January 31st, 2008
09:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Schneider: Not making the choice any easier

Former presidents Bush and Clinton attended the funeral of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin together in 2007.
Former presidents Bush and Clinton attended the funeral of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin together in 2007.

The question of the past vs. the future keeps raising its head – this time in a question that raises the dynastic concerns in the minds of many Americans: nearly three straight decades of a Bush or a Clinton on the presidential ballot.

Clinton turns the question on its head, repeating a pithy campaign trail formulation that always resonates with Democratic audiences: it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush.

The happiest man this evening? Howard Dean. So far tonight, the Democratic party is the big winner. This debate clearly beats last night’s debate. But if you’re trying to use the forum to decide which candidate to support, you might come away more uncertain than ever.

Related: Watch Hillary Clinton take a dig at President Bush

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Corinna

    How come that this debate clearly beats last nights? 1 1/2 hour for 4 canditates versus 2 hours for 2? Very different standards were set. Too bad for he Republican candidates yesterday. I wish we could have heard more about Ron Paul's views on issues as well as Mike Huckabees. I think this tells clearly where CNN stands.

    January 31, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. June A

    This was an excellent debate and could make voting for the undecided voteravery
    difficult. However I disagree with John H and others who say Obama answers the questions better. Hillary is more substantive and gives answers that are more in depth. Obama answers with quip remarks and naive solutions. It is the tone of his voice and the way that he presents his answers that pulls some people in. He talks about change but does not convince me that he has the skills nor the experience needed to make such a change.

    January 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Barbara Kerr

    Barack Obama has much in common with FDR: outstandingly persuasive language, and strength of vision - enough to mobilize a nation to meet the difficult things asked of it.

    January 31, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Scott C

    The only thing Barack Obama could do at this point to lose my vote in November is to run with Hillary as his VP.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. jen-in-ca

    It was a Great debate and I believe Hillary had the most clear and informative answers. Go clean up Bush's Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. margie

    WOW what a tough choice...These two are smart folks..A quick Question Bill..Who would get more respect from foreign leaders..A white woman or a black man?

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. yolanda

    We need someone who is strong in every issues,who we could trust and depend on taking care of the United State of America. Who is fresh with new ideas. I do admire Clinton, but she voted for the troops to go to war, My son has been there in Iraq for a year. I'm going to vote for Obama.

    January 31, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Christina

    The debate was terrific and shows that Barack Obama is the person this country needs to run the United States of America for this time in history. Yes, Hillary is a good person, politician and very intelligent. However, Barack brings the integrity, clean slate, judgement, leadership, and organization ability needed to address each and every issue that we confront at this time. He has been able to withstand every attack that has come before him because of his background and willingness to be honest and to self-reveal his beliefs. He is a proven leader who said the war was wrong from the beginning. He is a powerful, focused leader, strong Christian, internationally savvy, and a highly intelligent person with the ability to unite persons regardless of social, economic, educational, gender, ethnic, cultural, lifestyle or any other differences. Keep in mind, the future President Obama will have the stature, civility, experience, and presence to bring honor and respect to the United States in any country and with any leader throughout the world. His presence will change the position of America in the minds of the world. I am so confident in this man's ability to lead us well. Vote Obama. We deserve him as our leader.

    January 31, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Meme

    In spite of whether or not Hillary would be a good president, my choice is something different. Americans are just not accustomed to have 2 families tossing the presidency back and forth. Hillary just brings back too much of the past. It's time to move on.

    January 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. dont censor me , bro

    moderater, my suspended postings lead me to re-read your disclaimer written at the bottom of the page. dont argue with or challenge the moderater to post our comments,, point taken. this is your site and your rules . be happy our comments go to post when they do

    February 1, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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