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. Janice

    I'm glad Barak said what he said about the title on the page ... it was clear she's not presidential material.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Joseph de Maistre

    Maybe he opted for the third option: "making RIGHT decisions on day one." At any rate, cutting to commercial eliminated whatever momentum he was finally developing.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Lewisburg, PA

    On Character:

    Hillary will lose to McCain with the independents and Republicans. Obama has a clean slate!

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Val

    The lack of respect for women in the Middle East is well documented, does Hillary really think that she can make headway with these men ? Margaret Thatcher couldnot do it !

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Casey

    Hillary needs to be able to say, "I made a mistake." Her refusal to do so reminds me of Bush- heaven forbid! Hillary, it's okay to admit you are human, we will still support you if you admit to not being perfect.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. TIM

    I THINK THEY BOTH NEED TO BRING IN RON PAUL IN THERE ADMINISTRATIONS IF ONE OS PRESIDENT BECAUSE HES THE MOST SMARTEST MAN I KNOW

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Sharon

    Oh yeah, and CNN helped push the rest of the country over into war by putting out Bush's misinformation that Iraq was behind 9/11.

    And you want to beat up on her because she didn't insist on weapons inspectors?

    BOOOOOO!

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. tova

    Disaponted with Wolf, he shows who he is supporting. Not fair or ballanced

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    hilldog just lost

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. BigChipJumps

    Just can't admit it can you.. and that is why we need Obama in this country

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Becca Lowe

    Wolf Blitzer is trying to start something. He's turned into an idiot. I thought Anderson Cooper screwed up loyally last night. Anderson
    at least didn't try to start trouble. I'll never watch CNN again...Now I know
    why all the christians went to Fox. I'll go to MSNBC. Maybe they just have one idiot CM...

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Catrissa Hilson

    Clintons don't admit their mistakes!

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Ryan

    Kathryn said it best

    We need specifics, not platitudes.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. melissa

    They are not being clear on how they would do it different ...it is alway easy to knock someones...else actions. I might not agree with the Bush Admin,,,But right now we know that terrorist aren't here,,,,,because they think Bush is crazy... So would they think these two are crazy....thats my question?

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Michael Goodwin

    Hillary is totally evasive on this issue–as she has to be, since her record shows her to have been naive–as Blitzer said.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Ken

    My life depends on the next President being able to exercise sound judgment (like Barack did with the Iraq War) during precarious times....

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. MATT b

    On Iraq, Clinton needs to take responsibility for her error judgement. We've had eights years of an administration that continually fails to take any responsibility for their mistakes. Not impressed with her on this issue.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Shane

    I am seeing real and increasing bias in the cnn coverage – the coverage pre-debate, Wolf's questioning, the on-line coverage now...!!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. John - CA

    She is dragging this conversation form Obama....tell her to shut it!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. jl

    Everyone supported Bush at that time.
    If Barack had been in Congress at that time, he too would have supported the war.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. patricia ziegler

    They both are deporting themselves as presidential candidates vs. the snarkiness of the Republicans. It is very energizing and something that makes me feel proud to be a Democrat.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Tracy

    Hillary is being more realistic on this issue than Obama, who is only saying what he believes the american people want to hear.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Steven

    I wonder how Barack would have VOTED on the war if he had actually been in the Senate– he's voted 94% of his votes identical to Hillary's.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Beth

    It is SO frustrating listening to HIllary speak about this issue. She did trust Bush, and it was naive of her. She needs to admit she was wrong instead of dancing around the issue.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Dionis

    His comments favor Obama because Obama clearly is having the better debate. Clinton has been getting cheers and jeers for things Obama has already said.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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