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. LeGrand P. Salvant

    Joe,
    Civility does not sell well.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. cj

    Joe H I agree!!!!! completely!!! Wolf needs to go!

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. John Grimmett

    Obama excels on foreign policy; Hillary excels on domestic policy. Put the two together, we have the perfect candidate!

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. bpp

    Clinton's voting record on this issue has been firm, but unfortunate. Now she needs to defend that position. She voted to go to war as many did. Obama has luck in timing. I would have been curious to see how Obama would have voted when presented with such shallow and emotional information.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Karen

    What about the fact that Hillary called Obama weak for taking the use of nuclear weapons off the table in response to Iran. Now she is saying she would negotiate with Iran! She is full of it! And she needs to respect the United Nations. One of our problems is that we have had a president that goes it alone. She is just as bad. The U.N. had to force her husband to pay our delinquent fees to them during hois presidency.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    Hillary did not completely answer the question. Why can't she just admit she made a bad decision? I don't believe for a moment that she trusted Bush not to abuse power she gave him.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. ann

    You're wrong Mr.Schneider. Obama hasn't won this issue or much of anything tonight. Hillary is knowlegable, concise, and well prepared with plans of action. Obama is rhetoric and slogans. He cannot smile his way to the White House. He needs some ideas that are clear and sustantive. Hillary Clinton is ready for the job. Obama is not.

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Henrry Grace

    Obama looks like the winner tonight. He looked the part and acted with so much grace. Im a John supporter who will shift my vote to Obama. I agree seems angry and full of her self...No Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. adrain_andrews

    again I state hillary has begin to follow this great person what I think is we are seeing our presidient in omba and our vice president in hillary get the team u guy are geat together but let omba lead this time .

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

    It has been a debate of Democrats vs Republicans, not Obama vs Clinton...

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Joe Biden

    What on earth is going on here? Almost all the questions are directed to Clinton! This is the Hillary show with a bobbing headed Barack in the Ed McMahon chair. There is no equality in terms of time being given candidates. Everything is tilted to Hillary.

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

    Oh well everyone was for the war in Iraq except him. Every last politian and most americans.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Randy Slovacek

    Bill does seem to have a bias for Obama.

    Hillary is answering with great knowledge, detail and clarity.

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

    As far as Iraq, we should not withdraw until we secure Iraq. You can't rock a country that didn't invite you to save them, then leave. I'm absolutely against Obama on this point. I was against the war from the start, but withdrawal–we made our bed. Just because it was a bad idea, doesn't mean we should just pull out without now that we feel like it.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Andrea Lipstein

    Obama has said in another debate that he would send in bombs and troops into Pakistan to get Osama, regardless of whether Pakistan would want them in there or not. Pakistan does not want United States to bomb the area that United States believes Osama is in; but Obama said that he would do it no matter what. NOW OBAMA CHANGES HIS MIND. Listen to what HILLARY CLINTON has always said, and she makes and always has made more sense in the execution of the problems. Schneider is bias. That is obvious.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Jerome from South Carolina

    Sen. Clinton
    Why is it that u stated"It may take another Clinton's clear up the second Bush. When neither Clinton's nor Bush's got riden of "First and only Bin Laden? So I think Obama need to tried his chance.

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

    Obama has such an easier position here and it's an academic omission for Bill, a political analyst, to ignore the fact that Barack Obama did not have to vote on Iraq. There is no way to keep him accountable for what he says. Senator Clinton's position matches the majority of Americans... most of us favored and invasion, but have slowly come around to the fact that it was not warranted, and is now objectionable.
    Obama's position is very convenient, but also unverifiable.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Tim

    This question is completely political. The fact is, there's no way we can leave Iraq immediately. 6 months, it takes longer to move from one neighborhood to another.

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

    Obama wins on this issue time after time. He has been consistent. He doesn't have to apologize for anything or say we have to worry about now. He can talk about this subject with consistency and honesty and frankly Hillary has to skate over it.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. Edison

    Like I said before....they are debating against the other party....boring! I want to see their differences so I can make a decision on who to vote for?

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

    Go Obama! He is really, really strong on IRAQ! He did take a little swipe, but it was needed. She could not even say anything after that!!

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Murry

    Go Obama. This Iraq debate is where he's sounding presidential!!!!

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

    I agree with you Poopsie. I truly respect Bill but I do believe he is an Obama supporter.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. hawkeye0202

    poopsie, bill may be for Obama but wolf clearly favors clinton

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Maureen

    I agree with Angela....someone moderate this debate and quit letting Hillary ramble on! Barak Obama is too much of a gentleman to cut her off if Wolf won't!

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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