January 31st, 2008
09:22 PM ET
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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. J A

    Why does Wolf let Hillary go on and on. I thought this was a debate. Wolf is doing a terrible job!

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Patrick

    How do you warn about allowing the inspectors to do their job and with this same knowledge, later vote for the war. Americans have had enough of politically correct partisan politicians, and want true leadership.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. deb

    A last resort not a first resort, but it was an unnecessary resort and she voted for it.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Chris Gonzalez

    Is it me, or are they boosting John McCain so much they're 'endorsing' him?

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Arlene

    IF YOU HAD MIS-INFORMATION ON THE WAR IN IRAQ CONSTANTLY DURING THAT TIME, YOU WOULD BE IN HER POSITION TOO

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. JR

    When is she going to say:

    YES, IT WAS A MISTAKE.

    She owes America an apology.

    Enough fluff.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. wynn

    go Wolfe! HILARY

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Deon

    Hillary will always lose on the Iraq issue. Not doing enough research is not a good enough answer for sending our troops to war. Her vote counted just as much as the Republican senators, so se is just as responsible.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Velma Terrell

    I found it to be very rude that senator Clinton, continued to call senator Obama by his first name during the debate. One of the modreators should have corrected this problem.
    I noticed that senator Obama always called her senator.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Betty Rose

    Dear Bill,
    You are so right -Barak is clean in his stance, solid his conviction and can say this is still wrong but finally more obvious to more Americans.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. SE

    Hillary doesn't answer the question b/c she's a politician. Her answer only makes sense once it leaves her lips. The next day, different answers. OBAMA IS ANNIHILATING HER ON THIS TOPIC OF HER VOTE FOR THE IRAQ WAR!!! She's falling on her sword. Ouch!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. evelyn

    Barack makes me nervous about how he would bring the troops home. There will still be many Americans over in that part of the world who will need protection. Hillary has the experience on how to make this work.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Prayu

    First open boos of the night go to Wolf hahaha.

    But the fact is, Hillary has been dancing around the fact that she supported the war readily. She's admitted now that she believed there was a credible case that we had to invade Iraq.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  14. Amy

    Based on this debate, the Republicans will win hands down, especially if Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are on the ticket. Obama and Clinton have refused to address the issues that are important to the American people.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Heather

    She is losing Iraq question.. it is not working for me.. she is just political.. incredibly robotic.. be real Hilary..
    ..
    I am still with Obama.. honest man..

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. James W

    I agree, with Clinton comes a ton of baggage...and the memory of scandal after scandal, after scandal.

    I wish both Clintons would go away!

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Darrek

    Senator Obama clearly and eloquently points out that not only this war was fought with incompetence, but it was not a necessary war. Why can't more Americans can see that he is the most intelligent candidate?

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Barak Obama's character is displayed in his transparency. There is something so comforting about Sen. Obama's ability to see himself (faults and strengths) with such clarity and honesty. Why is Sen. Clinton so bent on defending herself. Is she implying that she is infallible? That appears to be a very serious flaw.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Bruce

    All right already. Obama has not been allowed to speak for the last 10 minutes. I am getting ready to turn this off.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Maureen

    Once again she is rambling and avoiding answering questions about the war and monopolizing the time during the debate. Wolf....please do your job!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. wynn

    Hilary should stop talking, she is digging her hole deeper on this issue. She made a poor judgement on this, end of story.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Tim

    Hillary Clinton – Voted FOR War authorization

    so what? how do you know that OBAMA would not vote for the war if he were a senator back at that time? And, people can be mislead by wrong information, even if your st. Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. robert

    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 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Kay C

    Clinton is losing this one. The issue is having a president that makes conscious decisions without regret that support the lives of all Americans in every situation. I hate hearing the "clean up" words. You made a mistake. I would honestly respect her more, if she could admit that!

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Mike

    Bill is right Hillary...........wants to have it both ways!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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