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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. Patricia

    I disagree with Dr. ROy. If she were fighting back she wouldn't have dropped it like a hot rock when the audience "booed" her.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. crews2me

    George in Georgia you are right and I am very afraid of Hillary care. I don't want another government slush fund for them to raid and take us into another war. I want them to leave my check along as it is.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Kevin Lester

    He said what he had to say. Hillary kept trying but "O" let it go...nice.

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

    Unfortuantely she did not realize the person he got the quote from is his advocate and is working with him. It is not Plagerism if you have the permission of the author to say it in the context that he did.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Jim from Colorado

    He took her attack and rose above it and made her look silly in the mean time...

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

    Hillary is being absolutely petty on her "plagarism" charge against Obama. She needs to drop the issue!!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Sabrina LasVegas, NV

    Hillary is as fake as Mccain's wife's smile after a botox injection. The comment was a dud. Obama looks like the better leader by far.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Louis Johnson, Lake Spivey GA

    George in Georgia: I am hearing you. That was one that got by the cabbage heads.

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

    Obama's best quip here would have been. "Hillary that sure is a cute little attack line ("change you can xerox"). I'm guessing one of your advisors spent a lot of time writing coming up with that "change" one-liner for you. Meanwhile, my advisors & I have been working for change for the American people.... " It was nice to see that not only did the audience not applaud the lame one-liner but there even seemed to be some boos.

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

    The best political team is backing Clinton

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Felicia M

    Barack is a brilliant orator. She can't touch him on this. She should move on. I loved that he pointed out his winning streaks, Texas endorsements, and his millions of supporters not being "delusional."

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

    Does he not get tired of his own words? He just rambles on and on.
    Why does he always have to have the last word on everything?

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

    a poor question, trying to start a fight between the new kid and the bully on the playground

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Casilda Barnes

    Hillary please drop it. It is clear what happen and defensible. Obama's response makes sense. She is so desperate it shows!!!!!! When will she just go home

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

    she keeps trying to push it, but the guy already said that the person that wrote the 2 lines is on his campaign chair so how the hell is that bad?

    shes just pissed because no one would want to write a song about any of her tired retoric

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

    I feel that the "zerox" comment was a weak attempt at a "one-liner" to dominate headlines.

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

    Clinton has really dodged many questions. Barack will not be ready?? She sounded like "tricky Dick"

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Jake

    The fact of the matter is that if you really looked at what Deval Patrick has done in MA with his whole preaching of change and look at the same thing Barack is pushing – you'd be in Clinton's corner quickly. Deval hasn't done half the changes he preached about. Barack is doing just the same thing. Throwing useless rhetoric out there and everyone's in some sort of dillusion with him. People really should look at MA and see just how much damage putting in an inexperienced candidate can do to our country!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Steve

    The mile-high Teflon Kid spouting self-evident truths strikes again!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. laura

    My baloney has a first name it's O-B-A-M-A.

    Wake up America!

    um uh um uh stutter, stutter.....

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. Matthew

    The Boos said it all.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Heidi Kaiktsian

    Obama nailed it..........Hilary came off sounding childish and petty!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. nanette

    Obama was recycling Clinton's words as soon as she finished !!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Politically Speaking

    Dissapointed

    Of course it will be negative front page news....it was a negative comment! Can't you tell by the way the audience booed her?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Cindy Hillary

    Hillary needs to take lessons from Barack on how to speak without using the "I" word every other sentence.
    It is evident she is losing this battle and is not the person America needs to bring this country back to what it used to be.
    We all need change and we all need dreams, which is apparent by the young voters supporting him. Iam a young "60" and feel inspired that we have a candidate like Mr Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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