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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  1. dusty

    Did BO just say 'Tali bahn'? Where does he think Alkida in Afgahnistan came from? Pull the troops out of Iraq too soon and the 'Tali bahn' move back into Iraq. Keep troops there until Iraq stablizes and can secure itself, then we, the US, will have a forward operating base for the other unstable countries in the area that seem to be a thorn in our side.

    you go girl

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. B for Obama

    Her accusation holds no water – it's simply bickering.

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

    Did she think plagiarism 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 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Clinton is a catty b – - – -! Can't you just see her (hear her) talking sarcastically across a negotiating table with heads of state? What a scary thought! I quit watching the debate at 7:20 p.m., MST. It turned into a Clinton SPEECH! A time limit for comments should have been set! I guess desperate candidates just talk more and, it appears, CNN allowed her to talk more; and, of course, having no time limitation, Clinton talked and talked and talked and talked–ad nausem!

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

    This was a low point for Clinton. She's resorting to petty attacks and the audience is clearly unimpressed.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Paul C

    She is right though that this is a campaign of your OWN words not someone elses.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. GO HILLARY

    it's not petty – it's a big deal.

    either he has ideas or he doesn't.

    we have a president already who doesn't think for himself and we dont need another one of those.

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

    She is just pushing anything now to try and get the upper hand, even if it means butting in on every question when told to stop talking.

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

    If universities have been monitoring students submitting term papers and reports with regards to plagiarism and not giving proper credits to authors, then why would the next US President be excluded?

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

    She has become the epitome of her campaign...negativity and desperation...she has sure reflected her campaign 2nite

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

    Clinton is right. Mr. Xerox dismisses it as silliness, because what else is he going to do? He steals ideas, his wife is not proud to be an American....I think we have identified our first couple!

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

    Clinton is looking desperate with this type of attack. She needs to get back to what is important to the
    American people.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Robert in Albuquerque

    Why is it that if Hillary attacks it's shown as weak but if Obama does it's viewed as ok? Double standard and I'm sick of it.

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

    She looked plain STUPID AND DESPERATE! The American people are more smarter than that.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. sean Detroit

    the xerox comment was planned and pathetic

    Shes sounding so petty. He's finally sounding forceful and presidential in a debate. Bye Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Cheryl Rahm-McGrath

    Hiliary, forget the word plagiarism. You want to talk "P" words, how about perjury. That is one we haven't heard in a while. Also, when your oratorical skills are mastered as well as your opponent, then we can talk plagiarism. However, I won't hold my breath.

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

    He would be kicked out of college... that is for sure. He doesn't have an original thought. Have you noticed that he repeats what she said!

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

    Obama can hardly talk about the "silliness" of Washington since he's part of the very same Senate as Hillary. People need to realize this.

    Whether the line about xeroxing was contrived or not, it hit home and that's the point...

    Melissa Haussman

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

    The moderation is unbelievable tonight – judging when to let the candidates talk, but moving on when the situation becomes repetitive. To be fair to Wolf, maybe it is just easier to not allow another female to dominate, whereas when you are a man not letting a woman talk, well that seemed to be just down right impolite (anyway I am sure that must have what made Wolf so ineffective as a moderator.)

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

    This is a dead issue. Who believes that Senator Clinton writes all her own words and speaches?

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

    You should be ashamed of yourselves, you seem more interested in starting a FIGHT between the candidates than listening to what they think about issues. When they wanted to describe their differences in health care, WHICH I REALLY WANTED TO HEAR, you're busy trying to get to YOUR next question answered.

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

    Old News!

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

    I believe that Bill used words from other people when he first became prez. Hillary needs to let it go because she has used his words CHANGE and HOPE when making speeches and I don't remember him or her giving credit. And if you weren't listening the person he used the quote from gave him permission so it was not plagiarism.

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

    By "contrived", you mean "plagiarized"?

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

    Clinton is slinging mud on this one.

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