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

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Cindy

    Audrey, you must work for the media–Edwards has blatantly been overlooked by cameras....

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. jimd

    Edwards seems to be the only one of the three who is actually answering questions!

    January 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Andrea

    Obama and Clinton do not in my opinion represent the black vote or the woman vote. Its not a given. As an African American female voter, I haven't decided, but am concerned that Edwards is not strong enough to win, nor is he strong enough to be President. He seems more like an independent or 3rd party candidate. He has some good views and would be better off as vice president for Clinton or Obama.

    I would like to see side by side, where each of the candidates and the republican candidates stand on all of the major issues like – Iraq war, economy, taxes, social security, health care, education, judicial system and disparity of sentencing between African Americans and white, and also their religious views, voting records on important issues, view on how all of these issues impact African American and women voters and how they are going to help me and my interests.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Sharifa

    Obama says that he is happy that they ganged up on him. He says that he did well and this proves he can handle anything. Obama and Edwards are looking pretty friendly tonight (early in debate and towards the end). Obama/Edwards 08' or the other way around.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. kathy

    America needs to choose the best candidate, Edwards. America needs to choose their candidate not just because they are either black or a woman, but on the issues, their stance, record and experience. Truly listen to what they are saying and how they say it.

    John Edwards is the best candidate by far. Wake up America!

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Brian

    It is unfortunate that so many have a defeatist attitude about a third candidate. This should not be a lesser of two evils election, which happens alot of times with only two candidates. If only everyone would vote for who they believe in, even if its Clinton, Edwards, Obama, or even Kucinich.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  7. Ed

    It is not too late. The primaries that Edwards will do well in are still ahead.

    January 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Karin

    When Obama was the clear frontrunner – after the Iowa – he sided with Obama, ganging up on the lady candidate. Now that Hillary is is the front runner, he is siding with the lady, ganging up on Obama. I hope the voters won't be fooled. He knows he has no chance in winning the nomination so he is playing his cards so that who ever wins, he will be selected as front runner.

    WAKE UP! If Obama is not nominated, the lady and Edwards will not muster the same crowd that Obama has been drawing to the polling places!

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. James

    I have always been for Edwards, but you can see Obama still stuttering even now. Hillary has been able to change gears from attack to policy...succeeding in pushing Obama off his game...essentially proving her point about experience.

    Edwards has avoided every trap question and answered based on policy and facts and lots of specifics based on the format. Please give Edwards equal time and stop letting Hillary bulldoze on time over everyone.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Hal

    I want the future president to shake things up and knock some heads together. Our country needs it. In the spirit of Teddy, "Walk tall, but carry a big stick." Edwards is the one to take us forward into the future. Clinton and Obama are destined to walk and egg shells and handle everyone with silk gloves: politics as usual. I'm on board to shake it up: I want to see Edwards go head to head and crush them.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. nick in philly

    Does John Edwards consider Trial Lawyers a "special interest group"? I think most would consider it as such. How much $ has he taken from them? Time to stop with the holier than thou attitude and fess up.

    January 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Tom

    I liked Edwards' comments. His comments were especially refreshing when Hilary and Obama were fighting like children.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Deidre Newton

    Just another try out for vice pres. position.

    January 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Kofi Brinkley

    I have to disagree. This is Edwards state so his voice has been heard in S.C. All he has to do is keep playing the conservative role. His responses are even toned. He's in 3rd place. All the candidates knew that coming in to S.C. Edwards needed to sit back. Let Clinton and Obama duke it out and keep his cool but at the moment its Edwards vs. Clinton on lobbyist...

    January 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. aj

    I think he is consistently trying to stay "above the fray" between Obama and Clinton - which isn't difficult considering the frequency of their bickering. He's keeping himself not only above but distant from the back-and-forth between his opponents, and race and gender are certainly part of that. His non-meddling response to the above question was effective and in line with his style of not entangling himself in his opponents' issues.

