January 31st, 2008
09:50 PM ET
6 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. David

    Silly question if you want an answer that helps us figure out who the best President would be.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Diana

    She gave the same response as she gave in the last debate. I wish people would stop asking her this question and focus more on how the two candidates differ.

    January 31, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Amy

    Clinton won the debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. William

    Bill Schneider

    Do you work for the Obama Campaign? Go back and read your blog. Do you have anything critical about Obama?

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. K,FL

    CLINTON/OBAMA 08!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. CJ Marley

    I agree with other's comments...Schneider is definitely pro-Obama. I saw nothing evasive about her response regarding her spouses involvement. What happened to the press not being biased?

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Mustafa Joseph

    By far the best debate interaction I've ever seen.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    I don't know what debate you were watching Bill, but this debate certainly went to Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Scott Schatz

    Is anyone going to ask a question about the NY Times article today re: former Pres. Clinton involvement with the government of Kazakhstan

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. magie

    If it the answer was short and not evasive, it would be strange. How do you expect to talk about your life partner on national TV, after going through all negative and intrusive attacks, and not try to keep some personal aspects of your life for your self. If she was not, I would not have loved her so much ...

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Steve Johnson

    Pretty lame comments, Bill. Not insightful at all. I may as well call myself a Senior Political Analyst.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Boo Bill, 2 dimensional thinking on your part.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. jay

    she never REALLY answers any questions

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Moctar Teyeb

    Hillary avoid the questions.....

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. kwdc

    Thank you!! Finally, someone calls her on how evasive she is. Why does CNN let her get away with NEVER answering a question during these debats. The difference between her evasivive Charles Schultz-like BLAH BLAH BLAH ( remember the teacher or any other adult) vs actual answers from Obama. Please, please someone hold her accountable.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. 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. Go Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Prashant

    I thought she had a fantastic answer to that question!!! She said that in the end she would be responsible, and she would make the decisions.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Susanna

    La'Kitgum, I hardly think that more applause from a Hollywood audience is comparable to more support from the majority of America.

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. adam

    Hilary did not answer this question at all. With all of the scrutiny that Bill has brought w/ his wackiness recently this would have been an opportunity to clearly define what his role will be. I realize this can be viewed as a positive or negative, but ever since he suggested that our legislators should take more naps I have looked at him differently

    January 31, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. Steven

    How about the other Bill, Gov. Bill Richardson...... That should be her running mate

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Ray

    She told it like it is. Shes in CHARGE!!

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Rocky2

    Thank goodness we have the Democratic Party!
    I'm not sure which of them I'll vote for, because
    both are excellent. What a difference from last night's
    Republicans!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Edison

    I would give it up for both!!! Good adult, matured professional debate. I believe Obama gave more straight to the point answers. Like I said, Clinton was just the other Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. KO

    THAT's it OBAMA WON THE DEBATE (...maybe the nomination and election)

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Lees

    Hillary emerged as more focused, polished and knowledgeable than Obama. While she has clear weakness on the issue of Iraq, she provided a reasonable explanation. Good work to both on promoting party unity -

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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