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. Leah DiMarco, TX

    If for some reason the Clinton machine is successful in beating Senator Obama down then I am sure that will not be the end of Mr. Obama. I believe that God has many great things in store for Senator Obama and that he will in some way bring honesty, truth, and integrity to a 'United' States of America.

    Everyone must open their eyes before it is too late and see that this is the time to stand behind a 'great' man that has only the 'good' of the people in his heart and mind.

    Obama '08

    January 21, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    Again Obama can not answer the question's, and CNN does not help him in this manner, but any how I think Edwards came off real well, he stood for his beliefs. I fully understand Senator Clinton on her stance. She has been clear on issue's. Senator Obama on the other hand, was frazzled, Tongue tied on occasion, and avoided the question's at hand. He interrupted the other candidates more when they would say something he did not like. I seen real weakness in Senator Obama, tonight more then any other. Senator Clinton was firm on her issues, I will be very proud to give her my vote on February 5th and again in November.

    Senator Clinton for President 2008. "She's, THE REAL THING"

    January 21, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. Vincent, Tamaqua, Pa

    Hillary 08!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Azar

    Here she is telling the truth. That's why she cannot be an effective president if elected. After 16 years of bitter division in the country, we need a leader who can bring the people together and be an effective president. I think that Obama is the only candidate who can bring about the positive change in our country.

    Finally, without the independent and cross over Republican votes, no Democratic Party nominee will win the general election. Also, Democrats should note that the majority of left wing Democrats will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

    January 22, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    hillary is old school. majorly. she still thinks that people are dumb enough to only vote for their party of choice. she thinks that people just care about the party, instead of what the candidates have to offer. i am an independent. according to hillary, i don't fit in anywhere. hillary needs to realize that there is NOT a red America and a blue America. as obama says, there is one America, the United States of America. I REALLY like that message. this is the only way we will be able to get things done, if we stop fighting among ourselves and pushing our own agenda and instead work together. there is no need to "take on" Republicans. and i'm sorry Hillary, but even though you "took on" the Republicans for 16 years, they have controlled the oval office for the last 8 so your strategy didn't really work so well.

    Hillary lacks the ability to relate to people. She still has the old mindset. it's time for a new day, where we aren't so partisan. we have enough battles to fight such as the economy, health care, equality etc. without bringing in petty political fights between people working for the same country.

    January 22, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Nalla

    Obama appeals not only to the intelligent democrats, but to humanity in general, across the globe. Folks here in India are fired up to see a hard-working smart man can rise to the pinnacle of democracy. Everyone knows where Hillary comes from, but for Obama to come to be where he is now, simply amazing !

    Obama '08 sounds a lot better than Billary '08

    Obama forever !

    January 22, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Chaunda

    I find it interesting that so many for or against Hillary comment on this story but the Obama story has an eighth as many responds. Even his supporters do not feel the need to comment to talk about him.

    January 22, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. curiosityhasme

    Hillary is the only one who can take the heat. Obama flubs everytime he feels he's being "questioned". It's called politics. Hillary can mobilize the Democratic base and bring in minorites as well. She can bring in intelligent young people as sell, too. Thie "appeal" that Obama tries to peddle will fall apart just like his screw up on the Reagan self-comparison. He's really not ready for prime time, and the sooner you all face it, the better we will all be.

    January 22, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. Lydia

    To borrow from the script of one of my favorite movies, explain this to me like I'm a two year old...How does being the wife of the governor and the wife of the president give you 16 years of anything political (experience, savvy, etc.) other than being the wife of a politician? Hillary needs to stop weaving her years as the wife of a prominent politician into her own personal, political record or political experience. Hillary has 8 years of experience as a government official.

    January 22, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Joe, TX

    Hillary's partisan views are exactly why I, as a Republican, would never vote for here no matter who the Republican nominee is. In fact, I'd go out of my way to help see her go down in flames on election night. The Democrats finally have someone with significant crossover appeal to Republicans like me. That someone is Barack Obama. His visionary, inclusive tone is the tonic that America needs. I truly believe he'd be an excellent President and would love to have the opportunity to vote for him. So Democrats, are you going to follow that tired old script and give me someone to vote against, or turn in a new script and give this lifelong Republican an opportunity for a first time vote for a Democrat for president. Obama's the best thing you've had to offer since JFK. Don't blow it Democrats!

    January 22, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  11. ABBEY

    I am really confused about this experience that Hilary speaks of. What is it? Her experience as the wife of a former president or her short tenure as a New York Senator? Hardly not what we need for a future president. As a woman and an African America, I am also disgusted about this idea that voters like myself have a problem chosing who to vote for because of the women/black factor. I am an independent and have not decided who to vote for. Eventually I will vote for the candidate that better represents what I care about.

