August 26th, 2008
10:09 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: So far, Warner's not hitting the high notes

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner delivered the keynote address tonight."]
DENVER (CNN) - Not a lot of music so far in this keynote speech. Warner was not asked to be an attack dog. He was asked to address the theme of common ground (former Democratic governor, Republican state). But compare this speech with another keynote speech with the same message: Barack Obama, 2004. That was stirring. This is competent, but rather flat.

Watch: 'McCain more of the same,' Warner says

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Andy

    I have to agree, his speech was kind of flat. It was not particularly stirring, it was just adequate.

    August 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Terry from GA

    Bill – I disagree with you. Why are you comparing two different speeches from two different people. Why doesn't CNN talk about the DIVERSITY that is represented at the DNC convention? Do you think you'll see the same type of DIVERSITY at the RNC convention next week?

    August 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Rafael Richmond VA

    Mark Warner is the man in Virginia! God Bless him...

    August 26, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    vic in Nashville,
    We don't need your antics here, there is plenty space on republican blogs, and I think they need you there

    August 26, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. Chris Banner

    Vic in Nashville.
    Stop your antics here, I am sure the GOP blogs need you more, there is plenty of divisive messages there, and am sure they need you there...
    As for Schneider, it's time to get behind Obama buddy, you will be left hanging in the balance with your nonsense

    August 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Kim Adams

    I beg to differ. I thought Warner's speech was inspiring and put a tremendous emphasis on hope for our future. For a Senator from a strongly Repub state, I felt he was strong in his support of Obama, direct in his opinion of a failed Bush administration, and emphatically anti-McCain.
    He is a gentleman and a scholar. Obama was smart to pick him to speak at the convention.

    August 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Trasa, Texas

    Not everyone can produce an exciting speech, but doesn't mean it don't have substance to it. Let the American people decide and although it's more of an opinion on your point, you need to address it as so.

    August 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. david

    David Gergen got it right.

    Warner's speech had ideas.
    I heard others on MSNBC and CNN criticizing the speech for not attacking, speculating that it may have gone over the heads of the listeners across the nation.

    Not so for this viewer.

    I like Warners approach to science, to business, to future orientation, to seeing the changing world as an opportunity instead of a doom.
    Nope I would like to have more speeches with those ideas pitched for the American public.

    We really do need a president that takes science and research seriously.

    And to the commentators: There are a lot of us who really do get into ideas more than polls and considered weighing of issues more than celebrity ratings.

    August 26, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Lynnette

    What a lousy speech and where was the attack dog? Give me a break!

    August 26, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |

    No Way

    No How


    August 26, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Joshua College Station Texas

    I agree. Underwhelming.

    August 26, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    i think the left nut has it right

    anway, tongith she made it about McCAin and herself and how she and booba just divided the democrats further and deeper

    these two clowns do great........

    since she is the center and her PUMAS are doing our work
    let her do it
    she is good at it
    remember her words it is personal

    we love it... she is divisive, we dont like her
    but hey she is doing our job easier

    McCain 08 and 12
    see her in our adds
    she has not say I dont approve of the messages
    she has sat quietly and nicely

    great job hillary
    we will send you a thank you note
    no gas cards thou

    August 26, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Adam from NY

    Did we listen to the same speech?

    August 26, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. McKAY

    His speech was boring not electrifying enough. Is this a keynote address for the democratic convention –very poor indeed..

    August 26, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Becky, Midwest


    You left wing nut jobs are out of control. Obama has always blamed someone else when something didn't quite go his way. It's always this or that. He never takes a look at himself. He never takes responsibility.

    The fact is, If he loses, he loses because of himself, his inexperience, his lack of accomplishment while in the Senate, his dubious relationships, his ego, arrogance, his lack of letting the public know his plans, on the economy, healthcare, security, social security, education, illegal immigrants, high price of gasoline, environment, global warming, etc., etc., etc., Hillary doesn't have to make sure he's elected. That's Obama's job.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Reality


    August 26, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. 1 Florida Democrat


    August 26, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. aliou FL

    There is only one Barack Obama and Only one Warner. So I think the speech was excellent. But we can't measure someone else with a yard stick of another. It's going to be hard to have a black or white man who can speak exactly like Obama. He is mixed

    August 26, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |

    Yes it was very FLAT!

    August 26, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. j bridges

    I usually like you the best of the lot besides Jack and Donna but you
    guys have no right to even comment on this convention! Are you even watching it? This has been cnn's most self absorbed moment yet!!!
    I switched to c-span last night because I wanted to hear the speakers
    not you people at your own private narcissistic party!! I would continue to flip back with EVERY speaker and nope still you guys having your own private party. You have done this country a great disservice
    with your coverage of this convention and if Wolf is the Chief organizer then it is time for him to go. Well I suppose this will get "moderated"
    and never make it to public view but it was certainly worth trying.

    August 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    It is a sin the way all these people are lying.

    August 27, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. p v ca

    And Bill WHO are you?

    August 27, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. Eufaula Mike

    Warner's speech was good. I liked the line about having people in office who actually believe in science.

    But he wasn't as good as Obama in 2004. Duvall Patrick and Schweitzer both had better speeches in my opinion.

    August 27, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  24. It will be President Obama

    Republicans dont love America,,,,,,only money.

    August 27, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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