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. Sam

    why is Wolf trying so hard to pit these two against one another? By using the word "swipe" he has basically said that Obama is attacking Hillary. Wolf I'm sure it would be "great TV" to see these two fight, but it does not do anything to serve us the voters, so please LAY OFF!

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. ANGEL MOSCOSO

    Best line of the debate: "it took a Clinton to clean up the first Bush's mess; it'll take another Clinton to clean the second Bush's mess"

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Samuel

    Bill,

    I don't see it, this patitude after platitude doesn't show this debate as being better. Nor does CNN doing all the name dropping showing the actors in the audience.

    January 31, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. badmus

    i really hope a democrat get to the white house come november. clinton and obama are great candidate but i oppose dynasty politics so i will go for obama (unfortunately, i cant vote, am not American. bloging from UK)

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Anabela

    True, but either way the Democratic Party will make history!

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Mike

    Could Blitzer show any more bias in favor of Clinton? All night, he's been cutting Obama off when he gets applause, and continuously is accusing him of mudslinging. When will the higher ups as CNN realize this moron is the reason that their ratings are in the tank?

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Cecile

    They 're "having such a wonderful time" ....:-)

    I would say, Barack Obama if he continues that way would benefit this debate more. Why, because he is not below her like he was before, he is calm and collected, and this only in the momenteum he obviously has (according to lastest polls results) will be enough for a smooth continuation of momenteum.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. lindyj

    They would make a dream team. I hope they can continue to send of the democratic message of unity.

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. wahutu siguru

    oh................since it takes a clinton to clean up after a Bush, is she really bringing change?

    January 31, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. SS

    Sure, Clinton may change from Bush, but she won't change from the other Clinton. Maybe what we need is a new perspective. A new vantage point on how the US should be working. Sometimes, the less expierence lets the candidate be more inclined to take different risks that a run-of-the-mill politician might make.
    GO OBAMA!!

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. adrain_andrews

    It is very clear this obama guy is what every amercian won't as a leader. hillary even see him as a leadder. let heim lead our country and watch the results he speaks with power with out using force. I am 25 and i never thought i would be in poliitic but this guy can get anyone to follow. Go Mr. Obama you have my vote u trurly make the world feel united that really what we are.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Tim M

    Wolf Blitzer deserves to be fired. He consistently tries to accuse Obama of "swiping" at Clinton. He needs to stop trying to provoke a fight.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. Sean Lopez

    Hillary and Obama sound like they are running a campaign against Bush. As an Independent, my candidate is John McCain. In the event McCain doesn't win, I could get behind and unite with Barack Obama, but never Hillary Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. ESF from Boynton Beach

    The Democratic voters of Florida have been disenfranchised by the Democratic Party. What can/will the candidates do to have a delegation from Florida seated at the convention?
    I am a registered independant voter and I am appalled by the undemocratic actions of the Democratic Party.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Amy

    This debate does not beat last night's debate. The debate last night addressed real substantive issues affecting the American people, economically and politically. Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee were especially brilliant.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. R Clark

    Mr. Schneider, you are right – based on the debate so far, choosing between the two candidates is tough. I realize in the end one must "win", but I hope whoever ultimately triumphs in the primaries we who favor the Democrats and their policies will unite and bring major change to the Presidency.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Chris Mouzong

    I feel the democratic uniting working. I would be proud to have either of tonight's candidates representing America on the world stage.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Prayu

    Barack wins the Iraq debate handily; there's just no getting around the fact that Hillary supported the war, and he was against it from the start.

    In terms of performance, she seemed much stronger when it came to healthcare; however, now that she's struggling with the war and foreign policy, she sounds a lot less confident and can offer nothing against Obama's examples of fine judgement.

    She resorts to McCain/Bush bashing, which is always good though.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Douglas Langer

    Why is it that noone asks the canidates what they will do for labor in America.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. eiohr

    I am not sure I agree with Bill Schneider on his last statement . I am a Republican viewing this to see if I would finally, after 30 years, vote democratic. Hearing what each is saying, I can honestly say that I see quite a difference in their ability and what is being said. I would come away so far with a clear candidate to support, which really surprises me.

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. Dave in IN

    So does Hillary mean we get more scandels, adultery (more decline), and "old" Washington politics.... my vote goes for Obama!

    January 31, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Sylvia

    What will President Clinton's role be during Hillary's administration? The fact is he would be back in the White House working to make decisions for the country. I think it would be an interesting question for her to answer.

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Zach

    If Hillary Clinton has the potential to bring the change she claims a 2nd Bush would never have been ellected after the 1st Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. LT

    Puh-leeze. This is nothing more than a televised circle jerk.

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. KB

    This is bull let her answer let him speak STOP you let her rebuttal every comment he makes that is why you get so few questions answered. This woman changes when the wind blows. She is a DIVIDER she does not get along well and is very opinionated not a good look for the next President. Look at how she is all in his body space. Tell th ereal polls tell how well he is liked over seas. Tell how attitude = 100% and that is what we will get from him Tell how after her husband left offfice Democrats lost at state and Washington levels big time TELL THE TRUTH!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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