January 31st, 2008
09:36 PM ET
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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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  1. Nathan

    I respect Bill Schneider greatly.. but your clear dislike for Hillary is obvious and a little unprofessional. Try to stay neutral, Bill.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Amanda

    she just won't say "I was wrong"
    she's WAY too conceited to admit that she made a mistake. And NO, she will not get the troops out of Iraq because like the Bush family, the Clintons have WAY too much to lose if we leave Iraq. Open your eyes, people - she talked about the Iraquis who we have to protect as a result of our exiting Iraq, those who have supported us.....
    We've supported them for WAY TOO LONG. Clinton does not get it. It's more about her politics – it's about the fact that our boys are dying over there for an unjustified war with a country who can defend itself. We need to protect and defend ourselves for once.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Lorraine

    I totally agree. I thought the media's job is to bring us the FACTS, not their OPINION.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Ken Brooks

    Aint it great though? CNN loves Hillary and she is getting real questions from real people of Politico.com. She has choice either answer or dodge.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. evelyn

    Is there anyone there who is bipartisan? Seems like you are all Obama supporters. thought your station was differetn then Fox and MSNBC guess I was wrong.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Natalie Hudson

    Mrs. Clinton has every right to change her mind. After all it is a womans purogative to change her mind is it not ? Not ... Not as Our President of the United States, Especially when it comes to War.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. ross

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

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. TM

    Bill, you are right on point. He made a clear distinction that McCain or anyone else would draw Clinton into and tangle her up easily.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Darlene Elbert

    Is anybody keeping track of how many minutes each of these people has used? It seems to me Senator Clinton is dominating the time used. When does Senator Obama get equal time???!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. George

    I agree, he put the fact str8 out there. The surge is a farce' and he definately made the distinction that the violence is measured different and the violence seems more sever when it happens,

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. PeterD

    Finally, a clear statement that the surge is smoke and mirrors. Obama nails it and Cllnton is left backsliding and covering. She cannot say I made a mistake. She loses face here. I wish CNN would press the republican candidates on justifying this supposed "surge" which is an escalation that isn't working.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Sharyn

    I feel your ticker comments are very biased, you keep saying how eloquent Barrack is but I think it is Hillary who is demonstrating elequence!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Tyler

    How does he get the issue? Every answer he gives is nothing but philisophical bull crap. Right now we do not need his ideas, we need Clinton's solutions.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Joseph de Maistre

    Schneider, I couldn't have said it better myself.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Lauren

    I think Wolf Blitzer was out of line with his comment on calling her nieve. She is a respected official who has worked her way up through the ranks. This is not a debate with Obama, Clinton, and Blitzer. A tag team effort on Clinton is not my idea of a true debate. Its a shame!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Info

    how is he pro Obama?

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. sally

    Are you supposed to be neutral, Mr. Schneider? Because you're not. You clearly have drunk the Obama kool-aide.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Aspence1

    I have always known since the debates started that Obama would do better at debating one on one and he is!

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Meir Kroll

    The bottom line is, you dont just pick a candidate based on experience; you pick a candidate based on there values, there judgement, and the belief systems. All presidents have a support system around them to give them advice and give them the most amount of factual information to make the right decision. OBAMA is clearly the right person for the job. To quote him in previous debates "Change happens from the ground up". Let's make that change and put this guy in charge of the most important job in the world.

    On a side note, if anyone has been watching this debate through the live sensor's, it is clear that before Hilary Clinton even starts talking her graph shoots up…. and the opposite for when Barrack starts talking. CNN are you 100% certain that these people are UNDECIDED? If so how did you go about choosing these people? I feel that this is an extremely important question since it makes a huge impact on the publics perceptions of the candidates.

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Steves

    Sen Obama is oversimplifying the issue

    January 31, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. JAS

    I agree, Bill you are pathetic as an "analyst".

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Robert in Albuquerque

    mjr17-

    didn't you know cnn is very PRO Obama? Objective programing is out the window. CNN has lost it's touch.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. La'Kitgum

    Americans are watching and the majority believe Clinton is on the spot.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Jay

    I Have to agree Bill, eveyr one of you observations is Pro-Obama. Right now I see Hillary as the most presidential... hands down

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Amanda

    mjr17 – Clinton is avoiding the real answers. Bill Schneider is simply making an honest observation.

    January 31, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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