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. California Independent

    No one can name an accomplishment. Who ever that chick is, she sure loves Obama.

    Why does Obama bring up when he released a plan? Everyone knows she has been first on every issue and he has had trouble remembering the plans his consultants have developed for him.

    Give me a break.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Jo Lena Johnson

    Bill, the "silly season" comment @ plagerism was quite effective – don't you think? Keep up the good work...

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

    Obama just burned her on the plagerism issue. Old politics vs new direction. To me the choice is clear

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Obama looks weak. He has not slept.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. R. Koehler

    She's correct and the young people in the audience would do well to listen. The far right offers up a preacher and the far left a poet. We need a proven leader not a poet as President. Although we need the poet around to give us hope,

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. Gary Cheatham

    While they both are lightweights in terms of relevant experience, Mr. Obama has at least more political experience on his resume, in terms of elective office, than Mrs. Clinton. Her first elective position is a US Senate seat. Only 12 members of the senate list this elective office as their first.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Ronald in B.R.,La

    Hillary smells of desperation.

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

    One more addition One of Obama's supporter in Texas was asked abut the relative inexperience of Senator Obama. The reply was : Well, one has to start somewhere !

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

    How can Clinton argue that she is 'standing up to the special interests' when she is in their pockets? She owes so many of the big money people so much, how can she possibly achieve what she says she aspires to?

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

    Hillary was booed again. She is so fake and and power hunger.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. aleman1219

    come on guys – this is a media event, give us some blood !!!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. crews2me

    Hillary did draw first blood and Obama's response to the empty suite charge was grand and Presidential. He showed why he is the frontrunner right now.

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

    Hillary's got the glare out now. :(

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Yolanda Barnett

    She is trying to draw attention to what she thinks is something, but has drawn nothing. So what he says things that JFK said, she has said things that other people have said. Who hasn't!!! She is COOKED!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Pierre D. Boisrond

    Well, it is for the benefit of Senator Clinton to go on the attack. If not, Obama will be seen as the winner of debate. But Obama will intelligently respond to her attack. I wonder whether or not if John King is a super delegate.

    Thanks,

    Pierre

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

    She gets a gold medal in the Silly Season Olympics!

    He gets a gold star for taking the high road. I'm a Democrat who wants to win back the White House, not galvanize the Republican party.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Lynn In St. Louis

    Hillary is right on the mark! Here are great quotes that are VALID, "If the campaign is about words, the should be your own." "Your change we can zerox."

    Barach Obama (OB) said, "this should not be about tearing each other down. It should be about lifting the country up."

    What is OB going to lift us up about or is it going to be a glowing speech saying "We have lift off, Houston."

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

    what are clinton's qualifications except riding bill's coattails

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Jackson Fisher

    A lot of boos on that one, right after he ALREADY explained that there were a few lines he used from a friend and co-chair.

    The national co-chair remark really hit it big, and he alluded again to people getting discouraged by pointless attacks.

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

    GO hillary.....She let the hammer down...Mr Xerox!!! I love it....She looks way more presidential

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

    About time, anyone remember Edwards comments on his voting record? Present but no vote? Believe me he did nothing and I mean NOTHING memorable when he was in the Illinois Senate

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Robert in Albuquerque

    big deal.. the boos came from Obama supporters. What matters is the fact she gave was TRUE.

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

    Did anyone see how she got booed after the low blow.

    +1 for Obama.

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

    I hate how she just pandered to Edwards. I hate that!

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

    Obama has about as many accomplishments as CNN has asked tough questions of him. None.

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