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. Hal

    "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." CNN Typical Hillary Flip Flop. Its clear.

    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.

    The answer says it all..... Clearly Obama has more stand and clear views and does not avoid questions as Hillary.

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

    The war vote is a key issue and why can't Clinton admit she made a mistake? This was the same problem with Pres. Clinton. I believed in his presidency then and still do now, but it was his inability to say "I made a mistake."; that allowed the Republicans to waste the last two years of his Presidency. I don't want that again.

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

    It is easier to make a judgement when there are no consequences. Obama only gave a speech opposing war, Hillay had to vote in yhe senate. The question is what has he done to back up that anti war stance?

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. aleman1219

    could somebody please ask them about the immunity for telecom giants ? and if either of them thought pres.bush broke the law during his presidency and what they are gonna do about it ? substance, PLEASE !!!

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

    does every post have to begin will Hillary?

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

    I believe Senator Obama is ahead in this debate. Senator Clinton tried to go negative a couple of times but it isn't working in her favor.

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

    Clinton is a very 2 dimensional candidate losing to a 3 dimensional candidate.

    The polls will show next week that this is over.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Isabella, California

    Obama is right, he did have better judgement. He will be ready to lead from Day One, and he has the ability to lead and inspire people.

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

    In a speech Clinton has to define who Obama is. In a debate it is up to Obama to define who he is. To that end, she isn't avoiding the question, but merely not giving Obama the excuse for not talking about why he thinks he is ready by giving a response which focuses on "bad Hillary" for having the temerity to suggest that he might be less ready than she.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Julie

    I think Obama is trying to play it safe tonight with referring to his stance on Iraq and not voting for the war. Hillary however needs to stop the healthcare talk tonight and really answer the questions.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Steve

    Clinton tanked on that one. She is not as good as backing up her on words. Every time she gets asked a direct question she dodges and does not give a direct answer, even when asked about her own words.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Annabell

    Clinton backed off the discussion and she introduced kosovo to the discussion. She is only ready to change SOME things in the US but not everything. George Washington made a statement while he was president that no leader of this country should be involved in international affairs, and yet no leader has listened. i believe obama opposes being involved and more into recreating and revolutionizing America and its economy.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Jeri

    Can any Clinton supporter outline anything of substance she did during the White House years besides being a figure head at light weght events? She won't release her records so no one can verify everything. Her only record is as a Senator, which is only slightly longer than Obama's.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. hillary 08:

    she didn't back off readiness, the moderated switched speakers on the issue!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. MCS

    Exactly! She did not answer the question. Instead she could only say what she would do. It's always I, I, I or my, my, my!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Nathan

    If he has better judgement than Hillary Clinton, why did he use cocaine? Or is his better judgement only in relation to Iraq?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Julie

    It's easy for him to say that he was against the war from day one. He wasn't in the Senate at the time and had no vote. He wasn't there in the Senate for the arguement as it was presented and wasn't privy to the details the others were. So I don't think that it's a great arguement on his part, even though he's brought it up umpteen times.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Rebecca

    Yes, then he voted to continue funding the war.
    So is he opposed to the war or not

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. teferet

    How will Hillary debate McCain? Obama showed yes he can. At the end Hillary had a wistful smile on her face.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Sgt. Kristian Carlson

    Hillary is speaking desperately using weak Rove tactics.

    She will unite the republicans.

    She will lose to McCain.

    Why would anyone send her up to lose as Obama beats McCain across the board?

    How much damage will she do before she finally quits?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. denniepaschich

    Obama has been clear and forthright in his answers. Clinton is floundering!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Rough n Tough Politics

    Obama and Clinton have almost voted similarly on every issue since he was in the Senate. Do you really believe Obama would have voted differently in '02 than Hiliary. They have the same view on the war today. And I think we all were lied to as Americans back then and did not know we were initially because of the Bush's administration covered it up...

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. JT Dallas TX

    Where is the beef????? OBwho..now we canall see has no skill,plan,idea,etc!!! DEER...HEADLIGHTS!

    Your OBidiots!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Maria, NYC

    Obama was on point. Clinton has allowed silliness to take over her campaign where she can't make a good argument for herself anymore. She wasn't expecting such a formidable 'opponent' in Obama.

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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