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. larry

    Bil,

    You are showing your bias. Her responses are far more thoughtful and yes more complex. His are more emotional but less factual. Simply saying we should come together as a people is not good enough. Both are good candidates and a very civil debate. Quite frankly, Hillary is far more prepared.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Kenn Chaplin

    It's difficult to handicap which one would be best to run against either McCain or Romney (maybe either one would be fine) – but I do like Obama's focus on the future.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. Ed

    Why doesn't Schneider just get a room with Obama?

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Roger

    Or, perhaps, Senator Obama won the Iraq portion of the debate by a clear margin (and that in 1/3 of the speaking time, it felt like).

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. Dee

    MJR 17, please go to sleep.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. guy brock (rock)

    heres the only differents between clinton and mc cain

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Kelly

    Bill a politician needs to know how to talk. I see and hear nothing but Obama following Hillary's lead. He needs to come up with his own answers for starters and learn from someone who knows how to speak politically where it counts the most. The White House

    Kelly McNeill
    San Antonio

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. SE

    He's not Pro-Obama. He's stating the facts. Obama is killing her with laser-like precision. Her past is catching up with her and she's trying to dodge it. Makes her look weak. We need wisdom, not 1st lady "experience".

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Tom

    HE IS NOT PUSHING AS HARD AS HE SHOULD ON THIS ISSUE. THIS MAY BE ONE OF HIS LAST CHANCES TO MAKE THIS POINT TO A NATION WIDE AUDIENCE.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Mustafa Joseph

    I agree. The Experience vs Judgement pitch is a great position for Obama to take. And yes, Hillary is definitely a political "nerd." Scary.

    January 31, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. gwen

    mjr17-Do you believe Hillary sounds authentic?

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. C. Marie

    This ticker line is so bias toward Obama it is laughable. Is Schneider working on Obama's campaign or what.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. j, cleveland

    How is it that these political commentators seem to think Obama wins just because he keeps saying the same thing over and over again? If I hear him say that crap about being right on irag one more time, i'm going to go crazy. I' m so bored with it.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. Chiman

    Mr. Schneider,
    So far the only good argument he made is on Iraq war which is NOT the primary issue today. The primary issues are Economy and Healthcare where Mrs. Clinton clearly had very clear and correct 'Judgement' and 'experience'.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Susanna

    Right on, Bill! "Experience" is not everything when it comes to such critical decision making.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. OM

    Obama makes a clearer and honest argument on this issues. Wolf is doing a poor job moderating the debate. Hold both camps accountable!

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. LapisLazuli

    You are the first person to point this out, and I read and watch politics voraciously. Thank you for not being afraid to think for yourself, because why is it no one will point out that the hatred only burns brighter as we linger as a real or perceived occupier. We already have the atomic bomb on our books, which was basically the end of American goodness as far as I'm concerned. Let's study WWII and really think about what it is we should try to do around the world, let's make it good shall we?

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Gervas Taylor

    How will the Senator neutralize the terrible animosity that powerful people in this country feel towards she and her husband if she wins the presidency. all i can remamber about bill's last four years was how how he was immobilized by scandel and attack, making him terribly ineffective, losing the congress, and making me wish to see him gone for the sake of the nation.

    January 31, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Di

    ditto

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. alice steinitz

    As usual, Bill Schneider is biased towards Obama. Who is the politician here? Obama's answers scream "Politics!" Hillary Clinton may have Voted for the Iraq war but so did many top democrats. At least Hillary has facts to back up her answers.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Linda Grant

    You are without a doubt the most biased person I have listened to on CNN. Any time I now see your face on the TV set, I change the channel because I know just what kind of garbage will come out of your mouth.

    You truly do make me sick!

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. graf

    now that was nice wolf, taking on hillary. Both are having a hard time. liking what i see. Don´t let them throw thir old slogans.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Angela

    Yes, as she talks about Bill. She is just a politician. She is not to be trusted.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. CJ

    Hillary sounds like she is trying to avoid answering anything about Iraq. I guess that's what happens when you make the wrong decision and won't admit it...

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Kate

    Schneider, what's with the Obama lovefest? Give it a break already! How about providing an actual analysis of the debate instead of painting rainbows around Barack?

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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