January 31st, 2008
09:36 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Obama's strongest pitch

Schneider: Obama is using Iraq to demonstrate his judgment.
Schneider: Obama is using Iraq to demonstrate his judgment.

The Republican argument makes an appearance: the surge is working, let’s stay the course. And Obama makes the counter-argument – and does it very well, questioning the measure of progress. How much has really been made? His message: The longer we stay, the more our security is threatened. He really gets this issue.

The heart of his pitch has been his judgment vs. her experience. It’s very powerful, and on this issue, their differences are clear. Meanwhile, she sounds like a typical politician.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Ben

    Clinton had that short saying...but Obama is making sense on the issues. Obama's strength is that his judgement is realistic and what's best for America.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. WOW

    Obama, is doing well! I think that he can take on the Clinton machine! It is important to be RIGHT on day one is the line of the night!!!!!!!!!!! I am voting for Obama

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Lynda CA

    Obama has a clear and HONEST view on Iraq.

    Clinton's answers are confused and she's obviously flipflopping.

    I wish she would just answer by saying :

    "Yes, it was a mistake"

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Marggie

    Are we watching the same debate?
    Why don't you endorse Obama, Bill?

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. Zinhead

    Come on Bill. He has no experience. And I disagree. He has no plan. He does good at bobbing and weaving. No substance. Period.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Cliff

    This is a debate against Bush – Republicans. I'm failing to see much debate between the two candidates.

    January 31, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Justin

    Very true, I think they both need to get together and decide who is going to be president and who wants to be vice president. I want them both in Hillary as president and Obama as vice president.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Stewart D.

    Shame on Wolf Blitzer for the cheap shot to Hillary. Wolf, that was an MSNBC style cheap shot.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. ross

    this site is so pro obama and always is ready to rubbish clinton

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. George from Minneapolis

    Why she can't say she made a mistake voting for the Iraq war.

    She is getting killed on the Iraq war. She has no defense on her vote to go to war with Iraq.

    Wow Obama is smooth. Very presidental.. Straight forward answers questions to the point without all the spin.

    We need him in the white house.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Peter

    judgment vs. experience.

    judegement wins.. take a look at the Legislation of the US ..tis all about jugement

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. ANNA

    This man is very impressive. So glad they were able to have an debate 1 on 1. Really enjoying this. Wolf is on point. Not letting either getway with anything.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. ann

    Obama can save millions by letting CNN handle his campaign advertisements. The bias here is unbelievable! Are we watching the same debate? Hillary Clinton is clearly the better choice for the White House.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. simone

    stay the course. grow up Obama. You can't rock a country that never asked to be saved and leave, before you secure it. Genocide, anyone, anyone. Bush created this problem, but it's our mess to clean up.

    January 31, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. Sandee

    You are so right! We need a new way of thinking not more of the same.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. KJM

    Okay – 100 years in Iraq.....
    Let's think about this. How long has the US had bases in Germany?
    How long has the US had bases in Japan?

    Did that not work? Last time i checked, we have not been attacked by a nation who once fought us and has now become our ally.

    Is there anymore to this issue.?

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  17. Sandi

    Hillary sounds like a typical politician because she IS a typical politician.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Edo Roshi

    Ultimately the war is a transitional issue. It will go away or at least continue to cool down. It is a terrible mistake to decide the Presidency on this issue which will be receding by the time the next administration comes into power. Hillary voted for the war, and everyone knows it. Obama is making a better case: "It is important to be right on day one." Also, he is very concerned with the terrorism issue. Hillary is quiet on the subject, like it will magically go away. Obama is tougher, and that will appeal to the national electorate, and it will take away from McCain's Navy swagger across the campaign trail. Hillary will be destroyed in the national electorate as a weakling who can't make up her mind, makes a decision, then switches, and so on. Democrats, stay away from this issue. Focus on health care, economy, education.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. bpp

    Based on style, ignoring the politico and dancing around answers, Obama is a better speaker. They are both very comfortable with this format. So glad the plastic fformulated "debates" of the Bush era are OVER!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. mjr17

    Bill – your pro-Obama commentary is making me sick!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Ney

    I agree,
    it is definitely important to be right from day one.
    Go Obama

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. PK

    Bill- You are way too partisan in your support of Obama. You got to give Clinton a chance. All of us who have been in decision making knows that we won't get it right all the time. In her own, she says she made a mistake. Give her a break

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. joana

    Obama demonstrates he is truly a leader...but do people "get" the difference? I sure hope so...

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. SS

    obama is a smooth talker, is great on immigration, the economy, and health care. and if nominated, he should have tony richardson as vp for good foreign policy

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. La'Kitgum

    I still find Obama's response too general and rhetorical. I don't know what Schneider means by Obama's strong pitch.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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