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. Noreen

    Chris-Did you forget that when Perot was competing against Bill Clinton it was the general election NOT the primary. I am tired of people saying Edwards is "taking away" votes from Obama. It's a primary, you can't compare the two, apples and oranges in my book.

    January 21, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  2. 2 cents

    Edwards and Clinton appear to be courting each other for the same ticket. Clinton wants Edwards to stick around through Super Tuesday to split the anti-Clinton vote and hurt Obama. Once Obama is out of the picture, Clinton will invite Edwards to join her as VP.

    January 21, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Michelle M

    I think Hillary was being respectful calling John Edwards the "son of the south". Obama was referring that we have a woman, a black man, and John. I think Hillary was being more graceful when it was her turn to speak. I don't think she was necessarily playing nice. I found that both Hillary and John pointed out the discrepancies in Obama's 100 present votes issue and his universal healthcare plan that differs from their's which leaves out 15 million people.

    January 21, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Well Schneider, you like to take things out of context don't you? Hillary was commenting on the fact that the candidates were made up of a woman, an African American, and a Son of the South. And that MLK would have been proud to see it.

    Think about it Schneider. This group as presidential candidates would have been unthinkable back in 1968 when MLK was around. The fact that it exists at all is evidence of the positive effects Dr. King's efforts achieved, and it was a fitting commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

    Why does CNN have to draw such ridiculously cynical and stupid conclusion, "Hillary Clinton is playing nice with John Edwards." Schneider, you are way off base.

    And you all yourself a political anlayst . . .

    January 21, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. BweeSeng

    I'm an Indonesian man and live in Jakarta. Well, I heard the very young Obama had lived and studied here in my hometown. For me, he is no Kennedy. There's only one JFK and he is a living memory. Even Edward could be pictured closer to JFK than Obama, but the truth, the former first Lady will deliver during US economic and fiscal turbulency. See US economic statistics during Bill rules. The new kid on the block has nothing to give, compares to her brilliant advices to her reigning husband in the white house, except some stories in the oval room.... 🙂 Thanks CNN for posting this.

    January 22, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. curiosityhasme

    Yeah, he might decide instead of being a kingmaker (when Rezko hits the fan shortly and the Farrakhan heat gets hotter at TUCC-Chicago) to becoming a Queenmaker. But he would be a better VP under her than swiftboat Kerrey. Besides, this would get even with Kerrey for kicking him to the curb. He even looks like the Jack of Diamonds.

    January 22, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Tyrone

    Clinton and Obama, both must play nice with Edwards becasue he is the key to victory. If Edwards fails to win the party, he becomes the King maker. Who ever accepts him as VP or puts his issues on the from burrner will get his votes and win the party. That is whats really going on and Edwards will stay in the race past Super Tuesday, Just watch and see.

    January 22, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  8. Lisa

    As we all know, (and it is the main focus of the media) , that this is a historical time in US history, Black male, female candidate, however, I for one can not and will not just sit back and relish it. Unfortunately this time around, we can not afford to continue to focus on that because, right now we are in the fight of our lives. It will go down in history either way, but we really truly need to look beyond all of that and get very serious! How many times will I hear that someone will vote for BO or HC because of their chances of election!!! that's so over! I personally support John Edwards, not because he is white, not because he is a man, not because his dear wife has cancer, not because I want him to be a spoiler or a king maker. It is because I have been diligent in listening to the candidates intently, exploring the records, consistancies and very importantly, not just what they say but their ideas on how to do things. Please, what ever you do in this election, don't pass up this opportunity to make an informed decison, then vote with conviction, not popularity, not what the media guides you to do but what you have a right to do with pride.

    January 22, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  9. Robin

    1. While I think Edwards is more deserving, I think Obama would be the better VP choice in order to ensure a non-divisive party going into Nov. and guarantee that black people vote.

    2. I think Edwards takes votes away from Hillary, not Obama. because Edwards and Hillary both appeal to the traditional Dem base.

