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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  1. Melissa

    I respected her answer very much... she made it clear that while she'll surround herself with experienced people and listen to their suggestions and thoughts on issues, it will be her decisions to make in the end. What isn't clear about that?

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Amanda

    rss – I totally agree. If Obama does not win now, Clinton will and she'll mess it all up during the first term. It'll take an OBAMA to clean up after the Clintons.

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Scott

    It's becoming tiresome – this is editorial commentary (i.e. "I like Obama") in the guise of political analysis. Change the name from "Political Ticker" to "Schneider's View..."

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. James

    I don't understand this: why is Bill Scheider so anti-clinton? I'd like to remind him that, as a journalist, he's not supposed to be biased.
    I actually thought Clinton gave very clear answers and performed excellently in the debate. But I loved this debate because it was so civil and focused more on the issues than the past – or Bill Clinton!

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. DZ

    He did it again!

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. BP

    Anderson thats how you moderate a debate

    January 31, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. rok

    Bill, have you thought about retiring? Your hearing must be going...Hillary was very specific...She will be Commander-in-Chief...she will ultimately decide and ultimately take responsibility.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Tim Gabel

    What does anybody expect when it comes to answer the questions about her husband? we are in uncharted territory with a canidant running after a spouce has already been a President.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Kim

    Loved the coverage by CNN. I am a Canadian very interested in what the candidates plan is to stabilize their economy. I found this debate far more informative than the Republican fiasco last night. Wolf did a great job moving things along. Overall, interesting coverage that I think has Obama in the lead.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Ed

    She couldn't control Bill the first (1st) time......but she says that she can now.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Tory

    OBAMA – EDWARDS IS THE DREAM TICKET

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Joann

    Come on, these questions were so one sided. Hillary of course gets slammed with questions and Obama gets to answer about sex and Hollywood.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. Mike

    Schnieder seems to have made up his mind to vote for Obama, Clinton said in her responce that she makes the final decision. That sounds clear to me.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. evelyn

    Hillary won this debate; Barack is always relying on someone to help him. The moderators always give Hillary the tougher questions. barack was campaigning he was not debating.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Caesar

    Obama / Clinton

    clear ticket to the Whitehouse.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Janelle

    She really didn't answer the question. How will she control him if she can't control him now? I think Obama won but she did a great job!!

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Alexandria

    Obama needed to show his views on the issues tonight with more detail than in prior debates. I definitely think that happen tonight. He won, this debate! If he keeps going forward like this, the next Pres. of the United States w/be Barack Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. Rhonda

    I think Obama answered very well on the last question, he didn't say yes or no and Hilary felt the same way. Go BARACK

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Sanjay

    Bill Schneider you are biased. Seems like paid by Obama or his supporters.

    Now here is the logical point I wish Hillary would have made… When you work in bipartisan mode you discuss and try to work with each other and try to trust each other. That's what Hillary did. Obama did NOT!!! He never wanted to work on a bipratisan wayto solve the national crisis!!! Now in case of Hillary's vote to Bush was a trust on a responsible citizen of USA!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Rob

    Funny how people are all over you when you speak the truth. Hillary IS being evasive... Obama more straightforward. Hilary is polished, she has prepared for these questions.... Obama is more "off the cuff"...and his thought comes through in his answers. Obama won this debate, calm and collected... Hillary looked somewhat uncomfortable with some of the questions.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. agron

    Great job Hillary...smart leader...AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED YOU..

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  22. Troy Gorda

    Once again, Senator Obama looks like a man of vision. His canidacy has thrown the entire political environment off kilter. Senator Clinton is an expert of the old game, the politics of yesterday. Senator Obama is a man of true vision and intelligence. Its time to put a new plan into action, its time to change the status quo! Senator Clinton claims to be ready to go the first day in office. So will all the Repbulicans who are ready for payback. We can't afford another 4 years of political fighting and gridlock.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  23. Mark J.

    Bill: Why don 't you just come out and endorse Obama, I am so tired of reading your biased blogs on these candidates. You are doing a tremedous disservice to the people of this country.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. Christopher

    Schneider. You could not be anymore obvious in your support of Obama if you were wearing an "Obama '08" button.

    January 31, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Edward Lane

    With luck, we've just seen the future, and the future is bright.

    January 31, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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