    January 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Sharifa

    I think they all can handle it on day one. It's the job. They all have experience. Oh no ,it's an argument between Hillary and Edwards!

    January 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. ripoffreport.com

    Clinton's Economic Plan Also Hit Seniors With $56 Billion In Medicare Cuts And HillaryCare Proposed An Additional $124 Billion In Cuts. "Moreover, seniors, who were hit by $56 billion in Medicare cuts in Mr. Clinton's recently enacted economic plan, are already riled by his proposal to finance health reform with another $124 billion in Medicare trims. 'Many seniors feel like they were double-crossed (then). They know you don't put your hand on the stove twice to know it's hot,' said [William Ritz of the Washington-based National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare]." (Karen Riley, "Health Plan's Fate Hinges On Who Benefits," The Washington Times, 9/20/93)

    January 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. Karoly L

    I just love John Edwards, and his ability to circumvent the traps that the other two leave for him. He is a great man, stands firmly for what he believes in, and really, truly believes in his cause to end poverty in America. Look at how "Every Man" he is:

    He has been married to the same woman for 25+years, through all kinds of stressors...the death of a child, her being very overweight, illness, politics, etc. He hasn't traded her in or cheated on her (McCain, Thompson, Guiliani, etc) and they are still going strong.

    He has known poverty, grew up in the rural South, knows the cries of the black and poor communities.

    Has been honest and has kept his focus even though the press doesn't treat him equally as compared to Obama and Clinton.

    He has my vote. I am behind him completely.

    January 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Emilio

    We need to make our country secure not anybody else's. It's our country...

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. joseph denicola

    For Senator Edwards. I was in S.C. in May of this year. I met a young man of 35 who works at a Budweiser Distributorship. He makes about $12 an hour. He was getting married the following week. He was not allowed to take a honeymoon. When he works overtime he makes half pay or he gets fired. What a great state to live in. What do you have to say about that. I was astonished and could not work for someone who does nothing about things like this.


    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. erin

    John Edwards is a class act. I live in poverty, i work hard every day i have two sons that i raise on my own, i need someone to speak for me and my children, i need someone who understands that me and my children need healthcare, i need someone to understand that no matter how many hours i work i will never be able to get ahead, i barely have enough to pay rent, electricity, car insurance no way can i save money. John Edwards understands that and more. I believe him when he says he is the voice of the poor. PLEASE DEMOCRATS GO VOTE THIS SATURDAY, IF YOU ARE POOR, YOU MUST VOTE FOR JOHN EDWARDS.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Lois Peterson, Belmont, California

    Hillary's active and strong negative approach to Barack was a big turn-off at the beginning of this evening's Debate. This is typical of the "Clinton Machine" approach. Read Sally Bedell Smith's "For the Love of Politics" and you will decide that another four or eight years of a Clinton White House will not be in the best interests of our country. The behind-the-scenes manipulations might be politics as usual – but we need to get away from that and take a more unified approach to move our country forward.

    Also – remember that Bill will be the unofficial Vice-President...which will lead to more negatives and Bedell Smith's book reinforces the number of faulty efforts of Bill Clinton's administration.

    Barack Obama is a reasonable and good person who can bring honesty and strength to our country.

    January 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Michael Wolf

    A couple of points to consider:

    Sandbox fights are uniformly unattractive in regards to Sen. Clinton and
    Sen. Barrack. Sen. John Edwards has demonstrated a level of passion and courtesy that was missing in 2004. Good for him! PS: Wolf is a dreadful moderator.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Gina R

    I think that the more I listen to Edwards, the less rhetoric I want to put up with from the other candidates. If he can keep this up, he could pull out a win. I hope so!!

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. laura mezzoline

    Mr. Edwards always seems to defuse the situations around him. He is strong on his beliefs.
    He is point blank honest and forthright.
    He speaks straight to the point and does not skirt the issues.
    I pray he continues on with his campaign.

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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