July 25th, 2007
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Analysis: Blood on the floor already in Clinton vs. Obama spat

The Clinton and Obama campaigns are clashing over the meaning of one of Obama’s answers.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The spat between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is really about calling attention to your opponent's weakness.

In politics, just like in prizefighting, you look for your opponent's weakness and pound away at it. In the debate this week, Obama portrayed himself as new and different - the total opposite of George W. Bush. "The notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them, which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration, is ridiculous," Obama said in the CNN/You Tube debate on Monday.

Clinton portrayed herself as experienced and knowledgeable. "You don't promise a meeting until you know the intentions. I don't want to be used for propaganda," she said.

She was going for Obama's weakness - his lack of experience. She kept hammering away at it the next day. "I thought that was very irresponsible and, frankly, naïve to say you would commit to meeting with Chavez and Castro or others within the first year," she said.

Obama came back punching at Clinton's weakness. "If there is anything irresponsible and naïve it was to authorize George Bush to send 160,000 young American men and women into Iraq apparently without knowing how they where going to get out," Obama said.

Her weakness? That she's cautious and calculating. And perhaps too willing to compromise with people like President Bush.

Actually, it was not Obama but John Edwards who used the "T word." "Do you believe that compromise - triangulation - will bring about big change? I don't," Edwards said in the debate.

Remember, it's a fight for the world heavyweight championship. So there's bound to be some trash talk. "Senator Obama gave an answer that he is regretting today," Clinton said.

Obama’s response: You want to talk about regrets, lady? Or as the Illinois senator put it, "Do you want to talk about irresponsibilities? Look at the vote to authorize George Bush to send our troops into Iraq without an exit plan."

Here we are, only a couple of rounds into this fight, and there's already blood on the floor.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL

    Fact of the matter is: Obama is lying to Americans about his position on the war. Considering the pressures, backstabbing and undercuts by Bush and his cronies, had Obama been in the Senate then, it is a fact that he was going to vote for authorising the war. I am sure he knows this certainty as well. Taking a position on war at State level is not the same as taking one at the national level. The political ramifications and requisites are different. I pity those who believe he would have voted against authorizing the war. He is simply taking advantage of the fact he was not in the Senate then.

    July 26, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Gandhi, NY

    Is America ready for a Woman or a Black President?

    Father of democracy, France, could not make it. Rothschild financed person won the election. One man (Rothschild) show, a joke for being demoratic nation and permanent member of United Nation.

    The progress has not reached to this level yet?

    Let the country be ready to embrace this truth. Could Americans give a chance?

    The two democrates should be respectful in election compain.

    July 26, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL .. thanks for nothing but gratuitous speculation on your part!

    July 26, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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