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

Schneider: Clinton tackles the First Spouse issue


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

Filed under: Schneider analysis
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Leif

    I am really fed up with CNN's subjective political coverage – Why don't you go out and endorce Obama right away instead of beating around the bush... I want objective media – you guys don't deliver sorry!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Conek

    Hillary handled the question perfectly. Thank God she had a chance to speak directly to the people as opposed to having her painted badly by unbalanced news/media comments like those you wrote tonight.

    Hillary did very well and would make a great president.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Amy, Kazoo

    What could she say that would satisfy others in this instance? She said she's running, she's in charge, at the end of the day it would be HER. Obama has always talked about having to rely on his advisors and cabinet; just because he isn't married to one of them doesn't make that different. They're both running on their own. MOVE ON PEOPLE. show's over on this topic.

    January 31, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Tom P.

    Switching from Obama to Hillary....He just doesn't get the problems facing our country...great talker....lacks the understanding....come back in 2017 Obama...you'll be ready then and will have my vote.

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Greg

    Save us Obama from Clintonese!

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. James

    Clinton/Obama is THE ticket for November. A ticket that reflects the unity of the party and the unity of our country. Both did a fine job tonight. Those who say one clearly won over another is just being partisian for their candidate. It comes down to personality and style I think.

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Postive

    Hillary Clinton showed why she is perfect for the job. She was the only one asked loaded questions by Politic\CNN and anwsered them very clearly. Obama was never asked a tough question about his past record because the media just won't do it.

    Watching the live debate polling clearly showed Hillary with longer, and on average, higher results throught the debate. Both candidates did an excellent job in repair the trip in the Democratic party and I am proud of both of them tonight.

    January 31, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. allan hatfield

    clinton is more closer then berac

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Kevin Hall

    I dont agree at all. I think that Sen. Clinton handled the question very well.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  10. Len

    I too am looking for Bill Schneider's answer on what would not have been an evasive answer. It continues to seem that reporters really feel a bit out of sorts when the truth is represented by complexity and nuance, and not a great sound bite. Civility is no fun for Wolf, that's for sure. He felt compelled to do the only name calling of the evening, with his "naiive" swipe at Hillary. I guess when noone else is around to diminish the tone, you can always count on the press...

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. deborah

    rss, i agree. obama should NOT even THINK about running for VP. he is presidential material.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Rachel

    I hope Senator Obama is our next President because his views and values are similar to mine but...if Senator Clinton is the Democratic nominee she will still get my vote!

    CNN – Can we please stop with the "Bill" bashing? I don't know about anyone else but my life was alot better when he was in the White House!

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Justin

    Listen, I bet there are some things in everyones past they run from. So to say shes running from the past is really FOX NEWS, Look at the Kennedy family , look at the bush and his failed oil ventures and his ties with the big oil owners in the middle east. Obama has his dark past, hell didn't George bush have a coke problem at one time. What president Clinton did while he was in office, was something almost every man has dreamed of. Hell Kennedy had a Marylin. WE can go on and On and On and On. please get to the real issues.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Julia, California

    HIllary is so wonderful and she deserved to be the president of our country. I can trust her.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. BNS

    I must have been watching another debate!

    Hillary is the clear, hands-down, indisputable winner tonight. She made Obama look like an amateur. You could read it on his face. Her grasp of the healthcare issues is superior and her understanding of the immigration issue – particularly the driver's license thing – puts Obama to shame. He looked foolish when he tried to say that he would give licenses to illegal immigrants because he didn't want to have all those hit and run accidents. Are you kidding me? That was not a very "presidential" statement to say the least.

    And when Clinton started talking about her 35 years of experience Obama just had to sit there twiddling his thumbs – again looking out of his league. His "experience" working in the neighborhood looked silly.

    Obama has one thing going for him. He voted against the war. One vote - that's all. How does that possibly make him a better candidate?

    Like I said, I've been watching some other debate.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. eboughey

    So Bill, why are you the person who does this?

    You obviously aren't neutral and I would think this type of commenting should be.

    Shame on you and CNN for allowing it.

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Garth

    I don't see her being evasive, it's just Bill is a obama sympathizer. Bill will see it the way he chooses to..

    January 31, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. M. J. T.

    Hmmm...Maybe Hillary would have more control over her husband if she were president. Could we have a possibility of a divorced female president as another first?

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Ben

    Barack is the one. Go Obama,

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. hannah

    If Hillary wins the nomination, I will vote for McCain. I have no desire to have Bill Clinton for another 8 years. We in America need a new leader with fresh ideas.


    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. kathleen hall

    could you try not to be so obvious about your prejudice for Obama over Clinton? It is ridiculous!

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Jack

    How sad that Obama fans thought we won. Did you watch the debate? All he said was uh, um... She knew what she was talking about and didn't try to stick to empty talking points and catch-phrases.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. Rfos

    This was not a debate, Wolf did a horrible job mediating.
    Clearly slanted toward Hillary Clinton. Insult to Americans watching and their intelligence.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. BigChipJumps

    if it is her candidacy than why does she keep refering to her husbands administraton trying to inspire warm and fuzzy feelings about a scandal riden time mainly controled by a repulican congress

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. caesar

    Bill... you really got to relax with the posts here bro.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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