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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Wade

    We haven't heard too much about the candidates' positions on Supreme Court Justices. Where do they stand?

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Jack

    I keep hearing talk about what she has done and her experience. I live in New York and she has done nothing here but talk! No actual results.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Sgt. Kristian Carlson

    Hillary voted for the war.

    Hillary voted for Bush to be able to attack Iran.

    Hillary will unite the republicans.

    Hillary will lose to McCain.

    Case closed.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. KENNETH Wordell Richardson, II

    SENATOR OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON POINT WITH CUBA...

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. James West

    He seems to copy everything she has said now and then. He obviously has no stance of his own.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. davcal

    dana, your contention that Obama doesn't know he's talking about is baseless. in fact the candidates agree more than they disagree. so if he doesn't then she doesn't.

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Izzy

    Barack does a good job of repeating what Hillary plans to do for our country. Change the words a little but he's still using her plans for the future of our Country. Hillary = Experienced Leader, Barack = Blind Leader

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Bale

    Why Clinton is not answering the question straight to the point what makes her different from Obama that she is read the very first day?

    February 21, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. jen

    Why is saying "we" instead of "I" a bad thing? Personally it's refreshing to hear a candidate considering issues rather than stuffing only one opinion down our throughts. "We" are the government, remember.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. pottachick

    did anyone hear her say that CUBA HAD TO HAVE SOMETHING TO BENEFIT US???? is it just me or does that sound like the same ole same ole...that is the story all over the world...we dont get involved or give a second glance to those unless they have something we can take....i commend Obama for atleast looking past the typical if you have something i want then and only then will we converse!!!

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. james ondigi

    both parties have bright ideas not only to the people of Texas but to the entire nation. but i find Obama reality and highly energized to move the country towards a new and better direction

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  12. the people

    Hillary needs to answer questions posed to her as opposed to working around them...Jorge called her out on this and she still didn't really answer the question.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Rebecca

    Of course Obama wants to be like Hillary on substance–he has none of his own!

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Ajay

    Obama is clearly the winner so far. He is Presidential, is offering bipartisan diplomacy and is offering realistic solutions

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. hatukaze2002

    47 minutes into the "debate"..so far i'm listening to the presidential and vice-presidential candidates take on the republicans
    all that's left here is which one is which..or who is who..or whatever
    they are both quite capable
    obama has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars wooing "super delegates"..why??
    how much has hillary spent?? lots of unanswered questions for both

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Nauret

    Does Senator Obama has something to contribute or is he going to continue to ride on the wings of Senator Clinton's ideas?

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Donna

    Obama is absolutely right, fixing our currently dismal image in the world will require direct engagement by the President. We've been aloof, combative, authoritarian.... it's time for that to end, to engage the leaders of other nations as equals working together to solve problems. Obama wins this one for sure.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Linda

    What gave Obama the edge with this question was his reference to the damage Bush has done to our world standing..so we need to reach out more aggressively to other nations to signal a shift in our world view. Impressive.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. David

    Sounds like a lot of people have come here with preconceived candidates...this is for those on the fence

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. cheryl

    Once again... Hillary is beating the pants off Obama... she is the one who is coming up with all the solutions.. while Obama just sits there studdering about we, we, we. He does not know the hell he is going to do, and will rely on all his advisors. We need someone who does know what to do in this complex world, without simply relying totally on an advisor whom we did not elect.

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. chris

    Why is Hillary staring at Obama? Is she trying to unnerve him?

    February 21, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. mike m

    i was taught to think before i speak and that's what it appears barack does as opposed to rush mouth first into spieling some leibermanesque answer. baracks response was clear – and perhaps a bit too nuisanced – like diplomacy itself for those accustom to the polarizing bushies and clintonians.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. Jack

    I think Obama is winning hands down! ... on all issues

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. greg

    so this will never get posted either.. but i can still utilize one of my bill of rights,,so a few here would sit down with an enemy, and try to make freinds,, how old are some of these people???

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Obama DID reference JFK. She is more REHEARSED and FAKE than he is. He is thoughtful. Do the research...don't just listen to the sound bites. Be intelligent. He does have a record....and it is a good one.

    February 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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