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. Richy

    I have to agree with the point raised about Bill Schneider being biased against Clinton

    January 31, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Mary

    That's not fair.....she is advertising her programs and he does not get a chance.

    January 31, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. jeff

    there's nothing complicated about reluctantly supporting our troops.

    why don't you try to win a nobel prize in math instead of making such an insightful analysis of nothing

    January 31, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Jen

    Your analysis/comments throughout this debate have not been representative at all of what I see. I am surprised that CNN has such a one-sided analysis and I find it offensive.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Richard B. Sawyer

    I believe that any health plan will not work without a Constitutional Amendment for all Americans without it the Supreme Court could review the law as unconstitutional.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. Murry

    Leaders and visionaries hire managers/organizers. Managers don't hire visionaries. A Obama/Clinton ticket makes more sense.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. theal2

    Great debate compared to Republican debate of snipes at each other.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Lewisburg, PA

    Hillary and Obama cannot be a "dream ticket"! NY is already going for Dem, and IL will vote Dem. Either candidate must pick someone from FL, OH, PA, or other "swing" states to pick up votes there!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Craig

    I think she has made her point pretty clear what her future plans are for Iraq. To that, I think she makes her point on most issues more clearly than Barrack.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Roberta Fired Up for a Long Time!

    The ticket .....Obama/clinton

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. RJ Santiago

    She lost me when she had to clear the record.... and then didn't clear the record. Her record is slightly a problem for me. She lost on health care before and I don't agree with her plan now. She lost on the war: Big time! She was/is the type of person to take issues behind closed doors and that means alot to me. I look forward to 'change'.

    I've never been involved before! But....
    Yeah

    I've made my decision!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Pat. O

    Obama just WON this debate handily!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Al

    Her commerical is so being a politican!! She is so predictable!!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. paul

    why doesnt anyone ask what either clinton or obama would have done in response to 9/11?

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  15. ABL

    Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton – Hillary's attempt at humor in responding to that question is dynastic and embarrasing in a nation with 300 million people! Obama should have been given an oppotunity to respond and should have said that the Clintons and Bushs have spent decades making political deals and making enemies. These are liabilities that we cannot allow our next President to enter the oval office with. It's time break away from these people.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. evelyn

    At least Hillary cant ake off her own microphone, if he needs help with that How will he deal.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. Debby

    I love CNN! Bill Schneider's ticker is the coolest most summative for me this election season. It was great in all the other debates too, Republican and Democratic both. WAY TO GO, BILL!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. davismsouthdakota

    wow– that was great – obama is fine tuned .. he got his points across – that he reallly cares for this nation.. not a black thing not a white thing not a blue thing not a red thing it is a united states thing

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Obi

    Hey Cindy, how MORE many of these men and women who've lost their lives do we need to lose for Iraqi democracy. Let them fight for it like we did for ours.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. Cisco

    We can not continue to occupy Iraq because of the men and women we have already lost there. We will just continue to lose more. We need to get out! Bush got us into this mess and us Democrats will inherit the cleanup. Our troops have done their job, they have done what was asked of them. They are hero's, now lets bring them home and take care of them. We can not make people believe in our form of democracy. Most Iraqi's view us as the enemy. The way their country is ran will have to be determined by them, not us. Bring our Men home!!

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Christian, Tampa FL

    Hillary's answer on Iraq and her attitude toward foreign policy was the most concerning out of an otherwise very amazing and historical debate.

    We need to be extremely careful as we consider our options for nominee, understanding that the world is changing and that it is paramount for our next President to have extremely strong and informed judgment on foreign policy.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Catrissa Hilson

    Obama won this debate. He was more direct with his answers.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Catrissa Hilson

    Obama won!

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Gary

    Bill's seemingly missed the best rejoiner of the night Hilliary: " It took a Clinton to clean up after the first Bush and it may take a Clinton to clean up after the second Bush". It garnered more applause than any other coment.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Chiman

    Bill: Please stop the pro Obama commentary. You have started looking bad and biased. Be yourself please.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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