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. GL

    Obama should stick to the "silly politics" line every time she goes on the attack and gets off the substance of the debate. That could be the sound bit of tomorrow.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Scott

    She just verified what Barack said 5 minutes prior...."time for silliness in the campaign."

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. DEE

    HILLARY IS ALL MOUTH AND VERY IRRITATING. SO OVERBEARING THAT SHE NAUSEATES ME.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. caz

    Bill says contrived but it was a really good line.
    Caz

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Kathy

    So Hillary is now running the debate?? Come on CNN.....

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. JenniferJ

    There she goes with John Edwards. She's trying to take the blue-collar vote by evoking Edwards. Lame.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Marian P Hicks

    Clinton is very whinny and really negative. She has a very negative attitude...not a good quality of a leader.

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

    What a stupid charge!

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Shockces

    What's worse, using an inspirational comment/phrase (with permission) from a friend and colleague OR riding the coat tails of your husband into every unearned political position you have occupied?

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Ronald in B.R.,La

    Hillary is depending heavily on trivial talking points.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Merlin J.A. Salisbury

    She got booed!

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Murry

    That Xerox comment was uncalled for. That's dirty.
    Obama is right. This is silly.

    Obama has proved he has substance too. There's nothing wrong with being a good communicator.

    Hillary seems to be hijacking this program by going over the clock.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Mike R

    She just wishes she had a colleague that could give her some good lines from time to time. Maybe her campaign would be in better shape. Certainly, Bill Clinton has not helped her all that much.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. Laura

    I really believe that Senator Obama would never have used the line "silly season" if he were debating a man. It came across as very sexist to me. Rather offensive.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. Geoff

    Personally, I thought his response was on target. If you buy what he represents...and a lot of people do...she's clearly acting like part of the establishment here. We don't need it.

    She is getting more strident...running out of time I think.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. Susie

    All Obama says in crowds is "YES WE CAN"....So I say what does that mean??? He needs to tell us what he stands for...

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Edie Harrison

    They just need to kiss and make up. The only way are country is going to heal is if we have a revolutionary in the white house. They both could do it. No problem!

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. steve

    Obama doesn't understand how washington works

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. Dean

    Still dont know what he stands for really, Hillary will nail him on healthcare, I like the guy but he seems so disorganized and fumbling in his responses

    Also he is just like everybody else in Washington as well

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. You Know Me

    Contrived? No, not Senator Clinton.

    I thought Obama's explanation was very good. I'm guessing that everyone in the audience realizes that candidates do not write every line they deliver.

    It's a non issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Blake

    I feel like he played it well, and agree that it is a non-issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Robert

    Agreed! Sometimes politics is just juvenile. GO OBAMA! Rise above man rise above.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. mario31

    You go OBAMA!!
    Tell us which politician has never repeated the words of others?? At least the words you are saying speak the truth, better to repeat a great vision than the "silliness" of the current administration...

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Casey-Jack

    Hello his friend...isn't Deval part of his campaign team?

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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