    January 22, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  10. ankeeta

    I can definitely see why she would want him around. Her victories have been very close and not substantial enough. If Edward were to drop out of the race, I believe the majority of his potential votes would go to Obama and not Hillary. Thus having him around is giving her an edge.

    January 22, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. Daren

    I think the real issues are who is the most electable and who would change the world view of America? Senator Obama is without a doubt the most electable and his victory would show that America has evolved from a racist, imperialistic nation into one that is open and accepting to new ideas and change. Senator Clinton CAN NOT win a general election... Republicans despise her and having a white woman would not change America's standing in the world.

    January 22, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  12. Mike

    Of course she wants him in the race, she's employing the old "divide and conquer" strategy. Edwards takes votes from Obama for her. I think she and Edwards have a deal where Edwards might be her VP. I found it curious that Edwards, who had been attacking Clinton and almost siding with Obama up to this point, all of a sudden began attacking Obama last night and siding with Clinton. Up to this point, we'd beenhearing how "the boys" were picking on Hillary. Now it looks like Edwards and Clinton ganged up on Obama. I just lost alot of respect for John Edwards. I will never vote for Clinton or anybody who backs her.

    January 22, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. Poli

    She wants him to pledge his delegates to her at the convention so that she can win the nomination. Nothing more, nothing less.

    What did you think she's doing?

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Jim Mussmann

    I have watched all three democratic debates in '08 and so far have gone from republican, admittedly mostly out of ignorance, to huge Edwards supporter. He has earned my vote and I have signed up on his website to join his campaign and spread the word about him. It is a shame that more people haven't given him a chance. He shows an amazing amount of passion and to me displays the most willingness to fight for not only change, but improvement for America as a whole!

    January 22, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. ella

    watching the debate last night, it seems to me that john edwards is the most
    sincere of them all, also he gives a straight answer to the questions.

    January 22, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Former Democrat

    I am so disgusted with the Clinton machine. What I saw last night showed me exactly what the Clintons and the democratic machine thinks of African Americans. Bill thinks he is the "massa" of democratic party. This is sick. I am done with the process. But again, that is what they want, for Obama supporters to get pissed off and quit. But what they underestimated is the middle class and upper class African Americans who support Obama will not support Hillary in November.

    January 22, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Joseph

    Of course she wants him in the race.

    Every vote for Edwards is one less for Obama. Hillary has no chance of winning the nomination if Edwards drops out.

    January 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Sean

    It's ignorant of those to think that Hillary put John up to any attacks he made on Barack. John Edwards is a man that has his own thoughts and visions and expresses them.

    I have to admit, I really do like John Edwards. I just happen to like Hillary a little bit more and am impressed with the facts that she's presented, where as Barack continues to say the same things and never give any substance to them. Words are pretty to listen to, but sometimes numbers are nicer to see as they can add that substance that is lacking.

    I hope that Hillary was looking at John as a running mate for November. I think they would make a wonderful team.

    January 22, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. aaron

    This is all so interesting and in responce to some of the posts..........
    Angelina- If a candidate were to use your term " Hillbilly" it would no doubt be construed as "Racist" lamb-bacing the good folk from the hills of Tennesse.

    Patricia- I whole heartedly agree Obama lacks experience......on a world scale whereas Hillary has been exposed to it.

    K- We are like minded, Hillary as President, Edwards as Vice President....and one would be a fool to think she wouldn't use her husband, an EX President as a sounding board on important issues....the United States of America could do awhole lot worse.....I honestly don't know what all the bickering is all about when under the Presidency of Bill Clinton all Americans prospered especially people of colour "namely" Black and Hispanic.....it should be noted that personally I think you all bring it on yourself....ya reap what you sow......your "Americans" first and foremost.....where your ancestry lys is secondary to your aligence to America the fact that your Black.Spanish, English is immaterial......that underlying stigma of "racism" will always be there.....only time will tell

    January 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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