January 31st, 2008
08:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Drawing distinctions without drawing daggers

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.

Related: Watch Hillary Clinton's opening statement

Related: Watch Barack Obama's opening statement

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. George

    I really think they are hitting their points tonight. Obama is definately making distinctions between the two...

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. Leola

    Barack is great! He is getting his points across. I believe he is right about the healthcare issue. Some people can not afford insurance. He will have sudsidies provided. This is excellent.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Janet, Virginia

    Wolf was out of line. Get the hook.

    January 31, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. rdepontb, bel air md

    I siimply did not watch the same debate as Bill Schneider did. For a pollster, he sure is taking the "Barak can't do anything wrong, Hillary can't do anything right" tact. He seems to call the debate a draw-Hillary, to me, certainly had the leading edge all the way. I have to agree with those who imagine a dream ticket of Clinton-Obama; _that_ would be powerful indeed. But her grasp of the system's workings, of the historical significance and determinants of why we are where we are today, and how to get back on track, are needed in the Oval Office.

    I like Barak, but he needs to get off the wuss wagon if he's going to face the Republicans, even as a VP candidate. Barak, please heed!

    We need them both-

    January 31, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Joe

    He is not right about the health care issue .. do you all actually go look at their websites ??? come on guys don't listen to the media to make your decision go look. 15 million people still without health insurance that we are gonna fund the bill for ? NO I am tired of paying the bill for people who can but won't take care of their own house.

    If they can't take care of there house I am all for helping them but give me a break .... 70k a y ear and you can't afford insurance ... If i could afford it when i was making half that you can afford it on 70k.

    Second Obama needs to drop the not being for the Iraq war because HE was NOT in congress when facts were presented. Had he been I firmly believe he would have followed suit with the Democratic Party Leaders ..as he usually does. The congress was lied to by this administration and forced to make a decision with false facts, so stop denying that this is not an issue .. its a very dead horse so stop beating it.

    Next I want to bring up something that really bothered me in regards to Obama and you call can go read it for yourself on his website. He wants to commit us to opening consulates especially in Africa and commit billions of dollars to destroying poverty around the world .... Folks we can't afford this our country is bankrupt we owe 9 trillion dollars .... thats 3 x more than when Bush started in office. When he started in office we had a balanced budget might I add that Clinton forced the Republican's to balance it.

    We need to take care of our own house here ... the USA, not paying for schools and hospitals in Africa and worrying about poverty outside of our own backyard.

    I firmly believe that Clinton hit it right on the head when she said "it took a Clinton to clean up after the first Bush it will take a Clinton to clean up after the second Bush"


    January 31, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. grad student

    Schneider, slow down on the overt bias of support and kind comments for Obama. Neither won, 1st third was Hillary's, second Obama, and the last bit a tie which is good for Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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