February 21st, 2008
09:41 PM ET
7 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. susan

    Her smile is a tricky smile

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Suzy

    Wow, what an outstanding finish for Mrs. Clinton. I applaud her..... She was amazing and even though I do admire Obama and I believe that he would be ready in a few years, right now the right man for the job is a woman!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. jp/michigan

    Was Mr. Obama part of the bipartisan leadership that tackled other thorny issues like energy, immigration or terrorist surveillance legislation? NO! Obama has been one of the most dependable partisan votes in the Senate.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Jo Lena

    I think it started off slow, and got better. She did well in the last question but, I think it was even...

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

    he has less earmarks than her because he's been in office less than half the time and half of that again running for president. He'smissed 4 times more votes in the senate because of campaigning than her. McCain has missed even more. In fact, of all the senate candidates who were or are running, she's appeared at her CURRENT job more than any two others put together.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Phil Mc

    Hillary is way too emotional to be our president. Barrack is focused and succinct. Barrack swept the debate in my opinion because he addressed the questions dead on without giving us his resume each time. He is the president that this country is starved for!

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

    He votes along party lines 97% of the time.
    More empty words that sound good...

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

    There it is again, "advantage Obama" – your press coverage is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo biased.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Vipin Madan

    Is obama wearing a good luck bracelet ? Please check and let me know.

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

    Bipartisanship is new to Sen. Clinton. She's not good with talking well about Republicans. I think he's more skilled at listening to others. She on the other hand just seems prepared to argue. I heard someone say once, "we've got two ears and one mouth so we would listen more than we talk."

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

    Obama will NOT be able to build the consensus because he is not experienced enough. It will take battles to make real changes. Thousands of years civilization history has taught us this. Wake up!

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

    Obama wins hands down. His answers were sincere and well thought out . Hers were too canned and memorized.

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Sabine

    I consider myself an Independent. I watched Senator Tom Coburn on 20/20 a few months ago and was happy see a news magazine piece about a politician who stood up to Washington rubbish and demanded that Americans be shown what their representatives were "really" doing in Washington. With that said, I am an Obama supporter. Knowing that Senator Obama was able to reach over party lines and work with Senator Coburn because they both shared a desire to work together on an idea despite being in separate parties just makes me jump for joy. Both Senators are stand up guys.

    Obama for President 2008!

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

    i think senator clinton got some tough questions -again! i feel the

    media is against her,let the media stop and let the voters elect a

    president.

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

    It was really nice to see the moderators and audience allow Obama to skirt the issue on his porkbelly earmarks. Go ahead and boo Senator Clinton over that issue, too!

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

    How many of your headlines tonight say Obama? How many say Clinton?

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

    Hillary is a fierce fighter, never takes a no for an answer. Her fighting is for herself, her self interest, not for the country.

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

    what are we doing? Choose among the best of the worst>

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

    Agree – Senator Obama is a likeable guy and a real straight shooter who will work with unlikely allies to get the job done. This makes him a formidable force, not just in America, but also in international politics.

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

    I feel that if the super delegates pick a different canidate then the popular vote then I will vote for John McCain. I liked him before he was the front runner. I am not so happy with him now with his flip flopping to ponder to the conservetives. Also I am voting for Obama because of his stand on the war in Irac. If Clinton wins due to super delegates it sounds like bussiness as usual in Washington, DC, then there can not be real change. Lisa Buehler

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary is only about fighting Republicans. Obama is about uniting this country to build consensus. This is why Hillary will not be able to get anything done. Obama will.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    You Hillary people are something else...look at Bill Schneider's headlines on the ticker.....90% of them are about Hillary and you guys are calling him an Obama symphytizer...!! unbelieveable...you people have NO grasp of reality!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. George from Minneapolis

    Hillary did nothing to stop his momentum.

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

    I believe Obama will be able to cross the party lines
    and be effective in eliminating or reducing the pork
    barrel spending. Much of the problems, I think, are
    that so many politicians have been in office for so
    long that they cowtow to people that they owe favors
    to. This also comes into play with the lobbyists. Politicians
    have fallen into the "favors" owed either from contributions
    to their campaigns or possibly to please a "friend".
    Hillary has played politics with the lobbyists and both
    parties for years. Obama is a fresh face and doesn't
    owe favors. Obama will be the beginning of a new
    era in politics.That is a big deal!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Ken in GA

    Yes.....she just did it…………..honored to be with Barrack……………He as the Prez, she as the VP. If so, look out McCain

    Please don't cry................

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