January 31st, 2008
09:22 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: A convenient civility for Clinton

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Schneider: Clinton is vulnerable on the issue of Iraq. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

It took more than an hour for Iraq to make a real appearance, other than Obama’s brief mention earlier. Once again, Clinton is pointing out their similarities – but this time, it’s a necessity. She’s vulnerable here.

Among Democrats, Obama always wins on this issue. His position is clearer, and he has far less baggage.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Joe H

    A good debate... BUT.... Obama is being held accountable for the nuance of his responses - explain this, explain that. And that's a good thing. However, Clinton is getting away with shirking each question - deflection, obfuscation, and redirection. It's Clinton's 'canned phrases' versus Obama's thorough, yet honest explanation. Blitzer needs to do a better job holding Clinton accountable. It's just not happening.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Ryan

    He killed her on this issue. If some people think he is weaker on healthcare, there is no question he is stronger on Iraq. Wow, first blood drawn in the debate I think...huge win for Obama. Great debate for the Democrats too...both candidates looking better than the Repubs.

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Arlene

    It is extremely difficult to have troops out within a year as Hilary mention. It just seems to me like more of a fantasy for her to reach that goal. Obama has more of a REALISTIC view on Iraq.

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. DZ

    Way to go Obama!

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Omar

    Bill, Wolf is trying but they don't want too
    winer take all.

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. poopsie

    Obviously Bill Schneider is an Obama supporter. Every blog favors him.

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Ryan M.

    Barack Obama – AGAINST the War from the beginning.
    John McCain – FOR the War from the beginning
    Hillary Clinton – Voted FOR War authorization

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Angela

    Would someone moderate this thing or what. Hillary just goes on and on and on

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. simone

    Hillary's EXPERIENCE voted for IRAQ war. If she did a little history (wiki even) she would have know Pres. Bush was full of bull.

    January 31, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. David

    And far less experience.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. Robert

    Yeah she's vulnerable, she was a huge part of legitimizing this war, and she gung ho supported it for years.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. SE

    Obama is a clear thinker and simply makes sense! Clinton is talking all around the issue and nothing seems clear or concise. That's not leadership, that's politics

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Edo Roshi

    It would be helpful to US strategic interests if there were military installations in Western Iraq. Why is this such a contentious issue? If the Iraq government wants it also, then what is the problem? Should we also pull out of Europe?

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. Alex

    Their civility focuses democrats on the issues and on uniting together against the Republicans. This is great for the Democratic party. Rather than polarize and divide the Democrats, Democrats will be free to vote their issues, not personalities, on Tuesday.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. lemuel66

    What was Wolf trying to do? Stir up the pot to match CNN's "restling barker's touting of the debate".

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Rick

    How is Obama's position clearer? Maybe to you it is but not me. She's right on the Iraq issue. Stop being a sheep Bill. Are you paid by the Obama campaign?

    Rick
    Port Orange, Fl.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. matthew

    i wonder who Schneider is voting for...

    Could you be any more biased?

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. a republican

    Here comes the flip flop

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Tom

    Ron Paul is aginst the war too and would pull out our troops ASAP. There is a GOP option!!

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Jeff, MD

    More favorable outcomes for Clinton, the idea of no permanent bases and a rapid return is just what tugs at the heart strings of all Americans. However, quite impractical and sadly unrealistic, I certainly wish her well.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Parag

    Obama's position is clearer but no volume inside like a baloon.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. a republican

    I was for it before I was against it Gee where did we hear that before

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Justin McKamey

    A full withdrawal from Iraq would result in failure. Failure on the war in terror, and also failure to the Iraqi people. We messed up by going there. We made things better, but it's not exactly perfect, and probably never will be. If we pull out immediately and have no occupancy there, the country will go down and the established government will fail and we as a country and as a power would be under attack again.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Justin

    I believe that they have shown their differences, It is much better to see them agree than like the republicans dish out spin.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. Scott

    Hillary needs to explain that by pulling our troops out of Iraq we would still provide humanitarian help and support from nearby, maybe within the border still. Yet by pulling out we would allow the same democratic process that we went through in the Civil War era to take place which is what needs to be done. They need to be given the chance to work things out, not the mandate to do so via our Western ideals and processes.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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