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. A. Clayton

    It looks like it may be hard for Sen. Clinton to land a body blow during this debate...all Sen. Obama has to do is look presidential and answer questions as fully as he can.

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

    it is easy not to vote for something when you're not authorized to vote on it anyways. to cake credit for not voting for something in that type of situation...... takes.... chutzpah!.

    egads! ......

    February 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Adam

    One thing I've always liked about Obama is his campaign never really changes. He seems to always hold true to his major themes about how he connects with voters. Hillary has seemed to try out a lot of different campaign themes and slogans and they make it so I don't have any connection with her.

    February 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Mark C, Asheville NC

    *** 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? ***

    He also spoke at anti-war rallies opposing it. That's not open to interpretation - it's a simple fact, and one YOU need to "understand."

    You can say you opposed it if you did. I did. I wrote published letters to the editor to prove it, and Obama spoke at rallies to prove it. That's yet another reason I support him.

    February 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. carlee

    The Iraq war is a huge issue. The fact that he did not vote for it only makes him a better candidate. He does not react on emotion, but is clear headed to see what the long-term goals and effects are of going to war. The fact is is that there are hundreds of Americans dying for me and the people on the computer to be able to voice their opinions and say all the intelligent and dumb things people say.

    February 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. steve keck

    his stance on the economy seems better, and his plans for our economy seem more thought out than clinton. she looks nervous

    February 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Sylvia

    he showed america that he does not want to secure it by not defending it
    the reports showed they had weapons but were lies
    we did not know at the time they were lies
    so.....he wants us to fall
    if not he would have supported the war
    the war was HANDLED badly by Bush...that was NOT hillary's fault
    but she showed she was in favor of protecting us....somethin Obama did NOT

    February 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Marius

    Poor senator Obama ...he dosen`t have a speach ( made by another senator ) ....

    February 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Ky

    Can someone please tell Hillary to stop staring at Barack so intensely like that when he talks??!!!! That's so rude and distracting. I think she thinks she can throw him off point/balance by so intensely staring at him like that.

    There ought to be rules that you mustn't stare at your opponents while he/she is speaking.

    Ky from Somerset, NJ

    February 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Ryan M.

    Does Obama have a Cold? I seem to have the same cold...

    February 21, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Dana

    Carlee, he couldn't vote for it because he was NEVER A U.S. SENATOR AT THE TIME!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. JON BOND

    Obama may not have voted for it at the time but he most certainly DID speak out against it in 2002!!! Think people, think!

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Wags

    Hey Robert, Hillary has no stance

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Alex from NYC

    Nathan... he gave speeches against the Iraq war when it was being discussed in 03. Just because he wasnt in the Senate yet doesnt mean he wasnt against it. Get real.

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Lovely in VA

    Her horns are starting to show. She's now saying there will be a crackdown on Chinese plants exporting lead paint toys when she and her husband were the ones that authorized NAFTA! Give me a break.

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. dm in DC

    Does anyone think that when Hillary is speaking she seems to talk more about how the Bush administration screwed up in order to get the crowd behind her and to avoid talking solely about what she plans to do. She has talked about some of her plans, but it seems that she is relying too much on highlighting what the current administration has done wrong–we already know that!

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Evelyn New Jersey

    I wish the media would bring that out he wasn't a senator when the vote took place. And the vote on itran he forgot to show up.

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Gabby

    At the time Obama was an Illinois senator, it was a US senate issue. He did speak up before the vote and lobbied against it.

    February 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Parag

    Iraq is not definitely important but not forefront issue. Talk about economy...where Hillary stands firmer.

    February 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Kris

    The Iraq war decisions were being made at a time when our country was still vulnerable to the realities that 9/11 brought to our doorstep. While I do not agree with the war, it is important to remember that those decisions were made with the limited knowledge they had then. It is easy to look back and say "I told you so".

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Josean

    You know, Obama really is bad in debates.... He repeats the same speech over, over and over again and people are just not smart enough to see that he CAN'T run a country with just hope... People wake up.

    HILLARY 08

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Casey

    As he should. It shows courage to brave through a position when it is unpopular, and potentially ravishing for a political career. He stayed the course, and I respect that fortitude.

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Michael Steir

    We have never seen Obama under pressure. Why does the media always treat him with velvet gloves?

    We need some tough questions that Obama cannot evade with his "typical political games" argument. That argument does NOT help him when he talks to Vladimir Putin directly!

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. poly

    It's easy for him to second guess a really tough decision he didn't have to make. If this is all he's got, he won't make it.

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Satish

    Based on information provided to senators at that time not authorizing the war would be irresponsible. Bush botched it up is another story.

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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