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. PATTY

    Obama has my consensus!

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Emmanuel Winner

    The fact remains that Clinton's record of dirty deals with lobbyists and back-room politicos will always haunt her, and will come back strong during any election contest if she wins the nomination. She has no position on finance reform, it would lose her and her cronies too much money.

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

    Obama fell short on this one.
    He did answer some questions better than last time. but not enough to make me say "YES" he is the one I am voting for.
    He has big dreams and goals but I don't feel they will help me (or many others) out in the long run.

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

    They were standing to show their admiration for a job well done and to congradulate her on her campaign....that's what good people do when good people concede.

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

    HIllary was clearly the more articulate candidate. Will Obama cry about it and decide he hates our country as much as his wife?

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

    This country needs bipartisianship to survive. Go Barack. We elect Hillary and she will dig her comfortable heels in for more of the sos we've been going through for years.

    February 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Well there's your proof that Barack wants to reach across the aisle to Republicans, he actually got it done. Can you say the same about Hillary?

    February 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Hillary08

    Bill, this blog is so incredibly biased, just like the rest of CNN. We all know CNN is pro-Obama, but can you just try a LITTLE to be slightly more objective?

    Daaaang, you go girl!!! Beautiful, beautiful as always–I'm so incredibly proud of her

    YOU GO HILLARY!

    February 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Donna

    I'm glad she didn't cry.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Texas4Obama

    It was a standing ovation for BOTH OF THEM. It was after the LAST question of the debate.

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Interesting..

    I think she just conceded.. Whoo hoo!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Dave, Santa Barbara CA

    As a previous Republican, then Independent, I am more impressed with Obama each week.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Pantsuit Lady

    I have written in every one of these blogs and not one of my posts have been released from moderation. This is not my post, but the one that I wrote earlier IS.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Lynda

    Non-partisanship will be NECESSARY. Clinton is very polarizing. Period.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Mary Robertson

    Obama looked very much more presidential tonight. His best debate. I think he outshone Hillary by showing a style that he would have as president in dealing with the world. He just has a smoother more humorous style that will defuse problems. She seemed more egocentric and coming up on the short end of the stick. He certainly disproved the idea that he doesn't have specific proposals.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Barbara

    I think when the Obama koolaid stops flowing many people will see that Clinton is a solid, strong, phenomenal candidate.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. David Gottfried

    Sure, Obama believes in consensus.

    His "ethics bill" got thru Congress only after he let opponents of reform punch through scads of loopholes and the final product was a piece of swiss cheese. I wouldn't call him a champion on consensus; concession is more like it.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Gigi Jones

    Dear Hillary, don't cry, just concede...you are Republican-light, and Democrats know it.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. veronica

    She did not get a standing ovation. The audience was clapping for the conclusion of the debate. She was trying for an emotional response! Booohooo, cry, cry. She seems so fake.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Bright Clayton

    Campbell Brown was biased as she has always been on the CNN show in her questioning of Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Sue Campbell

    Hillary won hands down – what a great debate. She is so smart and is what this country needs.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. JohnS

    Hillary just "cried goodbye" to the nation!!!! This great debater-Hillary- could NOT even lay a single glove on this "junior Senator" Obama

    Obama won this one hands down!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. ROSEMARIE

    You are mad Obama is an arrogant person. Looking down his nose at people.

    He still does not know anything, we need to vote experience and eloquence from a woman who is just that, Hillary is Brilliant.

    And Obama did not win the debate........he continually steals ideas from others.

    Wake up America vote for Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Just Obama

    She wanted to cry she wants the votes

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Janette Mayers

    Although I think Obama is proably a fine man, Clinton is more knowlegable on the affairs of the country and would be a better leader.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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