January 31st, 2008
09:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Obama's strongest pitch

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The Republican argument makes an appearance: the surge is working, let’s stay the course. And Obama makes the counter-argument – and does it very well, questioning the measure of progress. How much has really been made? His message: The longer we stay, the more our security is threatened. He really gets this issue.

The heart of his pitch has been his judgment vs. her experience. It’s very powerful, and on this issue, their differences are clear. Meanwhile, she sounds like a typical politician.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. manda

    I totally agree Bill. And she just cannot admit her err here. I found that very unattractive of Presidential Canidate – Not being able to admit a mistake. Honestly, after Bush's display of the same attitude, Hillary is begining to scare me (and I was a very possible supporter). Now I'm not so sure?

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. Heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    I find it interesting that one of the Republicans' reasons for not wanting universal healthcare is the expense, but nobody mentions how much it would cost to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years. I wish someone would ask them how they intend to pay for a continuation of the war.

    February 1, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Paul in Kissimmee

    Obama has no clue what to do over there. All he wants to do is run, and run fast. I think we should stay the course. My brother fought over there (he volunteered for the 2nd tour), and I would hate to see the sacrifices he made to leave his wife and children be for nothing. Others have paid the ultimate sacrifice, their families still paying. If we just pull out, all of this would be for nothing.

    I do agree however, that the Iraqi government needs to step up, and so do the people of Iraq. I couldn't imagine this happening to our country. No way would we let insurgents destroy our country and cities, even if our government was a mess. They need to take control of their own country unless they want to be like the African nation led by greed and power.

    For Obama to put a time on a pullout is either wishful thinking, or irresponsible. Even though I am not for pullout, if it was going to happen, I think Clinton has a better idea of how to do it. She would not put a time on it, even though she was pressed for an answer. She was right not to. You have to look at every angle, put a real plan together, then you can come up with a timeline. Like she said, we cannot just leave the Iraqis that have helped us, I think we all know what would happen to them.

    February 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Cristina

    What is wrong with you bill? and you people?

    We thought going to iraq was the best thing back then. Remeber 9/11?

    At least she had the stones to make a stand. Obama didn't have the stones to even show up. Obama people have their heads in the clouds with dreams and hopes.We need things done on day one not someone that is going to show up and say "what am I going to do with the dream of being pres." I tell what he is going to mess this country up.

    We need a stong pres. We NEED Hillary!!

    February 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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