January 31st, 2008
08:39 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The taboo is off tax talk

Both candidates are offering an eloquent Democratic defense of taxes. Their answers are very similar – they’d pay for them by raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations. Where Democrats have gotten in trouble in the past is, Republicans say the rich are first and the middle class is next.

But Clinton and Obama clearly feel that the Bush experience has changed everything – they can feel confident talking tax hikes without fear. The taboo is off tax talk – it’s no longer the third rail.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Casey

    Obama's answer about taxes, and raising it on the wealthy is honest and right on. He has learned from Clinton. Imagine how good he is going to be after 8 years as her Veep!

    January 31, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Bill Anderson

    What a debate! What a team. Obama Clinton or Clinton Obama (makes little difference which order) would be a stunning team!!!!!!

    This is the first good debate in my memory - and I'm over 50 -

    If they team up like this more often we actually can solve some big problems!!

    I am now again a believer in America's future!

    January 31, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Ann Marie

    The illegal immigrants most definitely are creating an employment lack of US citizens. This is not just affecting African Americans but all Americans. I am so tired of hearing that this is affecting African Americans alone. This is an AMERICAN issue. A legal American issue.

    January 31, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. kchiliman

    Bill it is early, they will turn on one another soon!

    January 31, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Edison

    I agree with Bill...Great Teamwork!

    January 31, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Andy A

    Civility just got blown out the window...Obama attacks again and he says out of fairness...wow....way to go Sen.Clinton for not being the first to sling mud!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. rich

    I don't know why a lot of my fellow democrats don't get it...America will never elect Hillary Clinton.

    Obama would win in a landslide. Republicans undestand that they must elect the most electable. Democrats seem to elect the unelectable.

    January 31, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Debra S.

    Right on, Hillary! That comment about Clinton's cleaning up after the Bush's was great, and on the mark! I love this woman!

    January 31, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Chris

    Atleast, we don't have to clean up unspeakable things with the Bush's like had to be done after the Clinton's in the White House. Plus, amazing how people who know the Bush's or have dealing with are still alive. From what is written over and over again the Clinton's can't say that.
    I am so happy to see Obama in the race and that I can finally vote my party line again and look forward to going to the caucus.

    January 31, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Ted

    Correction to my first submission. The tax rate cuts for those in the upper tax brackets was less than for those in lower brackets. The dollar numbers may have been higher, but that is because of the total tax paid.

    January 31, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. sophie

    Obama/Clinton '08!!

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Bill

    Really? Clinton's acting like the debate is between her and George W. Bush.

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. George

    "Both candidates are offering an eloquent Democratic defense of taxes." This statement is certainly conclusive regarding CNN Senior Political Analyst's feelings about taxes. I thought reporters were to just report the facts. This seems to be more of an editorial. Maybe this is why people no longer believe the main stream press.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. BRM

    Clinton/Obama '08!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. adam

    Ask them what they think would do to their jobs and taxes if they continued NAFTA with Canada and Mexico

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. john zivic

    Obama is not is not a John Kennedy. Hillary is clearly in charge of this debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |