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. ronee

    You are absolutely correct.

    Clinton does know healthcare!

    It would appear that Mr. Obama does much better with an adoring audience than with people who ask and understand specific questions and know the issues.

    I have definitely changed my mind about his abillities.

    He is a really nice guy but does not have what it takes to be president.

    That is not to say that Clinton does, but Obama is definitely not up to the challenge.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Texas Kristin

    Amen Bryen! lol

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Sue Timmons

    Bill,

    You are so right on target with your comment. Hillary has been exposed to a healthy US economy and knows how to get it done! Enough already as my grandmother would say "less focuswith the war and foreign policy." Hillary is the President that will work for us in the US. She really has proved it in NY where I'm from"solution...solution...solution!" Our US economy and the healthcare system needs to get hit with "cardio shock paddles to begin to bring it back into a normal hearbeat!" She's had exposure to a healthy economy and has learned from her universal healthcare issues of the past!

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  4. tobiejo

    I think Clinton would say anything to try and gain back some votes.
    Obama shows stature and strength and reason with confidence, he is by far the more desirable of the two. Also he shows that bickering is a no end road and things will remain much the same with that attitude.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. matthew

    Thank you Bryen! Great point!

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. yours truly

    what do u mean all words....are u saying everything Obama says has substance and you are afraid to give him the chance to back thos strong words up ?

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. catherine avis

    Hillary is definently winning this Debate. Her answers are direct and her plans are detailed, Obama looks like a school boy on some of these questions...kinda nervous and should be.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Miriam

    You have to admit she's got him on that issue, it's unfortunate but true that some Americans have barriers that have to be overcome and don't know how to be "responsible" as Obama stated. Punishing parents that do not have enough knowledge about his plan sounds scary. Go Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. mara duvall

    When someone with no insurance goes to a county hospital is Texas, the tax payers pay. So if everyone does not have to buy insurance the tax payers will continue to pay for those that go to the emergency hospital. We have care for everyone, it's just some of us who pay. Obama will continue the same old system.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Tom

    It doesn't matter who is president in the health care discussion. We are at war with corporations and the government propping these parasites up. The big healthcare providers, i.e. large corporations have no conscious. They are the problem,

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. BillK

    Comparing universal health care to social security is apples and oranges. I PAY into MY social; security. I will be paying into SOMEONE ELSE'S universal health care.

    Bad idea in England and Canada....bad idea here.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Mary

    Hilary is doing a great job. Too bad SHE isn't our past President. But I'm still voting for Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. John

    Health care! is that all she got. Divide the the country give health care? Clinton needs to stop attacking other and put her ideas in front.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Barbara Rau

    Hillary Clinton does know health care and worked very hard when she was first lady to get health care for everyone. It was the Republicans who stopped her from getting it done. In fact, it was the Republicans who started this bickering back and forth when Clinton became president. They couldn't do anything right without the Republicans picking it all apart.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. D in TX

    Healthcare is important!!!! Have you a child that can't get the meds he/she needs to live???? Didn't think so, even with the awful insurance many have meds/care they can't get because they can't afford them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. John

    What is it with people saying Obama has no experience? Prior to being elected Bill Clinton was. . . oh yeah, a state governor.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  17. Hillary Can't Make Healthcare Happen

    She already had 8 yrs in the Whitehouse, 6 in the Senate: 14 yrs to get it the job done, how much more time would the American people give her? As Obama noted, her closed door, exclusive, divisive approach undermined her effort. She can't get it done, doesn't matter how good her ideas are, she's completely ineffective. Hillary failed.

    We need an effective leader that can get the job done, Obama '08!!

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. Louie Montoya

    The current topic about the surge working should be looked at for what it is. The only reason the casualties have dropped is because Muqtada al-Sader has declared a cease fire for the last six months. Let's see what happens when the cease fire expires.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Howard

    United States is one of the very few nations among the developed countries that people still have to pay high prices for medical cares. Make it universal and mandatory, that's the only way to go.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. adam

    Clinton used the phrase "Innovation Nation" w/o citing her source: a book by John Chao. Isn't this plagiarism?

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. scott

    OBAMA is proof that many americans just like a good show. Problem is once you have made the choice you can't change the channel. Pick a show that has staying power.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Stacy DeCorsey

    Enough discussion on health care! I was looking forward to a good debate. Hillary is coming off like a sore looser. Not becoming at all. It's time for her to back off and let Barak speak. This country needs new vision, new politics, new energy and insight.

    Barak has my vote!

    Stacy DeCorsey
    Elementary Principal
    Jordan Public School

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. Oak

    The audience has started to come alive after Obama's rapid fact summary ... leaving Sen. Clinton somewhat reeling. The audience was looking for a knock-out. He clearly won the round.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. Tomas

    She is plaing to the crowd.. They got louder when speaking of Healthcare.. She very uncomftotable when speaking on Foreign Affairs and Securities Issues with the Bush Admin..

    She is fearing she is losing the Crowd.. She is fighting an uphill battle now...

    Obama seems like he doesn't breath well tonight.. Maybe his cold is acting up.
    But is is right on track and is not changing his word to suit the crowd,

    She is.... Flip Flop is what is going to get her a Vice President seat..

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Tony

    Obama's inexperience only makes him open to positive ideas from the American people, Clintons experience only makes me feel that she has the I-know-all-things-attitude, that tends towards dictatorship like a democratic Bush

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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