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. John

    Obama had a clear resonse that clearly states his stand on the war from the beginning unlike Hillary who seemed unclear about her reasoning. Good answer by OBAMA. He is starting to act more presidential and could be big turn around in this race at least for me who was split in between the two.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. phil

    She's digging a really deep hole. I love it......deep deep deep

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Baffled

    Seriously, just say "I made a mistake"... you say "I" all the time as it is

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Brenda

    She followed Bush because she is only concerned with her political career. not for the good of the country.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Scott

    It's unfair to ask why she voted for the war when 98% of all lawmakers did so because given what was known at the time, there were real risks in not voting for authorization. She should be proud she gave the President the ability to act and she should be brutally direct that he screwed that up and he's to blame for the losses beyond the initial invasion. We lost 200+ soldiers by the time the invasion was over and we had Sadam yet since then BUSH alone has lost thousands more by failing us. His actions and lack of and Rumsfelds incompetence are to blame, not Hillary's well informed vote.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Zoe Strickman

    She has flip-flopped on this issue before. It's hard for her to stay consistent.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. Robert

    You had to be an idiot to not know that this was a vote for war. The Neocons had made that CRYSTAL CLEAR. I remember discussions with friends and family about why we were going to war. It was not IF, it was WHY.

    The evidence given was obviously at least in need of further examination, if not suspicious, and I had NO security clearance. She did, and she voted for war.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Tito

    Clinton is copying Obama's speech .....move forward....not backwords....

    conclusion Obama is the Leader....

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

    Obama looks, acts, sounds presidential. Hillary is shrill and equivocating... which is what she does all the time.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Faith

    Well, it's pretty difficult for Obama to distinguish himself with Wolf Blitz phrasing every distinction he makes as a "swipe," etc. against Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. ann

    We know you obviously favor Obama, but to state that Clinton's answers on Iraq are complex is ridiculous! The war is complex. The Middle East is complex. She is smart enough to to realize that. Obama does not know enough about international politics.

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Smith Kathleen

    Hillary, please stop lying

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. cj

    she is making me tired watching her try to dodge and dart on this– she is not being straight with us!

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

    Why can't she just say that she made a mistake?

    January 31, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Kathryn

    How can this be considered a debate when Sen. Clinton monopolizes the conversation and goes on and on about her experiences without stating firmly what she will do – we need specifics, not platitudes.

    January 31, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Bill

    That was a low blow.......by the Moderator!!!! Wolf, por form. You owe her an apology. Let Obama make that type of comment, not the Moderator.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Trisha

    This "analysis is so one-sided!" Typical media.

    I think she is owning up to it. It wasn't as cut and dry as everyone likes to make it.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Percy

    Bush rushed us to war, Not Hillary. Knowing what she knows now..... She wil do fine in a general election against any Republican. Perhaps Obama can say, I was against it from the beginnng, yet his complete package is less than Hillary's.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Charles

    Why does Hillary have such a problem saying "I was wrong" (on Iraq)? It makes me nervous that she can't admit that she makes mistakes. Sounds like our current president.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. jeff

    this issue is way over blown in terms of one carrying more effective anti-war weight than another.

    both obama and clinton have voted to support our troops in some way or other, but reluctantly followed bush's lead.

    it is a false fulcrum. and it is sad that candidates and media don't recognize this well.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Joseph de Maistre

    This is the part of the debate that Obama wants circulating in the news tonight and tomorrow. This is the part he needs in the news. As such, he needs to draw attention somehow to this section on Iraq. Either by attacking Hillary, using Blitzer's "naive" comment, or saying something very eloquent.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. lemuel66

    Sorry Wolf, this debate is not going to be CNN's carney barker's version of the debates----oh! oh! maybe he got there before the break.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Fred R.

    I wonder if both their camps made a pact to be a joint debate against the oppostion, They both seem to have a togtherness about them. I Like Obama and I am republican. I think he will be harder to beat for the white house.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. iyer

    Hilary is getting away easily with all the questions up until now when Blitzer tried to pin her down. He needs to do this more often.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. L. Rainer

    Allen, You Amy and Chris are off the chart, can't you see Obama's strategy here?

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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