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. Marchelle

    I'm sorry but thats a first for Clinton. She new she needed a new approach. And that is what she did ending the debate nice. But quite honestly she was full of it. and its more than obvious.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. connie

    Hillary won that debate!
    I am so glad she looks out for others!

    Boos do not come from college educated people at a debate. Who were those people?

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. hutch

    She won't get a chance by what the polls look like. Even if she takes OH and TX Obama will be ahead in pledge delegates. If she we to get the nomination using the super-delegates the democratic party would be split literally. It would ruin the dems for quite some time. McCain would be our next president most likely. The dem party will not let that happen, I seriously doubt they will let it go much more after TX/OH/RI. I suspect the party would make one step down.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. Lilly

    That Clinton closing was a perfect 10. I am a cynical political junky but she had me convinced.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Hillary had a great close, but not enough to win the debate. Obama has clearly grown in debate. He had clear, substantive answers and good responses to her challenges. She really blew it on the plagiarism issue. Nothing happened tonight that will turn the race around.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. David

    Hillary lost this debate. She was booed during the debate. People are seeing that she is throwing dirty and cheap shots and thats not the type of debate the American people want to see

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. dee

    Hillary won this debate – and the standing ovation SHE RECEIVED proved it.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. luvhill

    luvhill February 21st, 2008 9:33 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    schneider, you are as slanted as the people who write your paycheck. get in the game. listen to what is being said. she gave several reasons why she would be ready to be commander-in-chief and you have just plainly ignored them.

    luvhill February 21st, 2008 9:41 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    As I expected, all of my comments are not being posted. schneider is picking and choosing and slanting toward obama just as the people who write his paycheck. nuff said about fairness.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. J.W.

    Clinton wins on health care and outro. Obama wins everywhere else.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. Mike

    Obama finally showed he's ready on day one!

    THIS swing voter in OHIO just decided for Obama!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. NaJuana Lee

    Wow! Hilary is back! A standing ovation....and the horrified look on Obama's face...priceless!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Tracy

    The debate overall had so few highlights – I'm so pleased Hillary ended like she did. That was awesome – she is so tough. She's ready for the White House.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Dr Roy Creasey

    Bill, Thanks for your running comments. I'd have to give this debate to Hillary. I think Hillary finished strong. Obama started very weak and was strong in the middle.

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

    Hillary didnt win this debate. She threw a lot of stones that didnt hit. Obama focussed on the issues, not on trash talk. Remember the boos.

    Obama showed poise and the strength with being on top.

    McCain would defeat Hillary because of electability. She would turn away many repubs, where as Obama would pull them (especially with the christian right angry with McCain)....Obama would pull independnets.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Jon Cruz

    Let's see if Obama's frontman, Bill Schneider, acknowledges how incredibly good Senator Clinton's final statement was.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Lisa in Houston, Tx

    Hill has the best chance of going toe to toe with McCain, period. She has stood against the republican attack machine and media not only in this race but a good majority of her political career. Little they say now can really shock us. When Obama's dirty little secrets are revealed in the public eye he'll go home running with his tail in between his legs.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. RC from VA

    OB look shocked and surprised at the strength of HC's closing – almost child like – kid with his hand in the cookie jar look.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. ps

    didn't obama also show pride. he told hilary what accomphlishements that he had made after hilary made the statement that he did nothing. ...

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Mattheus Mei

    It's ironic that she complains about McCain's spending on the war, she has supported the spending the entire time.

    I must admit she pulled out an 'emotional victory' with the end of the debate, but Latina is right, she has to rely on the boo-hoo-ing to 'win'

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Staci

    Obviously, she won this debate. Lets see if CNN can tell the truth for once. And here's a question? Why does every picture of Obama on your site look like a model, and every picture of Hillary has her with her mouth open or something. Play fair!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Hil4Prez

    Texas....vote for the right and ready candidate. Vote for the best at tonite's debate..hands down...that's Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Hal

    Obama, def is not looking to criticize but to bring true change. He def won this.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. Catherine

    Hillary is the clear leader. Obama step aside. Actually being President is much different than your 'American Idol' performances. We can't afford your inexperience at this time in the country

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. danny

    Hilary dominated this debate, she brought out her emotion and her fundamental reason for running in this campaign. Go Hilary!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. me

    She rocks!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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