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. Tier French

    Yeah, it is silliness! She's still grasping for straws. Her ship is sinking & no one is throwing her a life preserver!!

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. L dog

    Daval has come out and supported Baracks usage of his words. Hilary is desparate as they come. He is more than just words. He is a uniter of people and ideas

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. paul in dallas

    The crowd booed her. Good for them. Does she expect us to believe that she doesn't get any talking points from Slick Willie?

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. M Mulholland

    she is trying to hard, bye bye Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. ellen davison

    How can Any politician claim originality in most of the speeches they make. Ar e not the employed "speech writers" responsible for politicians speech content? Hillary's attack on Barack was very mundane.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Toby Younis

    None of which qualify her, or anyone else for that matter to be "Commander in Chief." No one, not even John McCain is qualified for that position. That's why we have a Commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Joint Chiefs, and, I suppose to a lesser extent, the Secretary of Defense.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. crews2me

    Hillary is having her campaign words thrown back at her and she is unwilling to confront him now after seeing that he does hit back and hit back well. I can see if she attacked him based on policy but she is attacking his career and character. I know she has been working for years in government but we aren't voting based on years in the office but on judgment and who has the skills for where the country is right now.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Timothy Jessie

    I think Hillary is pretty pathetic. She's trying to make a mountain out of a mini-molehill. She did it twice – pushing a point that isn't worth pushing. That doesn't make her look good at all. Her mighty campaign has come down to this. Pathetic.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. joe smith

    That's all she's got? The presidency is up for grabs and she's throwing one-liners around about two boilerplate sentences? Has anyone let her know that she's losing?

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

    That line bombed! A line is never good if its followed by silence and then booing.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Roger

    Point number one................

    He is such a blabber mouth..............

    His biggest legislative achievement that he points to........and it really is about the only one.............Ethics Reform...............he calls it the most comprehensive and yet Washington has not changed as a result..........that legislation was what a lot of people call ........ Camera Ready or PR Legislation..........its just more blabber

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. steve

    she is hitting on all points NOW!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. patrick carey

    why is clinton asked the first question all the time obama is feeding off her king showing bias against clinton i see both as great leaders be fair to both

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. emmanuel

    Obama is at his best when he's defending himself. His resistance to attacking Hillary may be mistaken for weakness.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. janice alexander

    i think that Hillary is being allowed to take as much time as she wants to make her comment. the moderator has not been able to control the debate. I also beleive that Hillary is giving a lot of lip service.i

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. sparkle in texas

    The thing about all this is, hillary is doing this to herself. she is walking through a door she has opened and is falling down the foxhole. no one and i mean no one is making her say silly "zerox" comments. she thinks she is being cool by using these lines that her staff has written thinking that it will come across as charming and funny.... hmm much like she accuses of barack of doing...

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Karon Richard

    What a waste of time and energy – her comment was childish and foolish , I was actually shocked at her attacked at such a "small" manner.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Jim B.

    15 years? what happened to 35 years. she's been a senator for how long? she obviously wasn't the real first lady. if doesn't know what is happening in her own house...

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Phyll

    Why does Hillary just sit there with a smirk and stare at Barack? I used to like her but she looks just too smug. And now she is counting her 8 years as a spouse as experience?

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. silverfoxuna

    And, that goes to the heart of the dilemma for Senator Clinton. She fails to grasp that pushing inconsequential topics wastes time and it also shows that she fails to study what's happened since the allegation was first made. That clearly makes her look uninformed and tunnel visioned.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. d riquelme

    Why is the moderator Campbell Brown interrupting Hillary? I count at least 3 times, yet she has allowed Obama to speak as long as he wants and waits till the applause dies down. She is not supposed to be so partisan as a moderator. I think Hillary is handling it with grace and also respecting Obama, while Obama is not so polite.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. TonyC

    It has become very clear to me that Campbell Brown and Jorge Ramos are clearly for Obama. I thought they were supposed to be neutral. It is clear that Cambell Brown tried cutting her off to rebut the Health Care comments by Obama. Finally after the break Clinton immediately responded. You go Girl!!! The media has clearly found theyre darling candidate and it certainly is not Hillary Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. jj

    Stop yelling Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. Jo Lena

    Is Barack ready to be President question...Hillary needs to get off of her "36 years" "15 years" stone age comments. She won't answer the questions. Just because she lived in the Whitehouse doesnt mean she is more prepared. Same old stuff – just a different day – she already said she won't meet with people unless they do things first...

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. suz

    bill schneider, even you are showing your bias. you, cafferty and everyone else at CNN have disappointed me greatly in your pro-obama comments, analysis and overal lack of scrutinizing the man obama. a man we have known nothing of a year ago. bill, you for a man of words, should choose them more carefully these days.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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