February 21st, 2008
09:43 PM ET
6 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. DD

    She just showed how much better she is – Obama ducked the last question and gave his boilerplate South Side Chicago work, Clinton made the point about what exactly matters now. Clinton IS the right candidate.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Evelyn New Jersey

    She deserved that standing ovation. In spite of Camell Brown trying to always cut her off.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  3. Sherry

    Well, thank you Bill, I was beginning to think you couldn't say anything positive about Hillary. After watching Campbell continuously cut her off I was developing a bad opinion of this network. I was expecting a cheerful, yet off key round of Oh, Obama sang to the tune of Oh, Suzanna.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Ryan W.

    How is it a good point that John McCain is more wasteful because he voted for the war in Iraq when Hillary herself voted for the war?

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. MRC

    Why are my rather innocuous responses not being posted? There are other responses literally caustic, and they are posted quickly. Not very democratic Bill.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Obama '08

    She may be ready to go up against McCain, but she just lost another one. Obama performed brilliantly.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  7. thos. more

    You know, just because someone says something that you don't like to hear, that doesn't make that person biased.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Mart

    There she was ready to cry at the end. I'm glad she got sympathy applause. Bye bye, Hill!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. hillary 08:

    hillary!!!!!!

    you made me cry with your ending....
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

    YOU ARE AWESOME!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Brit Denise

    The standing ovation was for their friendship and the DNC

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Drew

    Yeah but how does she win that argument since she also supported that wasteful spending mess called the "Iraq War"? She made a huge blunder if you ask me and she has nothing to stand on if that argument is made between her and McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Brooke

    Unbelievably presidential closing remarks from Hillary. Astounding!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Donna

    But can Hillary beat McCain? I'm just afraid if she's the Democratic nominee, the Republican party will unify, as it has been unable to do thus far, against her. McCain's best hope of pulling in the ultra conservative right wing of the Republicans is......... Hillary as an opponent.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Linda

    Obama won because Clinton didn't answer any of the questions directly. Her ending was totally scripted and didn't answer the question.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. ME

    Hillary is best prepared to handle the GOP!!! They are going to eat Obama alive!!! Hillary is most prepared and it looked like it tonight! You rock Hillary!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. May Pomeroy

    Campbell Brown did a great job of "gate keeping"...so that neither candidate could take over as has happended in some debates with weaker moderators.
    Both candidates did well. I think it was a draw.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Luke

    Nobody WON this debate...it was one of two hurdles until Clinton bows out. The momentum is in Obama's corner. She is done...anyone have a fork?

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. rudy

    John MaCain would eat hillay alive, she's has nothing new or effective. Go Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Hal

    Great job Obama, you def was precise on everything. If some women would stop being bias and start to really use judgment they will know that this is not about gender. Its about bringing reality and change to this country.

    Clinton worst moment "About her talking about him borrowing words, "That's zerox and she gut booed for that" CNN

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary closed it nicely to let America know she will be fine when she loses the nomination to Obama. Which is nice to know. Hillary is good but Obama is better and it is good to know Hillary closed it well.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Daddy freddy

    i'm not sure what the standing ovation was for.did she and mccain go to witness the damage from the war they voted for?

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Lynda

    McCain would eat Clinto alive. He would trump her "experience" card and she doesn't provide a stark enough contrast. They both represent "old" Washington. It' time for something fresh – Obama can provide this plus the ability to actually UNITE people. We have to be united in order to work on solutions to the tough problems.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Mary

    David, I could go for a Clinton/Obama ticket with Obama as V.P. However, I don't think Obama is ready for the presidency.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. Will Gainesville, FL

    Barack Obama knocked it out of the park in this debate! He will be the next POTUS! YEs, WE CAN!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. Msfrenche

    Hillary always talks about what people say to her. We don't want a mother – we want a leader. She relies to heavily on referencing "what she was told."

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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