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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. Chris from MIssouri

    Hillary is like a caged animal that is fighting for her life. Problem is, that won't stick. It is the kind of politics that we hate since dealing with Rove for 8 years.

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

    It was amazing listening to him speak in front of almost 20,000 the other night...47 minutes ...I havenot seen people of all sorts this excited about a candidate since 1968

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. Catherine Hays

    She is really looking for ANYTHING to call him on. He has already explained this!

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

    The fact that she is going that route shows her desperation to bring obama down to her level of politics. I think obama did well to take the high road.

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

    Full agreement – she has to give up the plagiarism charge...

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

    Senator Clinton is hanging by a thread.

    The "Xerox" comment about Obama's speeches was not only contrived but booed by the audience.

    She may know policy but she has no understanding of the power and the art of language.

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Pat Chicago

    She played right into his hands. He nailed her.

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

    For Obam to not lower himself to her level having the integrity she clearly lacks to reduce himself to her level by engaging in siilly and oh so tiring petty politics was truly Presidential.

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

    How much more "Xeroxed" can you get when you choice is Hillary, the wife of Slick Willie Clinton!!! Will she have a female intern or male intern perform oral sex on her int he oval office? Will she get Slick Willie's black book?

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

    ...I mean, other than George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, which other President has been immediately qualified for the position of Commander in Chief?

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. J-NY

    Nice response put it in perspective really quick.

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

    HERE WE GO AGAIN . NOW ITS SILLINESS IN WASHINGTON INSTEAD OF FUZZY MATH?????????????????????//

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

    with all of the big issues to be discussed found her comment to be trite. move on.

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

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

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

    Where are the women of this country. Try to step up for one of your gender.

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

    Obama took the high road on this , and it was obvious the crowd didn't appreciate HRC's below the belt, childish accusation.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  17. HK

    Garnishing wages to force one to get the health insurance? That is unAmerican

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

    That was such a weak comment, I mean I have to salute her for having the gahl, to go forward with that argument, even as the audience laughed at the notion that it was a major issue. I can smell the desperation in the arena with comments like that.

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

    Bill's commentary makes him sound like an Obamnite. Need someone who will be biased. GO HILLARY. People just do not want a woman president. Why can't we be like other countries and elect a woman. These women have been successful. Think about it!!!!!!!!!

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

    Obama speaks better, HRH has more substance...she is not shrill, she is strong...the shrill card is a gender biased card!

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Mark P

    I thought Clinton was doing fine until the xerox cheap shot. After that she started to lose me.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Kristopher Rowe

    there we go with the dumb argument again.... way to blow it Sen Clinton....again.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. SetItStraight

    anyone who thinks that this election will end "ugly politics" is a no talent clown with their head in the air and thus believes all that Obama tries to sell. Go back to Lincoln's time, talk about Ugly politics, I was amazed at what I saw in Springfield, this is all tame in comparison.

    All this HOPE HOPE HOPE CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE is going to be eaten up by the Republicans who will make your grandmother look like an axe murderer before they are done, that is how they win. The other comment board said something about the Clinton's allowing the Republicans in office – this is the type of ill informed person who is pulling the lever for Obama. Poor Al Gore tried to hide Bill Clinton – Florida was not his loss to the White House – Arkansas was, Tennessee was – had he let Bill help he would have won and we would not be in this nasty war.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. Aneta

    No, it is more than silliness. he talks like a preacher, and us following him like lambs, is a dangerous road to be on.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Is there ever not a "silly season" in politics?

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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