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. Ann

    Hmmm....sounds more like a love fest than a debate. Aside from the differences on Iraq, are we sure they're not running on the same ticket together? ;-)

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Todd

    Clinton is clearly the more rational party here, the one I trust to be comander in cheif because Obama is full of empty remarks. "I want to bring them home" is emotional and vague– she explains the necessity of a gradual withdrawal begun within 60 days– she speaks in SPECIFICS intelligently. He doesn't.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Arlene

    In the end, I believe Hilary is HOLDING HER OWN in this debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. JD

    Schneider, tell Wolf he has lost the plot.

    1. He is obviously pro-Hillary
    2. He is trying to get the candidates to fight

    I never really liked him but this has done it. Cooper will now be my man for debates. Out with Wolf

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Jorge Pereira

    But listening to Obama, I still am not clear what is position is. He is a master at avoid giving specifics unless Clinton. Give her a break, the woman has said that her decision was based on the misinformation of the time given by the Bush administration.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. simone

    She did not do research. That'a bull.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Chris

    They aren't falling for Wolf's "swipe" tactics – good for them!!

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. P. D.

    You can see a big difference between the democrats and the republicans. Democrats make strong points. Republicans are trying to out conservative each other or telling the other one he is to liberal. Kind of sad.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. George from Minneapolis

    Obama is killing her on the Iraq war. Totally destroying her.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. obi

    Hillary just can't get away from the fact that she had the chance to say no to the war. Everytime Iraq comes up that is the message that goes out. Its her own fault she should have never had that decision parceled out to the focus groups. Heck I was pumped up to kick some butt too, but I expect our leaders to use judgement, not emotion.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Benjamin

    Hillary doesn't take a firm stance on complete withdrawal and gave all the right reasons why you can't just leave Iraq a mess like Saigon. There are logistics, and human lives involved, and without a cooperating Pentagon, you can NOT plan the full withdrawal from Iraq. She DID say troops will be leaving in 60 days of her being sworn in as President.

    Who would have thought a woman would have such a strong vision of military expeditions? She understands fully what it takes to get out of Iraq, and Obama thinks you can just leave. That would make us more hated than we are now.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. robert

    I'AM A NEW YORKER LIVING IN QUEENS AND ON MEDICAID TO WHICH MEDICAID PLACED A SURPLUS ON MY MEDICAID FROM THE STATE WHICH
    I CANNOT AFFORD THE SURPLUS AT ALL WHAT DO I DO I'AM NEEDING MY MEDICATIONS IN WHICH PART D DOES NOT COVER AND MEDICAID COVERS
    IT NOT MEDICARE AND I WROTE TO HILLARY CLINTONS OFFICE HERE IN NEW YORK AND SAID THEY WILL LOOK INTO THE MATTER AND GOTTEN NO RESPONSE SOFAR WHAT'S THE DEAL?
    FROM ROBERT FROM QUEENS

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Gloria

    Sound judgement is difficult to defend while vacillating. She sounds like John Kerry.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. phil

    Hillary is floundering. She is so full of it. She is rambling on. Shes not as smooth as slick willy.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Chris

    Clinton is significantly clearer on the issues. Part of it is her "baggage". Meanwhile, Obama continues to be extremely vague on his plans as president. Part of his charisma and charm is that he appeals to many voters, but its easy to appeal to people when no one can pin you on a position. I will say that Obama is less polarizing than Clinton, but I feel that Clinton is much more clear on her stance and dances less around the issues. She takes her blows head on.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Kerry

    Why are so many celebrities afforded the privilege of sitting in this audience? It is not representative or in fitting with the pariticipatory and egalitarian principles of the Democratic party. The candidates are talking about issues facing the poorest of our society (healthcare, education, etc) while sitting in a room filled with multi-millionaires like Tobey Maguire... a tragic irony.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. HG, Lancaster, PA

    Obama wasn't there when the vote came, Hillary was. He keeps going back to what he did but he didn't have a responsibility to make decisions. Nor did he have briefings, wrong though they were, and base a decision on false information. Obama is saying what he would have done. Hillary is saying what she WILL do.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Joe

    I think it is paradoxical that no one focuses on on Pakistan, a significant radical muslim population, where Osama Bin Laden (anybody remember him) is, and a muslim country with Nuclear weapons, the UnHoly trinity, the Perfect storm. My God I hope someone focuses on that.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. dot

    god in heaven she's talking more and saying less than GW himself

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. Angela

    Wolf hello. . . again she goes on and on and on. This really is not a debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Ray

    If he was not in the Senate to vote on the war then he cant take credit for NOT voting for it.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Todd

    Senator Clinton is the clear winner, conducting herself with grace and gravitas!

    Wolf is baiting her rudely.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. Bill

    Hillary's stance on Iraq is dangerous. 60 days to withdraw from Iraq? Look, we want the troops home, but the timetable she is talking about will leave military hardware, weapons, and vehicles that will be invaluable to the Al-Qaida presence in Iraq. Hasn't anyone heard of the arms trade? If any of it is to be secured, it has to be brought out at least as far as Kuwait. Even this situation leaves road-bound convoys vulnerable to attack from enemy soldiers. Rushing the troops out of Iraq before they're ready is just as bad as sending them in without military strategy.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Andrea Lipstein

    HILLARY CLINTON HAS NO BAGGAGE. She has been doing an excellent job in New York, and has always done her very best, and excellence in anything she has played a field in. Obama is playing dirty. He is the one who has played the 'innocent black/white American'. Keep in mind, he has very little knowledge of the world, and has not been involved as long as Hillary has, in really knowing and understanding what the people need and want. She, as a woman as well, knows, like Golda Meir, how to get the job done. She is sensitive to everyone and every issue.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. jeff

    lol if any one on here watches cnn they would already know they play favorites with Obama ...there web pages shows it Obama S.C win was all over the site. The day after Hillary won Florida it was hard to find an link to it

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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