February 21st, 2008
09:27 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton backs off the readiness question

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton appears to only want to draw distinctions on the healthcare issue.When asked if she thinks Obama is ready to be commander-in-chief, Clinton avoided answering it directly. Instead, she gave her standard line: she is ready to lead from Day One.Meanwhile, when Obama was posed the question, he returned to his initial opposition to the war in Iraq - an issue he has raised at least three times tonight. It’s the cornerstone to his argument that he has better judgment than Clinton.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Illinois Vet

    Oblahma. I feel offended that he is speaking of veterans because I am one and he hasn't done crap to help me.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Ben from D.C.

    Judgment is key on day one. Good recognition by Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Rough n Tough Politics

    His first comment on being commander in chief was, I would not be running if I did not think I was ready to be president.... Bush thought he was ready and look what happened. Lack of experience means failure guys and girls.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Bill

    Haha at Clinton avoiding the question like a weasel – good debate so far – advantage Obama

    Independent Texas Voter

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    She is making sure that IF she does not get the nomination, that she is 1st on the list for VP

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Bob G.

    Greater Judgement or Better Hindsight???

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. steve

    Hey she was mislead by Bush into her vote

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Johnathon

    Does he think his choice was a mistake or not, I didn't get that answer out of that discussion, and how did Latin America get involved with that question. I'm lost

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. Vig

    Here it is again "advantage Obama" write the byline in negative context toward Clinton. Geeze Louise – and they pay you for this?

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  10. Ken in GA

    Obama just 'dis Clinton and is ready to take on McCain........we're here, we're ready, ....Hillary, 'shoot move, or get out of the way'.....go Barrack

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Leeroy

    she wants to withdraw the troops within 60 days, 2 brigades or so per month. Gee, can someone enlighten me on the size of a brigade?

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. bryen

    How easy it is for Obama to claim the high road in the Iraq debate when he wasn't even a Senator at the time that others had to make the decision. For all we know, he agreed with the voting at the time, but had the luxury of not having his agreement recorded in any way.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. lloyd williams

    Neither will say the surge or troops was the right decision in Iraq. They will be hit with a direct question from Mccaine about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Robert

    She talks like a fighter when separate, and makes vague and big accusations like this, but is unwilling to back them up in a forum that will expose that she has no ground to stand on. This looked bad.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. tobe

    It is the cornerstone that he is a one issue candidate

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Chris Donahue, TX

    Obama answered the questions of being Cmdr in Chief and Clinton talked more about doing first lady roles of promoting peace and human rights.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Jamaal

    Again...with Clinton's "35 years of experience," healthcare is her trump card. It's all she knows!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Mitsy

    I think most people have better judgment than Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama is just pointing out the obvious.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Young Boy Sean

    That shows that Obama will have leadership and good judgement, not political flip flopping

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Jeff

    She is ready to lead on day one?

    Or rather, she is ready to start leading on day 60, after speaking with a bunch of other people to see if THEY think it would be good idea to pull troops out of Iraq.

    Obama lead on day one by starting to pull troops out and will lead by telling Iraq that they have had years to get it right, so it's there turn now.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. joywinnebago

    Neither one talked about how they contrast McCain. I'd especially like to hear how Obama won't come off looking like a pacifist.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Brit Denise

    He is in a better position to argue this because even if US has made great stride in iraq it has cost so much more. The benefits do not equate.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. JenniferJ

    He is running circles around her. This is unbelievable.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. KS

    Yes, it's a correct point though – the judgement of opposing the war to begin with . That shows better wisdom and judgement on the part of Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Chrys Lemon

    If she hadn't voted for the war, she wouldn't have to try to justify the merits of a failed policy.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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