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. Lloyd G. Phipps Georgia

    I agree with Clinton on the healthcare issue, you never get everything you want in this bill. You have to shoot for the stars and hope to get as much as you can.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. virginia sheehan

    the bottom line is experience. you couldn't take a waitress and put her into a semi truck/trailer with no training or experience. The way our country is at the present time, we can not afford to have "on the job training" for anyone. George Bush has proven that.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Tanya

    I love the fact they don't have real time limits....just Campbell limits.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Rough n Tough Politics

    Fight Hilary fight...

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. dennis

    Go Hillary!!! Fight, fight, fight! You have trhe experience. Go for it! D

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Tere Preciado

    Ms. Brown is obviously one sided – she does NOT LET Clinton Speak. It is obvious that Ms Brown only wants to allow Obama repeat others words as his own. Let Hillary speak, let her tell us hear what she has to say and what SHE has to add.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. D Hopkinson

    Excellent reference to madatory social security and medicare participation, with regards to making health care mandatory! With the Clinton economy, we'll be able to afford it!

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. ggranny21

    I see why you have so many comments for Obama,you erase all the ones for Clinton.Fair is fair but you wouldn't know that!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. jose santos

    wow this debate is actually turning out to be WAY better than how it started...

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Jazz

    HILLARY'S GOT GAME!!!!!! YES SHE DOES!!!!!!!! HEALTHCARE, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION, FOREIGN POLICY ETC ETC ETC

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Heather

    There is such a world of difference between the two of them
    I hope the American people are not dumb enough to fall the Great and Powerful Wizard of Obama

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Roxy

    What are they really going about energy specifically who are wasting many ways -electrical vehiclles, are a reality when can they achieve.
    When will there be a bill to prevent damage.

    This is not even important to anyone yet. Can John Kings raise the issue Please!

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. mitch in sc

    why does that campbell woman keep interrupting hillary? it is so obvious that hillary is the one who can take on debating mcain.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Judy

    I would agree with a Clinton,Obama ticket! I believe each have their strengths. Obama would be excellent with mediating between parties, giving inspiration speeches to congress as well as the rest of the world. She has great knowledge as well, would do good research. Between the two of them we would have an excellent ticket.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. Antonio

    I don't buy Obama.
    There's something about him. I like what I hear, but I don't know what I'm getting.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. troy mitts

    Yes. Campbell is married to a Republican on Fox. She also has a habit cutting Senator Clinton off. That tees me off.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. margie

    CLINTON, IS FINALLY STANDING STRONG AND SHE COULD PROBABLY BE A GREAT LEADER.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Ed & Arlene

    OBAMAS HEALTH CARE PEROGRAM IS VERY SUSPECT!!!!
    HE WILL DO NOTHING HE IS NOTHING BUT TALK.

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

    Obama is attacking Clinton.... saying her judgement was wrong :-)

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

    Iam very disappointed in this debate. Campbell Brown has repeatedly cut off Senator Clinton and given Barack Obama more time to talk until Clinton finally insisted on being heard. Otherwise a good debate. I am an older American and feel that a lot of Obama's policies are all originally Clinton's policies, just modified and presentec as his own.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. Derek, Jersey Shore

    He says Taliban like Bush says nuclear.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Billie Shaffer

    Obama is the Media's darling, just as Dubya was back 8 years ago. They all, Schneider included, snipe at everything Hillary says and does.
    Wolf Blitzer is particularly bad about it, and btw –she doesn't "smirk". That is Dubya's province.
    Those who say they "don't trust her"... Can you think of a good reason for saying that, or are you parroting someone else? I can't think of a single reason to distrust her.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Hol

    If Senator Clinton "attacks" Senator Obama, she is seen as nasty and negative. If Senator Obama "attacks" Senator Clinton, he is seen as a good communicator. What is going on here? The media has decided who should win and now are busy attempting to convincre voters. Not this one, however: Senator Clinton is so far above Senator Obama in terms of what she has done and can do and it is time to recognize this.

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

    Go Hilary! Obama is an inexperienced nobody

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Joyce MN

    Why is he getting so much face time and the commentators seem to keep cutting her off?

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