February 21st, 2008
08:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Obama quickly highlights Iraq

Schneider: It didn't take long for Obama to raise the issue of Iraq.

Schneider: It didn't take long for Obama to raise the issue of Iraq.

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - It didn’t take long for Barack Obama to get to the Iraq issue: In his opening statement, he alluded to the fact he was against it from the start. This has long been one of his most chief arguments against Hillary Clinton: she voted to authorize it. Iraq is no longer the most important issue for most Democrats, but it is still a very effective talking point for Obama.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider • Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Vig

    Obama is an opportunist. That's it in a nutshell

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. tomate todo

    I like Barack may not be TALKING the right points here..but I think the world needs change, and another Clinton is not much change.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. LJR

    Doesn't everyone know that he did not VOTE on the war because he couldn't. This is insane and we should not trust him. I still do not know what he stands for.

    He is a nervous wreck tonight because he knows Hillary is the right candidate for the job and he is over his head.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Kay from MI

    Obama like many have said is an "empty suit". We will be in huge trouble if he is elected. He didn't vote for the war because he wasn't in the senate. Hillary's economic and medical plans have substance, Obama's don't make any sense. Just read them.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Allison

    Obama can't use the Iraq war as a stand he was not able to vote for it and I am almost sure that if he was in that position he would of voted for it she is not the only democrat that voted for the war. How about the millions of people with out jobs and our economy. Are these not the important issues of this election. Vote smart

    Go Hillary 08

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. John

    Obama will get blown away in the general election!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Jim

    He was not in office and past statements leave a very unclear look at his stance. He has no real good stand as we can all look in hind sight especially if you never had to vote (even present) to start with.

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Billie Shaffer

    Don't think Sen.. Obama was in the U.S. Senate when the Iraqi war was started. So how could he have voted against it?

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Dr Roy Creasey

    Wow! Senator Clinton is really polished! Senator Obama does appear to be nervous and unpolished. The audience response seems to be stronger for Senator Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Diana

    I wish Hillary would stop saying "I've been doing this for 10 years, I've been doing that for 5 years" please answer the questions you're asked? ! I think Obama is much more to the point, and speaks of what he "will do" which is what I personally would like to hear. I love his enthusiasm and am optimistic about him. This is what we need now!!

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Kevin Zelko

    10 in a row is a great feeling. America sees Obama is the only electable one. Especially when compared to McCain as her strengths against Obama's are smashed by McCains in experience and willingness to use the military(see Bills numbers-more than Bush 1). Hillary also brings baggage to the table with previous years in the house and how much the Repubs hate her. Obama will pull Republicans who are alienated from McCains lack of Christian focus and indendents to vote for Obama.

    Obama 2008

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Joe

    The issue of rhetoric vs substance reared its ugly head again. Senator Obama's opening statement was virtually word for word the speech he gave Tuesday night. I guess he'll continue to use it since it motivates the audience. Still no substance though.

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. JJ, Atlanta GA

    Yes, it's unfortunate that Obama was not in the U.S. Senate to vote against the war at the time, though he publicly opposed it even though it was popular at the time and he was preparing his Senate run.

    Very unfortunate in fact. Fewer Hillaries in the Senate and more Obamas might have prevented this whole catastrophe.

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Dan from PA

    Obama October 2002, he got it right even though those of us who opposed the invasion were told to keep quiet, he has tremendous foresight and courage, unlike the Hillary, the ultimate democratic hawk and political opportunist, she has always played it safe. Read Obama's qupte from 2002 below

    "I know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors....I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than the best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars."

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Francis Fongang

    My observations are:
    1. Obama is most mature and composed in this debate.
    2. His take on foreign policy and re-establishing American's image abroad sounds mature (talk to enemies and not just friends)

    Clinton sounds great, but talks without respecting debate time allocation and concretizing on her ideas.

    February 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Sharon Jenson

    Please Obama, QUIT copying Clinton's answers, her ideas. Make some of your own. I'm so tired of you reminding us you didn't vote for the war–YOU COULDN'T have, you were unable to at the time!

    February 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Kyle

    The reason Obama isn't differentiating himself from Clinton is two-fold:

    First, he doesn't need to. He's the leader. Clinton needs to differentiate herself.

    Second, there really isn't that much difference between the two. A slightly different health care plan and a the Iraq war support in her past is about all there is.

    February 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. gail

    clearly these are two very talented people.....there are differences not so much in their beliefs BUT in their ability to execute.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. yns

    Quit using Iraq. If the information had been presented to you at that time would you have voted for it?

    February 21, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  20. ellen Va Beach

    Hillary needs to be specific in her responses as to "how" not the broad brush responses.
    Hillary looks frustrated and not as composed.
    No more Clintons
    Who is Washington they are referring to Each were both Senators????

    February 21, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. Jenny

    Nothing new in these debates .. same questions same answers from both ... Why does HILLARY WANT MORE debates ? Another one on Tuesday ???

    This is the same old questions and the same old answers. I call this a draw. I wish they'd ask deeper questions .

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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