January 30th, 2008
09:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Unfocused, but interesting answer from Romney

It’s not clear exactly what Romney’s talking about – but there’s an interesting idea somewhere in here. It’s the most intellectually interesting answer I’ve heard this evening: that there are four strategic visions in the world: Russia, China, Al Qaeda and the United States. I’m not sure I understand it, but it’s worth thinking about.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. ITS JO

    It was obvious to our family watching the debate, that the MOST Presidential, IS
    MITT ROMNEY. He is right to say, that a Gov. is like running a small country, with
    all the duties, people and groups that the Gov. over sees. Just like Reagan, one has to be able to manage ALL this, including the security of the State, coordinate the various agencies, and over see the heads of those agencies. This man, is right when he says it is his varied background that qualifies him, in having the economic background. He is VERY Presidential, and I got tired of hearing McRINO, constantly harping on being identified with "foot soldiers". He drones on and on, and in his subtle attacks on Romney, and the obvious ones, he IS lying
    when he continues to throw utter nonsense out there on Romney. He is one who
    has voted against Bushe's tax cuts-twice, was for Amnesty, and proof of that, is that he has Juan Hernandez working for over a year with him, who is of the belief that Amnesty is the only way to go, and we should have open borders. Juan has been on Fox many times, spouting his amnesty bs, and McCain also has aligned himself with OSI-Open Society Institute, founded by George Soros-just like MoveOn.org, which is for: Open borders of all of N. America. McCain, is more Left leaning, than anyone on that stage, and he was 'waving the flag' with his past career as a soldier, but even that is surprising when you look in on:

    Romney is the winner tonight, as he has the temperment, as well, that the mean-spirited McCain does NOT have.

    January 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Debi

    How disgraceful that this evenings debate was. I'm a registered Democrat and am so angry that CNN, or Anderson Cooper decided WHO we would hear debate the issues tonight. Shame on you! This election is for THE PEOPLE, not who media decides the people should hear.

    January 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. EllenB4Hillary

    McCain is rumored to be a mean-spirited person. He seems very comfortable smirking and making sarcastic remarks to those who disagree with him. Sound familiar?

    January 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. George

    Perhaps it is too simple for Schneider; he was saying that those four philosophies are the most prevalent philosophies competing in the world to be number one. I think it is an indication of his understanding in the area of Foreign policy, and how these are related to our position in the world as a leader.

    January 30, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. madeleine

    With all due respect, President Kennedy published a book about his heroism before he ran for president, so yes, he did run his ordeal up the flag. As Commander and Chief of the country, I believe it is important to have someone who has been to war to know how bad it is. The irony is that having experienced war, makes one very reluctant to use it as a tool except as a last resort. I thought Romney had a smug, supercillious look on his face throughout the debate and I would be very concerned to have him as leader of our military. There are a lot of precious lives serving in our military. They deserve someone who knows what they are going though as their boss- they don't get a say and they can't quit. And McCain is someone who is adamantly against torture! We have had 16 years of former governors and Washington outsiders sitting in the White House. I think it is time for a change- a change to someone with experience.

    January 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Thomas Richard

    Bill, you must be losing it. Romney's response is thoughtful and on the money.

    January 30, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. whatsitToyou

    Romney is a smart man and I hope people begin seeing it!
    As for the debate, I who am not a fan of Paul or Huckabee, was very unhappy that they kept getting ignored, and when they cut off Paul for someone else to talk, that is just wrong. Let the poor guy talk!

    January 30, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Randall Riddle

    I wonder what ever happened to that state of Iran?

    January 31, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. Andrew M.

    I liked Romney's straight forward answers. McCain is a Joke and sounded rediculous. Huckabee was great too. McCain... go home. You ave no business running this nation.

    January 31, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  10. Anna, IL

    I wouldn't vote for any of the Republican candidates, but I thought Anderson Cooper was extremely rude and unfair. He let Romney and McCain go on and on about the timetable which I thought was petty argument that didn't help the voters while Ron Paul and Huckabee were practically left out of the debate. I generally like AC, but his moderating skill in this debate was abominable.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Barbara

    Being one of the great "Undecideds" I have tried to make a real effort to learn as much as possible about ALL of the candidates...GOP and Dems. I have come to one conclusion, the media has taken on the mantle of Kingmaker. They have decided who we will be able to choose from come November. Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee, Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd never had a chance. Come to think of it....neither did the American voter.

    Congratulations guys. When the Third World War starts, be sure to give yourselves a big pat on the back.

    January 31, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Brian in Canada

    So Mitt Romney says that there are four strategic visions in the world: Russia, China, Al Qaeda and the United States.
    Such backward-looking Romnian/GOP bilgewater!
    Al Qaeda is a rearguard action against progress by a handful of socio-religious nutbars something like the KKK, and is past its best-before date.
    Russia is an increasingly depopulated has-been being informally taken over by China in the east and the south, and bought out by European corporations from the west. GazProm does not a nation make.
    And Romney's omission of Europe is just incredible! The world's largest market (and still growing), a currency that is already beginning to replace the US dollar's role in the world, increasingly the setter of technological standards, and the choice for university education of the vast majority of rather brilliant Chinese students whose minds will drive much that happens for decades to come (and are unwanted by Americans).

    Such a dumb analysis...who does Mitt Romney think he is - George W. Bush??

    It's going to be Europe, China, and the USA, with Europe and China arm-wrestling for top spot.

    January 31, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. haze scheid

    I dont think we have much of a choice in this years vote. except for hillary clinton. sheis the one with the most experience and entellingence to run oue government. sorry to all you males. she is less corruptable of any one running on either ticket.

    haze of california

    January 31, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. kelly people

    who do u this is goin 2 win???

    January 31, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    The media is big business. They like ratings more than truth. They want to tell us what and how to think. The debate was a farce because it didn't tell the whole story and allow the candidates to have equal time. Bill gets paid on the basis of ratings. GET IT?

    January 31, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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