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. Jenny

    Hillary has had inspiring life??? Who put that? She grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She rode the coat tails of a cheating husband and every decision she has made, has been because she did whatever it took to be running for president. She's smart, I'll give you that, but her life story is nothing compared to Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. jessica

    first off.. I am wondering who is editing these messages, because I wrote a whole long paragraph on why I support Clinton and it was not posted for "some reason"... is this similar to the medias support and effect on this election, only showing obama and saying that he has the "lead" when it is not clear to say so.... I dont think the media should be able to print such predictions...

    all in all clinton is dominating this debate.... obama cant come up with his own answer..

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Incredible that Senator Clinton can utter the word plagirism after Senator Obama had just explained the phrase suggestions from his Deputy Campaign manager. It is insight to how she will continue the petty battles with the Right Wing who despise her. She will widen the gap in our divided nation, and I will polarize the Republicans. If I were a Republican I would surely be rooting for Hillary right now. She will lose the general election

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. Greg

    So now Hillary is saying that even George Bush agrees with her moritorium. On one hand she is slamming the president and on the other hand she is happy to say that he agrees with her.

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Sir I think this country need someone who will fight for jobs here in this country Black or White I hope we are past this kind of debates

    February 21, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Tony

    The action is coming up on the PHYLOSOPHICAL health care issue – now becoming a debate

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Linda

    I was pleased to hear Obama mention his experiences over the last 20 years. Obama also did an excellent job in speaking about immigration reform

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Cindi

    with any negotiation, You never give away the farm right off the bat.. You have a starting point with diplomats, meeting with the Pres. at the White House is the prize(the farm).

    February 21, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. jessica

    Bob Patterson-–ready for a black president?!!!! we aren't voting based on color we are voting on who is the better candidate!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. James West

    She is talking about making folks get healthcare, but she means that people that can afford it. Those that can't will be helped just like food stamps.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Marsha

    Right on! Hillary!! Her health care plan makes sense!!

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Linda

    Obama says we can afford to have good health care for all citizens. We may have to impose penalties. He will not leave out 15 million people.

    February 21, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Linda

    Hillary is doing a nice job on identifying her experiences.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Lily

    Obama is a good speech maker, but where are the plans? I need details of how he is going to proceed. Hillary has the experience. I do want a prez that is ready on day one. It will take him a good six months to get up to speed.


    We need experience on the world stage. Just look at what happened today.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. Tony

    So Hillary would not talk to China, Saudi Arabia, etc, etc.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Mike M

    Who care who people learn stuff from. We all strive to be better than our parents, but we learn from them. That was a ridiculous post. They both agree that they agree on alot of issues. They both are democrats. The main issue is who you can believe in Clinton or Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. kb

    I currently struggle to pay $500.00 per month w/ a $10,000.00 deductible for family healthcare coverage. It is so expensive because a portion of that premium is paying for the underinsured of the no insured. Under the Universal Plan, my premium would probably quadrouple.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. :)

    The presidential debates will be a walk in the park for John McCain if Obama wins the nomination.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Karen

    I don't dislike Hillary. But geez does she come across arrogant and pompous.

    February 21, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. Preach

    Wow, Hilary should get into football instead of politics. She thinks that she is a quarterback with her I's can do this!! What about the rest of the team. Let her take the "hit" from the opposing team for a while and see if her I's still stand!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. James West

    The hard core truth is that this guy has turned our presidency into a "American Idol" show. This stuff is too important to turn our votes into a popularty contest. That is just wrong. Look how much he turned our democrat party upside down, this is a friggin joke.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Na

    I am an un-decided voter. I feel Obama should explain who is going to pay back the 4,000 dollars a year that he plans to give to college students. I am enjoying the healthcare debate but talk about the mental health crisis as well. Companies are closing and people are left without services. I now see that Hillary better be careful when she speaks about Obama because people get angry and boo. Stop taking things so personal people and listen to the issues. The press and radio is going to bash her if she steps out of the box with Obama.

    February 21, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Marsha

    Keep American's safe?? - sounds like the fear-mongering Bush regime. What qualifications does Barak Obama have that make him a good commander-in-chief? Still no qualifications - only stories and misdirection. "Where's the beef?"

    February 21, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Jon

    I agree with Clinton she should not meet without seeing some changes

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Bob

    Judgement to lead, substance without reverting to the divisive politics of old.. Barack Obama appears to be the guy.. Obama'08 will do it!!

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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