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


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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Cash

    Thank you Bill for pointing this out. I would hope Wolf would try and discuss this with you. Hillary can turn faster and in more directions than any snake I have ever seen.
    Keep up the great analysis.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Would Obama just leave and ignore the sacrafice of all the men and women we have already loss in the effort of turning Iraqu into a domacarcy?

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Edu

    I will never vote for her cos she will Never Admit!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Vijay

    hey Bill

    have you not heard of Keynes's statement that "when the facts change I change my mind"? The facts – those that were revealed – in 2002 were vastly different to what we know now

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. corey

    Bill you are really highlighting was is going on here: Clinton is looking weak, having to backtrack, sounding like a typical politico, not a fresh leader. Obama is winning this debate, his strongest performance yet.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Ian Sturdevant

    it's a cheap comment on her part, to say that she would never have gone in, after the vote she gave.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Amanda

    Totally running. She's tripping over her past.....

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. mjo

    Wolf is so biased. I can't stand our media, every news forum cannot control themselves. And, just report.

    Someone should get still shots of OBAMA, the way he looks down his nose at Hillary, it is pretty funny. I don't think he appears strong at all. I can see why the young kids fall for him, they don't want to hear details on his policies, just vague promises.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. a republican

    There goes the cackle

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. Geri

    We need an outsider to do the analysis..Bill Schneider is too Obama oriented. Why doesn't some one bring up that he wasn't in the senate & couldn't vote for the Iraq , he was back in Illinois trying to get elected and with the war a big factor he certainly wouldnt want to say he agreed with it.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. Ray

    What is with all the questions dogging Clinton from CNN??? This is BS!!

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. april stamper

    Obama brings me to tears. I can only hope that he is the next president of the United States as I raise my two young children for the next 4 years.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Bill....you really need to be more objective. I'm an undecided voter, however, what you are getting from the debate is far different than I. Your slant towards Obama is very obvious....not good from "a respected news organization"

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  14. a republican

    good question we dont need another clinton

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. Jim Johnson

    Why does Wolff seem to favorite Hillary? He is allowing Hillary to speak longer, directing questions at Obama, and persisting that he answers them to the Wolff's liking, Hillary's side. Good job Obama for sticking to what you represent, and not changing your view like Hillary.

    Hillary shows little respect for Obama, through the likes of laughing at his responses, shaking her head, and rolling her eyes. How does the "tense/scared" Obama look when he disagrees with something Hillary says? He remains to look at her with respect, puts up a finger signaling that he would like the chance to rebuttal. The rolling eyes of Hillary is something that is not new to the American people. She rolled her eyes when her OWN HUSBAND said something that she disagreed with...when she was standing right behind him on national television! How can we vote someone into office who has little respect for her peers and husband, as well as herself! What kind of message is she sending to the young, battered women out there who constantly go running back to their abusive relationships, when she herself was cheated on. Lack of self respect on her part makes her seem weak.

    Obama, a Democrat I will vote for, a democrat for the American people, a president that will help our country get back on its feet in all aspects of life. Economy, health care, war, housing market, and picking up the "shattered pieces" that the Bush Administration is leaving behind for us.

    Hillary is not the type of leader CLEARLY because look at the smirk she has on her face at all times during this debate? IS THIS A JOKE? I think not, this is the biggest night of her life, Obama's life, and our lives. Hillary supporters haven't realized yet that she seems that the presidency is going to be an easy job. Look at Bush, he has struggled through his 7 years thus far, and Hillary does not seem adequately fit for the job of president due to her laid back, lackluster approach to this debate as well as the presidency in general.

    Obama can motivate people, speak well to his peers/members in Congress, and understands the workload that is upon him. Hillary cannot maintain a positive outlook on the American people with the amount of stress that this job requires. Obama will run this country with success.

    * I am a Republican who fully stands by Obama, and will get my vote if nominated as the Democratic Candidate. Sen. Obama knows how to lead, speak, motivate, and turn this country around. Please Democrats, think hard and long, before next Tuesday. American's need to realize that Sen. Obama is the best person fit to lead and RUN this country successfully. We need to remain the strongest country in the world, not just through the military, but economically as well.

    Thank you for your time.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Carl I. Utrata

    Obviously, Sen. Clinton does not want to put herself in the position of George Romney, who stated he had been "brainwashed" about Vietnam.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. steve keck

    barack seems full frontal and clear about everything. hilary seems to be copying a lot of what he is saying.

    i like hilarly i supported her way back when, but im changing my opinion now and my vote tuesday goes to barack. im very dissappointed that hilary isnt willing to admit her mistakes. you have to admit mistakes, to make correct choices in the future.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. L. Rainer

    All's Well Ends Well!!

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. evelyn

    how unfair was that question. I believe Michelle Obama said that Blac American should wake up instead of saying that America should wake up, but never a mention o anything any of the other spouses say. UNFAIR definitely.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Chuck Sweatt

    I am strongly disappointed with your view of Senator Clinton as a "typical politician." She clearly knows the direction and the realities of the country. She has first hand experience. Conceptual understanding of domestic and international just won't cut it. Let's get real.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. David

    Bill,
    What do you mean "She's running from the past"?

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Info

    Look at this Hillary trolls allover this board sickening

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Robert

    Senator Clinton forgets that the Republicans and Bush took contol of the White House and Congress because of the scandals in the Clinton Administration. So I think someone needs to clean up after both Bush and Clinton Administrations.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Jason

    how do you know that he will get right the first time..just a statement, no experience so how can he know the right decision..just luck he voted not to because it was a political vote because everyone voted for it..the decision was right to go in, but was poorly executed..he didnot stand up for america's best interest when he voted against it

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Conek

    It is so easy for Obama to be "right on day one." He came to the game after the country turned against it, didn't he? Bill, why do you have it in for Hillary? You coverage is too easily for Obama, and I am experiencing this debate as much less of the landslide you are slanting.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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