February 21st, 2008
09:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Obama shines on Iraq question


AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - Obama and Clinton are both being pressed on their opposition to the surge in Iraq, a policy that has improved conditions there. Both responded tactfully and made clear they will press for an end to the Iraq war as president.The two seemed to give the same answer, but Obama's answer was rhetorically more powerful and one of his most effective moments. He made sure to clearly draw distinctions with John McCain on the issue, and seems eager to go head-to-head with the Arizona senator when it comes to the war in Iraq.Health care is Clinton’s issue. Iraq is clearly Obama’s.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. tony

    Obama did not vote for Iraq war, that show he have good jugement when making a desicion as a president

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. andante

    What expeirencd does Clinton have? The only foreign experience in her belt is that she voted for the popular war at that time. She is an opportunist.

    February 21, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Lauren

    Obama for PRESIDENT!!

    Hilary is on the ropes. Trying to get the sympathy vote from the ladies.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. kristina B

    but she plagiarized edwards pretty much. her closing remarks sounded an awful lot like this:

    Edwards said his resolution is to remember amid the political hoopla that there are hungry children, families without health coverage and parents losing their jobs. All of us will be fine, he said of himself and his rivals: "What's at stake is whether America is going to be fine.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. E Lee

    I think a lot of people would embrace it but which one would be President and which VP. People are always going to differ in their opinions! Personally, she should be Pres because of her length of experience in the world, Obama as VP to gain experience and then, in 8 years, possibly the top dog.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. Wendy

    The real questions is, what are the candidates going to do for the country after they stop the Iraq war. The United States has a life after the Iraq war. We need to be asking what kind of life is that going to be for the US citizens.

    February 21, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  7. Jayhawker

    Well Hillary seemed to beat around the question as well

    February 21, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. James Laswell

    Go Hillary Go GO GO !!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. jennifer

    We are going to be in this war for years to come.

    February 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Texrat, Fort Worth, TX

    Oh come on Bill. Obama the hypocrite never met an Iraq appropriations bill he didn't like.

    Hilary is just as guilty, but don't say either one of them owns the issue. That's solely Ron Paul's legitimate claim.

    February 21, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. Michael

    Nobody asks Sen. Obama hard questions. He is saying that he was right in 2002 about Iraq. Where was he at that time? In Illinois Senate? Did it matter than and there? In 2007, when he became a US Senator he suggested that he would bomb Pakistan. Was he right than? I don't think so. At this moment his opinion was much more relevant and important. Nobody knows how would Obama vote in 2002 right after 9/11 if he were in the US Senate than. It is easy to be a Monday quarterback.

    February 21, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. Terry

    Good job by Obama. Obama 08

    February 21, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Raul

    I disagree, I retired from the military after returning from my third tour in Iraq. Senator Obama has a difficult time convincing me that he would be a good Commander in Chief.

    The problem with America is that men (just like they do in the military) can't accept the fact that a woman can be a president and can do beter than a man in positions of leadership. I witnessed that in the military as well.

    The media is in love with Obama and the media has a tremendous influence in society. I think Hillary can lead America and be a superb Commander in Chief. My opinion, America is afraid of giving a woman the power to lead them into prosperity. If what America is looking for is "change" as Obama claims, then electing Hillary for president is in fact a positive change that will lead the nation to prosperity.

    February 21, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Janet

    I believe if Hillary got the same fair shake that Obama receives in the media, then the race would look different. He's been getting free advertising. Obama gets 2/3rds of the time on media and it's positive, and when the media talks about Hillary it is always negative.

    February 21, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Amy

    Obama has made judgement a very strong point in his campaign. What about the judgement on his first response to the Cuban regime change vs. today's more mature stance? Where was the judgement in his first response?

    February 21, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. GC

    One thing Senator Obama is very strong on, is his stance regarding education; and judging by some of the posted remarks on this blog, we need to hurry up and get him in office.

    February 22, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
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