January 31st, 2008
09:36 PM ET
6 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. Tracy

    I agree– why wont she admit she made a bad decision. Do we really want a president who will not admit they made a wrong decision? I dont– GO OBAMA!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. GL

    Obama clearly won the argument on iraq.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. melissa j.

    Obama: Great answer on Iraq!

    Not just ready on day one ...

    **Right** on day one!!

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Canada

    Obama is strong on Iraq and did exceptionally well.

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Gordon Goss

    Please tell Wolf to stop Hillary from Yammering ON and ON and ON and ON and ON. I put a stop watch on the most recent "exchange." Hillary 12 minutes. Obama 2. Do you have a preference here?

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

    go obama

    January 31, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. amyDnashville

    I'm with Schneider all the way. Obama is PRESIDENTIAL, has INTEGRITY and is not such a "POLITICIAN! "

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. evelyn

    And he sounds like a preacher. We don't need a movement , we ned someone who can take charge.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Don

    Barack Obama got to the heart of this issue, and is showing that the best candidate for President is Barack Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. dash

    Looks like you are Clinton basher. You do not see good things coming out of clinton. Are you awake?

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. David

    He always speaks more clearly with less calculation. This implies good leadership, the ability to make firm clear decisions quickly

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Bill

    Go BO,
    Right on Day One. Bush-Clinton Dynasty doesnt need Chlorox, radical surgery is the answer

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Mimi

    Obama voted present for over 100 times.
    Easy for him to play high road when he just made some "statement" over Iraq war back in 2002.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Linda

    Good judgement is a prime requirement of a president. Hillary shows none and Obama stars in this respect.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. SS

    you cant talk about obama without being pro obama, he's too good

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. marq

    Bill you are so RIGht....
    YOU rock ..!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. La'Kitgum

    I totally agree with you mjr17. Bill is not being neutral here. I have been reading everything he is posting. He is against Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Eric C. Graham - Swansea, MA

    This issue is clearly a strong Obama advantage – as an Obama supporter, I just hope it still resonates with voters. Very good debate from both candidates tonight.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. Chuck Raison

    Bill,
    Agreed. I thought Hillary won the first half but Obama has really picked up the pace in the last 30 minutes and he clearly took her down on the Iraq vote–with help from Wolf Blitzer. I wondered if Obama would be able to resist going for the kill, but I guess that's politics–when the moment arrives it's time to put away being so nice to the competition.
    Chuck Raison, M.D.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. bpp

    LOL. She will NEVER say her original vote was wrong. She doesn't want to fall to the fate of Kerry. Waffler.

    January 31, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. David

    This is the first time in the campaign I've seen the real difference between these two – Obama offers a new start, while Clinton offers excuses for past lapses in judgement. Now I get the difference.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Derek

    I agree that Hillary sounds like a politician.To me that is the central difference between the two. Is it going to be "politics as ususal" with Hillary, or a change in the way "Beltway business" is done. For one, I am tired of politics as usual

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Karen

    Obama is talking about the lack of clear intelligent forces over in Iraq, That we need to have more of that. But how does he know that there isn't? We all know that there are things that WE don't know, or else knowledge would get into the wrong hands. So why is he speaking about increasing intelligence? Yet....he is saying pull out. Oh.... did he ever serve in the military? And what makes him think he could manage to take on the job of commander in Chief? What gives him the acumen to lead our military?

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Chris

    I score the Iraq round for Obama!

    Immigration was also won by Obama; however, health care probably goes to Hillary.

    What does Shneider think...

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. kevin

    This is a difficult issue for Hillary but Bill, she sounds like a politician because she is a politician as is, make no mistake, Senator Obama

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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