January 30th, 2008
09:26 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: McCain takes up the Giuliani mantle

McCain is taking on Rudy Giuliani’s role - assuming the terrorism issue. In short: I will protect you.

Meanwhile, Romney’s argument that a governor is by definition a leader – and a senator, by definition, is not – strikes me as very false. And Romney’s answer on the commander-in-chief question, lauding military experience, raises the question: why didn’t he serve in the armed forces?

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Brandon, San Antonio

    How is it false that a governor is a leader and a senator is a committee member at best a committee chair?

    January 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Dave B

    The last pres that was a senator was Kennedy.
    The rest have been from governors. Huck has it right, the governor knows, the McCains of this world are still the bureaucrats that keep the big dollar doors open in DC.

    January 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. jp

    mccain keeps bringing up iraq and terrorism ...he completely avoids questions about the economy... as if its not nearly as large of an issue as iraq

    January 30, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Mike

    Brandon, both are elected statewide officials. That makes them both leaders. But what I think Romney is getting at here is the differences in leadership that comes from legislating versus governing. He doesn't persent it very well.

    It's also worth noting that a Senator hasn't been elected President since JFK, and before that you have to look back into the 19th Cenytury, I believe. Romney is trying to make that point without actually calling McCain unelectable.

    As for Bill's question, hard to say, perhaps some journalisitic research is in order?

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. David Tyler

    I'm pretty sure Romney served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, for which he would have left home for two years at about the age most men serve in the military. I'm not saying a church mission and military service should be equated; I'm simply pointing out he was doing something else in which he strongly believed.

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Terry M, Portland Maine

    McCain avoids completly answering the question how he would lead us thru the economy. Instead goes on and on and on about military experience, terrorism and the threat of radical islam

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Rick

    It's official. I won't watch CNN anymore. Your reporting is biased and small. Anderson Cooper is a lightweight who not only couldn't phrase a question in proper English, he wasn't prepared. Terrible and I demand better. "Would Ronald Reagan endorse you? Way to go Anderson... get back in the sandbox.

    Port Orange, Fl.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. John, Burlington MA

    McCain endorsements mean squat. These are all his friends, his coworkers! Of course they'd endorse him. And some of these people who are endorsing him, ... he campaigned for them years before!!! Bias??? ... I think so.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Here we go again, 911 and war. McCain and Giuliani can best serve this country by voluntarily working in Homeland Security Department and pray they don't start a war there.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. JohnT

    If you listen, none of the candidates has much of substance to say on the economy. Why? Because there is little they can do as president to affect it, other than try to put a good face on it. As McCain rightly stated in Michigan when he said all those automotive jobs that have left the state are not coming back, our economy is going to have to work itself out over the next few years. This multi-billion dollar stimulus package is rubbish, no more than giving money away that we don't have. The housing market crash and the sub-prime mess will take years to work through and there's no magic bullet to speed the process.

    January 31, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |