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. WOW

    It's a shame that many of you think this is about beating the Republican when the REAL FIGHT is about UNITING THE COUNTRY. Beating the Republicans will only produce another four years of polarizing politics. The only person who can truly do this is not Hilary who knows she and her hubby are well hated. It's Obama!

    January 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. jakob grothe

    she speaks of change. she has already been in the white house once. and the only policy i remember having any thing to do with her is health care.... that went well.

    i think she is too partisan to win and too partisan to bring anyone but extreme liberals to the polls. there are people who will actually vote against her, obama and edwards cant say that. we dont need another person in the white house who is so closely related to someone who already was.

    January 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Amy from IL

    I agree with Ellen!

    January 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Gary

    I am a little tired of hearing Senator Obama speak as if the mere fact of him being "new" and untested that he will be able to fundamentally change the political dialog in Washington and actually accomplish something! Perhaps I'm a little jaded having gone thru the 60's, 70's and 80's, (yes, I AM a boomer and PROUD OF IT!). I have SEEN and lived thru Washington "outsiders" who promise to "remake" Washington. Politicians who disparage "politics" speak as if they can singlehandedly change the system without cost and rule by wishing it.

    I believe it takes WORK. Commitment, desire. drive, political skill, the ability to find common ground with those they may passionately disagree with while maintaining focus on their long term goals...........in short, POLITICS.

    I'm supporting Senator Clinton for President. I've had EIGHT years of watching and living through inept, incompetent, leadership. I want a leader who has the ability, intelligence and commitment to LEAD this country through the challenges that lie ahead of this country. In MY opinion, the best candidate by FAR is Senator Clinton.

    January 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Hank

    Hillary is right. We do have to fight the Republicans. Obama can the republicans. He can "inspire" people. And that's what we need a President who will lead thought ANd action, who will be tough under pressure and is the best ambassador for the AMERICAN brand abroad. He is a thinker. He's is overwhelmed by emotions. He's cool and in control.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Geri

    Go Hillary!!!!!! Obama is a bag of wind and thinks that what he says is right and everyone else is wrong. He was even disrespectful to Wolf Blitzer and not shutting up when Blitzer was trying to move on. Had to have the last word. He brought up the race card a long time ago. Its more important for him to be the 1st
    "black" president rather than put the American people first and come up with some ideas he can back up.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. Marcia, AZ

    We aren't in the general election yet...that's the point! I want to best Democrat in the office of POTUS...not a closet Republican. The term 'Obamicans' is patently offensive at this stage of the game..to me, personally, it's offensive at any stage of the play.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. jakob

    only post first names.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. joe

    The media is so biased against Hillary. Only she can win a general election. Hillary 2008.

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Patricia

    Hillary, was clearly the one who gave the best answers on the questions. Obama is no match for McCain. Hillar is the 'man' to take McCain on.

    Obama can not function under pressure, that much is clear. Edwards should drop out.

    Go Hillary!

    January 21, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Wade

    I, a 50 year old, US born, taxpayer, is fed up with the government system. What have they done for me besides raise my taxes and tell me what I can and cannot do? It doesn't matter if it's the U.S. or NY State. The system is broken. I live in NY and we go democratic every presidential election, so my vote does not mean ANYTHING.. What we need is alternative parties separate from democrats and republicans that actually stand a chance. This country is controlled by the few, not the many. In Erie County in NYS, the #1 employer is the government, what's that tell you? We have more politicians than we have people to pay taxes. Every time someone goes into office to make a change, they get chewed up and spit out by the democrat and republican parties. It's time our government starts working for the American people and not themselves.

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Obama believes in unification and Hilary believes in fighting... seems to me if Hillary takes office will there be a war to get our troops home? If Obama can't get unification as he is hoping to achieve, how will he run the country? What will his new agenda be?

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Todd

    Why does Hillary get a free pass on Social Security? She's against privitizing accounts but fails to say how she'll continue to pay for it.

    I wish Barack and John would have pushed her more on SS. She just sits back and points out the problems but fails to offer solutions.

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. osaycnuc

    Cease and desist with the old, tired, dirty politics and pot shots! Polarizing is the Clinton (and Bush) legacy. Let's make sure it is history! Give us a candidate that can unite and wants to gain consensus and collaboration.

