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. laura

    All words and no ideas makes Obama a very sad boy.

    Hillary 2008.

    Listen people...you swooning idiots already got us W for 8 years. Wake up!

    February 21, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. JenniferJ

    Throughout all of the campaigns Hillary talks. too. much! That's why Campbell Brown keeps cutting her off. If she doesn't Hillary will talk everyone's ear off. It has consistently happened in every single one of previous 18 debates.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Fred Murdock

    Clinton look bit nervous at times. Beyond that Obama clearly "differentiated" the key points on health care. Obama has the upper hand.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Sophie, FL

    There is no doubt that senator Clinton understands thoroughly the health care problem America is facing, but on how to resolve this health care problem in a pragmatic manner, Senator Obama showed more insight, went through though details and refused generalisation. I appreciated the fact that senator Clinton really pressed on this issue it showed their differences, and underscored which plan could have the better outcome. Again very realistically senator Obama pointed out facts and numbers without being redundant, I appreciated both of their positions but I have to say, Obama won my vote on this issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. tracey

    Kudos to you too Valerie! I'm so frustrated...Thank goodness for John King. Don't you think she needs to bring up Obama's ultra liberal voting record to help explain her other comments such as working on day one, action vs words etc?

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Troy

    Its clear that her attack strategy lends credence to the fact that Senator Clinton is verbally tactical. Experience has proven when in a fight its not the size of the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog. Obama is that resilient figure in this debate tonight. Seemingly nothing to prove just merely expressing the facts about his candidacy.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Marchelle

    Hillary take Obama's words and her husbands words!

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. Nora

    Am I wrong in thinking that Obama double talked himself during this question.? He stated that the only people not covered under his plan were those who could afford it. Then when discussing the fine he said that that would cause families who already couldn't afford insurance to also have a fine. Does that not imply then that those families would still not be able to afford insurance under his plan? What am I missing here?

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Eric Trivano

    I agree with Valerie! :)

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Michael Olivier

    I feel the bottom line that Hillary has proven her experience in Washington
    once before under her husband President Clinton and has proven not only the level of Integrity but the hardcore efforts she has push forward and proven once with regard to Health care. This is why she is will not stop in getting her point across. History has proven that she will be the strongest President and a leader that makes sense and that will be the difference in all Americans getting the proper health care needed. PERIOD!

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. CB

    I do think that Hillary 's plan for universal healthcare is better, and she is trying to play it up just as Obama is playing up his stance on Iraq. It's called politics. Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. I don't think you can fault either one for that. I do think the better candidate will be who can implement and push their agenda the best.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Brian

    For folk that still think Obama is all words and no substance.

    What debate are you watching??

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Excuse you!!! It isn't that Hillary won't "DROP" the healthcare issue. This is very important to me and want to hear the answers!

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Keith P. CA

    her universal healthcare failed in 1992 so is that the experience she speaks about? "failure"

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Amanda

    People don't care for experience or content as exemplified by the adulation that Obama receives. Hillary's answers are more substantive and yet the accolades- cheers and clapping- are predominantly given to the parrot sitting beside her.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Amen Valerie!

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. nohamp

    schneider, you rock at this.

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. clio

    Not able to watch the whole debate.
    How often have the moderator's tried to get Senator Obama to "move on?"

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Mike R

    Clinton keep going back to HC because that is all she understands. If it were not for her collosal failure on this the first time through she would have made a good Sec of HHS. I doubt she would get the confirmation though.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Nicole

    In our democratic society I'm forced to buy medicare and pay into social security that I will probably never see by the time I retire.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Drew from Chicago

    Were we better off during the last Clinton administration? We were. Let's give Hillary a chance to make history. She deserves our support!

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Mr. Logic and his side kick Pae Ying Attention

    I am listening to this debate and watching these comments. it seems as most aren't really listening. Also Hillary doesn't seem to be doing as well as Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Jazzie

    Clinton's heath care didn't work before so what makes her thinks it is going to work now

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. Annette Reed

    How do you interpret this? Yesterday, one of Barack Obama's campaign speeches was being filmed by CNN. Obama was speaking but he had a head cold. He briefly excused himself to sneeze. Immediately after he sneezed, the audience gave a rousing cheer and loud applause. What kind of thinkers do we have in Barack's audience? Are they interested in the issues and how Obama would handle the job of world leader, or is this a circus sideshow with fawning over the latest idol?

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. bluechips

    I've been watching the democratic debate tonight and Clinton isn't answering the questions. Rather she is blaming the present onto someone else and not saying what she will do.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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