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. Chris

    After that comment, she was awarded with boos from the audience. That's not exactly something I would want to occur on national television if I'm trailing in the delegate count....

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Falaq

    On the plagerism issue, it is a no isue, most of what they both say are words that someone else wrote.

    Clinton does not write her own speeches, so whatr is her point?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Louis Johnson, Lake Spivey GA

    Steve, I hear Howard Cosell in my head and he sounds like this: " Down goes Clinton, Down goes Clinton, Down goes Clinton"

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. sam

    I agree with Andrew. The "plagiarism" issue was silly to bring up in the first place. Just another pointless Clinton position.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. lou

    BO is laying the smack down on HC tonight
    get ready red state american your worst fear is going to come true: UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Gigi Jones

    Silly is the word!! Sen. Clinton has copied things Obama, her opponent, has said. She needs to forget about it!!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Kimberly

    Hillary is making herself look soooo silly. The pettiness of Washington is evident in her discussion of "plagiarism". Give up while you can still save face. America is tired of the childishness and ready for real "CHANGE!"

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Pat

    Petty issues when this country has some real issues that need to be resolved. I expect more from Hillary.

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

    He appears more comfortable and Presidential. You can feel her trying so hard. And when she is uncomfortable she puts on the grin.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Grace

    She made the point – if your campaign is about words, they should be your own!!! So true

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Desigirl

    Obama's mistake was quickly dismissed by the media. They are so forgiving of him. He should have been more forthright about borrowing his friend's speech. My gut instinct is that he's a fake. Michelle...........you will need to wait to be proud of this country for a while.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Darnell

    I think it is ok to quote people when you credit the source. We should expect our leaders to know that. Not sayin he was totally wrong but it is not a issue that we should make a whole debate of.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. USSailor

    That comment tanked hard!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. twainwalker

    Why didn't anyone ask questions about Obama's criticisms of Clinton so that she could weigh in on them? Why is this all about him? Gets the last word nearly every time.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Tammy

    Hillary didn't seem very Presidential accusing Barack of plagiarism, when every politician quotes others.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. rod

    Here is a comment you can xerox.

    GO HILLARY!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. PatelB

    Two points for Obama... We need to get out... This conflicit has been going to BC lets just lets live the way they want to... We can't change the wolrd to live like we do... Let them be... and they may just leave us alone.. Put the money we are spending on the war into schools road and ect. "give peace a chance" JL

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. shingai

    Hillary its over..

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Eddie

    I have to say, she really is resonating with me. I have been checking out Barack's words a bit more since McCain's comment aoubt empty but eloquent promises of change.

    His 4k to college students is great, but how does he pay for it??

    I voted Barack in the CA primary, but now I am thinking I may have made a mistake.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. sarra

    what did she have to do when she have asked from the moderator you guys don't be blind and don't blame hillary she is not the one who bring the issue but she gave him good punch

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Jeannie

    OBAMA KICKED HER BUTT WHEN SHE TRIED TO HIT HIM WITH THE PLAGIARISM THING!!!!!

    OBAMA 08*

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. jen

    I haven't heard Sen. Clinton avoid any questions. She has the best answers and knowledge. Obama is still in his dream world.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. James Thomason

    There was a blog I believe on the internet that shows Senator Obama
    not saluting the American Flag or saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Why? Is he a true American? Does he believe that Jesus arose from the dead? Does he believe in the true and living God? What is his real middle name?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. ..::Eddie::.. Atlanta, GA

    Hillary won't be respected if she continues to debate on fluff and not substance. Her attacks this evening wreak of desperation. This race is mathematically out of her reach now. If she's interested in the good of the party, she'll conduct the remainder of her campaign in a respectable way. Stop trying to use the Republican Playbook Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Rob

    Hillary is clearly coming across to Americans as the most qualified, experienced candidate who's ready to take office & finally hear the voice of Americans to help make this country better!
    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT!!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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