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. Bruce

    I think her snipe and attitude on this is going to be the end of her campaign. She showed her true petty colors.

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

    When did it become presidential to act uneducated, and bad-foul mouthed? Clinton is the epitome of a sour, desperate looser.

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

    When you say someone else's words in a speech, you have to at least mention who said it. Good Xerox comment.

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

    I agree – Hillary needs to drop the plagiarism issue. We all repeat quotes from time to time. So what....Talk about a real issue.

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

    Obama nailed her on this issue.

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

    Silliness is an understatement. HRC needs to be our next HHS secretary, NOT our next president!

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Lost in Moderation in Vermont

    Did you hear the boos on this one?

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Connie

    I made the call to my friends today that the campaign of Hillary Clinton would write a "where's the beef" line for her to try and get in.
    And...aha..there it was, the Xerox line. How contrived!

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Schroeder

    She should push the plagiarism issue. As an academic, he should know better. Hillary's point is that he uses rhetoric to motivate, even though they aren't his words and fails to give credit where credit is due, which is pretty much what he's about. It's more about his campaign – it's about him. Interestingly much like his father's legacy of egotism which was his downfall. You can only gloss over so much – just like Obama's rendition of his father's importance in his book even though his father had serious character issues.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. mike

    OK HOW DUMB CAN U BE THINKING IS plagiarism COME ON NOW YOU GUYS WENT TO SCHOOL WHEN YOU PLAGIRISE IT MEANS USING SOMEONES WORD WITH THEIR APPROVAL. IN HIS WORDS HE QUOTED SO ALL YOU GUYS THINKING IS plagiarism GO BACK TO SCHOOL YOU NEED SOME LESSONS! THE REAL PERSON plagiarism IS THE PERSON THAT KEEPS CHANGING THEIR CAMPAING THEME AND BASHING THAT CITY EVERY TIME SHE LOSES

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Confused

    That was so petty – it showed – big mistake Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Jeffery

    She is grasping at straws.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Sounded to me like she was booed for that one. Obama made the Clinton campaign look ridiculous with his answer. But that didn't stop her from trying to get that obviously pre-written line in.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Joshua

    Obama has shown great poise, consistently taking the high road. Presidential posture.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Julie

    If the only mud slinging Hillary can do is claim Obama plagarized a friend of his, then she's in real trouble.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Ryan from New Mexico

    Hey come on CNN about this issue, I left a good decent comment earlier.

    so if we are suppose to watchi this debate, and not have a right to respond in a good acountable way. then why even ask us to comment at all CNN, if your not going post good points?

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. C M Nash

    Honestly, it's such an insignificant point in comparison to other issues which ought to be discussed. I haven't seen her give citation credit to Cesar Chavez when she utters 'Si, se puede'.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Rob

    Elrod ~ Hillary was just having her opportunity for a fair rebuttal. If you notice, both candidates do it frequently during the debate.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Ronnie

    I think he did a wonderful job responding to this petty non-issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. Chris in Boston

    Whats with her giggling after half of Obama's answers?

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. PATRICIA HUGHES

    I clearly hear what Hillary Clinton's policies are; I am often uncertain what Obama poses BECAUSE HE STUMBLES OVER HIS OWN WORDS!!!! WHY DO YOU, THE MEDIA, CONSTANTLY EXCUSE HIM FOR THIS???? WHY???? WHY DO YOU, THE MEDIA, CONSTANTLY SUGGEST THAT HILLARY IS TOO DIVISIVE A CANDIDATE???? BECAUSE OF YOUR CONSTANT COMMENTS ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON OVER A LONG, LONG PERIOD OF TIME, YOU, YOU, YOU HAVE CONDITIONED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO BELIEVE THAT ONLY A MALE IS ELECTABLE!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Ed

    What good wil it really help to give $4000 to graduates for commiting to service after graduation?

    Not all of the students that need help have majors that can be widely used in civil services.

    I would like to hear how they would help all students. All graduates cant go into these public services some must enter the business world.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. crews2me

    Obama is truly showing that he can be commander and chief!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Why can't Obama stay on point. He seems like he just bounces all over the place and never really answers the question asked.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. Hannah in STL

    Hillary showed her ugly side… she lost ground with many civilized women voters, like me. Great reply Obama… that is pure “Washington silliness”!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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