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. Eric

    A point for Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Susan

    Given these answers, who will be better able to debate the Republican candidate?

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Rebecca

    I'm suprised that she cannot admit to making a mistake. That's a terrible thing. If she just said "Yes, I made a mistake. We all do," I'd respect her answer a lot more.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. will

    If she cant admit to a mistake how will she learn from it?

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Sam

    she won't say she made a mistake because it makes her look weak. It would however be alright for a man to say it was a mistake, but because she is a woman she cannot be indecisive. Unfortunately that is the double standard type of society that we live in. I am an Obama supporter but I understand why Hill can't apologize for her vote.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Alex Egharevba

    And thats the fact Trisha, it wasnt cut and dry.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Inam

    Okay....Yeah it was a mistake ..happy?.. if it was just on iraq..Obama would have won long ago...

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Paul

    Obama is very strong on Iraq and presents the stronger position against the Republicans.

    Clinton had some of the punchier sound bites especially the Clinton clean up crew.

    I would like to hear some discussion on the econmy. Mccain is weak on the economy. Romney is very strong on the economy. I would like to see these candidates talk on the economy.

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

    hillary is loosing bad to barack she is playing politics she need to give strate answer to question and stop trying to be deceptive

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Pauline Benavides

    Subjuect for tonight's debate: Will they ever talk about their energy policies???? Please!!

    Thanks!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. christine

    Everyone is right, she is monopolizing this debate, but she's not winning it!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Fred, MD

    Why are they letting Hilliary ramble on without really saying anything? They are giving her way too much airtime.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Mike P

    Hillary is doing a great job and it is too bad that the CNN group is not playing fair. CNN should go ahead and "endorse" Obama. It is clear you are playing favorites and we can see right through it over and over again.

    Fair should be the word... not choosing sides CNN!!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Sally

    I believe she is owning up to it also, and has been for some time. Wolf, stop brow beating!

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

    McCain has not won anything. He could not stay with either Clinton or Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Thomas

    We are down to two very strong and not all that dissimmilar candidates. I certainly hope that whichever one of these contenders wins the nomination, the other will be their running mate. Is it possible that the seemingly decreased tensions between them and the so called "love fest" as some posters are calling this event, that they are positioning themselves for this possibility? I hope so!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Lou B

    Hill looks great,She look likes she winning

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Common man

    I lost Hillary after the first 2-3 sentences of that answer which went on and on for ever – then at the end of it, the question remained unanswered – i enjoyed how she was stumped on being "naive to trust Bush" – Why could she not admit it was a mistake in hindsight?

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. iyer

    Someone please tell me how is Clinton more "experienced" than Obama? She has never been a Governer, nor been in any other governing role other than her Senetor role. If you add up Obama's legislative experience and short Senate years there is no difference.Yet the media and Clinton propaganda machinery is trying to confuse the electorate

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Alex

    It's easy to spout talking points, but reason begets complexities. It's easy to say "I was against it" when he didn't have a vote that mattered to National security. Since he's been in the senate, no real daylight between them. Things that make you go "hmmmm."

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. connie

    How do you figure Hillary is loosing? What has he shown that she hasnt? Nothing

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Ken

    Hello...Hillary was a senator from NEW YORK, post 9/11. What do you think her constituented to see happen?Especially with all of the lies that the bush machine interjected into the discourse at the time...

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. rbpowers

    it is a very close debate. Very warm and fuzzy. Very fuzzy

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. keith Pike

    The Sucker punch by wolf didnt work. and besides the press was so gungho on this war that they were sending there correspondents to take combat lesson. Why didnt you investagate more are where you just navie

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Rob

    Why does it appear all of Bill Schneider's comments seem favor Obama? Clinton's performance has been nothing short of PRESIDENTIAL

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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