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. Catherine

    I don't agree. What debate are you watching. Obama is not experienced in foreign policy nor does he have the experience to solve our involvement in Iraq.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Drew from Chicago

    Thanks Bill. We appreciate your efforts tonight in providing this forum.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Pantsuit Lady

    Her mandatory healthcare plan is one of the reasons she will not be elected. His stance on Iraq, from the beginning until today, is why he will be our next President.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Nick, Brit in Pittsburgh

    Indeed Obama shone on Iraq, as he has been shining in the matter of substance throughout the campaign.

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

    Bill, this has gone far enough – your open adulation of Obama. At least pretend to be fair now and then.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. teresa mason

    the headline should be Clinton wins debate hands down

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

    As an independant voter the Iraq question is more important than health care. Will Senator Clinton lead us down the rabbit hole on health care again.

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Lisa in Houston, Tx

    Health care goes to Clinton because she has a long past with the issue. Iraq I feel is only going to Senator Obama because he was not in the Senate at the time of 9-11. So can now sit back and say "I'm totally against it." Explain that to those that lost their families on 9-11. Shame Senator Obama, shame.

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

    Obama wants to give Govt. back to the people. Good!! So, talk to us about ending the behind closed doors deals like the super highway.

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

    What is clear to me...no matter who makes it into the oval office...the issue is INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY. If you do not have the ability to talk with friends and enemy's the U.S. will not get anywhere! Perhaps Obama's the positive energy he is generating in the U.S. will translate overseas. Diplomacy is the answer in Iraq!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. Chris Donahue, TX

    If Clinton thinks she is most ready to be Cmdr in Chief, she is going to have a lot of trouble with her many comments of Gen P. Does she think that the JCS would have full trust in her. All troops would be saluting the rank not her.

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

    WIll CNN give her any props? Are we watching the same debate? SHE SHONE!

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. e_lady333

    Obama didn't shine, he just reiterated that he was not for the war. That time and issue is long past. What plans does he have now? How can true journalists let someone get away with not answering questions and not having a proven track record to give an indication of what they are made of. Maybe there are no true journalists left – just a great many commentators who grew up and liked hearing themselves talk.

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

    Wow! Obama provided some of the most lucid comments about National and Military Strategy I have heard from a politician in a very long time.

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

    Obama shines because he has great words, and if we look at the truly consequential presidents in our history, they have had great words as well. . .that underscored their great deeds. Need I list them: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy, Reagan. LBJ was got a lot done, but had it not been for the great words of MLK, I doubt if LBJ would have pulled it off.

    Great actions (solutions) require great words!

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. DAVE B.

    McCrazy - hmmm, the man loves going to war. Hes in favor of a dumb war and he doesnt realize that we need to use diplomacy to win. Its a holy war. We need to plant an alliance in the middle east that will prove to be a strong multi-lateral movement. Obama understands this and his judgement has proven to be true.

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

    Have you tried to be impartial at ALL tonight?

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  18. Robert in Albuquerque

    It's easy for Obama to stay he didn't vote for the war because he WASN"T even in the senate. I'm tired of his comments on this issue.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Dean

    They still dont have a clear picture or grasp as to how the military really works. McCain will win this argument and win big when they have to talk.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Josh

    The more Hillary supports like cate write the more powerful Obama gets

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Jeremiah

    We first need to focus on our international issues. We need to quickly reslove any issues so we can take the money being spent on the war and place it where it should go. Then everything will able to fall in place domestically.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Lynda

    Obama is THE candidate to go up against McCain on this issue. He draws the more starker contrast. With more than 70% of the country against this war, I think Obama has the upper hand.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Bunker Hill

    Question about superdelegates:

    Will we know which superdelegates voted which way on the final talley at the Democratic Convention?

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. SD

    Sure her can be more decisive when he manipulates her words and plans to make it his own.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Mike S

    He Shines cause he knows what hes talking about!

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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