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


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soundoff (649 Responses)
  1. ZiG

    Precisely. After he CONFIRMED the charge and made it clear that a co-chair's suggestion is hardly plagerism. This ridiculous attack will only turn negative for Clinton.

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

    "Change you can xerox"? I'm not sure that's the one-liner I want plastered all over the cable networks throughout the next news cycle.

    And apparently the crowd wasn't receptive either. All the money in the world and the top DNC advisers, and that's what they came up with?

    Washington apparently is where good ideas go to die.

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

    She has her point, but where did it get her before in '93??

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

    Why is Hillary not getting a chance to rebut, She keeps getting cut off. What is happening to CNN???? You want to know what has happened to Hillary's campaing? MEDIA

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. George in Georgia

    Again with the healthcare.

    Time after time, government has proved that it can not operate effectively. I am one of those people that will be required to pay more in taxes for this healthcare, while I am able to provide healthcare for my family.

    ...Do for yourself - the government can not do better for you than you can do for yourself!!!!

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

    She just lost any hope she had.

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

    Please ask Obama what his stance on reparations for African Americans are and how it fits in with his plan for the national economy.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. James

    Obama easily defused Clinton's claims of plagiarism and used the claims as an example of the political silliness that voters aren't interested in.

    While that was certainly a catchy line, it seemed canned, and came at an inopportune time, given that she raised it right after Obama's comments registered with the audience.

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

    Ooh she is trying to make up somehting new..huh.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. ME

    You got it! Obama is xeroxing his entire campaign. What is behind the guy? She is ready to be Commander in Chief – what does he got?
    She's got first blood. Wait for more......GO HILLARY!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. M.K.Forster

    Why aren't the candidates kept on point, to wit: when Clinton was asked what she would do on her first day in office, evaded the question and she never, in any way, shape or form, answered the question. Why wasn't she asked to answer the question asked?

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Young Boy Sean

    She should have taken the higher road on that, but she went in the gutter. That's where the Clintons' are in this election...THE Gutter!

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

    boos for hillary on this issue

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Kim in Columbus

    Bill all of your blog posts seem contrived to me.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. David McCann

    Finally – some significant discussion on healthcare

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. aspence1

    And Obama simply ignored her "silliness' as well he should!

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. negative!

    She is so quick to go negative, while he has yet to do so. Why wont she learn to rise above the low blows?

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. AR FALVO

    It was so obvious by the response of the audience with the immediate loud boos that no one was buying her response his use of his national campaign co-chairman to use Duval's concept of great words.. I wish I could have seen the audience meter response ...it must have shot to rock botton

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. P STANFIELD

    ON THE IRAQ WAR WHEN WAS WAR VOTED ON? AND WHEN DID OBAMA GO TO WASHINGTON?

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. CK

    she may have thrown a punch, but it definitely didn't land!!

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. G Money

    Yeah, that was a bit silly. She is making matters worse for herself.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Brittany from Berkeley CA

    Oh Hillary, she is on a sinking ship and can't find her way back to the surface.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. peg

    Is Hillary saying she has never used a speech writer?

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Robert

    She is desperate she is grasping at straws

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Lora Baker

    I prefer to remember Clinton's response that if you base your campaign on words, they should at least be your own. I find that very significant, and I can't believe she got boo'ed.

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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