supporting Ron Paul and I suggest to anyone who's viewed his views as crazy – at least read up on his stances. He makes sense and is not just saying what he thinks the media people want to hear.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. ross

    I totally agree...to listen to McCain made me sick. I would have loved to have heard more from Paul and Huck. Guess not!

    January 31, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Mitch

    I'll repeat brian's count:

    Romney: 19
    McCain: 17
    Hucakbee: 10
    Paul: 6

    Did anyone working at CNN go to journalism school?

    How is Paul a "long-shot" candidate anymore? Guiliani was the media's poster boy for months, and he's not even here.

    Give Ron Paul the chance he deserves. Your own beliefs and biases should not control the coverage of any debate.

    I used to have respect for Mr. Cooper, but after his blatent interruptions of Dr. Paul and his "promises" to come back in two questions, I can see he is no better than all the others on network "news" stations.

    I expect this bologna from E!, but CNN?

    January 31, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Greg

    Huckabee and Paul should join forces. They are the only two with the people of this country in mind.

    January 31, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Greg

    We don't need an old school Mccain. That is the problem we have now. Old school.

    January 31, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. nccole treadway

    I've got mccain and Obama on my radair. If huckbee gets the nomination it will be Obama. If Hillary Clinton gets the nomination it will be Mccain. I like Mccain, but don't want the same old thing in the white house,and war. I'd like to make History as a woman and go Hillary. Matter of fact I was for her untill Bill showed his true colors. But I now would not even think about her in the white house again. I like Obama, and his Voteing against the war interested me, so I did some research on him. I like what I saw. But he isn't as experienced as Hillary and mccain. But than Bush hit the ground running, and didn't have to do any training and he made a mess of our country, didn't he. so confusion sets in. I didn't include Romney in this because he isn't in my radair page at all. I can't find enough he's done good, for low income people like me. Nor can I find him working for the poor to improve thier lives. I find this in Mccain, Hillary and Obama's court record, senate voteing records and work ethics. We have a lot of Veterans in my family. So if it comes to Hillary and Mccain-it simply things for most of us Republicans who are looking at Obama.

    January 31, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Greg

    Last night Ron Paul kept speaking monitary terms. Guess what, he is right. This country revolves around the used to be almighty dollar. CNN should have gave him more time. And Huckabee tried to get a word. Just goes to show, who owns what. Isn't that right CNN.

    January 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |