February 21st, 2008
09:41 PM ET
6 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
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Chris

    He was really prepared this time around.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. sm

    Please don't let her cry again. Dear God, leave our brave men and women alone.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Latina, NJ

    IS SHE GONNA CRY AGAIN! OHHH NO WAY! COME ON! We need a strong president not a crybaby! Us woman are stronger than that!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Staci

    All Obama, Bill. Will all your "analysis" support him? You barely mention her.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. JenniferJ

    Obama is doing such a wonderful job.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Catherine

    We don't need Obama's love fest. I don't need to be inspired by the rock star. What I want is a LEADER. Not a flashy speaker. What this country needs is SOLUTIONS NOT THIS PREACHER RHETORIC.

    Let's stop this mindless following of the Obama cult and get real!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Scott Arciszewski

    I'd rather see nonpartisanship, but I can support him on this.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Daniel Miller

    Line item veto!!!!! Then you can hold someone accountable for the crap our goverments spends our money on.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. R. Koehler

    Obama can't point to single point of crisis because he's too young with too little experience! Can you imagine if another crisis like 911 happened? I want Senator Clinton who has weathered many crisis to be there in that Oval office serving as my President.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Dixie Dawg

    Will consensus building include a continued willingness to ingnore the country dividing super highway?

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. David M. Lucas, Ph.D.

    And he's drawing the difference...she's old line politics...and he's a communication builder. He wins.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. adam

    thank bill for remembering obama is actually leading this race – i had previously liked your sense of fair play, so had found the lack of balance disturbing

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. marge

    Was Hilary about to cry again?

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Strangelove

    Clinton is a consensus builder with her very high negative ratings that show polarization. The word 'consensus' really hangs heavy around her neck as an albatross.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. lloyd williams

    If Hillary cries again, will she win Texas????

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Kelly Anne

    He's less divisive, and is good at working with all kiinds of people.

    She seems to relish battles and enemies. Even one of her friends has said that "Hillary needs enemies"

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Bob B

    Hillary is only for Herself, not for the people, do not be fooled.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Oak

    Sen. Clinton seemed a bit woozy until the "I've been through a lot of experiences ..." She complimented him nicely ... and got a standing "o"! Nicely said. I think she might .....cry.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. R. Koehler

    That standing ovation is for her!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Dr Roy Creasey

    Hillary went back on top with her "Moment In Your Life When You Were Test The Most." Wow! What a response. Senator Obama's response was lacking. She just got a standing ovation!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. rockinsteve

    did Hillary just concede at debate's end?

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Janet

    She won, AGAIN!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Jim

    With Obama we have a leader. In Clinton we have a politician.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Miriam

    HILLARY/OBAMA 2008

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Phanee

    What was the last statement of Clinton?? Shows that she has given up???

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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