September 26th, 2008
10:24 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: This is getting complicated

OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - McCain is saying that if you meet without preconditions you are legitimizing them.

Obama, on the other hand, said he would not impose preconditions, but he would insist on preparation.

It's a very complicated argument.


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. elynoon

    If McCain would face an issue and not wail into jibberish stories he may have stood a chance tonight. Shut him down. He should start writing children's stories. They are long winded and full of fairy tales also.

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    come on, that is BS. Barack doesn't legitimize anything, just because he is ready to talk to them, come on...

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  3. cheap shot McCain

    McCain doesn't understand!

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. tgram

    remind mccain that the bush admin met with iran already. they talked and so what?

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. DL

    How is it complicated? Is it complicated because Obama is changing his position again?

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Lorraine

    Whew and I just thought it was me LOL

    September 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Robert Columbus, Ohio

    legitimizing? i think its clear by the danger that they impose that they are a legitimate being!

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

    and McCain still won't make eye contact...

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

    Talk is alot better then war.

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

    McCain still cant look at Obama.

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

    McCain: back in my day you k now, i vote for this and i vote for that..back in my day....

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

    I think they are both just over-parsing here. Nobody, either Repubs or Dems, are going to have casual chats with enemies and terrorist states.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Haole Wahine

    No so complicated. Obama smoke and mirrors.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. GW

    Perfect example of Obama being a Flip Flopper–he want the best of both worlds

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

    I guess you need to know the meaning of the word preparation...at other level of conversation.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Preconditions.... creates situations like Cuba. How long are you going to wait, Senator McCain?

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. Brandi

    Obama is using another word for precondition. I think McCain nailed him on it and Obama stuttered again. Obama gets heated and looks down his nose as though he is perplexed.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Barney

    It's not complicated

    McCain keeps twisting Obama's words and re-emphasizing the lies McCain has been telling Pay attention

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. ron

    Not too complicated actually, Obama got the quote from Kissinger Exactly right, but MCain said it wasnt the truth. Sheesh Bill are you not fact checking? And what is up with your CHeap shot thing? IF McCain said it about IRAN why is that a cheap shot. Please Explain.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. boone

    Somebody get Obama a burger. He looks malnourished.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Hillary 2012

    Hillary we miss you

    please come back

    Or Let me vote for Mc Cain

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. jonny

    McCain is quite rude when he speaks. He constantly interrupts people, including the moderator, and he refuses to stop talking when its not his turn.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Fabian Blache III, Baton Rouge, LA

    Not complicated to Kissinger who seems to make the distinction in the same manner as Senator Obama.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Heidi

    OBAMA MADE HIS POSITON CLEAR ON THIS END OF STORY.

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

    It is not complicated! We have to confront our adversaries first with negotiation or we will always be at war!!!!

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