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

Schneider: Obama shines on Iraq question

ALT TEXT

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. R. Koehler

    He can't point to single point of crisis because he's too young with too little experience!

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

    This is critical. Obama can attack McCain in a way Clinton will never be able to. How can you argue against someone who made the same mistake you made back in 2003?

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Evelyn New Jersey

    Once again he failed to answer aquestion that was directly asked of him. Always rhetoric with him nothing of substance.

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Michael-WI

    Hillary = blah blah blah

    Obama = hey, I didn't vote for this in the first place..AND.. I'm going to debate this with McCain to find out why he voted for it.

    Go Obama!

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

    Score for Obama. He's our best bet for interfacing with foreign countries. This week's Harris poll shows people overseas prefer him. Overseas Democrats certainly prefer him.

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

    I disagree. Obama lacks the experience to have any credibility on the issue. He was not in office, so we do not know anything about what he would have done or how he would have voted.

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

    he ALWAYS Shines!!!
    John King has a point. Obama is better when it comes to a conversational setting. But he just shines on all issues. He knows his strengths and his weaknesses but he remains strong in all aspects.
    Go Obama, Go!!!

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

    Schneider has been impartial to both candidates.

    Simply because someone disagrees with you, it does not merit calling him biased.

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

    Obama has had a much more clear answer for these questions than Hillary tonight. She's jumping hurdles. He's giving answers.

    I was on the fence, but now I'm stepping over to Obama's side.

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

    If he was against it from day one, why has he always voted to fund it?????????????????

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Boz

    Congratulations to Bill Schneider for finally recognizing that Obama is part of this debate.

    Way to break the losing streak, Bill! I am as inspired.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. BRM

    Obama repeats everything she says. Blah blah blah....

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Diane, PA

    I have not seen Obama shine at all. He has answered all but a few questions second and when he does reply re just rearranges Hillary's response. So if that is shining I'd rather not.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Gavin

    Obama had nothing to Lose by opposing the iraq war early on. He touts his early stance on it like it's a huge deal. But really he didn't have a say so, so it shouldn't matter.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Bruce

    This is an issue that Clinton needs to mitigate to an extent as this is one of the main clearcut offensive arguments Obama has against Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Staci

    It's easy to shine when you weren't in the position of having to make a difficult decision but could just give pretty speeches.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. zerville

    why do the crowds cheer Hillary even when she gives dumb answers? seem the crowd got paid to be there..

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. hillary 08:

    HE SHINES?????

    like a penny out place!

    he will lose to McCain!

    he can't even answer the final question right!

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. JenniferJ

    That's right Scott A...Great analogy!

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. KY for Obama

    Be a preacher....looks like some stereotypes are leaking in

    The man means what he says just like mrs. bill...show some respect

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  21. Mike R

    Unless we get the hell out of Iraq we will never have the money to pay for healthcare or anything else in the country.

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Bob

    Hilary is starting to look desperate to me. Her answers reek of establishment rhetoric.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Pure Renaissance in Columbus OHIO

    He is overwhelmingly more prepared, he has better articulated courses of action and has positioned his rebuttals and debates for his inaugural speech on JAN 20th 2009!!!! Way to go Barack Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. BARBARA

    He just lied his mother remairried and moved to another country. He was not just raised by his mother and grandmother . Read his back ground. Where He went to school. He Just Lied

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  25. Robert

    He is all rhetoric – she is substance.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6