January 21st, 2008
10:09 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Second half of debate calmer, better

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - I enjoyed the second half of this debate considerably more than the first. The different format - they were all seated in chairs - facilitated more of a conversation on the issues. It lacked the fireworks of the first half, but it touched on issues Americans actually care about.

Related: Watch Clinton and Edwards discuss their 'fundamental differences'

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. PNK

    I agree with Robin above on the coverage aspect btwn Hillary and Obama. They've been calling the Nevada win "tight" and "close" and stuff – give me a break (as Bill C would say), a candidate with 51% of the vote is a strong winner. She got 51% in Nevada and they've downplayed that on CNN... what, are they scared of Obama or something? He had a good showing, but she had a clear strong victory and that should be acknowledged. She is up 3 to 1 in terms of states over Obama. That's not small or "tight" – while a lot of activity is still to come, these pieces are significant so far. And Hillary had 65% of the Latino vote in Nevada. These are power numbers and she's building momentum. I've been a bit put off by CNN coverage intimating that it was a slight win. Sheesh!! We're not stupid, ya know.

    January 22, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Scott

    I could not disagree more. This is a fight for the Presidency of the United States, not a discussion about last night's football game. We can get coombiyah moments elsewhere.

    We need more of precisely what we got in the first half of the debate.

    January 22, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. R.A. Henson

    I watched the debate last night and also listened to the comments made by analist. Now my question, I heard race and gender used as reasons to vote for a new leader for The United States.Why does race and gender have to do with a person who is qualified to be president? I also heard the term, Blacks, from anilist and Senitor Obahama and in the same sentance both refered to the Afro-American.
    An American is some who was born in the US, or came from another country and got their citizenship. Don't a lote of people with white skin live in africa. Please leave Race and Gender out of the qualification for our next American President. The name calling and arguing is what children do in a school yard .

    R Henson
    North Carolina

    January 22, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. dee

    Dean taking sides in his comments on CNN on Hillary

    If it is a Tie She may have to go longer to win".

    Dem party is split. Is Dean OK with this?

    GOP is LOL about the Dems.

    GOP 2008

    For the first time since JFK, a large portion of the Dem party may sway Ind. Or GOP.

    Obama shot her down on all issues. What was her solution "make everyone choose a Government mandated healthcare"

    Obama offers a better plan.

    Many people believe in prayer as their form of healthcare. Edward and Hillary plan will not recognize it as a healthcare. Just give a religious exemption saying (no healthcare). People have had great success relying on the teaching of Christ Jesus. Material medical is respected for its efforts to help humanity. However, people have had great success in Spiritual medical healthcare. It should be the individual choice. I thought that was slogan for Dems. "Choice"

    Sounds like the insurance and pharmaceutical are driving the mandate and lack of recognition issue.

    I am Sure prayer is not a threat to the industry profit.

    Obama lowers rates, but leaves the course of treatment in the hands of the patient, not a big government mandate.

    January 22, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Bill

    Where was Bill Clinton when Kerry was running – Seems to me he is interested in personal power rather than supporing his party. He detracts from the Democrats message and divides the party. Not very Presidental. By the way, if Hillary wins, who's going to protect the interns in the White House?

    January 22, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. witheld

    As an African American female and lifelong Democrat who has never voted any other way, and has ALWAYS supported Bill Clinton and who up until last night supported Hilary will no longer support the Clintons. I think Obama hit the nail on the head when he said it's hard to tell which Clinton he's running against. This was a very difficult decision to make and strangely enough Bill and Hillary made it for me. If she ends up getting the nomination I will vote Republican in the general election and will also work hard to not elect Hilary.

    January 22, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Michael Ebury


    January 24, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  8. Witheld 2

    This is for Witheld- President Bill Clinton did a magnificant job in the 90's don't you think? And who was by his side??

    If you want to vote Republican, then do so. Do not blame Hillary for your irrational thinking based on feeling and not intelligence.

    Because of voters like you, President George W. Bush was put in the White House. Are you proud now?

    January 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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