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. USA

    nahhh.

    mcain is a loser.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Former Hilary-For OBAMA

    Why he tried to tell a story. No one wants to hear about story.

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. karyn

    If we are going to bring peace to the world, we must talk to anyone and everyone. War is not working for anyone.

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

    oh please
    is schneider a brother to mcbush??

    my friendsssssssssssss

    September 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. DC

    Do you notice that Obama is wearing a flag pin and mccain is not...huh, how unpatriotic John....

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Chi-town gurl

    Obama never changed his position.. . .you just haven't been listening!

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Barney

    Obama has said the same thing for months – quit spinning DL

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. CM

    McCain is playing politics with his response on 9-11.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Kathleen

    Yes, changing his mind again again again...

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Why is McCain not looking at him? Why? Is he afraid to look him in the eye? All John is doing is spinning yarns about Regan and 2/3 decades ago.....get up to date buddy!

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. Fabian Blache III, Baton Rouge, LA

    He has not changed his position. He covered this in 19 other debates, all of which some people obviously missed. He has been 100% consistent on this straight through.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. alexa

    I agree too! LOL had to think about it a little

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Matt

    It's only complicated if all you're trying to do is filter out every positive for McCain, Schneider. I wouldn't so readily admit you can't understand what was said.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. bethany

    There is a big difference between the words " preconditions" and " preparing" and I've heard Obama consistently say that he would meet with the President of Iran with NO PRECONDITIONS.....

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. girrlgil, sanfrancisco

    The debate is getting ugly. He said, he said. Who is right? CNN please give me some fact check.

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

    Only complicated if you're a dolt. Obama is very clear and McCain is not listening.

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

    As usual McBush is dead wrong when it comes to this. Good job Obama!! NOW FINISH HIM!! FLAWLESS VICTORY!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    IT'S NOT COMPLICATED!

    STOP SPINNING FOR MCLAZYLEFTEYE!

    YOU PRACTICE DIPLOMACY FIRST. IF THAT DOESN'T WORK YOU GET YOUR ALLIES TO SIDE WITH YOU THEN YOU KICK THE ENEMY'S BEHIND.

    BUSH DID IT BACKWARDS AND MCCAIN IS TRYING TO LEGITIMIZE IRAQ!

    GRRRRR!

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Michael

    i thought they were the same something that needs to happen before he meets with the leaders. so esseintally Obama is now saying yes their are steps before meeting with them.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. Wayne

    I think it is always good to prepare and know who you are meeting with and what they stand for. That's called "doing your homework."
    I am opposed to preconditions because itsimply means that if you don't play nice, I will take my toys and go home.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. CL in Florida

    My question is........... if he has worked and done so much for so long...... where is the positive stuff and what has he accomplished.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Dr. J

    Obama said he would meet without preconditions, but with preparations. That is not difficult. Where are you people from?

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. angel59

    Obama did not change his position. He explained his position.

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. carl from savannah

    mcshame just said we are safer than we were on 9/11 but we are far from being safe did anyone catch that

    September 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Jason

    Why? Because there's no difference between the two? They must prepare, not conform to some arbitrary rules and language.

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