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. annrae

    We don't need the Clinton Brothers in office – just the same ol' same ol'

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Lynda

    Yes, they stood up and cheered because they were glad that hearing her cheap shots would be over with.

    Shame on Clinton for going negative.

    It's time for her to put on her big girl panties, climb up out of the playpen and act like an adult. Let's talk issues, not take cheap shots. That shows desperation.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. veronica

    Hillary vs McCain = loss for Democrats
    Obama vs McCain = win for Democrats

    Does anyone else agree?

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. brent

    who knows what obama is for.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Dennis Flannery

    However Bill, he said he disclosed his earmarks, but he hasn't. He has only disclosed 2007 earmarks, not 2005 or 2006.

    February 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Sunny Young

    What has Obama done as a Senator that we are suppose to be impressed with?

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Denise

    We don't need the possible president who doesn't have control over her emotions. I'm not sure if she is not in control of her emotion or if she is just playing the "woman" card when she thinks it fits by getting teary eyes.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. RAFi68

    the lady who manage the debate dont like hillary , it was clear i dont know why they put her all she does all the time talk bad about her , i dont call fair and balance.......

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Ted Delaware

    It's amazing how people say she is to tough or now to soft and going to cry, She had far more value and substance to what she was speaking about. Once again I hear him speak and he never answers the question directly, All I hear is BLAH BLAH BLAH. An old Zeplin song come to mind Ramble On. His comment at the end was a joke, He is not ready to lead this country and if we as americans don't wake up and realize that this man has no clue then it will be McCain all the way to the white house. God help us then.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Joyce Martin

    Obama is talking about change what type of change? Change can be a lot of things.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Brian

    You fools, Hillary is done.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Gigi Jones

    Those of you who call Obama a "rock star", a "preacher", etc. are really showing your inability to listen to opinions and people who are different from you.

    I guess all that Bush Kool-Aid you've drank all these years has completely stopped up your ears and your brains. But try, just try, to see past the differences between yourself and hear what Sen. Obama, along with the US citizenry, can do. What makes you believe in Bush, or McCain, or Ron Paul – their words! You listen, and you hear what you believe, so you support them. It's no different from what Obama supporters do! You aren't right just because YOU say so! You are wrong because we can see the result of the last 7 years of a wrecked economy, high unemployment, election fraud – in other countries, they oust leaders for a lot less!!

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. sly

    It really sounded like she did concede rockinsteve......

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Ted Delaware

    Chris Obama prepared, What!!!! Oh you ment prepared to say I agree with Hillary because I don't have any new ideas of my own.

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. changing times

    Yes. she conceded!

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Janette Mayers

    CLINTON WON THIS DEBATE; THERE IS TOOOOOO MUCH MEDIA SPIN AGAINST HER BY SOME OF YOUR COMMENTATORS.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Heath

    Less devisive? He divides! He stumbles. He copies.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Van in Austin

    Wow! I was waiting for her to find her voice again and cry.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. changing times

    Sorry she didn't make a dent in his momentum. He's strong and too well prepared. People think he's a wimp, but they're dead wrong, it's only because they haven't bothered to read anything about him.

    She conceded tonight!

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Kevin Zelko

    Compare the number of bills sponsored by Obama in 4 years vs Clintons 8?

    Obama has more than double her amount.

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Karen

    What consensus? On what? Still waiting? What is one issue this guy is committed to?

    One thing you can say about Obama... he will never break a promise. His positions are so wishy-washy, he can do anything and claim to have done something (or he can do nothing and take credit for it, cough, cough, xerox, cough, cough)

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. L. Bac

    What crisis is she referring to? Her husband having affairs? come on people. Wake up. Obama is the better choice. Let him show us action.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. James , in ,Oregon

    She knows she is done , that is what really stood out in this debate.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. James Laswell

    That is vey true he's a joke. If he didn't have Oprah he would not be where he is now.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. Jacqueline

    It appears to me that the constant "we think the same on most issues" comments and the almost hug at the end meant to prepare us to see the two of them on the same ticket, pres and vp?

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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