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


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soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. George from Minneapolis

    Obama has gotten the biggest applause of the night so far. He slammed her on her solutions argument. And, he got her good when he said all the major newspapers in tx has endorsed him.

    also, he got her good on the plagarism argument. so far its clear the people like him better.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Lloyd G. Phipps Georgia

    Great come back by Obama on the plagiarism

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

    Contrived? I think that she just let him have it and thats it.

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

    Campbell Brown is showing favoritism to Barack Obama–she has cut off Hillary Clinton 3 times and lets Obama go on...

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

    Obama needs to make his campaign more than just "words" and good speeches b/c his borrowing Deval Patrick's line, even if it was with his consent, shows that Obama's strength is really not that strong... and borrowing ideas, plans, and action cannot really bring *change*, the main theme of Obama's campaign.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Carrie Collins

    Bill Scheider, what do you think about Obama's stammering about foreign policy and going out in left field. Seems he can only talk about making the military stronger and that he opposed the war.

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

    That weak attack on Obama is why she is losing. Too late in the game for that negative stuff. It's over Hillary. The best thing to do would be to bow out after March 4th. She is going to be pasted in Texas and Ohio. Going further makes her all the more devisive and will frankly ruin her political future.

    By the way, who is running her campaign? Brownie?

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Mike M

    What Clinton needs to say specifically is that you can eloquently parrot the words of change, and to say nice things that people want to hear...but while being an engaging guy may win him the election how far do you think that approach will go in Washington? It will still be tooth and nail. Obama talks as if he has some magic wand to change politics. Don't think so. This IS naive.

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

    This was another Clinton attempt! She is grasping at straws. She obviously is on the defensive. She was the first to throw nasty jabs and she even went back to the health care question because Campbell stopped her. She was rude to the panel and to Sen. Obama. She wants to hear herself talk and that's it! She does not care about the American people; she want's to be in the history books!

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

    Obama is really fighting in this area. He is very strongin this area.

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

    Hillary's negative attack ads are not only unflattering, but very un-presidential. Drop out now Hillary.

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

    Sticking to the issues is a great strategy.....don't be distracted by the petty stuff!

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Obama4president

    "Change you can xerox." Another one of the ridiculous desperate attacks Sen. Clinton has been using of late to try and save her campaign.

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

    Clinton always divides and makes ridiculous and meaningless attacks, she has no vision, no new ideas, and cannot bring people or the world together. Shes old hat. Time for some one new and forward looking. GO OBAMA

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Tanya - Austin

    He really stays above the fray – makes her look like a petty person grasping at straws.

    He is at least as ready to govern as her husband was when he came to office – fresh out of the backwaters of Little Rock. Pkus he shows focus and he is not jaded – like her.

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

    Solid takes on the debate so far tonight Bill. . . I think Obama really scored some points on this issue and Clinton lost some of the crowd with her response.

    If Obama just need to hold serve in this debate, he is doing that and more. .

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

    Everytime Clinton makes a negative or snide remark about Obama, you can feel the crowd getting behind Obama... She was doing really well in the debate until she brought up the plagiarism charge. I think she should stick to the policy issues and how she plans to implement them while in congress.

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. David W. Cooper

    It was not Clinton that said "Words matter" ... and when the words are not yours they should matter more....

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

    HILLARY WON ME BACK TONITE.

    HE IS VERY INEXPERIENCED.

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

    After reading Bill Schneider's comments, it's not difficult figuring out who he supports! Why doesn't CNN just openly declare for Obama and quit trying to cleverly obfuscate the issue.

    I am a fervent support of the press, but he press is having far too much influence - some of it subtle and some not so subtle - on the races.

    Tonight, for the first time ever, I shut off The Situation Room and instead listened to music. The scripts are becoming as predictable as some of the commercials and that's not what CNN has been about in the past.

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

    Quote of the evening "Change you can Xerox"

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

    Barack's strategy is to take the high road. Otherwise, he might rebut by something like asking HIllary who really wrote "It Takes A Village".

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Torie Hines

    Senator Clinton is representing herself in a very arrogant and combative manner; something we do not need in another leader...she has convinced me to vote Obama.

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

    Hillary as Commander in Chief? Look at her campaign strategy - taking the oppositon for granted; underestimating public sentiment; NO plan after Super Tuesday; Losing Gimmee States; Blown through $100 MILLION with these results...She couldn't run a campaign for goodness sake? Diplomacy - Bill and Hill going into South Carolina...Gimme a BREAK.

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

    It is absolutely silly to suggest that because he used a line from one of his supporters that he's plagiarizing. Lifting a line, if you will, from a great speech or speaker is done on a daily basis. She suggests that one should only stick to their own words. Did she consider that when she titled her book," It takes a Village". NO! this is from an old African proverb. It doesn't take anything from her book. Just like Obama's words take nothing from his campaign.

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