January 21st, 2008
09:46 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Hillary speaks partisan language

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) -
Hillary Clinton constantly speaks in partisan terms - that she knows how to "fight" the Republicans - she's been doing it "for 16 years." It's very different from Obama, and it's a tone that is very appealing to many partisan Democrats that make up the majority of primary voters - but how will it play in a general election match up?

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (486 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Partisan voters are standing up for Hillary because that is her stance.

    When November rolls around and we have chosen our Democratic candidate. You will see that the "New" voters that have been turning out in every state at the Democratic Primaries will be standing in the same line to vote for a Democratic Candidate that stands for the change from Republican threat of continuing our past.

    There will be no division, and with Barack you will certainly see Partisans, Independents, Moderates and far lefts that will stand up and speak their voices to change this country back into one we can be proud of and remember why we were once the most patriotic.

    America will make us proud!

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

    oh americans....poor americans. i am an austrain..and i think, that mcCain will not eat obama alive...he will eat hillary alive....hillary is not only dividing the country...she is also deviding the blue states in conservative blue states and liberal blue states....
    a lot of people here, are saying, that you need to fight the republicans...you don´t really believe, that hillary is able to do so or do you? do you really believe in blue states and red states??? i am an european and i believe in the united states of america. i say, that if hillary clinton is going to be your candidate....your next president will also be a republican....
    vote obama...do ist for my old and poor europe....

    (sry, for my mistakes...i am not a native speaker)

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Ari (Independent Floridian)

    "Preacher -in-Chief"...that seemed a lot racially motivated. I like Edwards b/c of his fight against poverty point blank.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Jo

    We have had two decades of the Bush's and Clinton's-it is time for a change.
    Vote for Obama!!!

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. Tedra

    Look people, politics is about lies. Both are taking shots..however I applaud Obama. He finally started shooting back at the Clinton machine. Understand I loved Bill when he was president. Now he cannot run for his wife! Take a step back!

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. cbob

    After 16 years that has made both Clintons flashpoints for the right wing machine, why do we want her to run a country that will continue to be divided. This needs to end. They need to retire to the Presidential Library, write books and build houses with the Carters. There is a time for people in politics to go to pasture. After watching these two people I respect go back in the gutter more bitter and angry than ever, it saddens me to think they sounded just like Barrack Obama sixteen years ago. It saddens me even more to think the case they are making against Barrack Obama is the same case their enemies levied against them. The time has come for them to go and the voters will, one way or another, show them that door.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. wilderwood

    Get a life, Schneider. Every election is a fight. Even the Scriptures say, "fight the good fight." Have you or any other talking heads from CNN complained about the hostile, indeed vicious, "fighting" the Republicans always do? No! Because somehow you want Democrats to engage in unilateral disarmament–and the only reason you'd want Democrats to be the only ones to that disarm must be that you want to do whatever you can to elect Republicans.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Nam

    We don't want someone who will work with the Republicans. We dont like the Republicans. We want someone who can beat the Republicans.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. valerie alvord

    Hillary is shrill. I am an independent. I hope Democrats have higher aspirations and can help the country by denouncing her.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. Martha Wilcox

    Hillary is the only one that really has a plan to improve this coountry.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. BNS

    Edwards and Clinton! Loved them both.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. rob

    This shows the true nature of Hillary, and perhaps the other, they are more interested in pushing the stature of the Democratic Party, and them as the head, rather than the best interest of the country.

    Democracy is not in their best interest. Hillary does not want to accept that a representative conservative majority is valid. Her goal is to work for a sixty percent democrat majority, so that she can push "her" agenda through.

    It is one thing to have a belief, and then to encourage others to see it oriher way, but if the majority sees it one way, then the President should represent the majority.

    Hillary would definately use other means to subvert the majority.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Adrien

    Apropos of Dr. King...they all forgot that Dr. King was also a man of peace – that was a key to his ability to inspire- acrimony was not the method – peace was – where was peace withint he ranks of our damocratic contenders? Sad....as a liberal dmeocrat I was saddened by this debate.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. SAM

    The Clinton campaign is built to divide and detour and conquer, with personal attack, innuendos and untruths, rather than debating the issues and differences and advantages that may exist. What really bothers me is that the Clintons don't seem to care that their tactics are divisive and detrimental to race relations, well so much for the Clinton’s love of America, race relations and unity, they have proven themselves to be dividers, and the debris of this lands this month during the celebration of Martin Luther Kings Birthday celebration and amidst the pictures on TV of white supremacist walking around in Jena Louisiana with lynches in their hands, yes this day in over 40 years from the Civil Right movement, January 21, 2008.

    Hillary has voted wrong on the war and several other curtial bills, Bill Clinton brought us NAFTA, which has caused Americans hundreds and thousnds of jobs and is threatening to destroy the middle class. Obama is ready, he has the foresight and knows how to make the right choices for all America, Obama is a uniter and can successfully negotiate across the aisles, boarders and the oceans of the world.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Diann

    Hillary is the best person on this political stage. ... and the current politician running for president able to represent my interests and she will win.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. sinha

    I'm sure Hillary was in-charge of fighting the repulicans when Bill was president as he was busy in his extra-curriculur activities 😉 and Hillary was the one running the show!

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Nikki

    If Hillary wins the nomination, we are signing ourselves us for a Republican victory. The Republicans want Hillary as the candidate so they can SLAUGHTER her in the media, press and the South. She is a divider...she does not inspire and she represents the policital machine that has made a mess of this country. I'm for CHANGE. OBAMA '08

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. sally

    OBAMA proved tonight that he is tough and smart...I loved the heat and the heart of this debate...finally someone who will pull us together....

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Corky

    If the dems HAD to fight on the repubs battlefield, then maybe Hillary would be best–but she wouldnt win.

    Repubs are gonna have to fight on dems battlefield, however, so the old fear cards, terrorists card, gay cards, religion cards wont work.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Diana

    Hillary has the most experience and I find it interesting that people are so divided about a woman president – she is intelligent, competent, and would make a great leader for our country.

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

    Fighting the republicans is what democrats have been doing for the last eight years. Where has it gotten us?? Plain and simple folks, republicans and their followers have two of the biggest guns in their pockets: Fear and God. It's time for us to lead us towards a unification. Hillary doesn't have any experience in that. Go Obama O8

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Elisabeth, Burlington, VT

    If Hillary wins the nomination Republicans will be falling all over themselves to get to the polls to vote against her. They hate the Clintons; Bill will definitely be a liability in a general election.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Gypsymuse

    Hillary is full of herself. She will loose if she is nominated. Mark my word I know plenty of people including me, who has said they would vote for McCain over her anyday. In polls it has been shown that Obama is the candidate Republicans fear. Why do you think this whole entire time FOX and other repulican media has been talking about running against Clinton, that's because they want to run against her.

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. john

    My problem with Clinton is her proposal to intervene in the businesses of America. She wants to put a moratorium (delay?) on foreclosures and insist that insurance companies provide coverage for all. Who's paying for it and who's buying it?

    January 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Hilary is old fashion and unoriginal and riding the coat tails of last decades president. Look at what Obama has been able to accomplish in a short amount of time. Dem's lost to Republicans two times in a row using Hilary's approach. She doesn't have any idea how to do things differently. The people want Obama, he is the next president.

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