February 21st, 2008
08:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Schneider: Past debate moment comes up

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - The first question dealt with the issue of the day: Cuba.

Clinton made the argument she has made before - that she would not meet with Raul Castro without preconditions. In doing so, she is subtly reminding the audience of what was largely viewed as a misstep by Obama at summer debate: when he said he would meet with some of the world's worst dictators without preconditions. Clinton later called that answer naïve.

CNN's Campbell Brown quickly pressed Obama on that argument; he said he would meet Raul Castro too, but not before groundwork had been laid - a fuzzier answer than he gave over the summer. Clinton is also hedging, saying she would pursue "vigorous diplomacy" with America's enemies.

On this issue, the two seem to be moving toward each other - and to the extent they do that, it's to Obama's advantage, because he was clearly seen as the loser of this issue debate earlier in the campaign.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. luther powell

    The education of Barack Obama continues. Will it evenutally be at our expense?

    February 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Rand

    Hillary just slam dunked the 'plagiarist'. She referred to Pres. Kennedy unlike her copy cat, not substance opponent.

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

    Failed answer from Obama. Does he know where Cuba is ?

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

    I don't think she hedged at all. She said no, she wouldn't meet with him until she sees progress.

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

    What is the difference between Hillary and Barack?

    Hillary: I,I,I,I,I,
    Barack: We,We,We,We

    February 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    i dont think hillary agreed with him at all on this issue!

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

    He doesn't have the experience to make those right choices from an informed view point, only disillusioned ideas he "hopes" he can make happen. Sometimes I wonder how he can be so blind as to think the majority of Americans with him on that point.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. A Time For Change

    Their own people? She needs to be careful how she is phrasing stuff.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Dude

    We as a country should be in communications with the entire world, even those perceived as enemies. This not talking is like a fight between a couple of adolescents. Talk and let em know where we stand.

    February 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Casey

    The only way you can potentially make enemies friends is by talking with them. I would support speaking to everyone without a pre condition- at least initially.

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. amyo

    I understand Clinton's comment about Obama being naive. However, I admire Obama's courage in making the comment that he would sit down with dangerous leaders no matter what. It's his willingness to convey these types of messages that helps make him appealing.

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Dana

    Obama is still the loser in this debate. He doesn't know what he is talking about and it's so obvious that someone wrote his points for him. Hillary is off the cuff and real. People think about your votes. Don't vote on hype. Vote for real change that can only be come through real experience and actual policy and that candidate is Hillary Clinton

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Di

    Hilary was commanding and confident on this issue

    February 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Johnathon

    I agree completely

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. j clark

    Dude is absolutely right. If we eliminate diplomacy, there's only one option left to us.

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Dude

    Hillary lacks experience. She is nothing more than a suburban lawyer.

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Denise

    Wake up America Senator Obama is following Senator Clniton's Lead. His hype is slowly coming apart.

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. RK

    He doesn't have the experience, period. Noone seems to care. We don't hire managers at McDonalds that don't have experience, yet folks seem to be okay with hiring a president without any. Don't get it.

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Kim in Columbus

    Hey Ron, the difference between Obama and Hillary?

    Obama: uh, uh, uh... uh...

    Hillary: Simply brilliant.

    And you, just like your rock star, took words from another poster in another thread. WEAK!!

    February 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Jim

    Can not see how having a different stance now is his advantage as just shows he can not stay with past stances. On the job training we do not need. We have had that and he did not learn well at all.

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Chris from NY

    This issue should highlight why Clinton is the only person capable to take on the presidency. She's not naive. She knows foreign policy. It may sound great that Obama would meet w/o precondition, but in the real world, that can leave the country and the government in a bad situation and could further hurt our already ailing foreign policy.

    Obama tells you what you WANT to hear. Clinton tells you what you SHOULD hear.

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Gail

    Bill Schneider should just express his endorsment of Obama along with the rest of CNN. I have never witnessed such biased reporting and do not trust anything coming out of CNN!!

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. Tim

    Geez.... could they give Clinton any more time to gab? All I hear is her talking. Cmon! I thought Wolf was bad... Brown is letting her talk way too much too.

    Fair and balanced? Clinton News Network!

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. crews2me

    I believe Obama's foreign policy approach is the way the country needs to go. He is correct that the Bush Administration has caused major damage. The old Washington thinking is allowing us also to lose out on change that could take place. Before going to war I want a President who believes in doing everything possible before sending troops.

    February 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Rudy Lara

    It was interesting that her comments of how she would be able to work from "day one" was practically the same actions that Obama had just said.

    So who really is ready on day one? She thinks that she can do what she said right away. Everything she wants to do requires legislation, which ultimately means it has to hit the senate floor for debate. That is usually where, as Obama stated; things go to die.

    The only alternative is executive order. For her to start using this power on day one woudl immediately lead to her impeachment by the judicial and legislative branches as over-extenstion of executive powers.

    February 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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