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. sboyd

    Now we have a debate – let them debate the health care issue

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Karen Hudson

    Hillary has to be heavily scripted and managed because she lacks necessary political instincts. Obama, an honorable man, is adept politically. It is possible to be both honorable and adept. Hillary vastly overestimates herself. Her "35 years of experience" would not be appropriate on any resume.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Jessica Rigney

    Senator Clinton's response of the "change you can xerox" came across as simply playing into the silliness of Washington. There was booing in the crowd for her comment and rightly so. She would have helped herself more by simply letting it go. And yes, someone in her campaign certainly came up with that "catch phrase" for her and probably told her to use it as soon as there was an opening to do so. I was hoping to hear more substance from her than this.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Kevin Zelko

    Obama handled this perfectly. Calling that issue silly and putting it where it needs be. We need to focus on change and building the country up. Not dealing with silly issues. Obama focussed on the right way of addressing it and then bringing it to the issues.

    Obama is winning part 2!

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. lou

    a mother grabbed my arm and said, "silly, all this universal xerox stuff"

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Grace

    Hillary back up!!!! you came acoss as angry very defensive. Im sorry Borack sounded ..Calm, colective and very presidential. congratulations to Borack for keeping the cool as alway.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. Eugene Tam

    Obama copied copy a whole section of speech and blame on Clinton on her doing the same copy (only on a few words).
    The media is totally biased in this race.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Jonathan in Chicago

    More pettiness from Clinton. And she got boos while Obama got cheers and foot stomping.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. aleman1219

    i agree on the plagiarizing. if you make cheesey speeches about hope and the illusion of the american dream — then at least say it in your own words, or didn't they teach you anything at harvard ? did you lift off other peoples' words there, too ? hope not, i was gonna vote 4 u, obama !

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Nora

    Well we knew she would draw first blood. I think the issue used to do it was as Obama said the silliness of Washington. If that is the best she can do, I feel sorry for her. If she was sitting with John McCain she would be in heaven she could really cut loose. I wish she would understand this makes her look so awful, I was undecided for a long time but I think now, I have made my choice and it is not Hillary Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  11. Ross F

    Has anyone mentioned that Senator Clinton's "I see An America..." is "plagiarized" from a Jimmy Carter speech?????

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Evelyn New Jersey

    I find nothing silly about Washington, it is the most serious place in our nation. Oh that's right his wife has just recently became proud of America.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Michael-WI

    Very weak on her part and just solidified his argument for change in Washington.

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

    I think Clinton is winning the debate, but with that line you could almost hear her speechwriter's pen scratching in the background.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Isaac

    This is ridiculous. It was two lines out of the hundreds of thousands he has spoken. They were suggeted by the "Victim" of the "plagiarism. Let it go. She obviously has nothing else to say.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  16. Elliott R

    For Clinton to focus on the plagiarism charge, again, is to play right into Obama's criticism of the silliness of Washington. Obama is transcending the bickering that Clinton continues to engage in. That, ultimately, may be her campaign's downfall.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Obama supporter

    That is a silly call. She needs to let that go if not it will damage her more. She just got a boo from the crowd with regards to speeches. She should just debate and forget the negative attack.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. Kelly

    Is it just me or did her Xerox line come back to bite her. Lots of booing from the crowd like they didn't want to hear that kind of political crap?

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Owen

    Her "Xerox" comment really backfired...

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. Lisa in Houston, Tx

    You go Hill. The media is gonna chew you up for it, but the people of America really need to know the truth about Obama. Point out his empty and now proven plagiarized minister rhetoric.

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. georgia mama for obama

    It is silly! Nothingness! Is that a word? Anyway...she just needs to find something negative to talk about and that's it!

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Blake

    Finally they are turning it into a debate over the healthcare issue. I have experienced socialized healthcare and it is atrocious.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Dude

    Hillary should hang it up. She is sounding desperate and full well knows the delagate counts and money issues. Time for the dems to unite behind Barack. clintons message has fallen on deaf ears.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Kim in Columbus

    He's drawing a lot of laughs because he's just plain ridiculous. And childish.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Brad

    She must feel like she is really losing badly to bring up something like this that was stupidly brought up then smartly and correctly disputed. Wow Hillary....

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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