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. brandon

    If she has done ANYTHING thing why has nothing changed? If she is running on this experience (35 years) then why has nothing changed? Where is the BEEF from Hilary?

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. jimd

    Yes, to Hillary it's just a "game". And that is a shame because there just could be something there if she were not doing all this for herself and her own pride.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. pmet

    Frankly, I am tired of all the "us against them" mentality. What I and apparently many other people find appealing about Obama is how he speaks about new ideas and change that are not divisive. Of course, the democrats differ in many respects from republicans. However, how you approach those differences and find a consensus is vital. Every republican in the country will show up to vote on election day just to make sure Hillary is not elected. In addition, I have read and heard from many democrats who will either abstain from voting or pull the lever for McCain if Hillary is the democratic nominee. She is loathed by all republicans and many in her own party. She CANNOT win in a general election.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. Harrison

    It is clear – Obama has NO CLUE! Debate is not his strong suit – he gets caught in his own misstatements! Clinton and Edwards are much stronger!

    Hilliary can UNITE all of the Democratic Party as well as the American electorate! He is positive, articulate, and passionate in her positions!

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. Felicia

    Hillary has lost the black vote. She cannot win. Obama on the other hand has the independant vote which will be pivotal if Mitt Romney wins.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Conan

    How did H-dawg and Big O manage to make John Edwards sound like the voice of moderation? Those two need to make peace quick......

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Matt

    Hilary continues to talk about her "35 years of experience." Near as I can tell, she was an attorney for a few years and then spent quite a long time as First Lady of Arkansas, then First Lady of the United States. Outside of her time as Senator, what the heck is she talking about. There is a debate that she was actually the president and Bill was first gentleman curing the 90's . . .

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Gary

    For all of Obama's talks about bringing the country together, he fails to realize that the Repuglican party doesn't want to come together with Democrats. As Karl Rove once said, he doesn't believe in bipartisanship, he believes in one party rule. That's the way of today's Republican party. If Obama thinks he can bring them together with Democrats, he's just fooling himself. I hope he does not fool a majority of primary voters.

    Come November, we will need someone who will fight the Repugs tooth and nail. Only Hillary or Edwards will do it. I'm voting Hillary but will be happy with Edwards. Obama will get crushed by the very people he wants to join together with.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. David

    If Hillary won the primary NO Republican would want to work with her. Republican's (I'm Independent) have an enormous dislike for her period. That's a HUGE problem. Obama would be a potential bridge builder and folks we simply need that. As for his other policies well you decide but he does seem to have a uniting attitude and abilities.

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

    CNN has given Obama much more time to respond than they have given to Clinton and Edwards. And, he goes on and on and on and actually looses me in the point he is trying to make. He seems out of his league in maturity and experience. I like him but I think he needs a few more years under his belt

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Nick

    Bill, You have finally raised something that I think YOU THE MEDIA are overlooking in this campaign. There are Republicans, John McCain. Chuck Hagel, and Jack Warner who are ready and willing to work with the democrats.

    BUT Hilliary has been VERY CONSISTENT in speaking about being able to "take on the Republicans" and knows how to "fight the Republicans" I have not heard her once say she will work with the Republicans, indeed it seems if she is elected it will be politics as usual as the two parties will continue to clash. And from the 2000 election, through the 2004 to the 2006, this country is still split right down the middle, so if she is not going to govern working with the opposition, thats a huge problem.

    And she is so polirizing that if she is the nominee, I doubt any Republican will vote for her. Not even Republican women. She just now mentioned again her fighting the republicans for 16 years. She is NOT READY to work with the Republicans, Obama on the other hand very much will be.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. tobiejo

    look up hillary in Wikipedia, there you will find much insight into her so called 35 years of experience, she is just not a good honest, trustworthy candiate as far as I see the facts, no way i could support her, too many unanswered question hanging in her past.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Candy

    I like to know how Hillary has "fought" the Republicans for the last 16 years! Since she became senator, she's been mingling in the Republicans' camp most of the time. She's been with Bush on almost all the disastrous foreign policies. What makes her think that she'll be able to lead the US out of this current miserable mess??!! I used to like Bill Clinton a lot, but his last few days' vicious personal attack on Obama, with the sole purpose of only helping his wife, has really turned me off.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Maddie

    Can someone explain her 35 years of experience??


    My husband is a jet pilot...i don't know how to fly one.

    her husband was president, she wasn't.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. John Martin

    I want a President that can get the office cleaned up starting the first day in office. I want Health care and know Hillary is the strong person that can get things done. With the ability to have Dems in the Congress and Senate she will be the best President we ever had. I believe greater then her husban.

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Kellie

    I agree with what Hillary was saying though, that is important to point out Obama's words and then his actions. That as voters we need to look at the candidates records and how they have actually handled the issues they are talking about. I think Hillary is doing a fantastic job. She is so intelligent and such a wealth of knowledge!

    January 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. MknightLV

    20% of minorities are black, 40% are latino, the rest are multi racial. I think it will be the MAJORITY of Americans that will put the next President into the White House. So, with 8 years of Bill Clinton and SURPLUS Money, a great economy, and a daily fight with Republicans and still leave office with America in a better place than when he took office, do you not think Hillary will have a better chance to run America than Mc Cain or anyone else?

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. David Howe

    Where does Hilary come off with this "35 years of experience"? Eight years as the first lady doesn't provide much of a political resume. The ONLY elected office she has EVER had is 7 or 8 years in the Senate!! ANd tonight she actually said "35 years experience IN THE WHITE HOUSE" (check the tapes). I'm sure she just mis-spoke but can't believe the other two candidates gave her a pass on it.

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Karen

    Hillary has the experience, the chirisma, the ability to gain the trust of ALL Americans, and has proven (and will continue to prove), that she can work with the Republicans and bring about positive change.

    If Obama were President, his inexperience would put our country at a disadvantage while we would be negatively positioned to allow him time for his learning curve...

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. Claude Tate Jr

    Ally THANK you for your comment!!! Finally. Bill? Black People? Let's talk about the TANF Act of 1996....Let's talk about the 3 strikes being implemented under the Clinton administration.....Favorable to Black people?? Experience-ready day 1? What type experience? Just asking....she ain't speaking the total truth I tell ya!

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Babs Hajdusiewicz

    Barack has not talked substance tonight but I do like his attempts to calm himself and his colleagues. I liked John Edwards' substance tonight and again am so puzzled as to why he is not able to get more voters behind him. Hillary still shows the most experience to tackle all that's waiting for our next president....however, her bickering over tiny issues toward Obama has been unflattering...and COULD cost her huge votes.

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. Marie LeFevre

    16 years? What elected or appointed position did HRC hold before becoming (sadly) Senator from my state. This woman's hubris is over the top. How dare she cry her commitment to children and the poor. What about her corporate career at the Rose law firm, Walmart and White Water. And who treated the Lincoln Bedroom like a prize at a golf tournament?

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Gary

    I believe her all the way! Go Hillary!

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Please, Please, Please, not another 16 years of partisan politics. Hillary will be a magnet for this type of rhetoric. We have all had enough of this and we need someone who will move us forward instead of returninig to the same old negative attacks.

    January 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Steve

    Hillary is unpleasant and obnoxious. She will gain NO independent votes.

    Obama amabo.

    January 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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