September 26th, 2008
10:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Obama makes distinction

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - This is the first time that Obama has really explained himself on the preconditioned talks with Iran question. He makes the distinction between preparation and preconditions.


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. changing times

    Schneider, where have you been, Obama explained this during the primaries when he debated Hilary. Geesh!

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Nerzyn, Reston VA

    Obama has made it clear what McCain needs to learn

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. ron

    Kissinger said today that the President should meet without preconditions with the President of Iran, and when Obama Calls him on it, McCain says its not true. I dont see a word about that.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Tom Racker

    WOULD YOU WAKE UP BILL BENNETT. HE IS NOT USING HIS ANALYST BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. jason, tx

    McCain seems not to be listening. It's like he won't hear what Obama is saying.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Kelvin Barry

    I agree with and appreciate his answer/position on the issue of talks with Iran. Talking with others has always avoided many conflicts. You are getting the story/truth directly from the horses mouth and you are developing a relationship rather than shunning.

    September 26, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Louise

    What's up with McCain??? First of all he has that "all knowing" smirk on his face and secondly he's at no point even looking at Senator Obama. He's giving me the impression he thinks he's "above" Senator Obama. I'm not impressed with him at all!!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Kate Fergus

    Obama is just sounding intelligent. What the country needs now is someone who is thoughtful and not rash. McCain is someone who engages his brain after rushing into an issue.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Richard

    Obama is totally right about this topic. you can't just not talk to our enemies and expect things to get better. McShame just doesn't understand what needs to be done as president.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Sean

    There is nothing wrong with legitimizing the legitimate comments of a legitimate leader of a foreign country no matter how he came to power or whether or not he should be in power. That's called diplomacy, and a good leader negotiates to the fullest to avoid war. Those who know War never wants to meet him again.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama soo impressive right now! showing judgement and temperment. Mccain looks mad and refuses to look at Obama...so ignorant!!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. Evan

    I think McCain has got it all wrong with his accusations that "no preconditions" is a bad thing. Obviously some preparation is necessary, but we cannot be diplomatic and seek progress with foreign countries while walking around swinging a big stick and demanding complete compliance with our policies.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Jacqueline Bucar

    McCain is wrong that talking with a leader "legitimizes" that leader. The president of Iran is the president. Not Talking to him doesn't change that. McCain just likes to throw these terms out but think about what he is saying. Legitimize?

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. KJL

    I think people with any common sense already knew what he meant. We're not small children who need every point explained.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Brad

    I think Obama is doing an excellent job of explaining his stance – much better than McCain

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Sety

    Iran got strengthened due to the Iraq war created by Bush and McCain.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. Revi

    John is trying to use confusion. He understood that Barack meant lower level talks, just as Condi and Kissinger said are appropriate.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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