February 21st, 2008
09:27 PM ET
6 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


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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. eric

    Hillary has shown strong command of each issue brought up and taken clear positions. It's obvious when her staff has convinced her to take a silly pot-shot and it just doesn't play well. She is better off
    relying on her strengths.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Michael Farrah

    Well he is right. He has a much better argument.

    Clinton is so self conceited that she can not even think of Obama is going to become the president.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. R. Koehler

    Obama: Thinking he's ready to be President and actually being prepared to be President on Day One are two very different things. He was in the Illinois State Senate for goodness sake when the Iraq vote was put up. Tell me Mr. Obama what intelligence you had from the State Senate that informed your so-called wise judgement?

    Clinton, Clinton,Clinton—Safer under Clinton

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Donna

    If I remember correctly, Harry Truman had to hit the floor running when he became President. He had no military experience, but with good people around him he was able to bring the war to an end.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. sandrac

    I wish Hillary had done a better job on shooting him down here. He obviously is very inexperienced and she didn't nail him. I think the press has her so scared to be aggressive. they slam her whenever they can and scrutinize her to death.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Christopher

    Hillary avoid a question? NEVER!!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Emily

    It's the only thing he can talk about, and he's not even in the Senate at the time. In my opinion, it's getting tiresome. I fully understand why HRC voted to authorize invasion, and I do not blame her.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Ed

    Stop and let them debate and stop interruption the candidates. This is what the country needs...let them run with the topics.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Jason

    I hate to say it, but I wish the Democrats debated on FOX NEWS they would grill us and we would see real distinction...No softballs thrown there

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Phili

    As a nuetral observer from Canada, this debate looks like a draw to me. Clinton scoring on healthcare, Obama scoring on having a better judgement and changing the gridlock in Washington. I think at the end of the day, Clinton needed more than a draw.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Greg

    The fact that he voted against the war is the single most significant difference. If folks can't find any other distinction, vote on that one.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Emmanuel Winner

    Obama, considered more "liberal" than Clinton, sounds stronger on defense issues – he clearly has the interests of the military in mind, and his arguments on iraq concern strategic reorganization – Clinton looks lost here, despite her "experience."

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. Ryedog

    Just ask yourself... When did Obama become a senator and when was the vote on the war taken???? Seems he wasn't in the Senate. Easy to say you would not vote for it when you never had the misinformation of the pressure!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Liza

    On Iraq Obama clearly showed the superior judgement. It is worth repeating every time she claims she's more ready, more capable than he

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. Evelyn New Jersey

    He has no clue how dangerous his actions can be on withdrawing troops and ending this war. Just because he didn't vote for the war doesn't amake him an expert on how to withdraw responsibly. Campbell let Hillary have the last word every now and then. Your bias is certainly showing.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. aleman1219

    do they think the audience has a 7th grade level or what ? well, in texas it is more like a 5th grade level... i guess that's why they are not getting into the issues

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Neal

    His whole claim to fame is that he was against the war when it started. He wasn't even in the senate when it started so why is that relevant. If you're a local politician, you can say anything but if you were in the senate with the information presented to the senators at the time, he probably would have made the same decision she did. Why does no one ever bring that up? Half the voters think he voted against the war while she voted for it which is not true but even her campaign does not point out that fact.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Christian, Tampa FL

    Obama sounds just as ready as Hillary to be a commander in chief, and his grasp and judgment on foreign policy issues is equal or superior to hers. Neither of them can claim more experience than John McCain, but Obama can more easily debate foreign policy mindset with the Arizona Senator because he is very clear in outlining his foreign policy convictions, ideas, and approach.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. Mary

    Yes, Mr. Schneider, Iraq is "the cornerstone of Obama's argument" tonight, but he just went on and on about it highlighting the differences between himself and McCain. He isn't the nominee yet. Does he even know who he's debating?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Barbara Goral

    It seems like Campbell Brown's giving Obama as much time as he needs to stumble through his points. Clinton is much more articulate and has the foreign policy experience needed to be President. She is going strong!

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Gretchen

    Bill Schneider's analysis is clearly biased toward Obama. Is this supposed to be commentary or objective reporting?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Tommi

    CNN...How does the audience get selected. Does one campaing get to pick an equal number. Just sayin'..We are curious as we sit here listening to the crowd apporval and the disapproval when they want to shoosh hilliary Clinton.

    Rehearsed speeches look so much better with a moderator.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. R. Koehler

    Come on Clinton…don't let Obama get away with saying he's going to have an easier time against McCain regarding Iraq. The country is split 50/50 regarding reasons going into war. Obama is not poised to win the republican votes on national security. Senator Clinton is.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  24. sandi

    c'mon, if she goes after him she is castegized, what else can she do? You guys still haven't forgiven her for winning new hampshire and now you are trying to manage the process, I went thru trudeaumania up here in Canada, this is so much the same

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. Hermas

    I'm a male, but I think SHE is ready and more prepared.

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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