January 31st, 2008
09:29 PM ET
6 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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  1. BigChipJumps

    I believe that that is the difference between polititians and and Leaders, Leaders can admit their mistakes and learn from them polititians spin them

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Edison

    Hillary should be honest that she made a mistake or accept that she was in favor of the war. It would be more honorable from her part! She is a politician, and answers like one. Another Clinton? Change?

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Edu

    Go! Persident Obama!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Eric

    Clinton loses the Iraq argument... badly. She can't beat McCain explaining how her vote for war was right, but Bush carried it out badly. That is the same argument McCain makes!

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Al

    Funny, As I remember it, Obama did not have a vote in the US Senate when the issue came up/ What would he have done if he had to make the decision nstead of stand on the sidelines?

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. JoAnne

    There have been so many comments about how civil the debate is. It seems that the civility waning a bit.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Greg

    Huge opportunity for Obama to seperate himself from Clinton there...Don't think it did at all....this is a debate right?

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. evelyn

    Her and how many other senators? Were they all wrong? The world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. Bill you are showing who you favor for this election.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Clinton...needs...to...admit...a...mistake. She is being Bush like up there. Man, she really dropped this debate at the end. Ouch.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. phil

    They never give specifics. Thats the problem with the whole institution. All they have is talking points. They can't solve problems.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Mary

    I disagree that Hillary is not doing well. Had Obama actually been in the Senate when we went to Iraq and had he had the same information. He too may have voted the same way.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. John

    I thought Clinton's answer on health care insurance has more substance. Obama has good intention, but not much substance.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Boogie

    Great Job Wolf!

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. dave

    It sure seems that Schneider does not like Hillary one ounce.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. rino

    what makes think that people of usa will elect you as the president

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. billie

    id like to ask obama ,why he voted against the war in araq?
    everyone in washington was convinced iraq was a threat.why wasnt he?
    billie/louisiana

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. citizen3591

    why doesn't Wolf ask why Hillary didn't read the NIE?

    Her credibility is dead on Iraq, and there's no way she can change that. Her judgment was poor, and she won't admit it. Barack comes out ahead.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. jeff

    guys your piling on again

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. hannah

    Obama is doing great!!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Reap

    Why doesn't any candidate from either party speak on the injustice that our country suffered from the malicious prosecution, and lack of civil rights in the instance of Jena Six.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. kim

    30 years! That's the difference. Is America going to vote for someone who only has 10 years of political experience? Whould you choose a a DR or Lawyer that only had a few years experience? NOT!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Tom

    IS THIS A PATTERN?REMEMBER SHE TRUSTED BILL.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Shane

    Can CNN get a different moderator for the next debate? Seems like Hillary gets to ramble and end every question. Just an observation.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. sandra barrett

    Hilary appears to be unreal and uncertain of the subject matter. I fear she may be playing politics like the Republicans.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Ram K

    what the Hell is BILL talkin ?.He should be retired from CNN ASAP.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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