February 21st, 2008
09:09 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton throws punch on plagiarism charge

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - "Change you can Xerox," Clinton just said.She is trying to continue making the plagiarism charge - that Obama lifted a portion of a speech from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - an issue.But that line seemed contrived to me.And Obama clearly enjoyed the plagiarism question, using it as an opportunity to portray the charge as an example of the "silliness" of Washington he is battling.Related: Watch Obama defend plagiarism charges

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. Jackson F

    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 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Ryan M.

    The audience did not like Clinton's pushiness on that charge... it is a loser.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Donald, Butte, MT

    If Obama keeps pointing his nose in the air like he's knee deep in cow crap, she's going to punch him out!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. steve keck in columbus

    Hillary throws a jab, Obama dodges and hits her with an uppercut.

    How many more till she falls?

    The booing audience isnt evident enough?

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    silly season...

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Chrys Lemon

    He has a very good defense to the plagiarism charge; the source knew he was going to use the line and, apparently, encouraged it.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. John from Carlsbad

    I keep on saying this

    SAD SAD SAD!

    He explained the situation and she tries to play old politics by attacking something he clarified.

    How pathetic is she. That shows exactly the president she will be. Petty and playing old games expecting a different result.

    SAD!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Siobhan

    You know she and her staff thought that comment was going to draw a big reaction and instead there was nothing.

    The crowd seemed very uncomfortable when she went all shrew on him.

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

    MR XEROX IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE! VOTE HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!

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

    He handled it better than I thought he would. Did you see her face? She turned into "Ugly Hillary" after the silly season comment.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. PING

    Hey Bill, I thought the media was supposed to be un-biased?

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Linda

    Obama did well in dealing with the plagiarism issue. But then her angered showed....and negativity...her true side came out...not good for her

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Josean

    Well actually is true..Even my mother who backs obama told me the other day that this guy is repetitive...He's trying to be MLK but Obama YOU"RE NOT MLK

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

    She just lost the debate...

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

    Hey, that's how he can win! Yes, I mean no, I mean well I am confused.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. pj

    she is throwing all her jabs right now, and i dont blame her, but he is taking the jabs and is landing blows. his answer on plagurism was fantastic and the health care answer was emphatic.

    rumble young man, rumble!

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

    She seems desperate and mean. He seems substantive and presidential.

    I'm really impressed by Obama tonight.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Jason

    Obama gets tossed a softball then Hillary crushes him....And your result he wins.....Wow you should judge rigged boxing matches Bill

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Clinton08

    loved it!!!

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

    Bill! Come on! His speeches are xeroxed! Let's here substance!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Reagan Pugh

    "silliness" ....yes. He's focusing on the issues and Clinton's working on an easy, cheap upper hand.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Dr Roy Creasey

    She's fighting back. I liked the Xerox comment.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  23. Kathy

    Hillary sure backed away from that one quick and changed the subject.

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

    Hillary needs to drop the "plagiarism" issue. It tanked tonight and she looks petty trying to push it.

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Osita Nwoye, Abuja Nigeria

    Should people start patenting thier speeches? hilary answer!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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