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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Dude

    Its time for Hillary to step aside. She needs to grow up. She can throw a fit to try and get her way but this is a world stage and her message is not going to work.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. KY for Obama

    Because he is ready

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

    And for the healthcare industry to blossom we need to get the billions we are spending in Iraq back in the country.....

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

    Obama's shining on every question, genius.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. R. Koehler

    Don't let Obama get away with saying he's going to have an easier time against McCain regarding Iraq. The country is split 50/50 regarding reasons going into war. Obama is not poised to win the republican votes on national security. Senator Clinton is. Obama was in the Illinois state senate when congress voted on Iraq. Tell me what intelligence did he have sitting in the state senate.

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

    I didn't think he shone. Politics as usual at cnn, Bill?

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. susan mccormick

    clearly bill schneider is bias.....can one guess what that bias is?

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Louis Johnson, Lake Spivey GA

    He is really ill tonight and it shows. He is fighting through it. Can't be that tough. I have 2 nephews and a brother in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will be OK. I pray they will too.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Kimberly

    Exactly! We need a president that is not afraid to say, NO! Barack Obama is going to shake things up in Washington. The days of the "Good Ol Boys" politics is over!!

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. Brit Denise

    HRC has a Socialist view of healthcare

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Scott Arciszewski

    Obama's was clearer because he's focusing on the issue at hand; not mentioning as many key words as possible.

    To analogize, Clinton is the blogger who tries to spam SEO while Obama is the blogger who focuses on content.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Dana

    He does not shine on the Iraq issue because again he was never in the Senate to vote on the issue. And still he continues to fund it as both candidates so McCain will eat him alive on that issue. The big difference is that Obama will not be able to get us out of this mess. Obama is so naive and babylike in his answers to questions. He sounds like a 5 year old in his responses about rainbows, puppuies and ponies. He will be humilated next to McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. cate kennedy

    HE SHINES!?

    HE SAID HE AGREES WITH HILLARY -SHE SHINES – HE HAS NO LIGHT IN HIS EYES AND NO STEAM IN HIS WORDS – JUST A LOT OF BS..

    GO BE A PREACHER OBAMA AND BUY OFF SOME OTHER GROUP OF IGNORANT PEOPLE – GET THE HECK OUT OF THE US

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Steven DeMaio

    Clinton missed an opportunity to expose Obama's hypocrisy on the point of inattention to Afghanistan. Obama has never even tried to convene his Foreign Relations subcommittee on European Affairs, whose oversight domain includes NATO—an organization that should be scrutinized for not fulfilling commitments in Afghanistan.

    Is this the kind of armchair approach to foreign affairs we can expect if Obama becomes president? Obama shines on Iraq rehtorically, but when it comes to acting on floreign policy issues he has been woefully inadequate.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. Seamus

    Iraq,,,Health care-

    What about the economy ?

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Evelyn New Jersey

    i DISAGREE YOU WITH YOU BILL. hE HAS NO CLUE ABOUT THIS WAR AND I AM FEARFUL HE WILL MAKE TREMENDOUS MISTAKES WHEN TRYING TO WITHDRAW TROOPS AND END THE WAR. i HAVE FAMILY OVER THERE AND i AM NERVOUS WITH HIS WAY OF THINKING. HE CANNOT JUST WITHDRAW ALL THESE TROOPS AND LEAVE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH NO PROTECTION.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Daniel Miller

    Be honest on this one. A pull out will create a vacume that will be filled by something far worse than finishing what we started. I hate being at war, but I think wars should be waged by officers and soldiers in the field and not by politicians that have never or will never fight or have a family member fight. When congress runs the war well remember vietnam

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I thought Clinton had the stronger, more comprehensive answer. Definitely answered the question asked better.

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. Staci

    He just keeps talking about McCain. We're here to hear about the differences between him and hillary. Give some specifics!

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Chris

    ya your right, but the whole mudslinging she tried earlier lost her the match, and the fact that he also matched her fist for fist on economy (actually i kind of lean toward his responses) makes him the leader again since teh start tonight.

    The problem clinton has is she keeps going back trying to dredge up old topics like health care while obama is atleast attempting to keep to the questions.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Hal

    Obama does shine on Iraq because only a true administrator and experience person would make choices that would be beneficial for the American people and not for popularity. Clinton's flip flop is not administration experience. Its the war in iraq that has taking attention from Afghanistan and has now brought the tali ban back in power again.

    Also I loved Obama's view on helping the veterans. Post traumatic syndrome, people having to drive far just to find good hospitals. Helping our men and women. Leadership is what you had brought to the table and he clearly has brought one up again and again.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Chris

    That was some creative maneuvering there.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Esther

    Hilary needs health care to be her strongest point now so she can weed out Obama and hopefully when he is gone, she will hammer McCain head on.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Tom

    Improved conditions? are you serious, this is cooked data if I have ever seen it

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. jennifer

    "Health care is Clinton’s issue. Iraq is clearly Obama’s."

    it's a good thing, too. the role of the president is to keep our nation safe, not to play doctor to our residents.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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