August 26th, 2008
09:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Convention catch-phrases debut

DENVER (CNN) - The line of the night so far: "That’s not a maverick. That’s a sidekick.’’

We will hear that line again.

"Four more months’’ is pretty good line, too. Bob Casey’s was the first speech to focus squarely on the Bush record.

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Edgar - Orlando

    DNC your making another mistake by saying that McCain is Bush successor! Big Mistake!

    August 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Jean

    Maybe CNN commenators should watch CSPAN so that they can hear all of the speeches!

    August 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Former Hillary Supporter in Atlanta

    If Bill doesn't attend he can kiss any support for Hillary in the future from the African American Community GOOD-BYE! WHAT A DISAPPOINT SORE LOSER!

    August 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Fred

    All the catch phrases in the world, doesn't change the fact, that when the next terrorist strike hits us, who do we want leading this Country? They are still out there, they are still planning our demise.

    August 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Obama Mama in Atlanta

    SideKick, puppet, = McCaint, let's see if CNN will print this statement probably not since it's not a negative comment against Barack.

    August 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |


    August 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. brian

    Unfortunately the democrats are too intelligent and educated for the public, so they have to dumb it down to simple one-liners for people to cling to. It's been the GOP strategy for years.

    August 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. Jason

    "George Bush started on third base, and then he stole second."

    That's another line to remember from the convention.

    August 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Rick

    When does the DNC take their vote???

    August 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    "George BUsh started at 3rd base...... and then he stole 2nd. " That's the line of the night.

    August 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. R

    I prefer WAKE UP AMERICA!

    August 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Gary Mallen

    I still think you guys are the best. Hoever ive been watching the convention and i really would much rather here all ( including the boring talks. As much as I love CNN you guys will not make up my mind, the people do .

    August 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Josh

    95% of Bush's policies was supported by McCain in the last 7 years.

    Can you still argue that McCain is diffrent? If you do, I guess we just haven't noticed yet but it is the begining of the end!!!

    August 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Joe Reg

    The fairy tale has become too much of a real force for Bill.

    Obama's adventure is already a legend. A great American legend rooted in the beliefs of our potential of what we can achieve to secure our future.

    Obama/Biden 08.

    August 26, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  15. Porter

    This has been horrible so far. Those who can speak sound corny and contrived (Ms. Obama). Those who can't speak (Ledbetter, Casey Jr., everyone only shown on C-Span) were basically dead on arrival. There's always hope the Clintons, Mr. Obama, and Biden will turn this thing up a notch. Big disappointment so far though.

    August 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. Henrita

    I'd like to see the Democrats add "FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN" to 'A CHANGE WE CAN BELEIVE IN." It's all about THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST, as Senator Warner just stated. These phrases can make people catch fire! OBAMA campaign, please take note.

    August 26, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Harold

    How Could You?

    For those of you who are easily distracted by divisive politics and verbal gaffs and somehow think that this irrelevant minutia actually will help you and your family – let me ask you simply – How Could You?

    As a woman, how could you vote for a man (McCain) who voted in 2008 against the right for women to receive equal pay for equal work.

    As a woman, how could you vote for a man who in 2007 voted against extending health care to 10 million children in the CHIP program.

    As a veteran, how could you vote for a fellow soldier who was against the 2008 GI bill calling it pork barrel spending.

    As a veteran, how could you vote for a fellow soldier who voted against the Health Care for Veterans bill, AND the Tax Extension Bill for veterans.

    As a veteran, how could you vote for a fellow soldier who in 2007 voted against the bill entitled Expressing Support for the Women and Men of the Armed Forces bill.

    As minority, or any decent citizen for that matter, how could you vote for a man who voted against the Employment Discrimination Act (2006) (I guess he thinks it’s ok to discriminate against others) and the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act. For Christ’s sake he voted against having a Martin Luther King Holiday.

    How could you abandon the things you really believe in and be distracted by trash politics that are part of an overtly coordinated divide and conquer strategy. Don’t be fooled! Check it out for yourself

    August 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. ARL

    CSPAN has the best coverage. I want to see more of the convention instead of listening to talking heads worrying about Hillary's comments.

    I know I wasting my time typing this because CNN is not going to post this.

    August 26, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Murietta

    CNN, you are not showing enough of the speeches, you are talking too much. Boring

    August 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Jason

    When did the economy fail.... 2006 The year of the frist democratic change message! Yup.. the change left in your pocket after their done fleecing you and giving it to people that don't want to get jobs and just want to live off welfare.

    August 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  21. Friend of Obama

    CNN, your coverage is terrible. I am so disappointed, so I have decided to watch CSPAN!

    August 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. AgentFoxMulder

    Is Michelle the smart one, and Barak the sidekick?

    She is the one who left the law firm and established the Chicago political ties that enabled Barak to become the state legislator. She made all the statewide connections for him. Maybe we should elect Michelle and Hillary?

    August 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    In the DNC is looking for a snappy sounding not-so-sugar-coated put-down of a nickname or cool sounding phrase all they need to do is look in the comments section of these blogs...they're about as funny as they come, unfortunately they have about as much substance as Barack Obama.

    Ouch! The truth hurts!

    August 26, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Karen

    I don't think Bob Casey's ever had such a good speech. He's a good guy but really sort of a schmuck. I'll vote for him over Santorum any day though, for sure! Plenty of good speeches tonight - I crack up when people ask what the SUBSTANCE is behind Obama's words. There's substance but people don't have the attention spans for anything longer than 10 seconds.

    August 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  25. Sandi from Michigan

    CNN you are there, on the floor...take us viewers there too!

    Please be more thoughtful to us viewers who want to watch the speeches. John King's map is nice, and all the comments are fine...but please let us see and hear the more of the convention instead of just hearing you tell us about it, and what YOU think of it. I feel like you are the story instead of the DNC.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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