February 21st, 2008
08:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Clinton, Obama not drawing contrasts

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - On the question about handling the economy, Barack Obama is clearly trying to minimize his policy differences with Hillary Clinton. Instead, he is trying to make the point he differences with her on style – where he has the advantage – by pointing to his ability to form bipartisan coalitions and reach across the aisle.

Clinton, meanwhile, has yet to engage Obama: When asked about the economy and how she would handle it differently than Obama, she talked about how her approach would differ with President Bush's. She needs to start drawing contrasts with Obama directly.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Sammy James

    FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS!!! HE ripped HER campaign slogan right out of her hands!!! I LOVE it!!!
    :)

    – Sammy

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. sammy

    I see stark contrasts too. Obama is simply agreeing with Hillary trying to take her ideas, or "share" ideas.
    Clinton is also showing that she too strives for bipartisanship, which few people credit her for.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. mathew benjamin

    Obama and Clinton are schmoozing each other too much for this debate to draw out contrasts

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Freddie

    The difference between Obama and Clinton is the way the ran their campaigns so far.....Obama has produced results and Clinton is a complete shipwreck...the role of Bill clinton in the campaign (out of control) is exactly what he is Clinton Administration III.....

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I feel that both candidates are using great tactices througjout this debate... Could this actually be helping Hilary... though i do feel that she focused a lot on what Bush did wrong and what she could do better than Bush maybe she 1) didn't draw the connection or maybe 2) thought that by not relating herself to Obama it would be better for her in the long run

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Hal

    Obama, Clear, Precise, Unity with administration and not just administration.

    Hillary needs to grow up, and look at reality. If old politics brought solution, it would of done so long ago. Its time for New Politics. Bring change and Unity in this country.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Myrna

    I urge all Democrats, Republicans and independents to take some time and read Barbara Olson's "The Final Days".......This may let all of us know that we in no way want another Clinton in the White House. Barack Obama is a fresh, new forward looking personality................

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. L dog

    Vig, OOOPs......I just saw Clinton writting while Barack is talking. There she goes again.

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Carol

    RE: Healthcare plans. To differentiate and drive her point home, Hillary needs to justify her mandated policy by likiening it to car insurance. It's the law of our land. It protects us all. That's it! Period!

    February 21, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Evelyn New Jersey

    I agree with anonymous, barack needs to answer first so he cannot steal any of her ideas.
    I hope Michelle Obama is proud of her husbnads debate tonight. I needmore than inspiration I wnt to know where he his getting the money for all of his projects. And waht exactly has he accomplished in the senate in the past?

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. jessica

    Clinton is def. kicking Obamas butt in this debate...

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Toronto,Canada

    HILLARY CLINTON

    She had the answers and there are specific on the contrary Mr Obama just follow what she already said.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Yosef

    Who the heck is he going to name to his cabinet? Oprah, Jaime Fox??
    I don't want a motivational speaker, I want a president that knows what the heck she/he is doing?

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    She's dodging the questions. I'm trying to stay awake because frankly she's boring me. It takes forever to get an answer from her and when you do it's not relative to the question.

    Come on Hillary snap out of it!

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Clarence

    he can't step up he has nothing to step up on. Obama is a bunch of chatter. He just got finish saying 5 minutes of nothing and they are going wild if they listen to him he has nothing to say

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Hamzat

    Achievements –
    Mrs Clinton years only achievment in the past 8 years is too bring on the worst out in the opponents. She is a 50:50 politician while Sentor Obama is clearly a 60:40 politician.
    The difference is clear like day and night :

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. Marla

    Any time Hillary 'tries' to contrast the differences, Obama's camp yells 'foul play' and that she is doing 'dirty politics'. Enough is enough, Obama take the punches that are throwen. If Obama wins the nod at the convention, he will get a lot of tough stuff throwen at him by McCain, and don't think it will be pretty.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. bigskyb

    We have had 8 years of dealing with an unqualified President, just because people thought he seemed like a good guy to drink beer with. In all seriousness, this country may not survive another unqualified leader. Obama is not ready to be our leader, regardless of his good intentions. Remember it was Bush's goal to unite everyone, too, and I guess he hasn't entirely failed. After all, many Americans are united in poverty, united in suffering, and united in war. I suggest that Obama be considered as VP for Hillary. She could send him to meet with all of our enemies and give him the opportunity to realize that this world is not Sesame Street.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Bob Patterson

    They both have good positions, but I don't think we're ready for a black president.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. MT

    How pathetic of HRC to bring up the Chris Matthews ambush of the Texas state senator who supports Obama! What she doesn't say is that Matthews himself admitted that he couldn't name any of her accomplishments either!!! Hillary is desperate and grasping at straws, but that's no surprise!

    Obama 08 ALL THE WAY!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. JUNE

    This debate is a disapointment! Both candidates sound the same and not drawing any contrasts. It appears as though that they are going to be running on the same ticket for 08!

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Yinka Lawal

    they are both good, but there is a difference between Obama and Clinton. You can't have soluction without good idea so i think Obama is good for president.

    February 21, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Kimberlie Sharp

    Is there a parrot in the room. Every comment Clinton makes Obama agrees. Looks as though he cannot think on his own. Wake up America it is so obvious Clinton is stronger. The only thing missing with Obama is the Kool-aide.

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. rick

    Bottom line with either of these guys, is I will have a lot less money for my family, if one is elected

    February 21, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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