January 21st, 2008
09:41 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Edwards' skillful response

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - John Edwards just gave a very skillful answer on a question that could have been a trap. He was asked about the historical candidacies of both Clinton and Obama, and what role gender and race will play in this year's election. He provided a convincing answer - that he isn't going to try to meddle in the process people use to choose a candidate - that sounded above the whole race-gender fray that has dominated that back-and-forth between Obama and Clinton of late.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:38 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Obama on race

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Obama is sticking with his smart strategy tonight of avoiding the racial candidate label. He navigated a tricky question well, and reminded the crowd he's not running as a black candidate.  It was an answer that continues to go over very well.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: First half recap

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What do you think of the first half of the debate? (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - The first half of the debate is over - here's a few observations:

Obama was largely on the defensive for the debate's entirety. It's a role he's unaccustomed to, and at times he looked shaky and off his game - especially on the health care debate when both Hillary Clinton and John Edwards hammered him on not mandating coverage for everybody.

But he ended on a high note on one of his key issues: Iraq. He brought home the costs in a much more effective way than the other two candidates.

Clinton looked strong on health care - she made clear she's been through the fight before, and spoke authoritatively on how to healthcare passed. But her early squabbles with Obama may have turned viewers off immediately. It's unclear if she was able to win them back.

Edwards was strong throughout, though he's still struggling to be heard over Clinton and Obama. He appeared to take the high road when both of them got bogged down in petty back and forth, and seemed to successfully sharpen his differences with Obama. Viewers will likely give him a second look.

Related: Watch the candidates debate health care

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Obama scores on Iraq question

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - As much as the economy is Hillary Clinton's issue, Iraq is Obama's issue. His answer on the human and emotional cost of the war really resonated with the audience. If the entire debate was on Iraq, Obama would likely win hands down.

Related: Watch Obama and Edwards discuss their Iraq war policies

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Obama's health insurance claim

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Does Obama actually believe he can get all young people to buy health insurance? It'd have to be virtually free for that to happen. Most young people don't worry about getting sick and rarely feel at risk. If it's a car payment or health insurance, my guess is most young people would choose the car!

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: It’s two against one – and Clinton’s not the one!

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) -
This debate clearly proves Obama is the frontrunner - at least in South Carolina. The other two candidates are teaming up on him, and it's a role he's not accustomed to in debates. Hillary Clinton has always been the center of attention. How things can change!

Related: Watch Edwards and Obama spar over their voting records. 

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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January 21st, 2008
09:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Clinton plays experience card

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) -
Hillary Clinton is playing the experience card on this health care back and forth. She says she's been through the debate before, learned from mistakes, and knows how to get in done. The debate hall seems to be buying it.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
09:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Edwards turns up the heat

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - John Edwards again needles Obama, this time over his health care plan not mandating coverage for all - Edwards is clearly not willing to be left out of the back and forth between the candidates. He wants in!

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
08:54 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Edwards makes move on Obama

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - John Edwards is clearly competing for the anti-Clinton vote. The seeming alliance between these two is over. Edwards and Barack Obama are both chasing 'change' voters, and Edwards is trying to gain the upper-hand by echoing Hillary Clinton's criticisms on the Illinois senator's history of voting 'present' in the Illinois state Senate.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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January 21st, 2008
08:49 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Clinton draws boos

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton just drew the first boos of the night. She said Barack Obama doesn't take responsibility for his votes, and took issue with his 'present' voting in the Illinois Senate.

It's evidence the nastiness between the two is beginning to backfire.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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