February 21st, 2008
08:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: This is a competition, not a debate

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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - You would have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to tell the difference between these two candidates.

Neither has really gone after each other, even though the moderators have given them ample opportunity.

Now it's virtually a matter of who says the same thing better. And if this continues, Obama will likely win - he's always been viewed as the more effective communicator.

Clinton needs to start challenging Obama if she wants to gain the upper hand.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. matthew

    Actions speak louder than words, Senator Obama.

    So true. So true.

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    here it comes....

    February 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. JenniferJ

    She tried to take a dig at him with the Chris Matthews interview. He didn't take the bait. Good job.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Steve Jones

    He seems to be playing not to lose.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Ben

    I agree...Clinton is not doing enough to pick up the momentum she needs.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. Heidi

    How come I keep getting kicked off the blog when I have something positive to say about Clinton?

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Lynn In St. Louis

    If Hillary Cinton "attacks" Obama the media will NAIL her. She's in a no win situation as far as I'm concerned.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. JenniferJ

    He just got her! Game over!

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Jim

    Is she waiting for the right opportunity???

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Murali Sampath

    Correct! So far both of them seem to be courting each other! No fist fights nor you-hit-me-first attacks!

    But, we want to see those fireworks.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Jeff Shepherd

    You know, Bill,

    I'll point out one difference here. Hillary Clinton possess a smirk, not a smile on her face.

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. rockinsteve

    She will not attack. After all, who might he choose for VP?

    N

    February 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Jason

    I think that is funny....If she attacks him everyone will attack her for it...She is trying to stand up for her issues and experience..He looks little next to her. Writing down what she says, repeating it, and saying nothing new....When in doubt attack Washington

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. jennifer

    agreed. personally i hope she doesn't, though. i don't trust the woman almost as much as i don't like her.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. lloyd williams

    It was over for Hillay in New Hampshire. She cannot cry at every primary anymore. It is over and no one will cry her a river.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Ronald in B.R.,La

    I disagree Bill. It appears that Clinton is preoccupied with discrediting Obama's style and frankly pandering to the audience. Obama, on the other hand, is doing what pundits such as yourself suggest that does, speak more on policy.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. JayCeezy

    Good point, Hillary is filibustering, eating up time by saying nothing. "Yes, we can agree that words are important, words mean something. But action also has meaning, and my record. blah blah blah balh..."

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Kevin Zelko

    DID he just say, "I have the endorsement of all major newspapers in the states of Texas"!!!!!!

    Obama 2008

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. Kim in Columbus

    Obama is talking of unifying, yet he's the biggest fake I've ever seen. Oh wait, I'm a college student so I should be supporting him, right?

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. Sue

    I agree...they are definitely into pleasantly reflecting each other this evening. Odd.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Adam

    Let's not forget that at the end of the day, this is about uniting the democratic party around solving the problems of the American people. Sometimes, seeing a FIGHT is not the best thing for an election in NOVEMBER!

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Johnathon

    Well lets see there is a big difference between Clinton (Law) 35 years politicial, wife of President Clinton which we had good years during, can take on the economy, against Obama (Law) 3 years in politics with no real experience on the economy, yes he might unite but we might go broke doing it.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Nick in Las Vegas

    She should challenge him to a spelling bee.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. -30-

    So much for the pundits who predicted Hillary would come out swinging tonight.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. Ed

    The only action he has taken that is obvious is the plagiarism that has taken place. Have we been duped? Not at all. Because of Youtube Americans can find the truth without having newspapers' endosements.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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