February 21st, 2008
09:19 PM ET
6 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. Linda

    True she may know alot..but has clearly not been successful in the past

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

    Hilary is losing ppoints in her attempt to stay on the health care issue.

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

    Tonight, Ms. Clinton put Mr. Obama on the defensive regarding health care. Clever move.

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

    WHAT? He is the one who won't give it up!

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Cee Dubya

    HA HA.. it's working.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. Ron N

    She seems to be taking an unfair amount of air time. She needs to begin listening to the moderator.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Juan Mendoza

    Once again they tried to shut up hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Sukie - Oregon

    So what's wrong with her tactic, Mr. Schneider?

    I think besides Bush's Wars, health care is the most critical topic in our country today.

    I am a senior on Medicare and I can't come close to paying for more than one or two of my less expensive meds every month. My doctor gives me the rest from the clinic's drug company freebies, but I never know when that source will dry up.

    There is NO REASON why all American's can't have good health care! NO REASON. But Obama thinks there is because he doesn't know what he is talking about.

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. Kristopher Rowe

    just drop it already!!! Hillary failed in the early 90's. Obama succeeded in IL to cover children in his state.

    what more do you want?!?

    February 21, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Progressive Pete

    Thats because Obama is all words and no specifics or even experience.

    February 21, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    Sure she is agressive. She also got booed. She is deceitful. lying, manipulative and shrllly agressive with everything. SHE IS A LOSER. I am a female senior citizen Democrat who will never vote for the Clinton tandem. What is God's name would happen to this country with that incompetent female in charge. She does not have a mind big enough to allow any more than her own opinions. She can't even handle a debate with any positive attitude.

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Keever Davis

    The people asking the questions were terrible!! Hillary would not answer (1) single diect question. She consistently worked around answering the questions and she was let off the hook every time.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. bryen

    Well, CNN should not have cut her off with a commercial break when she was entitled to a rebuttal against Obama. That wasn't right and Campbell should have waited for her rebuttal before cutting to commercial break.

    Clinton did the right thing by bringing the debate back to her rightful rebuttal before moving on to the next question after the commercial break.

    CNN may not have intentionally done that, but it certainly didn't help the claims of bias people are accusing CNN of performing in this election cycle.

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. JJHART

    Jesus – I want to get behind Obama, but he's a complete windbag. All talk with very little substance. He'd be a bumbling idiot as the President. And after 8 years of the king of bumbling idiots, I'm done.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Brian H.

    It doesn't matter how well she thinks she knows it if she insists on pushing her woefully inadequate healthcare package.

    She stinks of desperation on stage and unless she starts crying in the next few minutes, she has lost this debate just she will lose the election.

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    BILL!! Why are you propping up Hillary Clinton?? what debate are you watching??? She is NOT winning! If she cannot do better than showing that she and Obama have similar points of view, SHE LOSES!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Logan

    what is up with you people and taking breaks? I hate CNN letting Obama just talk forever

    February 21, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. Anna

    as much as she feels that she is right about universal healthcare, she is not looking into the future, seeing how much it would impact economy. If everyone receives healthcare, how are the doctors, hospitals, etc receiving money? There is a reason why Obama's is better because it would not endanger the economy as horrible as it is now.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Sandra Fontana

    Bill, this is not the only issue that she understands through and through, as stated on another blog, Obama is a bobble head, Hillary answers and he agrees. What is one thing he has said that is indicative of what he will do on day one, they did not even ask him that question, Hillary answered and answered well, no stammering.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. ladyC

    I think Obama made held his own on this ISSUE!

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Daniel Miller

    Fact of the matter is that niether plan will get past because there is too much money involved. I have a co-worker that has relocated from Canada because the wait time for needed services is too long and his wifes life depends on recieving the needed care and treatment now.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Jason

    why does she get to be an expert on healthcare? when she tried to socialize our medicing in 93-94, her efforts were a disaster. Obama is correct that any meaningful reform will have to be on consensus and be OPEN. Not like her closed door plots of the past.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Michelle

    I agree Bill. Hillary is holding on to what she knows the people like about her...but if she is going to gain any ground tonight, she needs to stop the political slander and answer the questions!

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Maria

    Clinton is not only superior to the healthcare issue; she will be much more efficient in foreign policy, too. Nobody mentions this enough, but she knows numerous world leaders and they know and love her. She will hit the ground running. She has established relationships around the world: she is somebody.

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Valerie

    Kudos! to John King...when he had Obama respond first to a question!! Woohoo!! Since all Obama does is take Hillary's same words! Shame on Campbell Brown...she keeps cutting off Clinton..where as she does not so much do that to Obama...and where is Jorge and John King in this debate...since she seems to be having total control...isn't Jorge and King involved in the questioning as well? All I can say is "God help us all if Obama get's president" He's misleading and nothing more than a smooth talker "eloquent speech sayer" bleh! He's not leader material!

    February 21, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
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