February 21st, 2008
09:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Obama shines on Iraq question

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AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Obama and Clinton are both being pressed on their opposition to the surge in Iraq, a policy that has improved conditions there. Both responded tactfully and made clear they will press for an end to the Iraq war as president.The two seemed to give the same answer, but Obama's answer was rhetorically more powerful and one of his most effective moments. He made sure to clearly draw distinctions with John McCain on the issue, and seems eager to go head-to-head with the Arizona senator when it comes to the war in Iraq.Health care is Clinton’s issue. Iraq is clearly Obama’s.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. 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 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Ceit

    Are you on the Obama payroll?

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

    She voted for it before she voted against it.....

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. clc

    Indeed he did, because he is right.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Mary

    Again, Mr. Schneider, Obama is debating Clinton tonight, not McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. RONALD

    Obama was against Iraq since day one. So far he has the upper hand.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. pj

    this was a brilliant answer and calls people to remember his good judement and answer that he understand the connectivity between iraq, iran, china, latin america, etc.

    i think this is the first time he will be the winner of the debate.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. lloyd williams

    When will someone ask why Hillary will not release her income tax records? Ask that hard question CNN and see the fireworks fly!

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

    Bill, it is obvious who you support, all your comments are very biased against Hillary...

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. Oak

    Clearly ... like a fighter. He jabbed, jabbed, jabbed ... the audience smelled knock-out, but it didn't go that far. Nice round, clearly Obama's.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. James, DC

    Wow Bill! "Obama shines..."
    The positivity finally comes out. Only for Obama?

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Latina, NJ

    the dream team, OBAMA/CLINTON?

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  13. Ben from D.C.

    Healthcare is her only issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Progressive Pete

    Iraq is Obama but healthcare and experience is Hillary's.

    February 21, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. dmac

    She is totally conflicted! She voted for it

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Tommi

    Who says he shines. I didn't think he was so shiny... he is just pulling up0 his soapbox now...

    What are you guys doing..You are listening to the orator..the speech maker...look out CNN, we are catching on and realizing that you guys are so biased.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Eric Keller, Detroit, Michigan

    Again... It is important to notice that many of the issues that we are all faced with are only part of a problem, and each one is a variable to the solution. So if you don’t deal with each variable, and in the right way, you will not get the right solution. Obama has the right solutions to the problems. From the war to Iraq, and all of the issues involved in dealing with not only Iraq, but Iran, our troops, diplomacy, …. I can keep going, but what does Hillary have? A weak healthcare policy.... Thats it!

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Richy

    I agree. Clinto's advisors have been incompetent on this Iraqi thing

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. jake

    How can Hillary have any credibility as a Commander and Chief. She's voted completely wrong on Iraq twice! Obama makes the simple argument that he was one of few intelligent enough to realize giving support to Bush's Iraq plan was rediculous.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. sam

    Mr. Schneider, seems like you are supporting Obama or not staying unbias. Obama keeps riding on Clinton's coat tails when he does not have an answer.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. Janet

    Obama shines. Shines? Bill, what are you watching?

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Cee Dubya

    She voted to support the war because she followed "the will of the people" in her constituency. Drop it already.

    I believe her notiong of talking to the commanders and secretaries of the different miltiary branches is sound. You will not succeed in implimenting plans if the people who impliment don't feel they have the trust and input to make things happen effectively.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. me

    Ok this is sickening....Schneider is one of the most biased reporter ever.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. Amy in Iowa

    The fact that Obama made the correct judgement call on Iraq shows he has the best judgement to lead and be President. And it also shows he will be the better candidate to go up against John McCain and win. Hillary just will not have a leg to stand on in the argument regarding Iraq.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  25. Paula

    Bill try to show some objectivity. We realize you support Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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