February 21st, 2008
09:09 PM ET
6 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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I wholeheartedly agree – Ms Clinton's behavior mimmicks that of one of my middle school students. There are REAL issues more worthy of the airtime. Americans don't care as much about this pettiness, but want to hear bout the solutions the candidates have for these problems. Let's move on past this type of "he pushed me down on the playground" mentality shall we?

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Eric

    Way to nail her on the speciousness of her claims, Obama! Hillary will be politically pilloried before this is over! Obama 08

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. casey

    it's not like he denied it

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. scott

    obama fans need to wake up! When the dust settles if he wins it will be a McCain presidency for the next four years. He doesn't have of yet. Back some one who is ready!!!!!!! Or give to the republicans

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Hillary's criticisms are not sticking. Obama responds too well for them to have any affect.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  6. SLH

    While I am completely against plagiarism as an educator, what Obama has done I would not see fitting the bill of debating! We have real issues in America, REAL CONCERNS!!! Stick with the REAL issues!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Betsy in Minneapolis

    Barack handled her pathetic throw so well. She might as well through in the towel. She's done. Put a fork in her.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. pls

    It was silly and petty.

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

    Clinton is really going for Obama. She plagerized the "change" slogan so why is she calling him on it and he is not fighting back?

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

    I think this debate is a waste, because you have someone that has lots of money and someone who has experience, with this formula you know who is going to win " MONEY"
    and the networks taht air distrubute their messages for money
    over all same of the same

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. jacqueline

    Clinton comes out as a very imponent, angry and desperate candidate…not the presidente America needs at the moment…again the "I"-effect!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. Brian

    It is the silliness to the extreme, I mean, do you know how many times I've had to sit and listen to her words? Obama was using Yes, We Can, and she's been running around saying that. Clinton's the mimick here, looking for the first chance to pounce on her foe, but he marches out unscathed and we see her for who she is. How long will we remember this time?

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. Elliot McMillan

    Obama deflected her response before she even offered it, making her reponse seem desperate and premeditated. She didn't come off well at all.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. seawasauns

    i'm over the whole plagarism thing...but it's nice to see that she's moved from nodding in agreement with everything he says – to actually debating!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Ian

    Dirty. Respect lost for Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. lynn

    That's pretty desperate. Nobody owns words. We all have used or heard others words of inspiration. You can't knock inspiration

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. Dale

    I am glad Obama is not entertaining the plaglarism issue, it is good he is concerned about the issues. Clinton is in trouble.

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

    Hillary looked petty trying to make a point about plagarism and Obama seized on it. She's consistently choosing the wrong times to attack.

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

    "Change you can Xerox", "Actions speak lauder than words" and "Obama surrogate who was unable to name a single Obama accomplishment"

    Hillary Clinton strong lines defining effectively the Barack Obama candidacy.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. Susa

    This is so ridiculous, after all she lifted part of his slogan/words. Give me a break. If this is all she has.... Hillary GIVE UP!!!!!!

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

    I agree with this. I think this is silliness and what about the her abuses of his words in her speeches like change and yes we can that she has used. I think the reason she is accusing him is simply because she is guilty herself.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. PDC

    I'm disappointed that Sen. Clinton chose to stoop to "mud slinging." I want both candidates to stick to the issues. I'm glad Sen. Obama did not dignify her pettiness with a response!

    The Democratic Party must be united. These final weeks before our primary should not be used to provide John McCain's supporters with criticism of our nominee. We must put a Democrat in the White House!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. Shirley

    How come nobody raises the issue of gun control / ban in light of the recent gun violences in NIU and other schools nationwide?

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Karen Hudson

    Anybody else notice how often Hillary says "I"? Obama says, "we." To someone like me, raised in the Scandinavian upper midwest, where we value integrity over egotism, this is a MAJOR difference.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. Susan in San Diego

    I really wish that they would focus some questions towards Obama instead of asking Hillary the questions first – giving her first access to deliver her poor style of rhetoric.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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