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. Melanie

    Hillary is really hammering in that whole "I've done this for 16 years" line....

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. connor

    Hillary keeps talking about all of here experience in the White House. Now correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe that being married to the president actually counts as "experience."

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. S. Pennington

    CNN is not biased? Read the headline.....

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. sally

    finally–obama had answered the question can he be right and tough ...for the first time after listening to all the debates , I loved the heat the heart of this debate I now know is it Obama because he;s smart and savvy ..what a great MLK day!!

    January 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    The election is no mercy. If Karl Rove can stir up everyone on republican base, and republican can impeach Bill Clinton for a blue dress (which was laughed so loudly by French and Europeans), you have to understand the dirty tricks of Republican machine.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. BNS

    It will play EXTREMELY well.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Dana

    I believe Hillary is the only one of the three that can "eat" Mccain. I do think that she and Edwards would make a great team.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Carl

    Its truely unfortunate that "partisan" speak is appealing to anyone. Part of the problem we face is that we have too many people in government who are too adept at twisting words, or conveniently leaveing out a few facts to make as many people as possible think they are being honest and talking about the issues when instead, they are trying to fool as many people as possible. Its sad that Hillary is so good at this. Its sad that her campaign sees nothing wrong with taking words out of context to make them look like something other than what was actually said. She is too much like what we already have in the whitehouse.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Rian

    The Democrats have already lost a partisan election twice in the past 8 years. It is insane for Hillary, in these divisive times to keep on discussing this election as if its democrats v republicans, red state vs blue state. This is not some "game", it is real life. The Clinton's are extremely well suited for the "political game", but I think Obama and to some extent even Edwards see beyond that. Which is why they make such better candidates.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Jay

    I honestly don't believe Hillary Clinton on the topic of the Iraq war and her husband's close relationship with George Bush Sr. She voted to send us into that war without first doing her homework, which obviously needed to be done seeing just how many from the military and intelligence community were insisting that it be done. This is a major leadership failure that must not be overlooked and will not be when it comes time to elect a leader.

    We require a leader who is capable of making these tough decisions and we require that they make the right decision the first time. There can be no excuses.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. TOTBS

    Billary Clinton for president??? Be for real! Hillary Clinton IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT – PERIOD! Just because she slept with the president for 8 years??? Please! The insurance companies are praying that she gets in! OBAMA OR EDWARDS BUT GOD NOT HILLARY!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. Joan C.

    We need Obama as president to calm the partisan nerves and unite the country.

    January 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Sam

    Obama just lost his campaign not much with his vote but with his answer on 30% rate on credit cards

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Hillary

    She sure knows how to divide the Democrats.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Jake

    God help us if Hillary wins.....

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. John

    Candidates from both parties talk about failures of past and current Presidents. What actions have any of them successfully completed in the past to make the United States a success? If a President fails it is also a failure of the Congress Senate, resulting in the country failing.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Drew

    The only way the Dems will win the election is to play both sides of the aisle. Hillary's demeanor is way too divisive to ever get a Republican vote. Obama is the dem of the future!

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    Hillary is the person who, through all the trials public and private, has risen above and given of herself. She has shown that she has the knowledge, the composure, the drive to use her talents to make the changes necessary to make this country better while retaining the good things that we should not throw out. Hillary knows how to work within the national system and internationally. She can get things done as she has been doing as a uniter while a congresswoman and will do when she, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, is the first woman to hold the office of President of the United States of America.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. CDH

    I was at the Nevada caucuses this Saturday. Those who came out to support Hillary were intensely supportive of her. I was pleasantly surprised. And the numbers who came out were huge.

    In addition to all the Democrats, she will get women in droves.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Tina Hoots

    Hillary divides? Obama attacks our party and depends on the sound bites of former democrats? I think Mr. Obama may be the divider that teamed with Mr. Edwards (long time back) to seperate this party. And here we go: Republicans win by the tag team players to divide AMERICA. Mr. Obama seems determined to sway lots of Democrats to gang up and say "yes" to Republicans for another 8 years! Republicans love the passion and lack of experience of Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards!
    Give me a break!

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Eugene

    James and Neil your right. Who wants another person in office who thinks they know everything about the game. If you only know that one game how comfortable can she be to try something different. That is what we humans do is to stay in our comfort zone. We need someone new and Obama has been fighting his whole life.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. J.C., Texas

    Hillary Divides? Obama cried racism first, and started this whole thing over actual factual statements that Hillary and Bill stated while correcting him in claiming he was the next MLK.. Obama is not MLK he was not beaten, nor dragged thru the streets, he's never been jailed, and has no idea what MLK experienced! It is one thing to give a great speech...What Obama don't understand is how big of a fight the REPUBLICANS are going to put up over the next year! The Republicans are NOT going to join forces with the Democrats for Obama... They will ruin him as soon as they can! Can we as Democrats not remember what they did to an unexperienced President Clinton and his wife! I want a president that knows how to fight back on DAY ! ! It is going to take experience to get America Changed!

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. David Higuera

    Speaking as someone who worked for the Democratic Party as a strict partisan for three of the past four years, I can say with 100% certainty, I am SICK OF the partisanship. I am so eager to have a nominee who can transcend it, who can build a strong coalition for change that involves Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans. I want this more than anything.

    THAT'S WHY I'm voting for Obama on Feb 5th.

    January 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Drew

    I like seeing that people are getting it- Hilary is playing the game, right from the textbook, it won't stand up to what America wants. She will only divide us further and push us further as a consequence from what needs to be done in this country.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Hillary is PLAYING GAMES!!! Who's truly going to give us change? Who's ALREADY doing things differently?! Let's open our eyes and see the TRUTH. I truly believe and trust Obama.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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