Hillary Clinton’s opening statement was pitch-perfect. She aimed her remarks not against Obama, but against the Bush administration. She’s making the case against Republicans, not her rival, and that will resonate with the Democratic crowd.
But raising health care early is a smart way to draw a distinction between the two of them. Their approach on that issue may well be the single biggest policy difference between them. Still, notably, she didn’t use the opportunity to criticize his position – instead, she advertised her own.
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– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider