January 21st, 2008
09:43 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Clinton plays nice with Edwards

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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is playing nice with John Edwards. She just called him a 'son of the south' - effectively reminding voters here he is one of them. It seems like she wants him to stick around in this race.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Hillary and John has to worry about the two other candidates while Barack has to contend with three.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. K

    Moderation?? Oh, no, we need to be STRONGLY committed to the democratic process. AND, we need to be committed to not letting our democratic process to allow for the injustices that are occuring now: gap between those who have and those have not, the issues of war, illegal immigration, etc. We need not be moderate!!!

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. redwoods

    She is using skilled tactics to win, maybe Obama should start the same if he wants to play!

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Jill Gum

    I think Mr. Edwards should remain in the race. As a former lawyer he knows how the system in Washington works. Where as MS. Clinton is a con artist. She knows what people want to hear. Mr. Obama will be eaten alive by corporate Washington crooks. I did not like how the Clinton administration destroy the Whitehouse on their last day. No respect. So go Edwards. His wife has class.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. lrg

    She is nice to Edwards because she is not threatened by him. He is not her competition. Obama is. she is coming off like a total shrew! If Obama spoke to her and interrupted her the way she has him he would be called a bully.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Suzanne

    Why does Hillary need Bill to defend HER and attack Obama? To be the dirty tricks guy, so she won't have to? Is she not strong enough on her own? That's what it looks like and sounds like, to me, and I'm really disappointed. Are Democrats trying to shoot themselves in the foot AGAIN? At this rate, things will be going downhill in the weeks to come. Typical.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. April C

    Those two jackels seem to be trying to double team Barack. I am not sure what they are trying to set up. Be suspicious , very suspicious.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Tyrone

    Edwards will be a much better president that Obama or Clinton because he is the only one not taking the majority of his money from lobbiest. Edwards is not in debt to the lobbiest like Obama and Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Amy

    I like Edwards a lot but how can he say he has spent his whole life fighting poverty when he pays $500 for a haircut. Spread the wealth.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Rusty

    Hillary the CHAMP!!!

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. PRLatinaAZ

    She may not win SC and so she hopes to hand votes to Edwards and make it a three man tango. As someone else wrote it worked for Bill in 92 when Perot sucked votes from Bush, Sr.

    By the way, this is the best debate that Edwards has had in a long time! 🙂

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. clairbloom

    It's interesting that the only comments that are made here are about Clinton. Questions posed by Bill Schneider about Obama and Edwards have 0 comments.
    Clearly, the candidate to beat is Hillary Clinton. She is the only one taking fire because the Hillary haters only concentrate on spewing venom at her. They are not seriously interested in what the other canidates are saying and have no positive comments about the other two.
    They don't really care about who the candidate is as long as it's not her. So much for being involved in the political process.
    It could be Joe the garbage collector – they wouldn't care.
    It's laughable!!

    January 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Katinka

    She knows that this is a 3 way race and that Edwards is a real threat to he and Obama. The rest of the country just don't get it yet!

    January 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. valerie alvord

    It's been pretty clear for months that CNN is the Clinton News Network as previously alleged. They do anything to boost Hillary. Too bad.

    Obama is a once in a lifetime chance and as an independent, I'd like the chance to vote for him for president.

    January 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. john

    Neither confronted Edwards on his past record versus his platform. Could he be the only one that is leading a truthful campaign?

    January 21, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    When this campaign started, I planned on voting for Hllary if Obama did not get the nomination. My mind has changed. I no longer will vote for her & my feelings about Bill are starting to change too. Sad, sad. They can run a campaign without the bashing and underhanded tricks they are playing.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Angelina

    Yes but only tonight because she needs to look nice to the Senator from the South. but soon enought she will kick him and knock him down... that is her way to deal with oponnents, uses dirty tricks.............not an honest person.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Murry

    Hillary playing nice with Edwards is not particularly convincing – sticky sweet pandering. What you'd expect form someone who changes her personality over night and finds her voice at this late date.

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    I like John Edwards more and more as this campaign goes on. He is a democratic candidate with the most electability against the Republicans. The democratic party must win this election!

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Kim

    I think the Clintons are being too pushy and it is pushing me away. I thought they were more skillful and professional then that.

    Hillary, please stop playing 2 on 1 and go after your opponent yourself. During tonight’s debate, you did not have Bill up there with you so you used John to help make your point(s).

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Angelina

    She will use anything and anyone...........that is her way flip flopping.......that is HILLYBILLY

    she is so afraid of Senator Obama............ and of the people.

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Maurice

    Mr. Schneider, I do agree with your observertion, that Sen. Clinton is interested in Edwards presens in the trail. He clearly is more appealing to the same group of voters as Obama is.

    @Donne: Please, before you claim that Mr. Schneider does not like Obama, please make sure you are not basing that opinion on only one or maybe two statements, when in other statements he is complimenting Obama.

    Please keep it on the issues at hand, will you?

    Greetings from Cologne, Germany

    January 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Patricia

    I have said this from the very start. Obama is not ready yet for such a heavy and important position. He needs to grow some more, maybe after two terms of Hillary, he can pick up the baton.

    January 21, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. Lance in Monrovia

    Hillary Clinton speaks with a forked tounge and Edwards is in it at this point due to ego. He'll drop out after doing poorly in South Carolina. Right now he's just a spoiler for Obama, the only thing holding him back from the ticket.

    Obama is the best leader this country has seen since FDR. He's visionary. He's incredible. I can't wait for him to be sworn in.

    January 21, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. K

    When you look at the issues the end results for Obama and Clinton are similar. It's how they get to the ends that may be different. So, with that in mind, I'm all for seeing a WOMAN in the white house in my life time. Hey, we've tried it with men, so let's give a woman a chance. Let's see the difference in style, attitude and strength. Of all the women over the years that had a chance due to their public service, Hillary has gone further than any one of them. AND, she's done that in a MAN-world that takes sexist snipes at her and degrades her WOMAN-world. Can't get much tougher than she is to have gotten as far as she has!!!

    January 21, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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