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

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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Ann Kuminns

    Lord help us with this co-presidency business. Enough of it with GW and Cheney who is the president behind the curtains. But to have Bill there day and night, and being the ego that he is, what else can go wrong for this country? Let us llok for hope and the future and not return to the past. Helping to create dynasties will be the downfall that our founding fathers had never envisioned. Look at the way the countries which have dynasties have gone – just one direction.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Gemini

    Bill is running for third term under his wife's name - but I think there is a reason framer's had ban this in constitutioin.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. gdouglas

    As a Canadian watching this political race with great interest it is very clear that CNN is pro Obama and anit Clinton. If this Presidential race wasnt important to the world it would be funny to see your reporter try and do damage to Mrs Clinton with their questions. My suggestion to the press is to be impartial and let the citizens of the USA decide who they want and keep your impartiality to yourself.

    From my perspective as a Canadian I think Mrs Clinton would be the better President although I also admire Mr Obama.

    Dont look at the gender or race vote on who is best for your country and that at the moment appears to be Mrs Clinton

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Joseph A.

    Oh boy!! Time for CNN celebrity worship! And what a great time for it! Pathetic.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Kristine

    Barack is absolutely right. TV is not a babysitter for your kids. People should monitor what their kids watch.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Paula

    It's clear that both want to unite the Dem Party. Now the hard question....who beats McCain?

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. LeGrand P. Salvant

    Good debate or conversation. While the democratic party is going to make history, unfortunately, they are going to lose the White House bid. Neither Clinton nor Obama will be elected president. USA is not ready.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. MA Petro

    I think she handled the question very well. There can only be one president. Her daughter Chelsea reacted very positively to that response.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Charles Nickalopoulos

    It is hard to say who "won" the debate, but they both put forth a great effort.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Doe

    She just did terrible tonight. i don't trust her decisionmaking, her judgment or her priorities. Hilary in the White House would be a pure disaster.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Jim

    At what point in Hillary/Bill's past has Hillary EVER demonstrated an ability to control Bill? Please don't make me name the scenarios...

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Belvie Douglas

    First, Melissa Long listens to a long-winded speech from Barrack (is there any other kind?) and then CUTS Hillary Clinton off...

    Bill's Schneider's front page ticker is NEGATIVE CLINTON AS USUAL!!!!!!!!

    I am so sick of CNN's bias......it is so apparent......

    When Hillary Clinton is President of the US, I hope all cnn reporters are relegated to the back of the press room for the entire 8 years....

    You are biased, un-american, scared white men who are trembling at the thought of your power base being eroded.....

    Go home and bake some cookies............


    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. Adam

    That was a smack-down.

    Barack Obama is the next President of the United States.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Janice

    Obama- Nelson 2008

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. Timmy

    These are my findings….Think TWICE before casting your vote!!! There have been lots of deaths around the Clintons.. Check it out for yourself at : theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/clintonbodycount.htm

    6 bodyguards…5 fundraisers…10 witnesses…3 women…2 investigator….
    3 commerce department—including the 39 aboard the plane….plus nine more..

    We need to give power of our Country to someone else not Hillary and Bill…
    She could not take care of her husband, what makes you think she could care for this Country?

    Take your time now and do some research on her…. My name is Timmy hope my name never shows up on this list….LOL

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Angela Williams

    Bill Schneider is doing a lot of Clinton bashing. I think she was excellent tonight. I hope the public can make their choice between candidates based on what they heard and not based on what political commentators tell them they heard.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Bill

    Excellent point Len. Even now watching the post analysis they are still harping on the Bill Clinton issue. It seems they are dissapointed that it was civil because they maybe lost some viewers along the way. Ratings over substance......come on CNN.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. Susan

    I was impressed by Hilary tonight and I believe she answered the question about her husband very clearly.. she will be in charge as the President of the United States !

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. BofT

    So we saw too socialists trying to out promise the other in front of the out-of-this-world non-thinkers in Hollywood. Niether of the universal healthcare plans will work without totally wrecking the American economy and the entire capitalist economic system that we so thoroughly enjoy. Hillary will welcome all of the immigrants she can convince to vote for her and she will not in any way offer a negotiating stance to fully 50 to 60% of Americans who happen to be to the right of her. She is terribly divisive ans we will suffer tremendously for this. Obama has a much better perspective as a whole America that can work together. Please democrats, if you must choose a socialist, pick Obama, he has a chance to change his political stance for the good of all America.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Jill


    It is so obvious you are a Barack supporter. Too obvious. Your analysis is one sided and shame on CNN for having you analyze this debate. Please CNN, have a neutral person analyze the debate next time.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. fergusparent

    This debate shows just how strong each one is or will be as President. To make a long story short, Hillary would be in charge if elected, hubby BIll would be nothing but the first man. I am seriously praying that one of them will take the presidency our country has nowhere to go but up now. Bush has literally buried us, and it will be up to the strongest Democratic President to dig us out, both Hillary and Obama fit that bill.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Trude

    Although Obama said in 2002 that he opposed the war in Iraq, he wasn't in the Senate at the time and wasn't faced with this enormous decision. With all the talk of WMD's and Saddam's murderous character at that time, a Senator would have had to weigh the possibility that the intel was true and that a destructive attack from Iraq was iminent. Remember this was in the wake of 9/11 and the public atmosphere was wary of another terrorist event. Also our long time ally Britain had sworn the intel was true.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. SH


    January 31, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Atul Apte

    I have read all of Bill Schneider's analysis and it is definitely biased towards OBAMA. Whatever happened to the impartial analysis?

    January 31, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Mandy

    Does anyone understand that if Hillary is elected, we will have the SAME TWO FAMILIES in the White House for the better part of 3 decades! Our country deserves better choices. There are too many talented people in this country for us to continue choosing the same families.

    January 31, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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