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. Info

    Good, but when will hillary admit she was wrong for voting to send our troops to get murder

    February 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    Thats is his only stance, a vote for the war that is pointless now. Vote on a way to get out!

    February 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Nathan

    He didn't vote for it because he wasn't a senator. I wish people would understand that! I can say that I didn't support it either, can I run for president on that, too?

    Hillary '08

    February 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Ben from D.C.

    Come the main election it will be the top issue. The economy will be better by then and won't be as much as an issue.

    February 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. nazirmo

    I notice that Obama is an excellent speaker as he did in Texas but in this debate one can see the nervousness. He is also rehashing in his opening statement some of what he already had said in that speech in Texas.

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

    I am a strong supporter of Obama. His courage in not supporting Iraq is a biggie for me. I'd like to see him use new stuff tonight, though.

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

    It is not his only stance. Read his website. I am sick of hearing he has no substance. The only people who say that have NEVER read his website or listened to him properly.

    February 21, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. Nick in Las Vegas

    Blah. Does Obama have anything new to offer? He still hasn't convinced me he'd make a good President.

    February 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Sharon

    He keeps stumbling over his words and appears nervous, what's up with that?

    February 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. LatinoNation

    Oh is there still a war in IRAQ? I havent seen anything lately

    February 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Dana

    Please everyone vote for Clinton. Obama is an empty suit and keeps talking about something that happened 7 years ago. She is gonna win. Obama should not be president at this time.

    February 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Osho

    And Hillary has STILL not apologized for voting for the war. Shame on you Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Cee Dubya

    Same issues.. same smoke and mirrors.

    Every American thought we needed to go kick some Saddam butt. George Bush lied to us, the congress and the rest of the world to get us involved in this war.

    You would have voted for the war too had you only been fed reasons to do so.

    February 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  14. Jd

    OBAMAS OPENING STATEMENT: UH UH UH....GEORGE BUSH PART 2?

    February 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. jm24

    Nathan – She voted for the war and she was a senator. Enough said.

    February 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. Dude

    Hillary has done nothing, despite the rhethoric in her years as senator of NY. She is no more ready to lead than Dennis Kucinich. How many bills has she sponsored.

    February 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Edwin Portland

    The Iraq issue just illustrates that Obama is a leader whom will gather information before making hasty decisions. Hillary will jump to the popular decision every time for political gain.

    February 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Corey

    You don't have to be in the Senate to make a stand. He took a public stand against the war when it was popular to be for the war. That took a lot more guts than most. Hillary hasn't had the guts to admit she made the wrong decision to vote for the war. Just admit it, Hillary, we won't hate you. John Edwards did it and we don't hate him. A true leader admits their mistakes, no one is perfect. They get more respect when they admit they are human.

    February 21, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Sam

    Obama has a much better policy with respect to relations with nations that we consider our enemies. We do have a lot of work to do in order to undo the damage that has been done by the Cheney, I mean the Bush administration

    February 21, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Markeis

    To Nathan,

    Yes, yes you can run for president. That is the great thing about our country.

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Cecile

    He 's been sneaky on meeting with dictators and she 's been more direct with "breaking the Bush way".

    conclusion : stay true to yourself !

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Marilyn

    Absolutely right – ding her on the Iraq issue every time.

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. To "Info"

    If that's all you've got, buddy, shaddup!

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. MickieLee Malnar

    Obama is a "Copy Cat" Anything Senator Clinton says he raises his hand and then repeats what she just said and acts like it is his idea!

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Derek, Jersey Shore

    Why isn't he answering the question?

    HOW WOULD YOU BE DIFFERENT THAN HILLARY???

    His response is a rehearsed speech on the economy.

    February 21, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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