September 26th, 2008
10:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: The Russia debate

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - Both McCain and Obama support including Georgia and others into NATO, at the same time saying that they don't want a new Cold War. Both of them are portraying Russia as a greater threat than we've been regarding them for a while...but they both insist they don't want that new cold war. They both agree on Russia, but it doesn't all add up.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Mercedes Young

    My comment do not have anything to do with the subject. I just whant to know why Mccain will not look a Obama when he directs the comments at him like Obama does look at him.

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. S Turnau

    McCain just said – who should be the president of the U.S.

    Obama!

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. citizen j

    Is it me or is the entire debate focused on war and security?? Aren't those supposed points of strength for McCain? Seems somewhat media biased.

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. mike

    In my opinion the idea behind that is to get Georgia and other countries as allies so that Russia will chill out and be less agressive. Nobody knows how well that will work though, or what Russia's true intentions are.

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. Barry

    Bill; Where is Senator McCain's FLAG lapel??? Is it still an issue with the Republicna;s now that he does't have one. BTW Senator Obama is wearing one

    September 26, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Johnny Legend

    MCAIN WINS DEBATE !!! NOT EVEN CLOSE

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. navywifeforObama

    Russia is a very real threat. As a wife to a navyman I know that while we've been wasting our money and depleting our forces over in Iraq...russia has been building up their military and doing it heavily and quickly.

    So yes we must watch out with Russia...

    by the way Obama is right until we get respected around the world noone will respect us, or take us seriously.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Jerome - Toronto

    McCain keeps saying Obama doesn't understand this and that.. fact is we under the logic of Obama and do not follow the logic of McCain.. I think McCain is falling apart,,, Obama is killing him on National Security.. this was supposed to be his baby.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. bethany

    McCain spoke up 3 days after the Georgian invasion by Russia and said to the American people " We all are Georgians".
    Obama said NOTHING... then said he'd have to research the issue...then finally 1 week later issues a response saying the exact same thing McCain said....he has no foreign affairs experience and would obviously not be ready to make good on the spot decisions. The world will not wait for Obama to make up his mind

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The more McCain says Obama does not understand, does not get it, it really shows how condescending and arrogant MCcain is and still is even after all his work experience! Imagine this condescending and arrogance attitude to get people cross over!

    People are really tired of this condescending and arrogance that simply does not reflect who we are! We are so much better than this!!!

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Michele

    I know I don't want a "cold" or "hot" war with Russia. They might be able to kick our butts now.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. leapfrog

    Detente IS complicated...and that's perhaps why it seems beyond the grasp of Republicans...

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. mag

    You can say what you say but you are what you are.....this is in reference to the US allowing Georgia & Ukraine into NATO. We can not afford to go through another war with such small countries, especially these ones. We will not allow them into the UN b/c we do not want to go to war with Russia & China.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. BringIt

    "They both agree on Russia, but it doesn't all add up."

    In what respect, Billy?

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. Daryl in Seattle

    What was with McCain not allowing Obama to retort at the end of the topic and just going on and on about nothing to prevent Obama from correcting the lie that was tossed out? That is inconsiderate, rude, and uncivilized like McCain would eat with his elbows on the table or something. Grow up presidential candidate.

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. mcbush all over again zzzzz

    mcbush thnks that by knowing a few names in Russia, that gives him experience is he kidding??

    he is a joke
    oh my lord,

    BUSH now 72 .............put this guy to sleep

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Dan

    Because the falcons suck!

    September 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. Baze

    Huge point drawing connection between national economic security and the inability to enable a powerful military. I don't think McCain will be able to refute that well

    September 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Brian

    McCain, Bush and Clinton really caused problems with Russia when they supported an independent Kosovo. I was Army Special Forces and I served in that area. Kosovo belongs to the Serbs. It’s like the Mexicans in Mexico decided to take Texas and the UN let them.

    September 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Defining moment

    The war monger is at it again ... ready to go to war with Russia which has over 15,000 nuclear; while we can barely keep up with Iraq or focus on Afghanistan.

    If he gets into the White House, WWIII is a guarantee. What a lunatic!

    September 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. What ever

    Come’n November 4th gets here soon so we can get this election over with and concentrate on our animals Planet channel. It’s more fun to watch animals they’re funny.

    September 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Don Peake

    It's very sad that in the one area these leaders agree, they are so badly and tragically wrong. Their strong support for the foolish and devious administration of Saakashvili and their demands that Ossetia and Abkhazia be turned over to the Georgian wolves after 16 years of de facto independence is troubling, and their approval of Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO is dangerous and wrong.

    September 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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