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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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Orville H.

    In other words just not answer the question, right Bill?

    GREAT answer though from Edwards, but the total truth of what he thinks??

    No one on that stage can say what they RLY think.

    January 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Orville H.

    In other words just not answer the question, right Bill?

    GREAT answer though from Edwards, but the total truth of what he thinks??

    No one on that stage can say what they RLY think, without so much ridicule.

    January 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Orville H.

    In other words just not answer the question, right Bill?

    GREAT answer though from Edwards, but the total truth of what he thinks??

    No one on that stage can say what they RLY think, without so much ridicule from the media and public.

    January 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Karly

    John Edwards has the passion, the ferocity and the deep core values we need in our president and he is showing his mettle tonight. B.Obama is too long winded. H.Clinton needs to be more progressive.

    January 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Joni

    Smart guy! Especially since he doesn't fall in either category.

    January 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Ed

    Edwards is the one that can win in November.

    January 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Orville H.

    In other words just not answer the question, right Bill?

    GREAT answer though from Edwards, but the total truth of what he thinks??

    No one on that stage can say what they RLY think, without so much ridicule from someone.

    January 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Edwards is SHarp

    Go Edwards!!!

    January 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Brad

    John Edward's campaign is on the line tonight. If he can win in the South in a big way, he might make some noise come convention time.

    January 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. keith

    I'm confused. Wouldn't Edwards also be the first female president?

    January 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Audrey

    Edwards is doing well tonight but unfortunately, it's a little late for him. The race is between Obama & Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Juice

    Would love to hear Edwards give us more specifics – with confident force!

    January 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. kierstin, va beach

    edwards is being immensly careful about his comments regarding race.
    he doesn't want to 'stick his neck out' too far. he is being just the right amount of evasive, without sounding like he is avoiding the question.

    bravo, edwards.

    January 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Edwards is the true progressive candidate that will have my vote in Wisconsin–I wish it was an early primary!

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Adam Wishne

    it is obvious that John is trying to separate himself from the two front runners but he is unscathed considering he receives no attacks.

    Hillary has performed well and her confidence is what astounds me more then anything

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Natalie

    The real issue is that Edwards' policies will HELP African-Americans more than either of the others. He may not be black or know what it's like to be black, but he cares deeply about it, and will ACT on it, passionately and effectively.

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Sunny in NC

    wgo can beat Mc cain across america, I think any ticket has to include Edwards.

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. John Hardina

    If Hillary says DAY ONE or 35 Years one more time...UGGHHHH!!! 35 Years of WHAT? Day one? Hmmm, Bill signed don't ask don't tell for the military on Day One!! That what she means?

    January 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Di

    It's not too late for Edwards. John Edwards For President 2008!

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. kim

    Audrey,
    How can you say that?? Only three states have had primaries.

    January 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Patricia DiVita

    I am very impressed with John Edwards this evening. I am thrilled that we have three candidates that would all make an excellent president. Is it time for a triumvirate?

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. Dylan

    Edwards is doing great, and helping Hillary all the way. Go Hillary!

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  23. Noel

    I disagree that the race is between Obama and Clinton. I am not crazy about either one and knew little about Edwards until now. So far, I am leaning towards Edwards, not only because of his "skillful responses," but because he seems straight to the point and no non-sense.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. David

    I have thus far been a supporter of Obama, but tonight's debate has me nearly ready to back Edwards. However, I fear a split may develop between the two, handing Clinton the nomination.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Frank from PA

    I think John Edwards would make a wonderful Attorney General. Let him loose on corporate greed.

    January 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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