    January 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. a

    Will someone please tell me what 16 years or 35 years, she referenced. Hillary is speaking of her time as first lady. Since when did being first lady count for political experience to be the president. She supported Goldwater which aren't the views of Dr King. Hillary is banking off blacks being loyal instead of intelligent. Blacks need to see the clintons for who they are. She's no more qualified than anyone else to be president. She's the only first lady who didn't get her agenda approved. Health care system will bankrupt the country and still not have everyone covered. Let's be serious about national security. President Clinton let our navy ship get bombed and never once reacted. Soliders kill in saudi arabia complex and he never responded. That's the national security she will provide. Barack is lacking in years but is uniting america, which we need. Hillary please lay out this 35 years of work you've done in black and white not just in rhetoric.

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

    The debate nearly got to the heart of the matter with regard to specific programs proposed by the candidates; but moderators never hold the focus and permit the candidates to devolve into platitudes about what's good for America.

    What are the new entitlements going to cost and how are they going to be paid for?

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Frank

    Hillary will lose in the general election to John McCain. McCain is a straight-talker, he will attract Independents, he has better experience than Hillary and she, no matter how often she has a "Misty moment" will not build a coalition of voters big enough to.

    Obama can....he pulls from all factions and would do so in the general election.

    Obama, like Reagan, will bring people together....Hillary is divisive.

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Deborah Ziskind

    It is apparently clear that this is a good heated debate, reflecting upon the strengths, vulnerabilities and the audacity of truth. Senator Clinton has and continues to clearly demonstate that she could go into the Oval Office tomorrow and handel the myriad of challenges confronting our nation. These are difficult times, with a dire economy, foreign policy challenges that mandate a leader with confident direction based on experience, and a critical healthcare situation.

    To the good Americans of the United States of America, think of some of the worst situations possible that could happen, economically, internationally, healthcare wise et al. WHO WOULD YOU TRULY WANT TO BE IN OFFICE?

    It is extraorindary that the great United States of America allows candidates to speak so freely. It is my sincere wish that we can keep it that way and look to all of the candidates' records, experience and significant achievements.

    From Deborah in New York

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Francis

    Hilary has the strenght to fight whoever the Republican candidate is. I do not think Obama can lead America by preaching. A president has to take tough decisions, and I think Hilary will take them more than Obama or Edwards.

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. cc

    Are any of you really listening to what the country wants? We are tired of divisiveness, fighting and not getting anything done in congress. At least one candidate, Obama is courageous enough to engage Republicans as well as Democrats. Lets get real. it will take all of us to get this country out of this mess we are now in. And somebody needs to reel Bill Clinton in if we want to beat the Republicans in the general! And to think I was a Clinton supporter...

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. susana104

    exactly the reason that she is the wrong choice! I'm sick of fighting and want some action that is positive for the country. Another thing that Hillary keeps saying is that she is the most experienced. From what I can see her experience has been on the coattails of her husband who's term was bogged down in scandal. She has just a couple of years more Senate experience than either Obama or Edwards. Gove me a break. She is mean spirited and divisive.

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

    The election won't be decided by Democrat or Republican voters, but by the infamous INDEPENDENT swing voters. I seriously doubt those independents would vote a divider like Hillary into the White House. We've had 7 years of extremely divisive politics under Bush/Cheney. What we need is someone who can bring the country back together, not more of the partisan politics.

    Don't people realize that a huge number of folks HATE Hillary Clinton and everything she stands for. Just like a huge number of folks HATE George Bush and what he stands for. We need someone who can compromise and bring both sides together. In my opinion, Obama would have the best shot at achieving this.

    January 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Donna

    Unfortunately Hillary would have by far the hardest time getting any support from unhappy republicans that might cross party lines . Barack Obama has the unique position of the admiration of both republicans and democrats . He will unite the country better than any other democrat or republican and this is why he will become not only our democratic nominee but our President!!!!!

    Mom for Obama

    January 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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    January 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Judy

    Hillary has shown over and over again that she has a clear plan to move this
    country forward. There are times that Obama is a little unclear about his plans.
    With the state that the country is in, we need some one who has a valid plan
    for the country. I believe at this point in time Obama is not ready to lead this
    great country back to where it is respected by Americans as well as everyone internationally.

    January 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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