February 21st, 2008
09:09 PM ET
10 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. CTvoter

    So-called plagiarism pales in comparison to some of the things that could be brought up in regards to the Clintons - Travelgate, impeachment, etc.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Peter

    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".

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Edwin Robinson

    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

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Maggie

    I can't wait to see who wins Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Richard Basham

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. R Lory

    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!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Judi

    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?

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. thinker

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Cee Dubya

    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?"

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. Iowan for Obama

    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 08

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Hal

    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"

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Lol I loved how fast she dropped "plagiarism" yeah, anyone remember a kindergarden report incident?

    The clintons...oi

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Jinxintx

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. rock usula

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Pat

    I think Hillary should think twice before pushing for more debates.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. gregg

    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

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Flick

    KGS, agreed.

    If this is all Hillary has against Obama, it's going to be a long night. Let's get over this already.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Marne D

    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".

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. GI

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Liv

    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...

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. cheryl

    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

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. ML

    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.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. Marc

    It made Hillary look bad...and sad.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. erika

    Nobody evens remembers any of Hillary's speeches. Maybe she should try using someone else's, as if she weren't already.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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