January 31st, 2008
09:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Differences without bitter dispute

Obama’s given a great answer on Iraq. If he’s the nominee, this issue will likely prove the biggest contrast with his Republican opponent. Clinton’s playing catch-up on this issue.

Her answers on Iraq are very complex and indirect. The core of this debate in the general election will be this: Democrats are arguing that, despite Republican claims, that staying in Iraq endangers far more than leaving ever could. That’s a very good argument – and he’s prepared to make it. Her answers aren’t as clear, and don’t play as well with the base. On this issue, she appears very political and calculated. And the question lingers: why did she ever trust President Bush?

Still: he’s not using their differences to score points – clearly, neither is spoiling for a fight.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. Linda

    As an educated woman, I am offended by the constant attention by the white male commentators and questioners to the fact the Hillary Clinton has a husband who is the past president. I do not believe that anyone who votes for her is going to be confused about who is President. It would also be wonderful to see some knowledgeable women as commentators after the political debates. We have a token women on TV in the background, but those with the stage are all men all the time. I am not a rabid feminist, but I do think a woman might have a different point of view to add to these discussions. Every commentator tonight is white male. Yet they are trying to analyze the debate for minorities and women. Are they really speaking to this population. Not in my view.

    January 31, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Molly

    WHY DID THE MEDIA EVER TRUST BUSH and not challenge what he was saying? And not only on the Iraq war but other issues too like on the revelation of the CIA agent and the pardoning of Scooter Libby. Why wasn't the press doing more investigation of the statements made by Bush on WMD? Now years later we find out that the Bush administration lied 935 times about Iraq. What took so long for the media to investigate this? And isn't this hypocritical for the media to now accuse Clinton of misjudgments on Iraq?

    January 31, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. gordon

    i really think hillary lacks the capability of merging the repulicans.barrack obama has such a decisive and authentic powress to mand the whitehouse.

    February 1, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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