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


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

    Why Bill did you not comment on Obama's stuttering around at the beginning minicking Hillary??? Biased, Biased, Biased.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Kain

    Great job, Bill! You are not an Obama supporter. You are simply drawing upon objective facts. Rhetoric seems to overlay most of Clinton's arguments.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. RC from VA

    easy to stand up and say no war when your voice/vote doesn't count – OB was not even a senator – no hard political decision on his part.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. yours truly

    Her avoidance of the question undoubtly presents evidence that she has conseeded the fact that Obama is well-qualified for the position..she's up against the ropes wut do u expect !!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. sm

    Obama is not ready to lead. He has no experience. Illinois State Senate???? Senator a few years. Just because folks are sick of Bush, is no reason to put this greenhorn in office. And just because someone can speak well, not experience either.

    And Hillary doesn't really either. First lady??? Wife of Bill?? Do we really want more years of Clinton in the WH.

    We need someone with experience, and that is McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Conservative Liberal

    I did notice that....Obama made his point clearly of how he had the judgement not 1 not 2 but 3 times concerning foreign policy.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Yolanda

    Hillary started out strong tonight, but somewhere along the way she started to tank. I believe it came about the time of the plagiarism question.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. David Ostrowidzki

    Get a message to your moderators to change up the order. Ask Obama some question first. This is so one sided in his favor. There is no chance for her to add to his comments.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Erika

    Again, this is more of the same and so many have commented on this blog already....

    ...Obama didn't vote for the war because he wasn't in the Senate. How convenient to be against the war now. In hindsight aren't we all?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Emily

    He mentions that to draw applause from his rabid college student supporters. The rest of the answer was rambling that tried to make him sound substantive.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    So far Clintons Xerox line was the funniest and most wicked of the night.

    However, Obama seems to be pretty solid on the issues for someone who is supposed to be an empty suit. I've got Obama winning this "event" – I won't say debate.

    I score it a draw on healthcare and an edge to Obama on the other issues.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Lee

    Lucky he made it in to vote for that instead of voting PRESENT. It seems to be all he has to stand on.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. lou

    she backs off the question beacuse she isn't ready!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Kate

    Thats dumb .. why cant they anwser the question directly.

    would like to know what hillary says on, what she will do if she gets to become president how she will maintain the US economy so it will not fall into a reccession!?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Iris

    How can she debate the war when she was for it?? If she was ready to be commander and chief she would have voted against the war.

    Her body language displays more about how she feels about the issues than the words she speaks, she looks very uncomfortable.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Josh

    Its kind of hard to say you'll be ready on day one when some unknown african american whose name sounds similiar to you know who comes out of nowhere and is inspiring millions of people to back him instead of her.

    All Im pointing out is that this complete underdog has run lapses around her and her experience.

    Once again, who is running her campaing? Brownie?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Rhonda

    It is very easy to say you are right in hindsite. Isn't it always 20/20

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Norman

    Does she ever just answer a question directly???!!!!
    She sure knows how to run around the issues.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Dallas

    Obama gains the upper-hand here. I don't believe people feel confident in a woman directing the military.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. casey

    Are you watching the same debate, she totally listed all the problems a commander and chief would be facing after the Bush boondagle in foreign policy, asd for the Iraq vote Obama keeps referring to ..it's done, he avoided the surge issue as usual she gave the perfect response, throw enough men and money at the situation and you achieve supresion, not concrete change, she's savvy and way more experienced globally.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Deats

    Hello Again. Anybody listening? You are in Texas. Talk Texas issues, aka NAFTA & Superhighway special interest boondoggle, or go home.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Now 2 questions to Clinton which caused putting her on the defensive.
    Where are the hard questions for Obama

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Chris

    Okay, so when Hillary plays to her strengths, it is "standard answer." When Obama plays to his strengths, it shows he has better judgment?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. dee

    Well he doesn't have better judgment on the issue Bill – because at the time I WAS FOR THE WAR... as was about 90% of the country.... because GW Bush, Colin Powell and Condi Rice LIED TO US ALL.

    How quickly you forget Bill. How convenient for the ALL MALE CLUB.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Boz

    Make that six posts in a row by Schneider focused on Clinton.

    Meanwhile, Obama is scoring points with the audiences watching on television. Bad night for Hillary, she's just an attack dog. The false charge of plagiarism is just plain scurrilous.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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