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

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Jackee

    if Hillary just opens her mouth and admit I made a mistake.... just say so and stop going around in cirlces.... Obama is correct we have to think before react...... Her judgement was poor..............

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I think Hillary is doing a good job– concidering wolf is bias.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. sdholman@charter.net

    I would like to ask Senator OBama about an e-mail going around that at a debate he was seen as not crossing his heart while the pledge of allience was being said. Also why did you vote no to make the national language for the United States of America English.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  4. alisa

    they look good together as a president and vice president. they together would be a strong ticket

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. NotanotherClinton

    Man, she is dodging the quesions. Just answer them...that's why Obama is going to get the nomination.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. Sheri

    sure, the civility is waning a bit–but it's the moderator's fault! I can't believe Blitzer asked Clinton if she was naive. throw the flag on that one.

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Sue

    Give Hillary a break regarding the war. People – remember the climate at the time a few years back? If anyone dared to say, "uhh...excuse me, can we discuss these matters more?", they were quickly labeled un-American. BTW – Wolf is a major TOOL! I'm glad he got the booing he deserved!

    January 31, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. CeCe

    You go girl _ Hillery 08

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. jon

    Hey Hillary, just say you were misled or lied to and you regret voting for the war.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Josie

    All of you who are hard on her vote on Iraq are forgetting some key points:
    1) bush and his puppeteers lied about everything to fuel the paranoias of the nation after 9-11;
    2) she was in NY and it was like the apocalypse there.

    Despite what he says now, he might have done the same in her shoes.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Fritz

    Hillary doesn't say it was a mistake because it will help her in the general election when the Republicans try to portray her as weakl on defense,

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Scott

    Hiilary's Horrible Cackle is not Presidential.

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Bob

    Both candidates have voted for the funding of this war. So they are both guilty for the continuation of the war. It just a matter of degrees – she supported it from the start and he got on board later. At least Kerry voted for it before he voted against it. She voted for it and then voted for it again and he "voted" against it and then voted for its funding while holding his nose. Now we all have to hold are collective noses!

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  14. Augustus

    There it is, i knew he was going to ask that question

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Chas

    alisa...hopefully with Obama as the pres and Clinton as VP

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. Geo

    Hillary just can't bring herself to say it was a mistake to let herself be taken in by Bush.

    Obama was right on this issue from Day 1.

    Clinton was duped by Dubya and refuses to admit it.

    January 31, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Laura

    Oh how we have such short memories. The Clinton Administration had intelligence of WMD's, the major European countries had intelligence about Sadam and WMDs. So, where do you think they went? Hillary made an intellligent decision as did all of Congress. She has nothing to apologize for. I don;'t want her or Obama as President because I do not want their socialist programs to be put in place.

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Louise

    This is not Obama's time, he needs to grow up a little more. In eighty years, I say, "you go Obama."

    We need someone with experience, not another person getting on-the-job training, we had that already with Bush, see where that got us.

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Gullible

    Kathy McG said:

    'She's more clear and is not afraid to say that she made the decision based on what she knew then and what she believed from the briefings and discussions at the time. Barack was not in the Senate at the time… if he had been, he would have had the same information and briefings… it is a really EASY thing for him to say I never supported it… if he had the same information as the rest of the Senate at the time… we don't know what he would have done.. andneither does Barack!'

    Well Kathy I guess you forget that about 40 other senators voted against the war with the SAME INFORMATION. Why can't she admit she was gullible and naive, or maybe had the same agenda as her husband who was pushing the same thing about Iraq being a threat before leaving office.

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

    We have been through this argument ad nauseum. Hillary admits she signed onto the original bill because, at the time, it seemed to be the best choice at the time. No Democrat wanted or appreciated the choice presented. Why can't Obama supporters understand this simple concept? Why do they insist on using it as ammo? It just cheapens the Obama stance.

    January 31, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. EllenB4Hillary

    IT TAKES A CLINTON TO CLEAN UP AFTER A BUSH! Please send me that bumper sticker!!

    January 31, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Alba

    Congress was given the same information as the rest of us. Bush and his cabal duped them and the American people. Most people made the same judgement call as she did. Were we all wrong – yes but it is easy to say that now. Obama got lucky on this. What did he know that the rest of us didn't???

    The media was drooling all over its self pushing us to war. The print, radio and TV media needs to shoulder a share of the blame.

    January 31, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Debra Provenzano

    I am so disappointed in you & your bias against Sen. Clinton . Obama wasn't even in congress & did not cast a vote against the Iraq war. I don't know anyone who was for the Iraq war. All you hear Obama say is he had the vision not to go to war. While he supported it after he became a Senator. When are one of you so called journalists at least say that Obama had no vote ?

    January 31, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  24. jwilliams

    I think that Hillary went with the information that she and others were given on the war at the time of the vote.

    I don't think any of the ones that voted on this matter took it lightly

    But we are making HISTORY in our party and in our country

    Hillary talked about her plans and I thought she got it across better than Obama

    January 31, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. Gullible

    Please Alba, don't lump me into your group of we were all wrong. I as a 17 YEAR OLD was not convinced of the justification of going to war. I never thought Iraq had anything to do with 9/11 and this woman pushing 60 was naive to Bush's pitch?

    January 31, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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