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


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Mimi

    this is truely Obama's issue.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Ms. Woodard

    She still has not said that tghe vote was a mistake. Just say you regret the vote and move on.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. jk in nyc

    ... any stats on "time of possession" - i think she's speaking way more than obama ...

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Annie

    This is Hillary's biggest problem – she is like Al Gore – she can sound SO wonkish!

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Mary

    Barack seems to have more of a clear position on what he would do and why but I worry that Iraq may not be able to step up and take over. What happens if their government collapses? Will that not make it worse in the whole Middle East? What then? How do we protect against that happening?

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Colorado Chris

    Zinger Wolf!!! Touche!

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. john hanford

    The democratic debate is so much more what the american public are looking for. We have very serious issues, that do not deserve the republican he said, he said politics. The democrats debate like let us please stick to the issues.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Kathy McG

    She's more clear and is not afraid to say that she made the decision based on what she knew then and what she believed from the briefings and discussions at the time. Barack was not in the Senate at the time... if he had been, he would have had the same information and briefings... it is a really EASY thing for him to say I never supported it... if he had the same information as the rest of the Senate at the time... we don't know what he would have done.. andneither does Barack!

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

    this is where Hillary looses points... she made that vote and she can't really say, "if I knew then what I know now" you are one of the most intellegent persons in politics. you should have really taking into account all those who where saying that bush was lying... plain and simple she made a political decision that made her look strong..

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Edu

    Can some tell her to answer question!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. David

    She goes on and on. Why can't Wolf interrupt her. I am undecided and want to hear from Senator Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Joseph de Maistre

    Legislators shouldn't "trust." They should deliberate. That's why we elect them.

    January 31, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    Why can't she just be straight forward and say it was a mistake to vote for the War.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Ghanaba

    She voted on the war based on the mis-information that was presented to the Senate and also at the UN by the Bush Administration.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. William-Jose Velez

    Can CNN ask about the Puerto Rico status issue?

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. steve keck

    shes putting herself in a hole with this issue.

    she did okay on other issues, but obama is taking control here

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. a republican

    She will never admit she was wrong This debate is boring Now shes going after Wolf Its like there afraid of stirring the pot well the pot needs some stirring

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  18. Jerry McMorrow

    Seems like not too long ago Sen Clinton wouldn't talk about any sort of time table on ending the war, but now offers that she will hopefully have the troops out within a year to 18 mo – am I not remembering this correctly?

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Ken Brooks

    Hillary is to big to admit she has poor judgement plain and simple. Hillary has cost the lives of several of the young people that are now mobilizing against her in this election. You can bet on that!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    Indeed.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Ghanaba

    She voted on the war based on the mis-information that was presented to the Senate and also at the UN and by the Bush Administration.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. norvef

    she is just blabbering the issue away.

    Obama 08'

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Justin

    either way Iraq is a war that all of us knew was revenge for the bush family. Bush and his war machine has put our country back generations. There is never going to be a right answer on how we get our troops back. by the way where were most the terrorists from Afghanistan, Egypt, suadi.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. Jason

    Bill,

    I agree with you on most of your analysis, HOWEVER, Sen. Obama score plenty of points with the eloquence of his answer. I appreciate the fact that Sen. Obama has remained committed to changing the type of politics that are played. I am quite sure that if the situation were reversed Sen. Clinton would stay in the typical divisive politics that has gotten our country into its current state.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Rich

    I think Hillary's sweating now.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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