January 30th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: The night's big winner: Huckabee

Huckabee, I think, stood out in this debate as the one who made sense, talked as ordinary people do, and rose above politics. They may have scored. He connected. And that’s a problem for Romney, who would like to become the alternative to John McCain among conservatives who oppose the Arizona senator. But he has very tough competition from Huckabee, who’s forcing people to re-think his run at a time when he was supposed to be out of the game.

But this has always been the way he’s worked: Romney uses money to stay competitive. Huckabee has debates.

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– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    yes it is the McCain we know, but dont like. McCain is a petty old man. Huck didn't do as well as you say, he just used one liners to make people laugh. but your right he might have gained some ground.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Karie

    Good thing you already made your decision. The debate is not over yet. oh ANOTHER biased journalist. BIG SURPRISE.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Dave

    Boo McCain. Hooray Conservatives!

    January 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Mark C, Asheville NC

    *** Huckabee? Oh, come on. He can talk, but can he walk the walk? ***

    Of course not. He has no chance. But it doesn't make any difference if he hangs in a while longer and takes votes away from Romney.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Brandon H

    All Romney had to do was put distance between himself and our current cast of Republicans in office. I think this would have put him over the top of McCain. It is a shame because I don't think that four more years of focusing solely on Iraq is in our best interest and it appears that we are going to nominate someone who will.

    No mention of Ron Paul in your write up Bill. I understand why CNN didn't give him any time, however, in some sense, this is also why he is slipping. The man is not being given a fair chance.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Luis

    Schneider:

    Please grab your bags and go into retirement. Why is it so hard for you corporate fascist media to be fair. You are a bunch of dogs on the lap of the establishment. As a Journalist, I feel disappointed at you, although I don't know if you are a Journalist, so what the heck.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Chris

    You talked about McCain, you talked about Romney, you praise Huckabee as the winner. What's your take on Ron Paul?

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Don Zimmerman

    Sneider, nice job, again, trying so desparately to ignore the only candidate who makes any sense – Ron Paul.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. sam

    I think that Romney put Mccain in place

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Doug Reynolds

    Bill,
    Not only did CNN and the panel leave Ron Paul out of the debate, now U have left him out of your debate analysis. You all are really disappointing. No matter what he should be given equal time if he is going to be invited. CNN invited him to the debate and all of you ignored him. Truly sad testament of our media's manipulation and underlying motives.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. pj (non-partisan independent)

    though he will not win many votes, Ron Paul is clearly the most intelligent, straight shooting Republican candidate.
    McCain needs to get off his high horse and accept that people can ask him questions which require a different answer from the fact that he was a POW and has been around since early 1900's.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Andrew

    You couldn't be more wrong Schneider. Even Huckabee himself said he didn't get enough time. He knew that he was losing a battle that he could not win. Don't know why you would think that he did. McCain looked awful. Paul looked like he knew what he was talking about but will never get the attention he deserves. Romney looked witty, intelligent and that he has the capacity to lead the nation. He just doesn't have all the political friends doing favors for him like Mccain does. Mccain is too washington, thats why he'll be in washington. Sad but true.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Bonney

    Huckabee does what he does well, and that is talk as a "political minister"....he can say what he wants the people want to hear in a way they like to hear it. But he can't Walk THE WALK

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

    Romney would indeed like to become the alternative to John McCain among conservatives who oppose the Arizona senator. His main problem is that people know that if he were running against a strong conservative, he would be perfectly happy to run as a moderate to try to take that vote. Anything that is politically expedient.

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. chuck

    How could Huckabee not look good with both McCain and Romney foaming at the mouth attacking one another? I and others will desert our party and vote for Obama if this keeps up. P.S Not for Hillary though, NEVER

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. mike

    Huckabee is good but rommney has a chance anyone but the liberal Mc Cain

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Robert

    I agree with Bill Schneider's analysis.

    Though I am not surprised Ron Paul's name wasn't at all included there. And throughout CNN's analysis tonight, I can guarantee he will not be acknowledged at all tonight. Huckabee. McCain. Romney. Huckabee. McCain. Romney.

    And the front page story that was posted by CNN directly after the debate was interesting in which the number of times each candidates' names appeared on that page corresponded to each candidates latest poll numbers. McCain appeared 27 times, Romney; 23 times, Huckabee; 8 times, Paul; 5 times.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. sweetjanenc

    HUCKABEE .........OUR 2008 PRESDENT...........YES...........A TRUE HONEST DOWNHOME GOVERNOR.........

    WAY TO GO HUCKABEE!!! YOU HAVE MY VOTE !!!!

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. joanne duran

    HUCKABEE WAS THE CLEAR WINNER. HE IS BELIEVABLE, THOUGHTFUL AND MOST IMPORTANT NOT SMUG!

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Luis

    Ron Paul hasn't broken through because you in the media don't give him the same time you give to the others, how come Scheneider doesn't come to this realization.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Luke

    I AGREE! GOVERNOR HUCKABEE STAYED CLEAR AND RESPECTFUL, UNLIKE MCCAIN AND ROMNEY'S SIDESHOW.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Brandon

    Romney absolutely destroyed McCain in this debate. It is beyond me why anyone would vote for McCain over Romney. Mitt is by far the most well-rounded candidate and is strong on each and every issue. Meanwhile, McCain does not know about anything besides war and we need a complete President. McCain tries to turn every issue, like the economy, into his military experience and can't even compare to Romney. God help us if McCain is the Republican nominee.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Daniel

    I agree, Huck won and will take alot out of this debate. I think he will have just pulled votes away from McCain and a few from Romney.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. Andrea Aaron

    I agree 100%. Huckabee thinks on his feet without the help of ear pieces or speech coaches.

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Leo

    doesnt anyone think Ron Paul at least deserves a mention
    Sometimes he makes more sense than any of them but once again he is over
    looked by the media
    lets show a little respect
    I hate the way Mcain and Romney kind of snickered at him every time he spoke
    Do they not realize most americans are against the war ...period

    January 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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