February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
3 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. may

    all of the politicians give speeches and are smooth talkers they all make promises that they cant keep you need the house and the senate to get something done in washington a unified party

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  2. RRH

    Clinton's health care proposal is the better proposal and viewers as well as voters deserve to hear her plan in full and draw a distinction. She succeeded in doing so. It's about time to have an ALL inclusive health care plan.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  3. Julie

    It is clear who Bill Schneider supports from his comments throughout this debate. Touche, Bryen!

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Bradie Speller

    This debate is over! Obama has been sharper than a razor on the issues. Clinton dug herself into a hole and could not crawl out. He has the substance on the issues she claims he didn't......he has spoken to health care and drawn the distinctions on that issue........he dealt with the plagiarism issue......NON ISSUE. It's over....she has to know it by now and so should her supporters. It's time to unite the Party around Obama and get on with it.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Saxman

    Obama is speaking beyond the people asking the question he is talking to US!!!!! Hillary is directly talking to the person asking the question as though it is scripted and it feels frankly like we are being ignored!!

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. mjc

    CNN is obviously biased and its absolutely disgusting and enraging.

    shame on cnn, shame on your new girl and republican plant campbell brown.

    why SHOULD hillary back down.. HEALTH CARE IS IMPORTANT AND SHE IS RIGHT ON THIS ISSUE. DEAL WITH IT CNN.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Alina

    He may be a better holy roller in big arenas, with his oratorial skills, but interestingly, he is not a good speaker when asked direct questions. he stumbles on his words. She has a much better handle on the issues, because hse has spent many more years thinking and working on the issues that Obama. Clinton rules!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Arlene Hoffman

    Remember one thing, when Obama wanted to add a comment to what Clinton said he was always aloud to do that. But when Clinton wanted to add a comment to something that obama said she was stopped. She finally had to put up her hands and say this is to important and continued to talk on health care. So why is Obama treated differently that Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Tab

    Even when he gives specifics, some people just don't listen. He has given them through out the debeate. Open your ears!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. shame on you betty c of MD

    as a woman you are attacking a woman that is out there putting her entire life and career on the line for this country. What can you say bad about that? She is constantly getting beat up by men and now women because she chose a path as a public servant. In order for a woman to run for President she has to be aggressive, tough and competant. If you don't like her, fine. Stop cutting down other woman – she is doing something I am sure you don't have the courage to do. Let's move forward, not backwards, we don't need another woman in the white house that just sits there and looks pretty and doesn't have a voice. Rock on Hillary whether you win or lose this thing!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Maureen

    CNN had to cut her off because of their timing.....if she's true to her word, then she'll definitely say what she was going to say at that point, or when she came back up as what she said. Yes, she did proper by going bacxk to that debate issue. THERE IS NO BIAS ON CNN.....THEY REPORT WHAT`S HAPPENING.....Why would you consider to continue to follow CNN if you feel it to be bias anyhow?

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. karen

    if only she could convey empathy in her ....is it a matter of purpose ..is his greater?

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. Nancy

    I watched every debate between Obama and Clinton. In my 59 years: I have never seen such bias in my life. It is obvious that Ms. Brown is not a Clinton fan. I will vote for McCain before I vote for Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. Alan

    She will regret calling on these debates. Unless she can hit a home run this is over, ...wait she is crying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Lissa

    In terms of Obama's plan, I would argue that regardless of the cost of health care, there will be those who will choose not to buy it. Just like there are those who choose to drive uninsured vehicles.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. angela

    Clinton got her rebuttal. If commercials have to be taken, then they have to be taken. Pick the topic back up after the commercial. Come on, give me a break.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Selam

    Clearly Obama showd that he has beef and details to policies. Now what do the Clistonistas are going to say.
    It appears she has already conceded with a hand shake at the end saying she is honored to be at the same table with Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. neil hepner

    how can the democrats allow their debate to be sponsored by "clean coal" ? this is the most archaic and polluting energy technology currently being used to generate electricity. I am a resident of upstate New York and "clean coal" has been destroying our lakes and streams with acid rain for decades. The mercury content of our air is unacceptable! You dare call yourselves the party of the people ? You should be ashamed to accept the sponsorship of the coal industry when they steadfastly refuse to stop polluting a major portion of our beautiful country!You must confront the coal interests and insist that they utilize the existing technologies available to scrub the smokestacks of the midwest and stop killing the citizens and environment of the Adirondacks and the heavily populated northeast!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. RRH

    Some comments I read here are cruel and rude. I may have a favorite, but I would never bad mouth the other. I have mine held in moderation forever, and I see comments I wouldn't utter in private.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. winterman93

    She did her healthcare thing and it FAILED...now..how well does she know healthcare reform????

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. lulu

    Glad to see there are others who see that all Obama is-- is a great orator. NO substance. He's parroting everything Clinton is saying almost verbatim-without credit–does that sound familiar? Obama is an idealist--Clinton is experienced.

    I can't understand why someone doesn't point out that he didn't vote for the Iraq War was because he wasn't elected until 2005. He couldn't.

    If the O wins--he will be a one-termer. Words do not get change, Being able to do it-is what matters

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Andrea

    Campbell clearly is not a fan of Obama – she needs to appear less impartial – this would continue to make CNN be reliable.

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. David Jacksonville FL

    And with that standing ovation......Hillary just won Texas. You heard it here first.

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. jennie

    who is really qualified to lead, you are only as good as your cabinet members that you choose

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. Jennifer

    Has anybody seen the Michael Moore documentary "Sicko"? Clinton's universal health care plan from ~1993 that she continually mentions is brought up. However the truth that is mentioned after is the payoffs she received from lobbiests to vote against such a plan while she was in the senate. How can we trust someone to come up with a universal health care plan that has received payoffs from the corrupt health insurance companies that she speaks against?

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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