January 31st, 2008
09:29 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Differences without bitter dispute

Obama’s given a great answer on Iraq. If he’s the nominee, this issue will likely prove the biggest contrast with his Republican opponent. Clinton’s playing catch-up on this issue.

Her answers on Iraq are very complex and indirect. The core of this debate in the general election will be this: Democrats are arguing that, despite Republican claims, that staying in Iraq endangers far more than leaving ever could. That’s a very good argument – and he’s prepared to make it. Her answers aren’t as clear, and don’t play as well with the base. On this issue, she appears very political and calculated. And the question lingers: why did she ever trust President Bush?

Still: he’s not using their differences to score points – clearly, neither is spoiling for a fight.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Info

    hillary is losing tho...dont u agree?

    January 31, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. atheistkiwi

    Thats my biggest question: why did she EVER trust Bush???

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

    Totally agree

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. atheistkiwi

    Info, Shes not doing well particulary on the Iraq stand.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. La'Kitgum

    Why are all Schnider's comments against Clinton and favouring Obama. Stop this BS, man.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Allen

    This has been a love fest all the way. No real debate has occurred and it has not brought anyone nearer to a firm decision to vote for either one of them. John McCain won this debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Amy

    Neither candidate is doing a good job, unless you call deceiving the American people a "good job."

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Mike

    Hillary changed her position on the war when she saw the war going badly Iraq.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Chris

    I wouldn't say Hillary's lossing as much as I would say Obama's winning.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Greg

    Not good for Clinton here. Why not just say yea, it was a mistake...

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Bruce B. Johnson, Phd.

    Hill has an amazing grasp of the issues and appears to be very forthright with specific details about veryr complex problems...

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. H

    I am not sure I believe Hillary's "I was mislead" excuse that she continues to use on this issue.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. tom from california

    Because he has the best overall, realistic issues to move this country forward. Thats why he is favoring him.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. David

    I think this is a good balanced debate. They are both so admirable. Can they work together for all of us in either the first or second spot

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. KO

    Smooth knock out blow thrown by Obama.... Listen to Hillary trying to explain herself...talking and talking...

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Michele

    Yeah, and I feel like Wolf is really helping her out on this one. But for me this is the biggest issue for me – this war. Now what she is saying about Afghanistan is a diversionary tactic. She voted for this war, that's it and that's how the Republicans will see it.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Rick

    Obama signs the check for Bush too doesn't he? How easy for him to say now, when he wasn't in Congress, that he was opposed to the war from day 1...as he repeats at every turn. Like when he says, "I was on the streets of Chicago..." as opposed to the air above Chicago? Gimmie a break. You're not ready, not now Barack.

    Rick
    Port Orange, Fl.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Edu

    What is her answer bla bla bla!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Atlanta

    MANY people TRUSTED Bush because of much of the information received about WMDs. SOOO many people wanted blood because they believe that Sadam had involvement with 9-11.

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  20. Percy

    She is giving complex answers becuase the actual amendment and layers is complex as well and she has a command of the text. In that amendemnt. She voted for the inspection....we have to make sure that we indeed we were safe! And at some point, we need to trust our president and his adminstration especially when they made promises to be thorough. If we can't trust our president then we should impeach him. Bush rushed us to war and broke promises. Should we let a "potential" danger to our country just lie in wait .... because we are not sure we can trust our President?

    January 31, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Jerry

    I wish she would just say it was a mistake and apologize.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Ryan

    Refused to say it was a mistake, ouch

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. rb

    Good comment!..Amy..thats pretty clear

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Jacquee

    Clearly, hind-sight is 20/20 the leader of the free world must have WISDOM! I am leaning toward Obama

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Jason

    She's very evasive on the Iraq questions and talks in circles about the war.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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