February 21st, 2008
09:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton vs. McCain

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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton just made an effective argument against John McCain: Though the Arizona senator is a champion against wasteful spending, Clinton pointed to his support for the Bush tax cuts and the war in Iraq - both colossal expenditures unpopular with most Democrats.Obama isn't the only one eager to go head to head with McCain.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Kelly Belsker

    that standing ovation was staged!!! give me a break!!! it was staged...the words were not that effective...did u catch the pre-tearing up fake out she offered toward the end... oh the clinton seat fillers were in the house...Obama won..more substantive..she dipped whe she got negative

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Staci

    Only Hillary can withstand McCain in the general election. Vote like an adult, not like this is american idol.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Blow ME

    She brought the House down with just being candid and open.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. Ryedog

    Hillary got him in the end!!! They ended with her words not his- ya know why??? His words are not his own!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Daddy freddy

    how is she going to debate the war,she voted for it.it will be an unnecessary debate.
    its going to be like kerry vrs bush and bush won.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. matthew

    I thought she was going to cry ?????very dramatic but not to be believed.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Eric Keller Detroit, Michigan

    We need transparency in our government. Not big government, not big business, but good government, and good business. The Clinton’s and McCain may have been in government longer than Obama, yes. They have also all contributed to this countries past and present, as well as our unknown future. But, there are many things wrong with our country, and most of them have continued to be flawed. These have something in common, the people that have held power for years, or decades, but their same continued views on many of these issues can only get us so far, we need someone with new but smart views and plans to lead us in a new direction, not the same path we are on now, most importantly that we get on the right path a better one, not the path that works.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. BP

    Bill, how is a tax cut an expenditure? Whose view are we looking at – clearly not the tax payers, since paying less taxes is a savings, not an expense.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Jason

    Clinton wins Clinton wins...If CNN wont say it I will

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Mujeeb in NJ

    I don't get it. Hilary was so anxious about having more debates, what did she gain in this one.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Oak

    Overall ... I think he took it. She was much more personal at the end and the McClain notes were quite for her ... but will she get the chance?

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Dana

    Standing Ovation for Hillary Ha ha ha!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Psybil

    Interesting that Clinton got the first and last word of the debate. Yeah it was running late but Obama should be given equal time.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. lc

    BUT SHE ALSO VOTED FOR THE EXPESNIVE WAR HERSELF- that

    makes her no different than McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Mary

    Thank you, Mr. Schneider, you finally give some kudos to Senator Clinton about her willingness to take on McCain for the presidency. Also, did anyone else notice how Obama jumped to his feet and pulled at Clinton's chair before she was even getting up. I thought he might be trying to dump her out of it! Weird!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. ps

    yes he is. hilary isn't really trying to become president. she is the one to make this debate into a competition. she is kissing up. she's trying to be the hero of the United States of America. well....that's not going to happen. obama is settling it.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. anna

    too weepy and desperate

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. Kathy

    Obama won this one, hands down! Intellectual, confident, sensible, and presidential. I welcome the Obama Administration!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Willie

    That was beautiful. Hillary got a standing ovation. That was great Hillary. I felt every moment. It almost made me cry.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Staci

    HIllary ended this debate with a bang. She is the right candidate.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Kelly Anne

    I think Shrillery blew it. She's so negative and nasty. I'm glad she got booed!

    Clinton: 0
    Obama: 1

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Dan in Miami

    Do I have to be a Bush or a Clinton to be President of the U.S.A?

    Let me know, I can change my name.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Dana

    SHE WON THIS DEBATE HANDS DOWN!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Jason

    How priceless was Obamas face during the standing Ovation...It was like Rocky iV when the USSR crowd chanted Rocky

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Scott Arciszewski

    Staci: We'll see when the poll results come in ;).

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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