    January 22, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Paula

    I think Obama is a slick politician and is willing to play black to black audiences and serve up a message of unity to white audiences. He makes whites feel comfortable – this is not who he really is – wake up everyone! As a person of color I do not feel he is the candidate of change or unity he says he is. Hasn't anyone looked at the church he attends in Chicago? The donations from the slum lord who is under indictment for fraud in Chicago? The fact he attends a church his mother would not be welcome at or any one else that is not black? He is a senator just like all of the other candidates and a junior one at that. How is that different? He came up in the Chicago political machine and is very much a politician. Obama will be taken down by the Republican wolves – do not for a minute think they will give him a pass – there are too many things that have not been fully vetted yet. I like a Clinton/Edwards ticket after tonight.

    January 22, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. Leslie

    You people that are so excited to move "beyond party politics" do not understand how a democracy works. "Post partisan politics" = one political party = a dictatorship with no choice at all.

    That is truly frightening to me. The notion that it is always best to build a consensus, so that there is no divergent viewpoints frightens me. It is one of the many reasons why I am not supportive of Obama's bid. He is missing the point of democracy.

    January 22, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Leslie

    Those of you that believe that Obama is the only candidate that can beat a Republican in the polls, what polls are you referring to? I am not familiar with those polls. If you are going to make claims like that, then please provide some citation for where you are getting your information.

    The fact is, if Obama is the candidate, it would take no time at all for the Republican machine to tear him apart. Why do you think Karl Rove has released statements basically where he is rooting for him? Obama hasn't showed in any way shape or form that he can handle the Republican machine. And he is being rather naive if he thinks Republicans are just going to line up behind him and support him just because he says a few nice things about Ronald Reagan.

    January 22, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. Taylor

    It seems everyone is talking about how Hillary is the only one that can beat the republicans because she is so experienced at taking on the republicans and can take on McCain. I am not even sure if the republicans really believe they can win this next election with the mess President Bush has made for them.

    I think a democrat will win the election regardless of whether it is Hillary or Obama. The bottom line is we are going to need a little bipartisan support from congress, and Hillary is far too divisive to get any sort of republican congressional support. Maybe it is because she has been fighting "them" for 16 years?

    January 22, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  16. Tyler in Raleigh

    Who cares if she can "beat Republicans"?

    We are NOT AT CIVIL WAR!!!! Why must she make it one?

    How about you reach out to more than your arrogant, combative base and try to win someone not a devoted worshiper of the Church of Clinton.

    She will not win a general election with a moderate Republican (which will likely win) and then some independents (Bloomberg, Nader?). Outside of her core, no one likes her and these tactics will only make them hate her more.

    January 22, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. Nash

    If USA wants to lead the world, its leaders must be more visionary, not short sighted and nit picking on petty issues. Else the the world should turn to France where Sarkozy has shown his willingness to do transformation.

    January 22, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  18. Angela

    After seeing the debate it was clear me who the strongest contenders are.
    Hillary and Edwards. While Obama has appeal, he sputters and hesitates alot.
    Edwards carried himself very well and I wish he was at least in second place.
    I think he got too little coverage because he was white male against a woman and black man. he just wasn't interesting enough. Even the republicans aren't getting the same coverage as Hillary and Obama it seems. Oh well too bad for them.

    January 22, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  19. Angela

    For people who say Hillary is divisive think about our present war monger in the White House – think how divisive he is.. You have to have enough strenght to take a stand and fight and get things done. Hillary or Edwards could do that if elected.
    Obama will fold and the Republicans will continue ruining our country.
    Dems, support your party and stop the hatefest,
    We have to take this country back from the precipice of destruction.
    Go Hillary 08 or Edwards 08
    they can win against the Republicans in the general election.!

    January 22, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  20. anita

    Hillary is a manager. Obama is a LEADER.


    January 22, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  21. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    All Hillary has to do is stare a person down–they will go running for the hills. We need that kind of scarey leadership right now. There is going to be a lot of clean up after the Bush terms. He has messed the heck out of this country. We are laughed at all over the world, when in the 90's we were respected and admired.
    Hillary is the only one that can take on the powerful military machine of John McCain-Edwards doesn't know enough foreign policy and Obama is a pacifist.
    I can just see it know, Obama debating McCain on the war in Iraq-what a horrible, embarrassing thought for all of mankind.

    January 22, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  22. JohnS

    Some "narrow-minded" democrats will lead to their downfall in the general election.

    The number of Independents (count me in) and some Republicans are rushing to vote now because of Obama, NOT Hillary. That number will soon start to change if Hillary ever takes the lead. Again, let the democrats stop fooling themselves that Independents and some moderate Republicans are LOOKING for EXPERIENCE. These people are Looking for CHANGE (as in Obama) because they are tired of the in-fighting.

    Note, if the Republicans were able to tear Bill to pieces and scandals, Hillary will just be a "piece of cake" for them. Not a single Republican is going to want to give in to her as this will increase her chance for a second-term

    Wake up Democrats; this race is yours to lose!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  23. swede


    January 22, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  24. roshana

    After watching tonight's debate I have to say I was impressed with Hillary's ability to handle the attacks from the other candidates. Also, I was impressed with how informative she was on very important issues. I'll definetly be voting for her!!!

    January 22, 2008 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  25. Nicky, Phoenix, AZ

    I think she's honest about it. Anyone that believes they will not paint the democrats as liberal tax and spenders hasn't been watching politics for very long....

    January 22, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
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