January 31st, 2008
09:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: Clinton tackles the First Spouse issue

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Former President Clinton campaigned for his wife in New Jersey recently. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Hollywood loves the core of Obama’s answer on the sex and violence in media issue: don’t blame producers, blame the parents. He doesn’t let them off the hook, but he does argue their case somewhat.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s having trouble with a tougher question – and a unique problem for her. Obama doesn’t have to deal with the specter of a former president in the White House alongside the new commander-in-chief. There’s a lot of evasiveness in her response.

Related: Hillary Clinton says she's running for president–not Bill

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Atlanta

    How would YOU have answered that question, Bill?????

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

    I disagree. I think she was as clear as possible: she's in charge and it will be her call.

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

    She cited an awful lot of statistics regarding her husband's record. But isn't she running as her own woman? I'm confused.

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

    It was great how active she was as a first lady. It would also be great to have a First Man that has experience and a willingness to contribute.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. La'Kitgum

    Clinton received more applause than Obama. She will definitly win Supaer Tuesday by a large margin and she will definitely win California.

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

    Than why do you keep coatailing your experience with his

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

    OBAMA clearly WON this one, except you were watching another debate!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Edo Roshi

    It seems like Obama handled the "spouse" issue because he was polite and didn't bring up the mud and distortions and race-baiting of Bill. I'm glad they kept things civil on this.

    January 31, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Jeff, Miami, Fl

    I think she was pretty straight forward – She is going to be the Commander in Chief!

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

    Oh very good the chair thing Obama just did !! smart guy.

    wonderful debate and I'm sure all the democrats are happy tonight.

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

    Bill is an Obama fan. No doubt about that.

    Hillary 08!!!!!!!!

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

    She never REALLY answered the question

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. bpp

    Clinton – Obama, or Obama – Clinton? What about Obama – Edwards?

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. Ben

    The part that I did hear which wasn't blocked by commercials.....

    I loved it and completely agreed with Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. Chuck Raison

    Yep at the end I thought he won and I admire both highly.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  16. Susanna

    An interesting, but seemingly empty last question. I like the way Obama answered, and clearly Hillary couldn't trump it either. I also thought it was interesting that Obama was clearly hesitant to say that Clinton would be a potential running mate. He said she would be on "anybody's" short list not "his" short list – so, I don't think an Obama-Clinton ticket is likely.

    January 31, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. rss

    Bill will contine to be a problem. I don't think Senator Obama will ever have to settle as VP. If he looses this time, he should just wait. Hillary will be a one-term president. Also, was this the oscars or a polictical debate. Hollywood elite is an understatement.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. Barbara

    There's a lot of evasiveness in ALL of her responses.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Patrick of Albany NY

    I did not find her response evasive. What would you like her to say? Bill will be the first hubby if she is elected, and not co president. It seems certain people (Mr. Schneider) want to hear nothing short of Bill sleeping on the couch.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. evelyn

    That's because no one ever reports on what barack's wife says when she is campaigning. Maybe it is time to listen.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Stephanie

    Her response was NOT evasive. She very clearly made the point that SHE is running; not her husband. It is unfortunate that the media can't realize this as well.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Maria

    That is it Mr. Schneider! Your comments are not worth reading and have added nothing to this debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. AmericanGirl

    Bill and Obama sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g..

    Give it a rest for a while Bill–you make CNN look like Obama's PR firm/agent. Can you try for a little bit to just be a news channel?

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Sandee

    The problem is if Bill and Hillary are in basically nothing has changed. Why are people afraid of something new?

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. brenda

    Well, it was a mistake to log onto CNN...almost thought I ended up on Fox channel. Apparently Senator Clinton gets no breaks here either. It's just another love to hate Hillary channel. Back to MSNBC for me.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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