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. Vig

    There you go again, "advantage Obama" – now CNN viewership – do you see the bias favoring Obama? It's pervasive.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. lloyd williams

    Is Hillary going to finish crying in her speech and think that will win votes for her again?????

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Robin

    Neither candidate nor did CNN address the TTC as promised.... More as usual

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Luke

    Ok, let's give Schneider a break folks... Obama is simply more genuine that Clinton. No bias here.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Buzz

    Hillary has yet to directly answer a question. On her own agenda, not caring about anything or anybody else.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. lc

    How can she go against McCain on the economy failures of the Iraq

    war when she voted for the same war????

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. Ron

    i don't know what your looking at?
    I know Obama is speaking English, but he isn't saying anything except Uh, uh

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. DAVE B.

    Cate...are you deaf and blind, or are you just ignorant. We need a LEADER, thats OBAMA. He can stand by his word and his votes, Hillary can not. Its a very fundamental difference, why dont your recognize it for what it is?

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Buckley4

    How does saying in advance how quickley they will withdraw from Iraq strengthen our hand in the negotiations both say they want?

    I think their haste to withdraw will secure a failure in the Middle East for our country from which will take years to recover.

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. GA teacher

    This is Obama's best performance ever!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Janet

    He's never been tested Bill...why can't Obama answer that question honestly. The republicans are going to have a field day with him. Wake up America!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Luke

    Clinton is done – stick a fork in her.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Gigi Jones

    Healthcare is only "Hillary's Issue" because many people are recalling that once upon a time, she tried to help her husband establish a health care program back in the 1990's!! Only old people like us remember that! LOL!!

    It is not hers or anyone else's issue...people hear what they want to hear, but Sen. Obama has a plan, and it's better than fining people who have no money for not buying insurance...she should even know that that is counter-intuitive! But, she keeps thinking like Republican-lite, so that's what you get.

    And yes, Obama was spot on about Iraq!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. J.W.

    In my estimation, Obama wins on every issue besides health care. Clinton clearly bested him on that. But Obama got good digs in on McCain, which will be important in the general election. The fact that Hillary has not blown Obama out of the water in this debate signifies that she cannot win this campaign.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Scott

    bill, the vet will eat obama alive in a head to head match up.
    obama is the only chance the republicans have to hanging onto the white house, as much as i despise g.w. bush, i will vote for a veteran over the rookie nobody from the neighboring state.

    bowling green,mo.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. ronee

    Mr. Schneider,

    I respectfully suggest that you review the tape - Mr. Obama is disappointing me terribly.

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. yns

    What about the environment?

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Alex

    Seriously, could this "commentary" favor Obama any MORE?

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Janee

    Obama definitely won that debate. Clinton was so fake at the end. I was hoping she would have performed better.

    February 21, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Jimmie

    Who was that one man I couldn't understand. Where did he come from, I mean what Country and when-???

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    I agree with the sentiment. whom ever wins the nomination, needs to select the other as VP.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  22. sboyd

    How could anyone say that C. Brown was partial – she did not break in and stop Clinton. That was a real advantage for Clinton to have the last word in that way.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. crews2me

    Teresa Mason I'm sorry but this was not a “hands down” win for Hillary!!! The fact that Obama held his own and showed people, he is more the speeches says it all.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Andrew Martins

    The Clinton Campaign is dead. Barack made no mistakes and Clinton did not prod him in pursuit of any.

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Caroline

    It's easy to say how you would have voted when you were NOT a Senator at the time!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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