May 13th, 2008
06:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Change vs. experience

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(CNN) - All year long, there has been a debate between change and experience. Barack Obama says he's the candidate of change; Hillary Clinton has stressed her experience.

We asked West Virginia Democrats, which quality is most important to you when looking for a candidate?

Those who said experience voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, 93 percent to 3 percent. That clearly is not Obama’s strong suit, to say the least.

But here is the surprise: Obama and Clinton nearly split those voters who named change as the most important quality, 53 percent for Obama and 45 percent for Clinton. That margin has been much wider in other states.

So it looks like she's made some headway in West Virginia, offering herself as the candidate of change.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Mike, Seattle

    Wait! Wait! From John Smith. Did I hear right? An honest and honorable Republican? Where the hell have you been hiding that 'Unicorn' ?? I would call Bush Chainy (sp) a lot of things but never honest nor honorable.... lemmings, all lemmings

    May 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. THE TRUTH

    IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE CLINTONS REPRESENT THE PAST, FROM THE NEGATIVITY OF HER MESSAGE. IT IS CLEAR THAT THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE POOR AND UNEDUCATED AMERICANS. THIS SHOWS THE POOR LEADERSHIP QUALITIES OF HILLARY. WE ARE KEENLY WATCHING THEIR CONDUCTS AND ALL THESE DAMAGING MESSAGES.

    WE NEED THE SUPERDELEGATES TO NIB THIS IN THE BUD.... RIGHT NOW... AND LET'S MOVE FORWARD

    IT'S OVER BILLARYCEA.......

    May 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. ShirleyY - Seattle

    CNN I HATE YOU. YOU HAVE BEEN SO MEAN SHARING OBAMA'S GOOD NEWS, YOU JUST BRING UP THE BAD STUFF. HILLARY IS A LIAR, DECEITFUL AND SHE IS THE ONE THAT GOT WEST VIRGINIA HATING OBAMA CAUSE HE IS BLACK. DONT MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF WV IF SHE WINS BIG BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT;S OVER. CNN AND THE MEDIA MAKES THINGS WORSE THAN WHAT THEY REALLY ARE. STOP CNN YOU ARE WORSE THAN FOXNEWS BASHING OBAMA.

    May 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. double standards of racism

    Why is it okay for Obama to brag that he carries 90-95% of the African American vote?

    But Hillary is supposed to be ashamed that she carries 60-65% of the blue collar white vote.

    What is the difference? The majority of both groups are low-income, uneducated and poor.

    You Obama supporters are really hypocritical haters.

    May 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Stop the Hate

    Why are all pro-Obama posts accompanied by rampant hate for Hillary Clinton?

    I think that what we should really be focusing on.

    May 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Raghu

    I don't know how, but me and my friend just got mail from McCain trying to fill us up with hate for B.O
    They underestimate us, his faithful supporters

    CNN, OUT OF THE 23 TIMES I HAVE TRIED TO POST, NONE, you have let me, WHAT SHOULD I DO, CHOOSE ANOTHER EMAIL????????

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Sean, Detroit MI

    Regardless of what West Virginia voters choose to believe, America has voted for Obama. Since when has WV been an accurate barometer of the typical American mindset and mainstream American values? Of course a charlatan like Clinton will do well amongst the uneducated population. I think P.T. Barnum observed that "There's a sucker born every minute". I'd bet that the average birthrate of suckers in WV is double that. But as Abe pointed out: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time, [Hillary]."

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Jean

    Clinton supporters are pee'd off about HRC getting a bad deal. Between the press coverage and the Florida, Michigan vote. This primary is very wrong. If every vote had counted and the press were not so condeming of Clinton then both sides would come together. Get real the fighting has been mild and many would not care if a green martian was running (race not important). I like many Clinton supporters feel this primary has been unfair. Make no mistake that pivees people off.

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Snapper, Seattle

    What's all the ruckus about? Neither one of these two will be president! Neither is experienced enough for me to consider voting for them, and neither is capable to bringing about change in Washington. There will be change, because the law says "only two terms." The change will come with the election of John McCain, who has what it takes to weather the battles of congress. The democrats will line up behind Kerry, Gore, Kennedy, Edwards, etc.etc.etc.

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN,

    Please, from the outside looking in. I must be really stupid, or missing something that is so obvious to CNN reporters, but whatever this is, it is not obvious to many of us.

    Wolf Blitzer, and some of his panel, keep saying that tonight the Democrats are vying for 37 delegates? I thought that we were looking at 28 delegates in the state of WV. Please CNN, put us out of our misery and explain this!

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. jim

    based on general election voters turnout and Democratic registration int he states left, Hillary will still lose the popular vote., that's even counting MI and FL.
    Right now, Obama leads Clinton by 800k votes. She will prolly net 300K from WV (~600k vote/450K for Clinton, 150k for Obama). That leaves 500k lead for Obama.

    Kentucky and OR basically split, based on recent polls. Still leaves 500k.

    Clinton will need to win 75% in a turnout of 2 million Puerto Rican voters to tie.

    However, Obama is favored in Montana and South Dakota and would net more votes.

    Again, that's with the 300k net Florida votes for Clinton and the 300k MI votes she won while Obama won none. Otherwise, Obama would win by 600k.

    A loss is a loss, no matter how close. 600k is close, but it's not 100 or 3000.

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. tired of Obama

    We are tired of Obama.

    Hillary Clinton is who the people want.

    We just were prevented from voting for her at caucus by the Obama bullies. And we were disenfranchised in Fl and Mi by the left leaning leaders of the party and the DNC.

    If we all got ONE vote and it got to count- Hillary rules.

    May 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Kim

    Experience VS. Change Eperience= Hillary. experience in getting sleazy Lobby money. Selling American jobs to China. Makeing crooked corporate deals behind closed locked doors. And dividing the Democrats along racial lines. Change = Obama. Change yes Change. Please!

    May 13, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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