January 31st, 2008
10:02 PM ET
6 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


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  1. HENRIETTA WARE

    i just can't trust hillary clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Brian

    Bill Schneider, why don't you just call yourself what you are: CNN Senior Obama Supporter, rather than CNN Senior Politican Analyst?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Walker

    Bill, I agree.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Shelley

    I believe that an "analyst" should be an un-biased one. It's very easy to say that you would have voted one way or another, but Mr. Obama was not there at the time. I don't think his vote at that time proves his judgement capability at all.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. shomgs

    That's the issue. She gave the President the ok to go to war, but never imagined he would? That says a lot about her judgement right there. What did she think he was going to do? Typical politician.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Johnny

    I think we are seeing the 'team' which will run in November.
    The winner should pick the other as running mate

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. susan Hitchcock

    Bill

    Its apparent that you couldn't fathom the idea of a woman president. Your biased and belong on the "fair and balanced" channel – Get real and try to weigh both sides not just what you want to read into it. I think both have answered some questions honestly and some no so honestly. I think you need medication

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Molly

    I would like to respond that the news media supported the Bush decision to invade Iraq, believed what the president said and didn't bother to investigate what he was saying. Years later we find out that the administration lied 935 times about Iraq. What took so long?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Maureen

    I think the real reason Hillary voted for the Iraq resolution was that she knew she would run for president one day and did not want to look weak. Why can't someone get her to admit that! I always wondered where Bill was then.....he would not comment. I feel that Hillary plays it too safe and calculated. Obama is sincere and upfront. An example of this is the debate where he was the only one of the democrats to answer the question about a weakness.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Matthew

    I think it is imperative that the next President is capable of using good judgement based on the gathering of information by all agencies as the President's disposal. This issue has been rehashed over and over again. No matter how many times Hillary answers the question, bottom line she made a mistake, but today we need to know can she bring our troops home and end the mess that has already been started no matter who voted for going to war.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. William Thompson

    Bill Schneider is a very biased guy... and obviously an Obama person. That is fine but I do not want to someone to try and convince me coming from a news program....

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. bpp

    It's easy to say he was "right the first time" when he wasn't there at the time of that original mis-lead vote. It's not really a fair comparison.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. maryellen doyle

    love your comments, bill schneider. ccn doesnt use you enough.

    maryellen doyle
    santa fe, nm

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. Jorge

    How is she running from the past? She never denied that she voted for the authorization.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Sunny

    But she is NOT naive...

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Karen

    It's not about the past....

    It's who can best take care of our future.

    Hillary , Hillary, Hillary

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Lisa B in Nebraska

    Why can't it be complicated? This is not, as Obama would seem to have us believe, simple. While I don't agree with her vote, I understand it. It's easy to disagree with it with hindsight. How many of us, fed the information we were given, were fooled into trusting our public servant, Bush? What would have been her motives for a blank check, pre-emptive war? It doesn't add.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Jody Mackey

    Wolf–have you ever heard of non biased journalism? Stay out of interpretation and just ask the questions... we can make the interpretations ourselves.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. George

    She is not a leader. Most Congressmen are not. They are Monday morning quarterback. I am sick and tired of hearning this is Bush's War. A very clear majority of congressmen voted for his action. Leaders stick to their guns! They don't run as soon as the first sign of trouble. The Dems certainly did run. There are not any leaders here.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. chris de Angeli

    Why was the Republican debate of 01/30/2008 only 1 hour long, while the Democratic debate of 01/31/2008 2 hours long. Both debates handeled by CNN.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Donna

    No I disagree. What she is saying is that she had to make a choice at the time with what she was given by the Bush administration. She did not say she supported him going to war. She supported going in to investigate more to make a final decision.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. evelyn

    She will still be far better with Foreign Policy than him.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. mglatt

    I respect Hillary for just not saying what he wants her to say about the war. That would be disastous. She was not the only one in Congress that saw it the same way she did.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    Ego and pride are a fall- Hillary has to admit to mistakes and learn from them.
    She could not admit that she was in the "bush".

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Rose

    Don't you think you are trying to be a bit sensational?

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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