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. Anthony

    Notice the emphasis on "force"

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

    Great response by Obama. I think Hillary is delusional.

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

    Xerox, that was cold. Below the belt, and the crowd didn't like that.

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

    I feel like a zombie, boring debate so far, fire away Hillary fire away!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Troy - MN

    More and more regurgitation from Obama....

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Zack

    I was undecided, but Hillary's comments regarding Obama's experience actually made me side with Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. sandra

    How many more times is this lightweight going to use the word Fundamental....I fundamentally don't believe he belongs in the whitehouse....

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

    she is going negative to bring out differences

    February 21, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Norman

    She might have draw first blood, but it looks like she was the one who was left leaking...!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Paul from Milton, Georgia

    Just words from both of them. This is a love fest.

    I think golf is on now so I'll be changing channels.

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

    The boos were great. The American people tire of politics for this very reason- negativity. I applaud Senator Obama for staying civil and even complimenting Hillary at times. I don't think her negativity will play well with voters.

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

    Hillary's smarmy attack badkfired the minute Mr. Obama rebutted - and debated the issues. She was only able to stare with her annoying smirk,

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

    Hillary is looking small with that comment as well as the ones about Barrack's "plagerizing.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Mark

    Obama fired right back with the "deluded" observation which simply cut the legs out from Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Darien

    Good point by Obama saying that if the healthcare plan does not compromise something that we will be having the same debate in four years because this one did not work.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Kerri Gwinn Harris

    There was no reason to call this farce a debate. It has been a one hour "man crush" on Obama.

    When Senator Clinton talks she is shooshed whiele he is allowed to drone on in circles and not debate any issues because he has none.

    I can't believe he is not paying for this two hour commercial.

    CNN you are scandalous.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Dan

    Pointless attacks on each other waste debate time. Get to the issues, and stay there.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Educated & un-Delusional

    Obama rocks! He is genuine and not phony. Hillary says what she thinks people want to hear whereas Obama says what he feels and believes. I would support either but as for bringing about an significant change I do not think that Hillary is capable of that. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS... Bill knows about that as well.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. goff

    go hilary!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Arnie

    Barak did a great job of responding to her "lets get real" refrain... as well as detailing a lot of his substance... and made her look petty and silly!!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Joshua Williams

    Why is it that there is always so much negative reaction to Hillary fighting to distinguish her record. Obama enjoys and benefits from Americans not really knowing much about him except that he is a new face talking about change. Well change is what we want by electing Hillary. Barack Obama strikes me as a "Jimmy Carter" figure. I believe if he is elected President he would go down in history as a President who could not deliver on his hype. With the Supreme Court on the side of Big Business and the Republicans on the side of Big Oil. We regular, everyday, hard-working Americans need a Big Sister on our side.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Bobby in St. Louis

    Hillary's attacks are out of desperation, and she has failed in each one. Her remarks that 15 million people are left out of Obama's health care plan is a flat out lie, and her remarks about xeroxing speeches was unkind and unpresidential.

    Obama responded well to each allegation. Hillary is just jabbing, and Obama is actually talking to the people.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Young Boy Sean

    I think he addressed her "lack of accomplishments" question, but enumerating his. And he didn't sink to her level. Let's Go Big "O!"

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Christine Burdick

    That line played ok, but her criticism of him is still unmet by Obama: that he just talks about uniting but he doesn't talk about how he will do that or what the "common cause" is that he keeps talking about. Hillary is right that he simply believes that his eloquence will unite people. She needs to say something like, "Eloquence and great speeches are great for campaigning but that wont' move republicans toward the democrats nor is how a president has to govern from day to day." I think she sounds better than he and acts more presidential.

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. godfrey

    PLZ DISCUSS SUBSTANCE- IRAQ, IRAN, NATIONAL DEBT
    , US RELATIONS WITH CHINA, RUSSIA, AND DAFUR

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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