January 31st, 2008
10:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton running from the past

She’s arguing that she supported the threat of force as a means of avoiding conflict. That’s a complicated case to make – and it still leaves the question: why did she think President Bush had the same judgment she did?

But here’s a new angle she hasn’t used before in these debates: that she would never have contemplated an invasion of Iraq. It’s another way of trying to draw a distinction between her views and the president’s. She’s running from the past.


–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    It's becoming very annoying to see how CNN commentators like you feel totally free to try to influence all of us. We expect you to inform and facilitate, not to tell us what is your preference

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Adam

    Why are you so biased against Clinton? You should just endorse Obama and get it over with.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Vicki

    Bill, Obviously you are an Obama supporter. Pres. Bush LIED to all of us!!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Chuck

    BORING..... Hillary goes on & on with her same old "stuff", evading the answer!
    Obama clearly more articulate and inovative, but unwilling to kick his adversary in the butt when he NEEDS to!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Tim Chisser

    No one mentioned the obvious fact that Obama said we need a president that is "right" not just experienced, then turn around shortly after and said he'd surround himself with the best and brightest because he "won't always be right."

    It was so obvious, how could no one have caught it?

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Samuel T. From Arlington, VA

    GO BILL. you nailed it !!! Speak as it is!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Cisco

    Thank You Obama and Hillary for a respectable debate.

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Vivian

    Hillary won this debate.

    I was undecided before but. . .

    I am voting for Hillary now!

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Anna from New York

    So Obama thinks he has the judgement that will always be right...... this is absurd! He appears pompous, I don't respect that. She made the best decision based on the facts, provided by our president and backed by all the intelligent services..... The mark of a good leader is not to claim they always make the right decision, it's impossible, but to be able to recognise the new facts and new info and adjust accordingly.

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. scott h

    Her past? Are you kidding me Bill? She was the First Lady during the best 8 years this country had in my lifetime PERIOD! Get a grip!

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. Valerie

    Obama clearly won this debate! The republican frontrunner would smother Clinton with her stance on Iraq AND now Iran....

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. LeGrand P. Salvant

    Let me ask you a question about Iraq. If Clinton had voted against the Iraq resolution, would the war go on anyway?

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Alan

    Nobody won or lost. It was a great exchange. As someone closely following the campaign, I have not heard anything new.
    But Hillary cannot use IRAQ issue against McCain. I think the issue would just be off the table and not hurt her. Obama can use the issue that's all. Nothing dramatic and it seems people don't care anymore because of the economy. But you never know it could be an issue in November depending how things go over there.
    Great debate congrats to Hillary and Obama.
    PROUD DEMOCRAT!

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. New Day

    Any woman who does not vote for Mrs. Clinton in November should be ashamed. Regardless of your thought, it is simply, time for a female president of the United States.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Rick

    Why didn't Hillary read the NEI before she voted on Iraq? And what was the basis for Obama's opposition to Iraq if he never read the NEI and was not well informed on the threat?

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. lina

    I was hopping Clinton can addmit what she did ( that she was naive) to give Bush vote to go to war in the first place.. so Obama has been ready from day one

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Dan

    I dislike the fact that Hilary cannot accept that she made a mistake. I'm a fan of her but part of being a great leader is to be humble and be able to admit that you made a mistake. This does not sit well with people, we all make mistakes. come on Hilary!

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. Punjabi

    Bill – are you an analyst paid by cnn or funded by obama camaign. You are so off base.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. Scott in Montana

    Bill: It sounds like you are trying to create a news headline for the next news cycle. You "analysts" and "pundits" seemed to have decided since Iowa who the candidates will be in the national election. Frankly I am tired of the media spinners determining who will be on my ballot when I vote.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. Elizabeth Cermak

    EXACTLY!!! That's why we need Barack Obama as the democratic nominee. He is the only one out of ALL the people running for president who has and can continue to inspire my generation to participate in politics and take charge of the mess the baby boomers have made in Washington. He is a global citizen who represents the future in every possible way, and just like he pointed out during the debate, he is the only one who has the JUDGEMENT needed to guide America through today's world, not the just the knowledge of experience from the 1990s.

    IF HILARY GETS THE NOMINATION THOUSANDS OR EVEN MILLIONS WILL CHOOSE TO EITHER STAY HOME AND NOT VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION OR VOTE FOR ANOTHER PARTY'S CANIDATE.

    OBAMA 2008!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Liam

    Quite a number of US Senators and Congress members voted against the Iraq War Resolution, so all you people who keep posting that every one was for it, are just flat out telling lies. Robert Byrd, voted against it. Senator Kennedy voted against it. Senator Russ Feingold voted against it. Maxine Waters voted against it, so Hillary was the one who showed terrible judgment. Hell she even voted against Senator Carl Levin's amendment to require Bush to give the UN Inspectors more time. That vote shows that she was all for the Invasion of Iraq. Hillary can not bury her war enabling past, and she recently voted for the Kyl/Lieberman green light to attack Iran proposal.

    She learned nothing from her Iraq war authorization votes, and now she wants to repeat the same stupidity with Iran.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Vivian

    My favorite remark of the evening was from Hillary Clinton:

    It took one Clinton to clean up after a Bush and it may take another Clinton to clean up after another Bush.

    That clinched it for me.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Bill you and CNN has been so Obama bias.... it is making me consider FOX News Channel.....now that is a channel I can atleast expect one sided bias from ....shame on you, Wolf tonight, and the "clear" anti-Clinton agenda.

    January 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  24. Ms. Jones

    Hillary does have more experience –

    At:

    1. Making poor decisions re: Iraq
    2. Not taking responsibility for said decisions
    3. Running dirty campaigns

    Ready on Day 1? Ready for more politicizing that we are all tired of. Go Barack Obama!

    January 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. gaby Hoffmann

    PLEASE, AMERICA.... GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE...LET THE YOUTH , OUR FUTURE RUN WITH IT.... THE CLINTONS BRING SUCH A HUGE BAGGAGE INTO THE WHITE HOUSE – UNFORTUNATELY – AND REMIND ALL OF US OF VERY SAD THINGS ... THE YOUNG MAN,SERIOUS AND TALENTED WILL BE EMBRACED BY THE WORLD .... I WISH YOU WELL, MY BELOVED AMERICANS ....VOTE WISE, VOTE YOUNG AND VOTE WITH COURAGE! G. HOFFMANN

    January 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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