February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Schneider: Clinton won't drop healthcare issue

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Clinton clearly feels she can gain ground against Obama on healthcare.

Despite the moderator's repeated attempt to move on, Clinton kept returning to the issue.

She knows Obama is most on the defensive when talking about healthcare - she understands this issue through and through, and wants the audience to know it.

Related: Watch the candidates debate their health care plans

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. Leigh

    Hilary already failed with healthcare before and never tried again. She did not redo her strategy and come back for the American people. Why believe she would be diligent now?

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Eric Keller, Detroit, Michigan

    Yes healthcare is a very importanat issue, but is that all she has, which is why she wont move on.... Oh no..war.

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

    Obama doesn't know what he is talking about

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. S. Patel, Houston, TX

    Bill Schneider – you continue to display unabashed bias towards Obama.... its getting quite old

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. jason

    Clinton looks foolish and desperate. Is she really arguing about a bogus plagurism charge? Unreal. More of this same with this retread.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  6. aspence1

    Healthcare seems to be the only thing Clinton knows which is why she keeps harping on it. Whereas Obama has more breadth and depth on many fronts.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. clc

    I think they both understand the issue and she had 8 years with her husband in the White House to do something about it, but didn't.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Brandon PA

    Of course she wants to keep the focus here. She's right!

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. yael thompson

    schneider, guess we know your bias. becoming more and more obvious over the last hour... and it ain't for hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Bill

    Both looked foolish when they kept trying to bring it back up lol... but so far I'd give the edge to Obama, my vote is swaying towards him when I vote here later in Texas

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Darryl, Arlington TX

    She is stuck on pandering to illegals.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. obamasupporter

    If I am not mistaken, we live in a democratic society....so what makes Clinton think that she can FORCE any adult American to purchase healthcare for themselves if they don't want to? We live in a world of choice not force........

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. mike

    HRC IS GBH GO BACK HOME U ARE DONE

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. Carolyn

    Fortunately, he's not fooled. He's moved the conversation into HIS comfort zone – Iraq.

    Hillary, give it up. it's over.

    - a very concerned Canadian

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Shuaib Meacham

    She ought to understand it. She spent enough time trying to make something happen 15 years ago and we are still dealing with the results of her "solutions."

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  16. karen

    she doesn't address medicare restrictions on hospitals this could sink hospitals

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. Dequon

    Clinton is making herself look very bad by suggestion that Obama would leave 15million behind. That the only issue she can even debate well. Obama is clearly winning the debate.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. Cindy

    Clinton was not the only one going back to the subject.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. J-NY

    Actually she seemed desperate.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. vilcat

    Hillary knows universal health care, but she looks childish by going back to it when she was asked another question

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

    Am glad she held her own there and forced the issue back on

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Erich

    Hillary: Healthcare Healthcare Healthcare Healthcare HealthcareHealthcareHealthcareHealthcareHealthcareHealthcare

    Moderator: The question was on Iraq

    Hillary: Healthcare Healthcare??

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

    Why does it seem that each question goes to Clinton first? I would like to see Obama have to answer first, without letting him listen to her and then think of his response.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Tenat

    I agree Bill but the fact that she won't leave it alone....especially when asked, makes her look somewhat desperate to gain some ground.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. WM

    This was one of her strongest moments – she fought for herself and for an important issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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