February 21st, 2008
09:41 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Obama stresses consensus building

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - On the issue of earmarks, Obama is jumping at the opportunity to show his record of reaching across the aisle.He referenced his work with Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican widely viewed as one of the most conservative senators. He certainly isn't a popular figure in Democratic circles, but Obama wants to stress the two pushed for a measure to expose where pork-barrel spending was going.It again plays into his theme of building bipartisan consensus - an argument he knows plays well this cycle, even with partisan Democrats.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
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  1. Karen

    To Bright Clayton....

    Apparently Campbell Brown is married to a Republican strategist. She only hates Clinton unless Obama gets the nom. Don't worry, she will pile on Obama if and when the time comes.

    I know, I'm going in to moderation. Dang it! I'm tired of going in to moderation!

    February 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Casilda Barnes

    Bottom line. At the 11th hour she says something great.

    At the end of the day if her running of her campaign is any indication of how she will run this country. Say No to Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is finally getting her act together in this campaign. Again if her campaign which is the major project is an indicator, than I don't thing she will be ready day one. She hasn't been in her campaign. The same old pull you in the mud gutter politics. Same old HIllary and Bill!

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. George Richardson

    Why doesn't anyone mention the only sensible, workable, cost-cutting solution to our health-care crisis: A single payer system like those in every other first-world nation? Is it really necessary to continue allowing insurance companies to gobble up so many of our health-care expenditures?
    Why doesn't anyone talk about the "fox guarding the hen house" direction/management of all government agencies responsible for health, safety, the environment, labor practices, etc. - you know, appointing industry insiders to run the agencies regulating the industry that's commanded their loyalty and, in most cases, made them rich? And what about the damage that's resulted? What about reversing the horrific changes in rules and regulations wrought by Bush?
    There's so much that isn't being discussed.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Phillip, Memphis

    As an original Edwards supporter, who then voted for Clinton, I have to admit that Obama has run a fantastic campaign, and will most likely be the next President of the US, and I will vote for him in November.

    To Obama supporters who can not even acknowledge the home run Clinton hit at the end of the debate, it shows that your heads are in the clouds, and you are more hypnotized by Obama than concerned with what is really happening in our country.

    If the contest is over, as the Obama supporters say, why can they not lay off the personal Clinton insults. Don;t like her policy? Great, tell me why. Convince me. But the sofphmoric and immature personal comments? Put on her big girl panties (and then followed by complaining about cheap shots... talk about irony)? Really intelligent comment. How do they think that is uniting the party against the Republicans? If you think it is over, at least be gracious winners.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |


    February 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Deb IL

    Are you kidding me? Not owing anyone favors? Just look at all the endorsements from politicians and unions....if you think any politician who receives all of this help doesn't return favors, you are living in a fantasy land. I don't care what he SAYS, if he gets to the White House he will have to play the game to get anything done at all, just like everyone else. It will just take him longer to figure that out.

    February 21, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Lee White

    More news media should be talking about Obama co-sponsoring legislation called the Global Poverty Act and putting us deeper in debt.

    At first this will cost us $845 billion dollars. Yes almost a trillion doolars. It is not going to help anyone in America. It is going to put us further in debt.

    Obama constantly talks about how much the Iraq war costs us and how that money could be put to better use in America. Then he co-sponsors a bill to put us in debt further than the Iraq war.

    Talk a bout a hypocrit.

    February 21, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Angela

    Experience is important. and I respect Hillary Clinton. Those who spew their venomous rhetoric against her in such a mean-spirited and almost verging on hatered are only hurting yourselves. The statnding ovation that Clinton received was deserved. What she said was from her heart.............and those type of words that speak of love for others is the Kind of President that I want. Obama took all of Hillary's ideas and made his own platform, men have been doing that for years. Viva Clinton Viva....................she will win!!! Viva Clinton Via

    February 22, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  9. markos

    I think U.S need obama. god blles AMERICA

    February 22, 2008 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
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