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. mary cleveland, ohio

    I see Hillary is dressed appropriately – like a dictator in a third world country, which is how she'll govern if she becomes President.

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

    Clinton sounded like she was in New Hampshire all over again in the end. A soft close after her razor sharp claws earlier had left her own chances bleeding.

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

    Hillary didn't boo hoo. She is a woman. If Obama can act aggressive, she can too. If Obama wants to get personal, she can too.

    Why does Obama gets so flustered? This was without a doubt, one of his worst debates. He did well last debate this one–not so much.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. DallasGirl35

    So, I tried to give a positive review on another post for Obama...it got held up. Maybe that's why all I see are Clinton positive statements. Geez CNN....I've actually defended you against those FOX News viewers.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Butterfly 0421

    Her closing was good but the type of connection she attempted to make at the end of the debate was the type of connection Obama has made throughout the campaign.

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

    Very Nice Close, Hillary. And a standing ovation. Good job Senator. Cleary the best debate yet. Engaging and it kept your attention. Let see how CNN spins tonite's performances in favor of Sen. Obama???

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

    Obama gave a great performance!

    Clinton succeeded in a cheesy Hallmark moment. Don't cry. That's not presidential.

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

    Hillary brought me to tears with her final response. She is an extraordinary person and far more human than she's given credit for.

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

    How does Barrack Obama honestly believe that all Americans will sign on to his plan for Health Care??? Surely he is not that naive! It is a well known fact that the young (20-30 years old on average) won't buy insurance – they don't think about such at that age!

    Clintons plan is much better – it works in Europe very well and it is time for American to grow up!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Reality check

    And Hillary would chew him up! Not sure Obama could take him on, one thing, Obama stutters too much which makes him look unknowledgeable. Hillary's answers are quick and to the point.

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

    I like them both. HINT HINT.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. Florina Uyar

    I would like to hear what candidates are considering for solutions to the increasing trend in public shootings – in malls, schools, colleges, highways, workplaces and the list can go on. I don't think having airport-like security everywhere is a feasible solution. Why is gun control such a taboo issue that no one brings it up? If guns stop being handed out like candy, maybe we would not have as many American citizens killed by domestic criminals as those killed by terrorists. I would appreciate the question asked and hearing the candidates responses on this issue.
    Thank you.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Molly Ivans

    Hillary was too testy. She failed in her attempt to stop his momentum. Clearly desperate because she's losing.

    Obama looked like the adult in the room. Very presidential. I thought Hillary was supposed to be the better debater but Obama did great and seemed mature.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. dem08

    HIllary had crap thrown at her left and right and she stuck to the issues. Obama couldn't handle a brief, and I'll admit, badly handled, bit of controversy from Hillary. How is he going to handle a full fledged attack from McCain?

    Hillary is the strongest choice. Open your eyes America!

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

    Latina NJ Que te pasa man...She gave a great ending and a grande finale...Keep your new jersey tail hidden because people love her there..Wow..This was a crazy...Take that MICHELLE>..I get you NINOS your awesome..>We are going to win Texas..

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. David Jacksonville FL

    With that brilliant closing statement, a great blend of humor and eloquence, Hillary just won Texas. You heard it here first.

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

    Clinton just got a standing ovation. Way to go Hillary! You win!

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

    Barack Obama has NOT been endorsed by every major newspaper in Texas-will you call him on it?

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. larry

    WAY IT GO HILLARY..GREAT JOB.YOU SHOWED YOU WERE A HUMAN..JUST LIKE YA DID BEFORE AN YOU WON.BUT YOUR RIGHT ON THE MARK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GO THROUGH MORE THEN MOST POLTICAL PEOPLE DO.POLITICIANS DONT LIVE IN REALITY. PERIOD

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. SANDYBURN

    Way to go Hillary !...You hit your stride tonight!!!
    What a greay debate!

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Janis

    Senator Clinton's answer to the very last debate question was a home run –with basis loaded.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. Ahmad

    It does not hurt to recognize your opponent abilities and successes.
    For once tonight Clinton said she is honored to be there with aObama, surprised the whole audience that stood up to applause as just to tell her, quit being hypocrite and self-centered.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. James Wagner

    Ninos... Hilary-the-clown is one of the most UN presidential candidates in the last 20 years... she is contrived, not sincere and totally lacks any connection to the common person. The only thing worse than this debate is CNN coverage...

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  24. david

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ESPECIALLY MC CAIN WOULD RATHER HAVE FACE OFF AGAINST HILLARY BECAUSE SHE HAS DONE SO MANY CLOSED DOORS DEALS THAT ARE BAD. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HEAR ABOUT IT THEY'LL BE SO APPAULED THAT THEY'LL SWITCH PARTY'S.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Mark

    The very idea that earmarks were mentioned though was a losing issue for Hillary Clinton, especially since she obviously had so many earmarks, and could not say that she disclosed her earmark spending.

    She'd do poorly against a McCain that would actually push her on such issues, and show that she also supported many of the same big budgets that he did.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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