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

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (329 Responses)
  1. j bo

    i would vote for pelosi before i would vote for the most corporate backed candidate in this race

    January 31, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Anon

    Anyone looked at the healthcare plans of these two. Minute differences. Be sure what you wish for.

    January 31, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. N V

    Get real Bill! How much biased quackery you can afford for Obama? CNN = FOX

    January 31, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. carrie

    The media is not being fair to Hillary. The attitude of the media is apparent. To me, the media has their own agenda – a story- and Hillary and the Clintons was told whereas Obama is new so therefore a story to tell. The bias is blatant. I cant bleive they asked her if she can "control" her husband. How sexist! Can u imagine the outrage if they asked Obama to "control" his wife! Did she not say ur crazy if u dont vote for her husband and so on. The media ignores any of her comments but Bill's is diagnosed and analyzed. What is wrong with having experience? What is wrong with having a former president as a spouse??Shes been there and knows the reality of the job. She doesnt need to idealize what it is.

    January 31, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. holyOK

    I have never heard such daft ideas in my life. Neither candidate knows a thing about economic issues and are in a full out race to bankrupting the country's already nervous economy

    January 31, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. James


    January 31, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. gordy

    why is that clinton can talk twice as long obama and not get cut off. I would like to see the time difference

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Harley From Cameroon, Africa

    As we watch the Democratic debates from Africa, we tend to draw a conclusion that American politics is far on the edge of declining. But what makes it worse is that the MEDIA is playing the biggest role to fan racism, sexism and other issues that do not matter.
    However, few questions remain unanswered in our minds. If Barack Obama was a white, how would the course have been? What if Hillary was not the wife of the former President Bill Clinton?
    Goodluck to both canditates.

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Alba

    I too was highly insulted by the question "Can You control your husband".

    Is this about what policies they will bring to the country or about CNN getting sexist? Getting personal is not what it is supposed to be about by a news channel. Leave that to the tabloids!

    January 31, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. AYC

    Obama is clearly the better candidate. Being a leader is about reading the nuances and leading. On the most important question in the last eight years, Hillary followed, Obama led. Making excuses that you or I would have voted the same as Hillary misses the point. That is why you or I are not running for President, but they are. And this vote speaks to leadership, speaks to being right on day one, speaks to something you cannot learn and that all good leaders must have - good judgement.

    January 31, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Metafocal

    Interesting debate. Nothing new other than civility. I do believe Obama made ground on voting for the war as posted throughout this ticker, but this is old news. My concern is how we get the White House back. Republicans have so much ammo on Hillary and Bill. Why give them a gift.

    I think republican arguments are petty (those Clinton years were nice), however one must be realistic that our chances for a Democrat being elected in the White House are greater with Obama. I also feel that nothing will get conservatives and evangelicals out to vote faster than Hillary. If she is nominated, I will vote for her.

    This is just a real look at our situation, either candidate will be leaps and bounds better for our country, vote strategically, they will be.

    No winner, other than we finally have 2 incredibly good candidates.

    January 31, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. leadership for america

    Hello?? Many people believed that the war in Iraq was necessary due to lies and concealment on the part of George Bush; when his fabrications became apparent, many people, including Hillary Clinton, spoke out against his tactics and urged for an end to the war. Hillary is honest (if she made a mistake, so did millions of Americans), has a plan, has a brain. Go, Hillary!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. James

    everyone was for this war in 2002 this is really a nonissue now.I thought Obama wants to move fwd, but he keeps bringing up this 2002 vote.

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. sairefgm

    Hillary is not answering the questions. look at the videos and you will see that she blabbered around the. She has not answerd one question. she did a lot of talk and that is all. I amyet to hear what changes she plan to make. The republicans will tear her apart that is why they want her to run.

    Hillary is lost without bill.

    January 31, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. sairefgm

    I agree with Scheider Hillary is running from the past. Do you really want a president that is NAIVE.

    January 31, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Interesting..

    I think Obama actually stood toe to toe with Clinton on this debate concerning policy. He was very detailed in his approach to welfare. Where he clearly beat Hillary was on the issue of Iraq. One of the qualities of a great leader is to admit when they are wrong, and clearly Hillary has a proud stance on Iraq, even though it WAS A WRONG DECISION...

    Go Obama

    January 31, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    McCain would pulverize Hill by making her count down to 35 years of alleged experience. Obama would never have that problem.

    January 31, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Adarrah for Obama

    "You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war" -Einstein
    Clinton was wrong and she as well as everyone who voted for the war need to apologize for the bloodshed and anguish of all of us around the world. Her inability to do so is unforgiving. This was a mistake with unknown consequences. She is just another vetted politician and she will be so in the White House. Lets turn the page!!

    January 31, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Big boy


    January 31, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. James

    Drivwers lic. for undocumented people( illegalls to republicans) will not go over well. Here in Ny Gov. Sopitzer got absolutely killed on that and dropped it. O bama is going to get slammed on this by the neocons. Hillary is clearly the more qualified,accomplished leader. Obama would do well as a Vp or Sec of State; then Pres in 8 years.

    January 31, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Ted Owens

    I think that either Obama or Clinton would be a good president and I will vote for whoever gets the nomination. However, I hope it is Obama because: (l) Hillary will so energize the Republican party and even some Democrats that I am not sure she can beat McCain (2) If she does win, we are almost certainly guaranteed four or eight more years of a divided country just as we have now and I really don't think most Americans could endure that and still feel good about their government and the political process in general. Obama doesn't have the built=in animosity that Clinton would bring with her (and Bill).

    January 31, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. JJ

    I recall General Colin Powell presenting graphs and flip charts to Congress using a pointer indicating specific buildings which held the WMDs. Who would ever have dreamed that such a revered and decorated General would boldly lie to us?

    Senator Clinton's decision was the best she could have made based on the purposefully provided mis-information from the White House.

    Today we watched history being made with Sen Obama and Sen Clinton debating to become the next President of the United States. Kudo's to them both.

    January 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. Ready4Hillary

    Obama getting right the first time...what a joke. Can he explain why he pulled the wrong lever 5 times?? Hillary is the intelligent choice!!

    February 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. John Edwards


    February 1, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  25. Pat M

    America tonight saw two of the best, most intelligent, informed, for the people oriented, candidates in this campaign. They united put aside their differences and truthfully illuminated their stand on the issues as Americans asked them to do.
    Why are some trying to discredit two great candidates where credit should be due.

    Can Americans and reporters never applaud a genuine accomplishment without a negative connotation:? America would be blessed with either of these Candidates as leaders. They are so far above any of the Republican contenders in this race. Be Grateful you have both of them on your ballot. They showed tonight they can unite and put you the voters first and rise above their differences for the good of their Nation. Why can't you? It is disheartening to say the least to see these negative comments being made after such a Great Debate and Unified Effort put forth by both candidates. They both get my Congratulations and Best Wishes for Super Tuesday. They are both winners.

    February 1, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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