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. Rory

    I can't stand either of them, but Hillary is right about Obama's xeroxing promises.

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

    Fed lower interest rates but home loans and credit card rates are still high. If banks are forced by the government to lower loan and credit card rate. This would put more money in americans pockets and they would spend more which help kick start the economy. Home loan rates are back to 6.0 but banks can load money from the Gov for 3.0. Why can't candidates address is issue that is on most americans minds

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

    Interesting how Obama calls plagiarism "silliness" when he's the one caught with his hand in the "cookie jar". Fact is, when you're running for president of the United States and speaking to the american public, your words should be your own! The trouble with Obama is that he has been very vague about details in how he will carry out policy or solutions. Hillary Clinton has continued to convey specifics about policy & solutions. This is what separates the boys from the women!

    February 21, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. david cercone,pompano beach,florida

    If thats the best she can do...she needs to just admit its over

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

    I loved the Xerox comment!!

    February 21, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Pantsuit Lady

    She is too stubborn for my taste. She would ignore our wishes just like Bush.

    And Obama slammed her with the right hook with "Silly Season". I screamed laughing when he said that.

    February 21, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. lsd saint

    I think both candidates have done an incredible job this evening, laying out their platforms and we should be proud of their positions, regardless of whichever wins the nomination.

    Both of these people are top notch and I hope we will get behind whoever wins to stop the war, stop the corruption and start doing good things for the UNITED States of America.

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

    Obama has been more positive than Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Brooks

    She has to stop being "silly" none of that stuff works and your right she looks petty

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Jeri

    Does the plagiarism charge really draw anything but snickers? It was 15 seconds in an hour long speech! It was a series of phrases used WITH PERMISSION. She has used multiple lines from various speeches, including Mario Cuomo's speeches! NOT WITH PERMISSION! Get real Hillary, tell the truth for a change and stop twisting facts. Doesn't America deserve a president that is honest. Fact checking every statement against Obama has taught me a lot. Illinois legislature legitimately uses PRESENT votes to allow time for a bill to be supported and modified. All the legislators use it. She brags about leaving college and working for the Children's Defense Fund rather than a large law firm. Check it out, do a search. She worked there less then a year and THEN went to a prestigious law firm. The list could go on and on. I recommend fact checking who ever you intend to vote for. By far, Obama is the most honest.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. robo

    What makes her more prepared to be commander and chief? Being Bill's wife? Tipper Gore has had the same experience. And her husband wasn't run out of town on a rail.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. brent

    I thought it was a great comment and she did not back away. He literally ripped off an entire speech. WOW

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Chris in Boston

    I'm curious how she thought she could attack him on something he's been completely up front about from the very beginning.

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeak.

    Bye Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. Eric

    I agree she looks very petty. The Xerox comment seemed contrived too...she was just waiting to launch that one. I can just imagine her practicing in front of a mirror.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Mattheus Mei

    The house fell on top of her after that one - stupid attempt at a barb, she can't win with the Golden Tongue son from Illinoise

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. George

    I am so done with the Clintons

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. Brian

    Xerox comment was a little overboard. It didn't sit well with the crowd. Kudos to Obama for taking the high road. I especially liked the comment "Silly Season". She walked right in that

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. Mike Zamora

    Applause to Obama for not stooping to Hillary's comments. Many 'lift' ideas and words from others all the time to help get their point across; what's so wrong with it here? To call it 'xeroxing' is a cheap statement. In the end it's, as they've both agreed, all in actions. Cheers to the candidate who can get the job done.
    Obama for President!

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Chris

    This issue is so petty. Drop it allready. All the candidates do it. Even Hillary has used some of Obama's lines.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. John

    Isn't it strange the "candidate in the solutions business" never gives actual examples of any. She just keeps repeating "all my life", "all my life'.
    I have not heard one good example of an accomplishment of this woman in the entire campaign. Can anyone help me on this? I'm serious...really.
    Nothing Bill did, but real accomplishments you can attribute to her ideas and fortitude, without grabbing credit from others

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Vig

    There it is again "advantage Obama" he always comes out smelling like a rose with your biased coverage. This issue is more one of a racial difference between Black and White cultures – why don't you give your coverage some depth and explore this issue – instead of making Obama so pure

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Sunny

    Stupid comment by Hillary. So childish.

    S

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. beth from NY

    You are crazy if you think Hillary is failing....Obama doesn't sound to eloquent tonight..... Don't you agree????

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. Maggie

    I think Obama is not going to let the Iraq troops stay there longer than Hillary would. She keeps saying that. Obama is really fighting hard right now

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Frank

    Hillary's plagiarism charge backfired on her. Sorry, but on this one she came out as small and petty.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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