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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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Kenneth P Shanahan

    If she wants to be president she should be able to admit when she was wrong. I think she would get a lot more respect if she just came out and said she made a mistake like Edwards did

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Ray

    I guess this a Obama site now.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Judy from MI

    Is it me or is this the democratic ticket...... they are just too nice to each other. Tomorrow the fangs will be evident again.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. art

    sen obama keeps hitting sen clinton on her vote for the war and calls it judgement,what about the 5 or 8 votes he pushed the wrong button,was that judgement

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. vjp

    I agree with Trisha – this "analysis" is biased. And Wolf is a horrible, horrible moderator. He shouldn't inject himself into the debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Chas

    what's Blitzer's problem? He appears very Republican

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. sher

    Mr. Schnider, What debate are you watching ? You are being very lopsided in your comments. This is how untruths begin.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Imran

    Clinton's answer on Iraq issue is totally indirect and she has been trying her best to make the answer too complicated for people to decypher...what was she saying?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. CeCe

    Hillery is doing great!!

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Jim

    I am appalled at Wolf Blitzer's clear and eager effort to unfairly characterize Obama's comments as a "swipe" against Hiliary. He did that three times , and was wrong each time. Does he just want to put Obama ina poor light and help Hiliary? What happened to fairness?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Melissa

    Let's not forget... the majority of voters in this country trusted BUSH eight years ago...

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Harvey

    PLEASE, Wolf, control the conversation and stop letting Hillary go on and on........and on.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. Daniel from Kansas

    She couldn't answer the question about whether voting for the war was a mistake!!!

    Instead, she babbled on and on AND ON AND ON...

    Never answered it.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  14. John

    Obama wasn't a U.S. senator when the Iraq war broke out. It's easy for him to say "I was opposed to the Iraq war from day one." Actually, "day one minus two years."

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. christopher

    Clinton is buried under her attempts to decive the public of her previous positions. She too has acknowledged in the past a need to stay in Iraq. The real leader on this issue is Obama- resolute in his position from the start and consistent with the voter's desire in 2006 election

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Betty Rose

    Bill and all on the Blog
    Barak is asking that all this information is put together and used.
    All of us need to remember the tone of the country-if you we not for the war you are Not american!
    People whispered the opposite opinion do to how Bush and Cheney acted!

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Eva

    Hilary is winning. She has picked up her game and is alot more detailed in her answers. She has demonstrated real leadership and is definitely has well thought out her responses and plans for America's future..

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Patrick

    The only person who sounded believable on the Iraqi issue was Sec. of State Colin Powell in his presentation the the UN. He stated a sound case, that still did not warrant the beginnings of a war against a nation with no direct link to our immediate frustration over 9/11.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. smc

    Obama was not in the Senate at the time the Bush Iraq misinformation was being peddled.
    Obama Come back in 8 years !

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. Kris Alton

    I am voting for the first time and I am 52 years old. I am thinking family values, why did Hillery stay with the scumbbag Bill? Was it to further her political future? And will she do the same with the people that she represents? I really don't see change.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Amy

    If either of these two candidates becomes President. I'm leaving the country. We need real change, as proposed by Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. Evan

    They are both Democrats, and the country will be much better off if either is our President. Personally, however, I do not see how changing a position on the war is such a bad thing. She is clearly more experienced, and he clearly has the "fresh" face.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. Tonia

    At least she cast a vote and didn't just say present. It's easy to judge someone else when your looking in from the outside.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Melanie Martin

    Tell Wolf Blitzer to stop badgering Hillary by putting words in her mouth and belaboring her points...is he so much of a Republican or anti-Clinton or anti-woman that he can't even run a debate without putting down one of the contestants.

    Shut up, Wolf~

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. sean

    noway did they just bring up her husband that is bull and should not be aloud sorry

    o and vote hillary or don't vote at all

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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