February 21st, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Clinton draws first blood

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - CNN's John King just gave Clinton an open invitation to go after Obama, by asking her about her repeated charge the Illinois senator doesn't have the experience to be president.

And Clinton took the opportunity to draw the first blood. She referenced a recent interview with an Obama surrogate who was unable to name a single accomplishment of the Illinois senator, and said the two offer distinctly different records of accomplishment.

Obama responded effectively - he defended his achievements, and characterized Clinton as suggesting his supporters are delusional for supporting him. The line played well.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Kartik

    Obama drew a laugh ( with his dellusional comment) and could engage the crowd sitting in the library very well ( and in effect the nation as well). Obama is defending his stance very well. Very effective indeed.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Chris Donahue, TX

    Clinton says that they should be your own words. How many politicians actually write their own speechs? I'm guessing not many!

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Stacy

    Sen. Clinton is done. She has gone negative and seems catty. She should pack up and go back to NY or Arkansas.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. MB

    It is a shame that we give more attention to the statements of friends, colleagues or family than we do about the candidate statements. Wake up Schneider!

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Kelly Anne

    Clinton just looks mean and childish.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    hillary just got BOOED because she made a senseless attack after obama just got applauded for suggesting they should be lifting america up, not trying to tear each other down. she is committing political suicide.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Parag

    Good Job. Originality is the key.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Brit Denise

    BOO HRC!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Joe, FLorida

    Man, it just turned a little ugly.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. George in Georgia

    Yes, but Obama's ability to duck and dodge with such a silver-tongue allowed him to score counter points.

    Just heard Clinton bring up the '93 healthcare fiasco... hasn't anyone reminded her that it didn't work out so well?

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Dem101

    And she still has ammo... She needs to bring up the allegations that Sen. Obama had gay sex and did drugs with a man while he was a state senator.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Dem

    Go Clinton

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Jason

    She might as well drop out after this debate.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. mark

    They need to debate. They both need to quit posturing and get their points out with details

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Miami

    My daughter was on that health care and it really helped. My husband, who is for Obama, seems to have forgotten how great it was for us then.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. George from Minneapolis

    Obama has gotten the biggest applause of the night so far. He slammed her on her solutions argument. And, he got her good when he said all the major newspapers in tx has endorsed him.

    also, he got her good on the plagarism argument. so far its clear the people like him better.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. John

    This is making her look bad. Looks like she is a divider.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. jennifer

    perhaps they should turn the air down a little? their notepads are about to fly off the table!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. hillary 08:

    XEROX obama! fold him up like a paper plane and send him HOME!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Cindy

    touche... that's what I thought too... when she chided his supporters. It's like when she dismisses states that she lost in. She shows respect.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Destiny

    Hillary fights dirty which is childs play and I like the fact that Obama sticks to the facts without having to down his opponet and talks about what he's willing to offer this country

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. W. Elaine

    Amen to that line from Obama! Delusional we are not. Presidents have to realize that they can't get the job done ALONE. They surround themselves with talent to help them get the job done!!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Isabel

    The "undecideds" really didn't like Hillary's response about the plagarism allegations. The line dropped well below 50 for the first time all night. I just don't think that story (or the NYT's McCain story) plays well to most folks.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Maria, NYC

    Everyone sees through Hillary's crap. She was boo'ed becuase she lied.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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