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

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. Joe

    What's really troubling is that you think he "gets" the issue. What's the evidence? It's ALL talk.

    Again Obama says he would work with the industry to help clean up media content. My question: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, SENATOR? His approach to everything is more talk.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  2. Guandi N Tuc. AZ

    Obama is kicking Clintons butt. I think if Clinton was more clear on her positions she might have a chance. It seem she doesn't really answer any question. Obama is clear, concise and has better ideas. Clinton is from the old era of politics. Obama is right about Iraq, But leaving the Iraqi people in turmoil because of a few slow moving politicians who can't get it together while thier country is in peril. To leave Iraq in a mess tht WE CAUSED is wrong. No terrorist in Iraq before Bushes crusade no car bombs in Iraq until WE AS AMERICA INVADED IRAQ. To leave these people and thier country in shambles is wrong and unamerican. We are responsible for fixing this problem.

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

    Your bias to Obama sucks! I might as well go to Fox News.

    January 31, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. B. Moore

    Many people have been imprisoned for minor crimes , and in some cases falsely accused, however after serving time and rejoining society they are unable to get a job. Many of those people are talented Americans who were naieve or mis-led by others. How can these people be expected to become productive citizens if businesses continue to disqualify them, because of a record, after 10, 20, etc. years of being a model citizen? What legislation could be put forward to help these people to become productive again?

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

    It's a sad commentary when the truth makes you sick.

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

    I agree fully. Hillary almost always gives the political answer and it's a clear difference between the two candidates. Obama is not only brilliant but genuine. She is smart but so calculated it's horrible.

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

    Your comments are way off base!

    Almost as ridiculous as Wolf asking if Hillary was naive.

    I lost a lot of repsect for Wolf on that one. CNN really should get this together and stop cow towing to Obama. It is outrageous!

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

    Then dont read it. Lets face facts Obama can beat McCain, Clinton can't.

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


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

    Funny to me though that Obama makes light of her vote for the go ahead in Iraq and uses the statement that a leader needs to make the "right" call on day one, when he would have had no way of knowing what the "right" call would have been until now, after the fact. I for one would not like to have a President who has some fantasy of owning a crystal ball letting him always make a "right" decision or who feels like any choice of his would be the correct one...isn't that what we now have.

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

    Yes, so true...its JUDGEMENT, stupid.

    Don't forget, Hillary sided with Bush to declare Iran's revolutionary guard (a STATE institution) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). This is very politically calculated, again, to look toughon her part. Yet its a slippery slope from designating this group a FTO to going to war.We can see it heating up, and Hillary,again, has enabled to march to war.

    I have a 15-year-old son and a 3-year-old son. I amnot willing to send them to fight another war so politicians can look tough...sorry to be so tough. I have always loved Hillary Clinton. But she cannot extricate herself from this responsibility so easily.

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

    commentary not pro-obama. Clinton has a clear disadvantage due to her record on this topic

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

    The boys from Google didn't have much "experience" but they sure did have a great idea and vision. They brought in people who could do what they couldn't.

    You hire to your weaknesses, that's why Obama is the man for us.

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

    come folks lets keep it real !! Obama has a realistic voice, real realistic solutions to the problems of America. I'm not sure if a woman can handle the situations of being the President of the United States. She does sound like a politician and America needs a change from so-called politician trying to get the power and prestige only of being the American President.

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. Betty Rose

    She is not clear about not being Billery or a Goldwater girl from her childhood.
    There is a comfort level in politics that is in her and that she does not hide it. WE need to feel find that she has had that upbringing-but it does give a glib impression.

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Byron

    It's really very clear to anybody with with an IQ higher than Bush's that CNN is pro-Obama.

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Frank

    Obama made a strong point

    January 31, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Jim in CT

    it's easy for Obama to say he wouldn't have voted for the resolution to authorize military action because he wasn't there, he was still in the state senate in Illinois! I am a liberal unaffiliated voter and am getting so sick of calculated comments, from CNN commentators, on the air & in blogs, like the one above from Bill Schnieder, where he thinks Hillary sounds like a typical politician. Obama is a lightweight who has virtually no experience and no record of accomplishment. Obviously, the media and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party are basking in Obama's star quality, however most Americans are more pragmatic and can see beyond his rhetoric – to the reality of governing this country!

    January 31, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Jim ( Independent )

    They both did a good job tonight , but Obama has the better judgement and leadership.

    Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    January 31, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Amy

    Bill, I thought you were a numbers guy, the one that's objective and unbiased. Boy was I wrong! Guess what Bill, you just lost your credibility – I wouldn't trust any of the stats you will be reporting in the future.

    January 31, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. charlie

    The Democratic party won this debate, much better than last night's Rep. debate. Obama for President, Hillary for the Cabinet to Make a national health care system

    January 31, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. Sherri

    Question- How many times has Obama made a bad choice or is he saying he never has? I cannot believe that. We are humans bound for error at times. When placed with the facts at that time I think she made the best decision that she could not only for herself but for the people that she respresents.

    January 31, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Terri Patanus

    OBAMA is not ready for the mess that needs to be cleaned up.

    HILLARY 08

    January 31, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. James

    Wolf keeps either trying to twist what each candidate says or their question to try and either get them to fight each other or get a response...
    "So what I hear you saying...and correct if I am wrong is that you were naive in trusting President Bush?"...who did you pre-debate coaching this time...Karl Rove?

    January 31, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. California Independent

    To Evelyn, did you just write that CNN was supposed to be impartial. That's funny. You didn't know this was the Obama channel.

    I'm with Clinton on the war. I can't say I wouldn't have voted for the legislation.

    If any of YOU did not send a letter to YOUR representative demanding they NOT vote for this legislation, YOU also bear some responsibility. I never contacted my rep. I take my responsibility.

    I, absolutely, agree with her vote against the Levin amdt, we should never give any of our sovereignty over to the UN. I, absolutely, agree with her vote to limit the administration's authority when it became apparent they were bailing on the inspection process.

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