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

Schneider: A convenient civility for Clinton


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. Manny

    Tim you need to shut up! It is obvious that you are Clinton's supporter. Less baggage means less responsibility?...Pls go eat some sand...It is obvious that most of Hillary's supporters are uneducated.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. joe dorsey

    please tell me why we fought so hard for just pay, a safe working enviroment and now we send are jobs to countries that pay slave wages, poor working enviroment for corporate profit and the selling of the american dream.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. A phi A BE. 1906

    Clinton will not admit to the obvious and she keeps dancing around the question. But he is more clear

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Melissa

    There was unbelievable evidence that they did not have weapons of destruction Hilary. Did you not see that? This would be a good place to say that you were WRONG. Thank you OBAMA for your courage to stand for the highest and to live it, no matter what. WE are with YOU. Your vision of a government that is ROOTED in INTEGRITY is inspiring, OBAMA. Thank you for resetting the bar Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. karolina

    i'm actually pleasantly surprised...so far i thought hilary was the best debater...but obama is really staying on message and hitting some home runs in my opinion. the difference is becoming clearer and clearer....obama is not interested in playing by the same old rules-and clinton cant do anything but go back to what she knows.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Frank Magno

    Beyond race, hope, change, eloquence, and experience, the basic and fundamental issue among us in this coming primary elections is who
    is best suited for the job of the presidency? Our country as leader of the free
    world is facing insurmountable problems, from war to terrosism, recession,
    health care, education, and deficits, among others. Hillary has the qualities of being good president. While she can bring in people, she maintains
    demarcation lines to the opposing parties. This is democracy in action.
    Opposing views are well ventilated in the fair market of ideas. If all political
    parties would act and decided as one almosy of the time, that is no longer the
    democracy that our framers have enshrined in the constitution. It is tantamount to
    ona-man rule. if not anarchy.

    It is very easy to bring all peoples in all walks of life; we are in the 21st century; gone are the days of tghe american indians that all people should gather and decide, but the chif have the final say. Ours is a perilous world. Dangerous. We need a president that is strong, decisive, and powerful, if not dominant , and consensus builder as well. Hillary wins

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Sylvia

    I'm tired of Hillary's smirk. Please work on your listening face.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Dolyn

    We know Obama is stronger than Clinton on this issue! Move on to education!

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Andrea Lipstein

    Schneider, stop showing your obvious favoritism for Obama! You are too short-sighted. Hillary has the understanding, the indepth knowledge and EXERIENCE in world politics and national politics.

    Obama says it is important to be 'right' on day one, but how do we know what is 'right', and who's RIGHT is right? Obviously Schneider will like that comment.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. MAS

    Obama wins this one! If Senator Clinton would only admit that she WAS naive; she did make a mistake. It's almost like Bush saying he couldn't remember making any mistakes!

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Malcohm Smith

    Like Bush, she is incapable of saying that she has made a mistake of substance.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. JAM

    I think Wolf was out of line asking Clinton if she was naive to vote for the war. That is why he got booed! Good for California!

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. I B

    It is about time the Democratic party act civil in a debate. Too bad you will not have blow out fight to report and comment on tomorrow!

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Mike

    Starting to get a little "uncivil"!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. David

    The junior senator who had nothing to lose by saying no is now a visionary. To quote another great democrat "fairytale!"

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Julie

    This "if you knew then what you know now" question is the one that killed Kerry. I'm glad that she's giving a nuanced answer, without saying that she was "naive." I'm not sure I buy the argument that Obama will have the right answer to getting out of Iraq just because he has been the most consistent in opposing the war.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. john

    This isn't a debate, it's two friends slapping each other on the back. This is as
    boring as watching the Superbowl!

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Michael

    It is clear from the authors comments that he is biased towards Obama. While it is reasonable for everyone to have an opinion, I believe as a commentator or analyst he/she should simply report the facts and allow the american people to interpret those facts. The problem we have as a society is allowing others to think for us whether it is the media or politicians.

    January 31, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. shelley

    I think Hillary needs to stand firm because when all is said and done people need to remember that EXPERIENCE is what you want in the President Office.
    I feel more safe and protected with EXPERIENCE at the helm then I BELIEVE in HOPE!.

    HOPE! is not going to help us facing down ASAMA bin Laden!

    go hillary!

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. EllenB4Hillary

    Michael...the title of this blog (and almost all of Schneider's blogs) are always slanted against Hillary...he's so obvious it isn't even funny any more. Since we're talking about Hillary needing civility (swipe at Bill) why is it okay for Obama to describe Hillary as "polarizing"? If she said that about him, the pundits (especially on CNN) would be screaming about how his is being dissed. This whole argument is ridiculous. Hillary is the most accomplished person on the stage...brilliant and confident. Obama voted against Iraq – FROM CHICAGO! I bet money that if he had been in the U.S. Senate in 2002...he would have made the same vote as Hillary. Hindsight is always 20-20. Too bad he didn't possess that same fine judgment when he hooked up with the slum lord.

    January 31, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. gina

    Bill you are rude in your headlines. Hillary can be genuine. How unprofessional.

    January 31, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. Rick

    to GARY BARBOUR above...shame on you for saying "forget about the war. people are tired of it" Go tell that to the brave men and women who risk their lives so we can sit online and debate the debate. If Americans cared about the war, we wouldn't be there. A real president would have made us all a part of the war. Grow up.

    Port Orange, Fl.

    January 31, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  23. moeshorts

    why hillary was working ,obama was makeing hideals with rezko,now what can ya say on that!

    January 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. Angel

    Looking back at Colin Powell presentation making the case for war, Hillary Clinton vote can be understood by many voters when facing a Republican candidate like John McCain. While second guessing the vote for a war, Barack Obama like most Americans did not have to vote for or against the resolution. A Poll indicated 75% of Americans felt the U.S. did not make a mistake in sending troops to Iraq in March 2003.

    January 31, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  25. Ted

    Hi From Canada

    I just watched the debate – which really wasn’t a debate!

    WOW! What a great combination! They are stronger "together than the sum of their parts". I would like to be "fly on the wall" around the world when the new political face of America is a woman and a black man. To all those people who have been able to demonize the American people unjustly – take that!

    Just try recruiting terrorists now!

    These two together have the potential to not all only benefit our Amercian neighbors but will send a message around the world that will stronger and louder than any military force or diplomatic effort. The "image" will speak louder than any words or any explosion.

    Go for it!

    Now that’s a story!


    January 31, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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