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. Zsar

    Well, how can you denied that she is married to one of the most popular human beings in the whole world? He is Bill and she is Hillary. But at the end she will be the one making the thought calls not Bill. Give the woman some credit. She is smart, articulate, and she has the knowledge and experience we need.
    Hillary 2008!

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Meg

    I disagree, Obama spends 4 years as VP and he will come out untouchable as the next President. If everyone's issue with his is ONLY his experience, which it seems, that would be a great way to clean it up.

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. melody, Snohomish, wa

    hillary did an outstanding job tonight. it is obama who is living in the past. hillary explained why she voted to give bush the go ahead. of course nobody new he was going to jump the gun, and not let the inspectors do their job. bush cheney and rove knew. HILLARY CLEARLY WON TONIGHT! GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Janice

    Please America ... we don't need another Clinton Presidency.

    Hillary has been talking about health insurance for the 8 years Bill was in office, and NOTHING. She is a bunch of talk and not action. Ask Bill about NAFTA and all the jobs lost overseas.

    Please America ... we don't need another Clinton Presidency.

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. whatime

    Obama 08!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Murry

    Obama won this won hands down! Hillary sounded like she had memorized a bunch of statitistics and canned speaches.

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Pier Giacalone, NYC, NY

    There was nothing "evasive" in her response. She basically said she is the one who will be charged with making decisions and Bill will be one of many advisors that she will consult. That's a good thing.

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Ronnie H.

    I do not think she will be a one term president. She will do somethings immediately and say that in order to keep momentum going needs another term to finish the job. Isn't that what Bill did?

    January 31, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Eric Hoerger

    It just seemed strange to me that Obama was the only one that was asked the question. If he stumbles in his answer, he would have offended "Hollywood", and that would cost him alot of money and support. Why wasn't Hillary asked the same question or even given a chance to give her own answer. And if she agreed with Obama, then some would wonder what her own opinion is.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Christian

    Obama got the better of her... but not a whole lot of fire... tuesday should be interesting

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. roger gopinath

    Mr Schneider, you are not being objective in your opinion of this debate. You are too glaringly obvious in your preference for Mr Obama.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. CHET

    WHAT A BORING DEBATE ALL SOFTBALLS BY LIBERAL PEOPLE

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. henri

    stop telling us who to vote for> We watch the debate to and you are ready to tell us that Obama won.Thank's God because you have only one voice.Vote for Obama

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  14. Tim Gabel

    This was not a debate at all. this was a sit down chat. The only thing missing was the fire place. I blame this on the moderators and the questions being asked.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. Brian Waters

    I tell you my wife and I came in a Hillary supporter and now we will support Obama. Hillary danced around the issue of IRAQ. At times it seems that she did not wanted to answer this question. She voted for the war and the she avoids the issue. Sorry Hillary you lost my vote.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Carol

    OBAMA is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Jim ( Independent )

    It was a good debate , and OBAMA will be our next President.

    Obama has better Judgement.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Andy

    I am an independent voter that supports McCain, but is it just me or does anyone else see that last nights debates as well as tonights, that CNN is inciting the candidates to attack each other!!!??? I must say that the democrats are hitting more on the elements of the issues as opposed to last nights debates. I largely think that if all candidates stuck to the issues, and spelled out the differences, and detailed the policy elements in which they are running on, we as americans could make better informed decisions as to who our next president would be.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Chris in Va.

    See Hillary. See Hillary lie. Lie Hillary,lie!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Debby

    Bill was a governor when elected pres. and didn't have any congressional experience. And yet his own wife is making her senatorial experience an issue for more experience, Interesting huh? If Bill did it as a governor then Obama can do it with less experience than Hillary. do you think?

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Brooke

    Bill, you haven't said anything positive about Hillary in any of your blogs. You need to retire.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. lwp

    Obama WON this debate clearly......We do NOT need the Clinton's back in office..SO many people dislike HER so much, that if she is up against McCain, HE could win!!! We HAVE to move forward, NOT back!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. Meg

    The Hollywood elite aren't getting their awards shows....they had to dress up and get on TV somehow :)

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. bob

    u obama supporters r crazy this guy has no clue EXPRIENCE is key Clinton will win by a landslide

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  25. Chuck Mason

    Obama won. Hands down. He refuted Hillary's experience and he definitely showed that Iraq will not be an issue for the Democrats in the fall if he's nominee.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
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