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
So-called plagiarism pales in comparison to some of the things that could be brought up in regards to the Clintons - Travelgate, impeachment, etc.
Totally on point Bill. This is non-issue which Senator Clinton has tried to exploit, fortunately without success. The original author of the lines has specifically authorized the use of his lines. This is what they call a licensed use of a sound sample in the entertainment biz. It's not only perfectly moral and legal, it's moral kind of an hommage to the orginal author – who in this case happens to be a supporter and friend of Senator Obama. Put differently: "hey, this is a great line, use it to your advantage".
Again, Senator Clinton displays the old "Schoolyard" candidate childish methods of throwing dirt instead of dealing with real issues. She agains dodges the questions and fail to answer direct questions with direct answer, giving the ole age policial rehortic (sp).
She continues to show me that she is petty in her responses to Sentor Obama and has shown her spots in her defeated and defensive posture.
Waiting in Ohio
I can't wait to see who wins Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She was taken by surprised with Obama's response and when she was to respond she tried to escape the plagiarism charge by diverting everyone to a health care topic.
This is awfully "childish" for Sen. Clinton to keep bringing this subject up. If Sen. Clinton runs OUR country like her campaign, we are all in TROUBLE!!!
I'm not even a Clinton supporter – but I feel compelled, after watching this debate, to mention my disgust at the commentators/question posers obvious bias. Their continual firing of heated questions at her is "FIRING ME UP". They have put her in the worst possible light – made her look as though she had to explain / defend past comments – and – most likely, lost this election for her
In other words, the commentators' unprofessional bias is extremely unfair and has manipulated this debate. Shame on them! Who chose these people anyway?????
PS. They didn't have the courage to bring up Michelle Obama's "not proud" comment though, did they?
Obama was the editor of the Harvard Law Review and a university professor, he knows what plagarism is and he knows that he is guilty of it. Heis being intellectually dishonest when he says that it does not matter because his friend gave him permission. The fact that the lines came from his friend is irrelevant, he presented them as his own without crediting his source. It is also irrelevant that the words were in the public domain, because again he did not credit his source. What kind of message is he sending to his supporters, many of them college students, if they did the same they would be kicked out of college.
I agree, I think the High School discussions should end. However, Obama does not have distinct and direct approaches with detailed plans on anything. How can she debate when his most used "words" are "Change we can believe in?"
This is why Hillary Clinton will NEVER get anything accomplished.
She was booed by the audience as she showed her pettiness. Hillary just doesn't get it!
Obama models mature leadership abilities to be the next President/Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America!
Obama:"We contributed 2.7 billion to latin america, Iran is the beneficiary of Iraq invasion, true. Military burden, homeless vetiran, post traumatic disorders, veterans having to drive miles to better hospital. Obama, spending 2.5 billion, McCain we should be in Iraq more than 100years"
Lol I loved how fast she dropped "plagiarism" yeah, anyone remember a kindergarden report incident?
As a college instructor, I would personally like to thank Senator Obama for encouraging the college students who are very invested in his rhetorical and inspirational talent to cheat. At universities, words and ideas are very important and the attribution of those words and ideas are equally important. Even when you have the permission to use someone's words or ideas, you are still ethically responsible for giving the originator credit.
My students need to realize that Obama's excuse will not make the cut.
I disagree – I think, as a President, you have to show an example. Not copying a call-to-arm speech from another governor who is more on style than on substance, that words matter. They do matter.
I think Hillary should think twice before pushing for more debates.
Doesn't it bother anyone that the words are not his words and he has no real plan? This could be the president, the vote is for his ideas and his words not someone else's
OBAMA DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA CAN AND CANNOT DO!!
HE SCRAES THE HELL OUT OF ME!!
COME ON PEOPLE READ , LISTEN AND REACT !!!
If this is all Hillary has against Obama, it's going to be a long night. Let's get over this already.
Xerox or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
If the words "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America." from recent Obama speeches and commercials sounds familiar, it's probably because that' a verbatim quote from the movie "Man of the Year".
Bill, throwing punches or mudd only turns Voters off. Its tacky at best.
This type of tactic is what got Bush in Hot water with the rest of the world.
Granted, it was a mistake to press the issue, but I do want a leader who can press that hard against our adversaries. "I tell you what!"
Also - she's coming off like a strong world leader and he's appearing to be a diplomat...
she saw her plagiarism issue wasn't working..did u see how quick she was to try & switch to healthcare when that wasn't even the topic....barack can most definitly hold his own
CNN is so biased against Hillary Clinton. Even Campbell Brown cuts off Hillary during the debates while she lets Obama go on and on. CNN should stop showing such bias against Senator Clinton.
It made Hillary look bad...and sad.
Nobody evens remembers any of Hillary's speeches. Maybe she should try using someone else's, as if she weren't already.