January 31st, 2008
09:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Clinton tackles the First Spouse issue


Former President Clinton campaigned for his wife in New Jersey recently. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Hollywood loves the core of Obama’s answer on the sex and violence in media issue: don’t blame producers, blame the parents. He doesn’t let them off the hook, but he does argue their case somewhat.

Meanwhile, Clinton’s having trouble with a tougher question – and a unique problem for her. Obama doesn’t have to deal with the specter of a former president in the White House alongside the new commander-in-chief. There’s a lot of evasiveness in her response.

Related: Hillary Clinton says she's running for president–not Bill

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Doc Bee

    This was a fair debate. Hillary is going to be bombed by the Republicans with these very issues. Shes stood up just fine. The real question is, can she win in the General election when were constantly going to be reminded of her mistakes? I say no, unless she had Barack Obama on her ticket.

    January 31, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Dave

    Everyone needs to stop blaming CNN for seemingly being bias, these questions were voted on by bloggers on politico. They need to be answered because if she wins she'll be took to task by the GOP.

    January 31, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. Dave

    Serious topic. Bill has made some shady deals. Do we need this kind of distraction in the WH? What if he beats her up...will the Secret Service kill him? Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

    January 31, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. zipo

    gdouglas, with all due respect would you do yourself a favor minding canadian biz? AND PRAISE QUEEN ELIZABETH RULER OF CANDA...
    when one doesn't know what he/she is talking about wisdom suggests that he/she observes silence. CNN IS NOT PRO OBAMA AND ANTI CLINTON, please go back to the report shown on cnn just before the debate, in a college in California. Why do you think the reporter did not ask if AMERICA WAS READY FOR A NON WHITE ( i don't wanna say black president coz that's might be perceived ad a threa) PRESIDENT? but he asked the students about America's readiness for a female president..........

    January 31, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I'm wondering how many of you have viewed Michele Obama's speeches. What a terrific first lady she will be when Senator Obama becomes president.

    She is articulate, straight-forward and one who I will be proud to see as the wife of our next president - Barack Obama!!

    January 31, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Metafizix

    See jbentley's comment.

    January 31, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Tarek

    What was the meaning of Wolf's question to Obama about the Clinton years being good years? Is he trying to give Hillary credit for Bill's term? If so, then she is not eligible to run! And she can not claim that she stands on her own!

    January 31, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Chris Collier

    As a Canadian, I am for Sen John Mcain.
    Although I think that one more US death in Irag is one more too many.
    It's the same as one more Canadian death in Afghanistan.
    The amount of oil you got after Sadams fall is not worth it.
    Canada has a surplus of oil.
    I was in Afghanistan in 03, and we should leave that country to its destiny.
    The tribes will change sides when it is convienient.
    I don't think that Obama, he is left handed after all, or Hilary is any clear mind to lead your great nation.
    And let's not forget Bill Clinton, who should be a national recognized liar, is on her side.
    We need you guys to be strict in Iraq, then leave them to govern themselves.
    Leaving that mess too early, will only bring you back eventually.
    Arnold has a great idea.

    January 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Prayu

    It's rather two-faced, on how she states that she will be in charge and that she is running on her own merit....

    ...then in the next sentence, touts the period of peace and economic success during her husband's presidency.

    January 31, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Jeanny

    I hear everyone talking about the experience that Hilliary has experience because of her husband's former position. If I were married to a neuro-surgeon, I certainly would not feel confident taking the knives from him!! She brings up 30 years of experience that she has; and represents 30 years of deep favors and ties she owes to special interest groups.
    How can she possibly speak of change when she geniunally doesn't understand the change that country really needs. I mean do we really want the unhappily married Clintons back in office arguing over who is in charge. . . what kind of scandle will Bill bring to our country this time. As Americans, don't we to be truely proud to be Americans again?
    Obama is a tremendous speaker, no doubt about it. But don't ignore the fact that he also represents family values, a strong work ethic, and the true American dream. I say put away the sentimental feelings that you are holding on to with the "Clintons" and unite together to elect an individual who will include the American people in the decisions of our future, not a husband and wife team who can't decide who is "in charge" - Obama/Edwards 2008!~

    January 31, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. Poli


    Well, heck, we may as well just eliminate the Vice President position and replace it with First Spouse since it's such an important position with a ton of responsibilities. Obviously First Spouse experience trumps anything else, right?

    I hear Bill has already purchased a new box of cigars for the next White House intern! 🙂 I can hardly wait for sequel!

    January 31, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Annie

    Neither Bill or Hillary could control several of Bill's body parts when they were in the White House. His mouth and you know the other one. They have showed us that this still holds true today. Do we want these people back in the White House again? Shame on us if we miss this opportunity to elect a President with true integrity – Barack Obama of course.

    January 31, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Dave MCDougal

    My comments dont seem to ever get on your reading board...Lets be honest for a change. I speak my own personal thoughts...........this is a race between the old establishment and ? They both are part of the Washington Establishment. And what really has either one done while serving in the Senate?

    January 31, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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