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. Virginia

    Good grief –
    America is going to vote another Village Idiot into office! Obama!
    At least the First Village Idiot had a wife with grace and dignity and a great abiding respect and love for her country to SOMEWHAT offset his short-comings.
    This Village Idiot doesn't even have that going for him. America will
    be the laughingstock of the world. And then the victim.

    February 21, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. ivy

    Hillary is the right person, right choice , she has the experience .
    she is the person we need for the change.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Esther Fleming

    This does not seem to be a "Debate". Both candidates agree on too many issues – why don't you call it a "DISCUSSION". This program is not debating the subjects, the candidates are just answering the question(s) and agreeing on them. Very boring. Frankly, my husband and I have better debates on where we are going to have dinner.

    Thank you.

    February 21, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. raphael

    hillary is correct just because your president you can't meet with
    every leader whom has shown that they were not serious before.
    first you need to show them that you have the hammer and that
    they are the nail. not that with your charisma you could make it better.

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

    How about the Texas-Canada Super Highway?

    February 21, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Ruth

    Obama just needs a few more years in the political arena. He's still wet behind the ears. I think he's very impressive however, he is young. How many last points does he get?

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Izzy

    Obama running our Nation just seems scary. He doesn't have his own ideas or words so who is coaching him?

    February 21, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. ps

    that's not true. have you seen the way that hilary has attacked obama. he is trying to be cool about it, but again, many times before he has always been attacked. have you not noticed that she too has been acting up to her 'accoplishments'?

    February 21, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. linda

    i believe obama is trying to get through. hillery has her hands full.

    February 21, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. ps

    also, it wasn't only obama that used someone elses words. if you watched the news, it says that hilary used john edwards words on the 'blockbuster' quote. obama admitted it but hillary didn't.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. kb

    We need proven LEADERS not FOLLOWERS !!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Justin

    Hey Pat, we've had that for 7 years. "I'm the decider." I'm not sure we need that for 4 more years.

    February 21, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Linda

    To all. Barack is looking at a paradigm shift. If we keep doing the same thing, we will keep getting the same results.

    Senator Obama will be taking on issues that have slipped under the table for years. He will be opening up, in some instances, Pandora's box. He is ready to bring all facets together and work towards undeveloped solutions. He is the synergy politician.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Simon

    I think recent exit poll results are evident in this forum. The educated tend to support Obama while the uneducated tend to support Clinton. Meaning, Obama supporters can interpret and understand at a different level than Clinton supporters. Clinton supporters, being less educated, may be more susceptible to shallow, hostile responses and attacks while an Obama supporter may be more comfortable in conversations and debates without tension or hostility. Obama tends to stay focused on what is working for him. He is leading Clinton. Clinton is determined that her approach will eventually work, though it has not worked since the primary season began. Maybe her education mirrors her supporters and followers.

    February 21, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. James West

    When this all first started 3 months ago, he had no postion on anything. Now it sure does seem that he has alot of positions that mirror Hillary's??????hmmmm.

    February 21, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. Lloyd

    Who is ready? I am SOOoooo tired of the way this great country has been going for the past 20 years I could cry! Remember this includes Clinton's 35 years of so called experience! I am tired of seeing Clintons in-between the Bushs I don't know what to do. WE NEED AN OBAMA CHANGE!!! Not a "Obama is beating me so I'd better start sounding like him" Clinton kind of change. Her 35yrs are part of the problem. She would continue to do things her way – negotiate another sellout of us to the insurance and drug companies – negotiate with threats of war not threats of peace, etc. I AM TIRED OF LOOKING AT CLINTONS AND BUSHS, I AM TIRED OF BEING SCREWED BY THEM!!!!! OBAMA IS READY! I AM READY FOR OBAMA!!

    February 21, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Marsha

    Fiscal responsibility - what a concept! Thank you, Hillary!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Ron

    It’s a toss up, Hillary has a better Health Plan and is tough enough to be commander and chief.
    Obama is very smooth and will be able to mend fences both here and abroad.
    We are lucky to have two candidates that can begin to turn around the Bush errors. I can live with either.

    February 21, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. melisse

    help us if this idiot gets elected

    February 21, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. melisse

    remember his wife is not proud of america

    February 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. melisse

    obama another victim

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Marsha

    Barak Obama's "vision" is nothing new - Hillary has a "vision" too - the Democratic party has been focused on the people for many years. I choose Hillary's experience over inexperience any day. This job is too important!

    February 21, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. Michael Godin

    This countries attitude toward cuba has been a history of bumbling bully who when he didn't get his way pouted. By not being involved with Cuba we have forfitted any influence me might have had and any moral right to denigrate the country or the people. What right have we to put them down for ANY reason???

    February 21, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. SBee

    I am so sick of the Clintons, they now nauseate me!

    I wish they both would just go away!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. James West

    How will he negotiate with other nations when he starts off every sentence with"YEOEIUEAAIUOEOOAAO"...

    And on the woman issue, trust me, I am a Alaskan raised male chavanist and do understand that we will never fight with a woman. But give me a man and it's on. Old fasioned men have much more respect for a woman than a man. Do you see mid east leaders dis-respecting her? I don't. We old fasioned guys won't even swear in front of a woman. So about her getting respect around the world, you bet she will.

    February 21, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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