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. sue flower

    you're an idiot, who must be deaf, schneider. obama has the plan that has a better chance of working. hillary tried back in the 90s to get a plan in place and that was BEFORE big pharma companies gave her money. Obama defensive? you're a goober.

    It is President-elect Obama. Get used to it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. JFoster

    I actually didn't like that. It seemed immature... like someone who refuses to let someone else have the last word. Plus she interupted the guy from Univision which I would find rude were I in his place.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. mar.r

    It DOES NOT MATTER what plan is presented-- ALL WILL FAIL unless you can develop consensus across party lines.

    No one person or group of people have the right answer for America. You need to frame your solution, and BUILD CONSENSUS, which REFINES the solution.

    Senator Obama has fewest negatives, and most likelihood of BUILDiNG a CONSENSUS, which REFINES the solution that BENEFITS AMERICA.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Connie

    Why are the moderators' allowing him to talk and talk about anything and then go to commercial...why are they stopping her? My friend, Shirley, suggest it is to keep the prime buying market watching – young people...follow the money – very intersting...

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. donny

    That Campbell Brown woman is the shrill one tonight. Over and over we hear people complain they never get to hear the candidates talk on the issues, which they are both trying to do. But Shrill Campbell only cares about a clock and not the content of what they are saying. I bet she could not summarize one answer tonight because all she is doing is watching the clock and then getting all SHRILL when she thinks its time to move on. Shut up Campbell. Go back on maternity leave!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. David Maestri, AR

    Obama and Clinton are almost exactly the same on every aspect of their campaigns with minor differences. I was just wondering how everyone feels about them as campaign partners. I think which ever candidate wins the democratic endorsement, should take the other candidate as their Vice-President, because they would know the other candidate would fulfill the plan that each other have set up because they feel the same about the topics. Just wondering how the candidates and everyone else feel about that.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. jake

    Come on Bill. Four posts about Hillary's greatness, and she's clearly loosing the debate. Obama doesn't play silly politics and American is clearly ready for an end to both the Bush and Clinton tricks!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Marla

    Hillary has the BEST solutions to the healthcare issue and Obama knows it. He wants to fine parents who don't or financially CAN'T afford to pay for healthcare. He keeps saying, "I will make it affordable for everyone to afford healthcare". He doesn't say HOW he hopes to do this. If people can't afford healthcare under his plan then how will Obama hope to fine them!? Shame on Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Terry Roberts

    How in the world do these politicians think our citizens can afford to pay for universal health care?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. jen

    Most of the questions are asked first of clinton and obama is left to clean up. why?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Rob

    Bill-It can not be any more obvios that you have it in for Clinton. Perhaps Bill and I are not watching the same debate. She is blowing him ot of the water. She is talking about substance, he is giving another speech.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Pat Humphries

    Clinton tries to manipulate each debate. Does not listen to the moderator .

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. SMK

    You said it Bill, she (Clinton) understands the issue (healthcare) issue throough and through. Obama's healthcare plan falls short. So wonder she needs to stress this issue. She needs to set herself clearly apart from Obama. Throughout the evening all Obama has dones was agree with Clinton's ideas, policies etc.... what original idea does Obama have?? Obama is a follower not a leader and it is clear from his blah, blah, blah does not transcend into action.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Magda

    Hillary rocks!! She is the woman for the job. She has the poise, brains and experience. Go Hillary!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. sam

    Go Hillary

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. John Sweeny

    Bill Schneider is so blatantly pro-Clinton that it behooves CNN to call him on it. He writes "she understand the healthcare issue thru and thru" as if Barack doesn't. Bill, you almost sound like Hillary when she claims "she is ready to be commander in chief". Obama understands healthcare just as much as your beloved Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. USSailor

    Knows it and still fails with it?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. john q public

    the issues should be discussed not just stick to points to get news headlines for tommorow. Discussing issues; not feel good speeches are the only why john q public will ever find out what the differences between candidates are.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Drew from Chicago

    I believe we are seeing the first steps of a Clinton Obama ticket! Wouldn't that be a winning combination?

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Bobby in St. Louis

    Mrs. Clinton should have had a chance to respond. CNN was irresponsible to have gone to commercial breaks now, what is it, three times, without letting Mrs. Clinton responding.

    Even as an Obama supporter, I am ashamed to see such irresponsible journalism. It's only fair that Mrs. Clinton should have a chance to respond.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. John Patterson

    As someone who worked at the CXO level in health care provider systems for years, it is my perspective that Clinton's approach does not trump Obama's at the substance level and that his has a much higher probability of being realized over time than hers. She appears to be making the same error of inflexibility and combativeness that she did in 1993 which resulted in failure. His approach is much more nuanced and sophisticated, in short more mature.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Bobby

    Progressive Pete ...if you were really Progressive you'de wake up to the truth. Obama tonight has demonstrated his experience and specifice, you just want to deny the obvious truths because of your biased opinion.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Ken McClain

    Clintons health care plan is much better than Obamas because it covers everyone. I am a Canadian and my healthcare premium is $110 a month. What do you people pay in the US

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Anjelica

    Clinton is right. You can mandate that children have health insurance, but what about the mother or father who still can't afford insurance for themselves. For the 15 million projected to be uninsured under his plan, how can he promise to keep health insurance affordable, when those that are insured are still going to have to pay for those 15 million that are uninsured...especially if its by choice.

    Everyone should have a right to basic health care in this country. Making our country healthier, helps put people back to work and rebuild our economy. Universal health care is necessary for our country to move forward.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Allison

    Why should she drop the health care issue isn't this something ALL Americans need. I know I do .

    Go Hillary 08

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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