January 31st, 2008
10:02 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Clinton running from the past

She’s arguing that she supported the threat of force as a means of avoiding conflict. That’s a complicated case to make – and it still leaves the question: why did she think President Bush had the same judgment she did?

But here’s a new angle she hasn’t used before in these debates: that she would never have contemplated an invasion of Iraq. It’s another way of trying to draw a distinction between her views and the president’s. She’s running from the past.

–CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. Jim ( Independent )

    Bill your right , she has been running from her past for a very long time. The problem is , wherever she goes , there she is.


    Obama has much better Judgement to lead this country.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. JMR

    How very gentlemanly that Obama held Clinton's chair at debate close? Loved that!

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. anonymous

    Obama's got you in his back pocket.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Rachel -- Edwards supporter

    Obama totally bought me off. She really doesn't have what it takes. My vote now shifts to Obama...

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. kelly

    bush manipulated intellegance to gain support for the war. He also went in 2 days before the inspections were done. that is not what she agreed to.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Rechi

    Hillary was way over the top tonight and Obama was way down under. Good for you Hillary, you showed how strong you are and Obama is not match to you.

    January 31, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. monfrere

    why hilary could not say sorry for teaming with bush adm. for the invasion of irak?
    It is a problem of good or bad judgment. Does she think she did not have good experience at that time?
    Obama is set for good judgment but he needs to talk tough.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Ron in Texas

    Senator Clinton did vote yes, but everyone who is bashing her for this should really go on line and read the Complete resolution as it was presented to congress. She has been very consistent as to why, and has not flip flopped as to why she did so. Remember Teddy voted yes also, and Qbama excepted his endorsement. HUH. Any one who thinks Bush, Cheney, and Rummy did not over use this power must be Blind, Deaf , Dumb, and Stupid.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. jeff

    this was beautiful.both candidate displayed high level of maturity,excellence, and unity.i truely love this moment and i think this is really the beginning of a new chapter of america.i think they share the same ideas and policies.
    i think it should be obama commander in chief and clinton vp.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Em

    Hillary is way to polarizing, plus she has the Bill baggage and I have Clinton fatigue.

    January 31, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Barbara-Rocky Hill, CT

    For Obama to play the "opposition to the war " card is a bit hypocritical because he wasn't a player at the time and has no voting record to challenge.

    Great debate. Without the ability to vote for Edwards any more, my vote is for Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Chris, Orlando, FL

    CNN... you're so transparently pro-Obama. Your homepage ticker has an anti-Clinton headline. Stop posting these incendiary and biased remarks and be fair for once. Bill Schneider should be let go. He did an awful job commenting on this debate.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Kendrick Daye

    Bill you are extremely biased! All the questions seemed to attack Clinton, while Obama got questions that don't matter like "censorship."

    And what about questions about Gay Marriage?

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Tia

    IF one divides the debate into sections, health care, taxes, domestic policy and iraq Hillary won on 3 of the 4. To many the Iraq war is prioty and wil lleave a larger impression ... especially since it was the final section of the night.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. barb

    now this could be the tickets : clinton/obama

    mc cain/ rice

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. RL

    I'm so sick of her trying to weasel out of what she did. She voted for the war. Hemhawing, throwing up a smokescreen, etc. doesn't cut it with those of us who remember. She is trying to run from the past, but WE REMEMBER!

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Cisco

    When the campaign first started I was going to vote for Hillary Clinton. I thought she was the best choice because of her experience. The more I read about each candidate and the debates I watched I realized Obama is the better choice. He clearly understands what the job requires and is ready to be President. Hillary has too many friends in Washington she wants to keep happy and not step on their toes. Obama doesn't care who he pisses off. It seems to me he makes it clear he is there to represent us all. Special interest groups do not have a hold on him. Go Obama!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. BNS

    "obama scored big on iraq

    Obama scored ONLY on Iraq!

    Too bad Iraq isn't the ONLY issue in this campaign.

    Driver's licenses for illegal aliens so that we won't have "all these hit and run accidents??????"

    You have to be kidding!

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Nancy Moline

    Obama has one major accomplishment in his political career. He voted against the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, he was unable to persuade anyone else to go along with him.

    I am not impressed.

    His second major accomplishment seems to be the endorsement of Ted and Caroline Kennedy.

    Ted Kennedy has lived up to the limits of his potential. Caroline is too young to have ever known her father.

    I remember John Kennedy. Their is no comparison to Obama except that he is also a democrat.

    I am not impressed.

    It is unfortunate that the political journalists at CNN appear to be most focused on what looks good but has little substance...oh...you must have been looking in the mirror...

    I am not impressed.

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. bob

    obama supporters are border line insane EXPERIENCE is key cinton will win by a landslide

    January 31, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Bob G.

    JFK was RIGHT on the first day?? He messed up the Bay of PIgs BIG TIME and then got us involved in Vietnam in the first place.

    I'd much rather have a President who is ready who had to make the Tough decisions when they had to with all the information they had.

    Obama wasn't even around to make those decisions. I'd bet you a billion dollars that I'll tell you who won the Super Bowl on Monday!

    January 31, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Ron Mclain

    I think Hillary handled herself with aplomb and showed the ability to respond intelligently under pressure. Barack would make a good leader but needs someone with experience and wisdom help him accomplish his goals.
    A Clinton Obama ticket could combine the best of both.

    January 31, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. txj

    I just think there needs to be greater balance about comments on Hillary, especially from Carl Bernstein. It sometimes appears like a gang-up in favor of Obama to the point of totally ignoring the serious question of whether this country is ready for a black president, especially vis a vis the campaign the republicans will run in the more rural areas...

    January 31, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Manny

    it's all about barack!

    i love that he will sit with foreign dictators without preconditions... what are we afraid of??? we used to have a direct line with the kremlin during the cold war... Clinton just sounds like more of the bush foreign policy plan

    January 31, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Linda Levine

    When asked about her vote on Irag) "So was it a mistake?" Hillary refused to acknowledge this. For me, it recalled George W. Bush's refusal to acknowledge any mistake he has made. What a contrast with Obama who says "I don't want yes men and women around me. I won't always be right."

    January 31, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
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