February 21st, 2008
09:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Clinton draws first blood

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - CNN's John King just gave Clinton an open invitation to go after Obama, by asking her about her repeated charge the Illinois senator doesn't have the experience to be president.

And Clinton took the opportunity to draw the first blood. She referenced a recent interview with an Obama surrogate who was unable to name a single accomplishment of the Illinois senator, and said the two offer distinctly different records of accomplishment.

Obama responded effectively - he defended his achievements, and characterized Clinton as suggesting his supporters are delusional for supporting him. The line played well.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Fox; Rio Rancho NM

    This is a crazy debate. I think she blew it with the hard hits. And she is NOW screwing up by going back to health care. I think Obama got some good recovery's in.

    February 21, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  2. Tony

    Yes, Hillary looks stupid, just the way she is.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. DSC

    love it....hmm that's effective. essentially telling the moderators to shut up! that's a way to get people to listen to you. divider, not a uniter. and stop trying to get Edwards on your side Hill....go back to NY.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Carlos Bonilla

    Is it me? or didn't she get booed for her reference to Obama's speeches?

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Eileen

    Hillary is not given as much time to counter attack as Obama. Go get him, Hillary! Show him your stuff!

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Nancy

    Clinton has been in Washington too long. We need a fresh face. McCain has been there too long too.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. georgia jones

    Hillary is looking so defeated, I wonder when she will start crying. Negative just doesn't work anymore

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Christy from NY

    Mr Obama's health care policy seems a little shaky. He doesnt have a good answer on health care

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Genia (KY)

    Good for Obama... he made the main point on health care... Clinton will go after wages if you don't participate in her health care plan..

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Bill

    It is interesting to see OBAMA is defending himself tonight. Go Hilary Go

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Chris Johnson

    Are you guys on crack??? The Luger-Obama Bill was HUGE at helping get rid of arms proliferation!!!!! And it's written with the Republican from Indiana. Ohh well heck we'll just ignore something that huge written by a Junior Senator.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Alec in Toronto

    This is like me debating against my mother. How old was Obama in 1993?

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Selina

    Barack Obama for U.S president!

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    those of you who don't know any of obama's achievements don't know because you haven't taken time to find out. I looked at his legislative record in the Illinois Senate as well as the US Senate and combined he has sponsored over 200 bills. Most of the significant. Hillary on the other hand after two terms as US Senator has sponsored 20 bills. Most of them trivial likeing renaming buildings.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Harry Folsom

    Hilary is looking more and more like a desparate loser. The insistance on attacking Obama on the "plagiarism charge" comes off as an attack with no substance.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Karen

    Hillary pointed out her plan concerning the mortgage crisis is the same that President Bush has suggested??? She was proud of this. This after she has criticized EVERY THING BUSH HAS DONE.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. elle from Maryland

    What's interesting is that I was originally for Hillary as President but she seems to be clawing at him on silly things. I think that he has been very effective in his answers and staying on substance while she still hasn't answered how would she go against McCain and the war that she has voted for. Obama didn't and he has ran a clean campaign not smearing her and she has constantly given negative feedback and even used his lines during her speeches.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. Dee

    "I'm ready on day one" was the first Bush's line in 1988. I'd drop that if I were her.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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