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. Stacy

    Contrive is right! How low can you go, Sen. Clinton? Please stick to the issues this upcoming week. Please do. Also, bring your boxing gloves, you will need them.

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

    It is not silliness. Obama praises himself for giving good speeches but what makes his speeches so good are his quotes from other great speakers. Anyone can make a collage of quotes and call it their own. Hillary Clinton showed this in the debate when she showed how she too can easily quote JFK.

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

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that John is asking open-ended questions. At the end of each all Mrs. Clinton has to do is put a period.

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. marie latortue

    Plagiarism!!!!!! I'm not thinking about plagiarism when I can't afford my mortgage rate that will increase every six months. Leave the PMS where it belongs because that topic will not and cannot help the American people.
    "United we stand, United we fall". How's that for plagiarism?

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

    Who cares. The point is that Obama is stealing lines and stealing plans. He can't make any good judgment calls.

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

    Awesome–go Hillary!

    I like that she'll say it to his face. He's a popular, yet unoriginal motivational speaker.

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

    Xerox??? That was negative and will go against her.
    The negative campaign will not help

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

    Mrs. Clinton is obviously a bit desperate. She would
    have done herself a favor by omitting this ploy. It
    plays badly to independents, and that is exactly the
    group that she needs to influence. Neither debater
    will change the minds of those already decided.

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

    Words, words, words ~ ~ all Obama does is ramble on ~ ~ uses too many words and it does get very boring ~ ~

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

    This is a silly issue anyway. Clinton has NO idea what plagiarism is. On top of that she somehow linked this issue with his speaches to his other ideas. She is constantly saying he has no ideas. I only hear ideas from him. I only hear complaints from her.

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

    Wake up, Bill. You can't dismiss the plagiarism charge. Sure Deval Patrick is a part of Obama's campaign. But these were not new words that Deval gave Obama for his speech. These were lifted words that were part of a speech Deval gave several years ago. Completely different. The media is asleep at the wheel on this one.

    Yes, it is "change you can Xerox."

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

    How many lines has she taken from Obama on her stump speeches???

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Kyle Moffatt

    this is ridiculous.

    Obama PERFECTLY justified his use of Gov. Patrick's quotation literally 2 SECONDS prior to Hillary saying "I think your words should be your own"

    It's almost as if she wasnt even listening....

    Obama hit the nail on the head, Clinton stooped into the "silliness" that politics tends to drifts towards, and clearly shows the desperation of her campaign, buy using cheap tactics to try and sway the public.

    its pathetic.

    and by the way, Obama's "plagiarism" was of quotes by MLK, and JFK, and Thomas Jefferson, so what is Clinton saying? "The words you used in between those historical quotes were similar to those of Gov. Patrick" ???

    Even if a quotation seems similar to one of a fellow politician, it doesnt mean that it is no longer good. A concept does not have to be original in order to be valuable.

    thats all i got.

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

    Funny how she quickly changed the plagiarism charge to health care, she was ready for that. Love how Obama took the high road and let her slide.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Katherine J.

    How can a statement about a campaign that has used another's EXACT words be contrived? Obama's campaign is based completely on his "WORDS" that he will with little experience bring about change. Change for the sake of change is foolish indeed.

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

    I love that she got booed. I'm voting for Obama because of the silliness of Hillary...he did so well by sticking to the issues

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

    I am disheartened about the notion that "if a friend says I can use their words" it’s ok to portray them as my own, and then the notion of this issue is simply “silly”. I am sorry but I fail to see where the issue is one of permission, as this blog seems to reflect; the issue is one of integrity… Sadly integrity is now “silly”.

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

    The xerox comment is unfortunate and not helpful. It was an attempt at a an applause line that fell flat. If we are to win in November, this is not the way to do it. Sorry that she said it, and watch how often it is played on the news tommorrow.

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

    Obama will be good as commander in chief and Clinton as his vice president. I think them two will form a very good team.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. Nicole Roberson

    Clinton made herself found like a 5 year old. My applause to Obama for not fighting with her...it would have been so easy.

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

    I agree its not plagiarism but her point was valid.. Barack is admired for "his" words, not someone elses. Moreover it wasn't so much that he played the same speech, it was the manner in which he delivered it which was identical to the otherwise known empty suit , Patrick Deval.

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

    She just doesn't understand it! Whether it is a change in how we conduct foreign policy or how we develop public policy in public she just doesn't get it!

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

    Hillary looked silly with that comment.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. Christopher Scorzo

    Both candidates are sharp minded and competent strategists with understanding the issues our country faces. However, in the end when its time for office...our country will need a President that has been near the issues at hand, understands the "politics" at the Hill and abroad and has experience dealing with policy decision makers. It is here that while both candidates are quality individuals Hillary clearly has the experience and "close encounters" with others to move the issues through the Capitol. I think the learning curve that Obama will need should not be performed in the White House. Let's put Hillary's experience to work.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. DemFan

    That one went over as well as a Fart in Church....

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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