February 21st, 2008
08:53 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: This is a competition, not a debate


AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - You would have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to tell the difference between these two candidates.

Neither has really gone after each other, even though the moderators have given them ample opportunity.

Now it's virtually a matter of who says the same thing better. And if this continues, Obama will likely win - he's always been viewed as the more effective communicator.

Clinton needs to start challenging Obama if she wants to gain the upper hand.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Aldo Gandia

    Both candidates have debated well, tonight. I'm really proud of my country.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Donna Rice

    Go Hillary! NOW there is an answer to when someone is tested!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Nathan

    The difference is simple: Obama is full of hot air and not much else. Clinton is perhaps the most accomplished woman in the history of the nation. Also, Universal Healthcare will be an American right under Clinton, under Obama it won't.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Dorothy

    Is this the Obama show?Campbell Brown is so biased towards Obama and constantly interupts Hillary or goes to break. Obama is rude raising his hand when Hillary is talking, very childish!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. mitch in sc

    barak is obviously lost without a speech. or he's lost when he's not repeating the same old stuff over and over again.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Let's get real

    Ok, media gaints . .take that. She got a standing ovation!

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Texas for Hillary

    go Hillary! We are always be with you!

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. cheryl

    Once again... Hillary came out on top.... She showed how gracious she is , and got her point across about what this election is all about... THE PEOPLE!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Linda

    I like Barack but I think Hillary is really the best choice based on what she knows and can do. She has a much firmer grasp of the issues. Barack just seems to glom ideas from others and makes them his own. A Clinton-Obama ticket would be ideal. He could learn alot on the job and make a good president – someday. He's a quick study and he's really not ready yet. Hillary is the best choice for the country at this time.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Lora

    She just rocked that. Tell me she didn't win. I was writing the questions, answers, and the independent audience ratings... she scored in the 70% !!!!!! He maintained a solid 50% on the question about crisis in thier lives... !!! She was gracious, he looked irked.

    GO GIRL !!!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Freda

    Where's the BEEF- not in OBAMA's statements- he has to repeat what Hillary has already said or agree with everything she says!

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Nick

    Why does Hillary seem to hide from the fact that she is the former first lady, one of the most active and powerful first ladies ever, of one of the most successful presidencies of our generation? Reagan was a great leader, but he and Bush I left us deeply in debt and soaring inflation. Bill did get us prosperous and balanced. The years since have been terrible economy-wise. Bang that home and people will listen more!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. doneth

    Hilary and Obama were very civil....none of them went for the jugglar.

    February 21, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. R Holloway

    These are both very good canidates to bad there has to be a loser. I do think Hillary scored a little better, especially with her closing statement.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. Donna Rice

    I liked the Xerox comment. Sometimes the truth hurts. CNN just can't say it!

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. R Holloway

    I do believe moderator Brown, treated Sen Clinton very unfailey.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. Bright Clayton

    Campbell Brown was biased as she has always been on the CNN show in her questioning of Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. Debbie

    Hilary Clinton is amazing and brilliant. I hope people to start to see her leadership qualities.
    Even Obama looks up to her. He knows she is the one to listen to.
    Watch how he agrees with her and even takes notes on what she says. I bet he will come up with policies that imitate what she said in the debate.
    I pray Hilary wins.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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