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. Reality check

    She has to be aggressive, any leader does. And they wont let her finish anything.

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. Tiffany

    Campbell is annoyed with Hillary like the rest of us. Hillary is not the Leader but a follower, any woman in her right mind would have left her husband long ago(BILL is not a saint nor the1st Black President) . So lets KEEP IT REAL... she is a follower not the candidate for "HEAD OF STATE>>>>

    February 21, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  3. Bright Clayton

    Campbell Brown was biased as she has always been on the CNN show in her questioning of Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Monique

    We pay for Medicare and Social Security – every American that is working in the United States pays for this – why not Health Insurance? Raise the cost of living and charge for the Healthcare it will even out.

    Affordable higher education is what we need also – the next generation cannot live in todays world comfortable with a high school diploma alone – make college affordable for everyone!

    I think (personally) that both candidates would be awsome together (I am a Hillary Supporter to the end however) – so if either wins the other should be asked to be the running mate.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. liq

    All I have to say is, Hillary is done.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. L D D

    She would not move on as asked to me this losted her points

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Rachel

    All Hillary Clinton did in this debate was sidestep questions and try to make Obama look bad, and she failed. He is a brilliant, honest, charismatic person and she is not. All she has been doing for the past two weeks is attempting to downplay her mounting losses, try to somehow justify superdelegates not voting with their constituents, and repeat the same tired phrases time and time again. I can't wait until Obama gets the nomination. Then maybe Hillary will shut up.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Mary

    I am glad she kept it up abput health care..he does not have a clue..sits there like a robot..he is glad she talks so he has something to say

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Wayne

    Does anyone of us think that either of the two people can really do what they are saying they will do..It is my freedom of choice to purchase insurance or to not..I sure do not want the gov. involved in my personal business...this is still the land of the free

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. AustinSusan

    They both were able to connect with the voters. I still have a problem with experence over little experence. The standing "O" was for Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Louise

    They're both really impressive, but there's NO WAY she can unite this country.

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Roddie

    I just noticed something...Senator Clinton has adopted the strategy of a fellow New-Yorker...I am talking of course of Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. First, she lost a bunch of states and is now relying on Texas and Ohio just as Giuliani had lost and tried to rely on Florida. Not only that, but Giuliani ran a fear based campaign that was centered on 9/11...Clinton seems to refer back to health care as if if she isn't elected president. then many people won't have health care...is this new approach to the election wise?

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Kendy

    Obama and Clinton agree that they disagree on their substances of mandated health care with penalty for those who refuse mandates (Hillary), and a health care that emphasizes lowering of costs for universal access that leads to universal health care (Barack).

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Intelligence

    You Hillary supporters are idiots. If you took to the time to look at Barack's record you would see THAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHMENTS and SUBSTANCE. She's been cheated on numerous times by her husband, lost steam by losing 10 states in a row, booed by the crowd tonight, continues to try to slam Barack at no avail and you know what....as a very conservative Republican.....I am going to vote for her because I know that if she wins the Democratic Nomination....John McCain is not going to have a problem wiping the floor with her. You think she was crying in New Hampshire.....she is really going to be crying when the Republicans win the white house again!! GO MCCAIN!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Alan

    Give Hillary an oscar for that closing. That was great!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Uthea Romero

    75% say CNN is for Obama. Hillary should have never agreed to go at a debate with Obama on CNN turf.

    February 21, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Gbenga Kayode

    God bless you Clinton

    February 21, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. lila scott

    On Cuba Obama got much, much more applause.
    The American people are tired of GW leadership.
    They want a diplomat.

    February 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Kobie

    KeithP, CA,

    Corret. Sen Clinton's health care failed in 1992.

    How would she handle something new like Pandemic the government is warning us about ??

    February 21, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. Independent for Obama

    Hillary Clinton was brutish and rude!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. John

    Another victory tonight for OBAMA! Congrats sir! Nice job!

    February 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. lila scott

    Schneider is one of the most ethical journalist on CNN.
    He is very balanced... and his insight is excellent.
    He is a treasure.

    February 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Kell

    Seems to me that Hillary is trying to dominate this entire issue, no less the entire debate.

    Honestly, I'd much prefer Obama's healthcare plan over Hillary's, because I do NOT want it forced down my throat! Accessible healthcare, yes, forced healthcare, a resounding NO.

    Kudos to Obama for clarifying this issue!!

    February 21, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. Republican for Obama

    How can HIllary claim to have so many years of experience
    with such broad issues. She was in the governor's mansion
    for 12 years, and a SPOUSE in the White House for 8 years.
    How does being a Spouse make her more qualified?

    Her health care plan went down in flames in 93 because of
    her devisive-nasty bickering. TIME FOR A CHANGE!

    February 21, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. DeCarlos

    The only reason why Clinton is overtalking the moderators and changing the subject back to what she perceives as her strong points is because she is losing ground with her base and the rest of the voting public. She is desperate to win and its written all over her face. Her body gestures show that she is uncomfortable when the crowd cheers for Obama responses

    February 21, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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