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. Rebecca DeWitt

    Campbell Brown is showing a distinct favoritism toward Barack Obama and letting him run on and on, when she cuts Clinton off in the middle of very important points.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. james in columbus

    uh oh, "a change you can xerox", here we go, the gloves have come off.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. justin

    They are going after each other now!

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Chrys Lemon

    The pink elephant - they both should be on the ticket.

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. BRM

    she's nailing him now!

    February 21, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. TAMower in Oklahoma

    A calculated plan...now she's swinging....

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Bob G.

    Not only the endorsement of all the Texas newspapers, but also CNN, MSNBC, and FOX and all the other media

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. immyt

    Why doesn't someone bring up the fact that Hillary has been "BRUTILIZED" by the pundents! Thank God Barak has Hillary to get his idea's from.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Jim Stefanick

    Here's the difference...Obama talks about the problems while Hillary talks about solutions.

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. steve clemens

    Frankly, It's pathetic that CNN keeps trying to make these two fight as opposed to digging deeper into issues that matter

    February 21, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. yns

    Go Hillary Go! You have substance! This is what we need! I do hope that any educated person in the US can see it!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Chrys Lemon

    They both should be on the ticket.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. John

    I think this fact can be attributed to the style of the debate. I feel if the candidates were more limited from summarizing their stump speech during their responses, the two candidates would go at each other mroe.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. sammy

    there's your challenge. now she's challenging obama. hillary is the one to become president.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. TUPAPA

    its getting ugly!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Sthrnmiss

    Does anyone support the next President anymore? I think she's doing well tonight.
    HILLARY 2008!

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. DJ

    Obama seems to be stumbling a little tonight.

    February 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Donna

    I don't understand the Obama love fest thing. Hillary knows how to deal. She's been around the block and knows a thing or two about the game, has crossed party lines to get things done and seems to have been able to swallow a lot of crap to get what she needs. Obama scares me because he seems untouchable. The media is so busy kissing up and perpetuating the hoopla I don't get the sense that anyone is really listening. For if they did....... how long has Barack been proud of his country ?? Longer than Michelle?? And the end game???

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. Adriana

    Obama is a baby compared to Hillary. I can't believe Americans are falling for his rhetoric of "change". Change will come no matter what once Bush leaves! Stop the funk and get real Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. David Ostrowidzki

    Campbell obviously likes Obama better and let's him ramble on and on.

    February 21, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Diane Slaton

    In this vast country, is this the best we have?

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Andrew

    Obama has done a good job not giving Hillary too many issues to exploit, but he needs to know when to speak and when to shut up. He goes on for too long.

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. JAIME

    There is no difference... they will both raise taxes(how else will they pay for all of these goverment handouts,free heathcare,free college,free medication) What do you think will happen to jobs when they "raise taxes on the so called "rich".... they will cut jobs to make up the difference in lost taxes!!!! What they call "RICH" might be a small business owner.... it might be you.... or do you think YOU are the poorest person in this country???

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Patrick

    Both candidates keep putting down Bush for the war in Iraq. I want to know what they would have done if they were president on 9/11 when our country was attacked?

    February 21, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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