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
Bill – are you hearing the same debate...they both feel that the troops need to come home...Hillary wants to begin this in 60 days and has a clear plan to do it.
I agree, Obama's judgment is more worth voting for than Hilary's experience. Further more, what is the QUALITY of said experience? Much more important than how much of it they have.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.
Did anyone listen to Hillary? What is she saying? Too much triangulating. I couldn't follow her. Geez, even Wolf didn't quite understand her!
It's hardly pro-Obama. The Iraq War is simply the topic where Obama shines due to his record.
McCain was born in Panama. Can MCCain be the next President of the USA.
Is anyone born in a US territory a US Citizen?
This commentary is really rather ridiculous. I encourage CNN to switch out Schneider for someone who is not so obviously partial to Obama. I don't completely support either candidate – but good grief – exercise some good judgment and be more fair in your coverage of the two candidates.
Please note that Hilary is talking 1.5 to 2 times as much as Barack. this is an indication of her struggle to be clear and to find an explanation that sounds good to her. By contrast Obama IS clear and concise. But ironically, this gives him much less time on air...
I agree Bill do you work for obama
I'm right with you mjr17. This is why the media needs reform! CNN & FOXNEWS are both biased and spin the news they way they want it to go.
its making me sick also!
He is actually right, so mjr17 don't get mad if he is actually right. What if he said clinton was saying the right things would you say he is pro clinton. He is so right so relax and watch the debate.
mjr17 – wake up and realize Bill is calling the debate as he sees it. Don't be so bitter because your candidate of choice is not doing as well.
Bill, Yes. Your commentary is too pro Obama. She has the experience to be our president.
Obama is saying nothing. He was against the war - based on what? Did he have better intel than the president, the Senate, the House, and other goverments? The fact that the war has become "unpopular" doesn't make him right.
I would like him to be asked on what basis he was against the war. He thought the strategy was wrong. That's not a position on what should have been done.
Where was his judgement when it came to vote? He voted "present how many times? He's too inexperienced.
There are many reasons behind the apparent down turn in violence, the surge being one. Other more important reasons that the press doesn't seem to cover much are the deals the Shia made at the behest of Iran to cease attacks, the bribes the U.S. Army gave the Suni tribal leaders to snuff a puny al quaida presence, and last but not least is the final solution that the Neocons facilitated..."ethnic cleansing"
Funny... I thought Schneider was a CNN political correspondant, not an Obama supporter. I'm a republican, and even I'm getting a kick out of this. You're not even trying. Can you try and be objective – you know, do your job?
Clinton: typical d.c. politics
Why don't someone ponit this policy out. The surge should work militarly. If crime was happening in a neighborhood, and the police department flooded the neighborhood with police officers crime would go down. Once the police officer normal level of patrol returns, crime goes up. This is the same with the military policy in Iraq.
She IS a politician Bill!
Obama is NOT? Obama is a product of Daley's Cook County just like JFK was a part of Honey Fitz's Boston.
When will the press stop this incessant canonization of Obama?? I like and respect him too but please stop.
Also, although JFK turned a phrase and inspired a generation; let's remember the missteps too.
Obama cleaned her clock on this issue. She looks bad by not admitting that she was
simply wrong on her vote for war. This is her weakest issue. Good debate so far
That is because she is......not a public servant as I think he is more of.
I agree with you Bill on this one. However, it would not be easy for America to leave. She cannot stay and she cannot leave. That is not a good position to be in.
Bill: Did the Obama campaign pay you for lopsided analysis? Clearly, Hillary is also scoring some points in this debate, but you are resistant to even acknowledging them!
What happened to impartial analysis and presenting the whole picture?
Yes, her answers are complex because all of these issues are COMPLEX! Everyone wants a slick, sound byte answer. But we don't need words and rhetoric - we need action. That's why I'm supporting Hillary.
I can't help but disagree. I think she sounds experienced and knows the realities of what goes on in politics and what is realistically able to be done.