September 2nd, 2008
10:54 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: The big questions

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Thompson asked rhetorical questions about John McCain: Who is this man? And can we trust him with the presidency?

Unstated: those are the big questions that people have asked about Barack Obama.

More and more Americans do believe we’re winning in Iraq, but the issue has now receded in importance in the public mind – and they now believe Barack Obama can handle the war just as well as John McCain.

Filed under: Fred Thompson
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    JOHN McCain can't be trusted. I'd trust Obama with MY LIFE ANY DAY

    September 2, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  2. Barbara

    LIE berman is TOAST !! He can retire now and lobby for his friends and the oil companies and haliburton.

    September 2, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. S. Boatman

    We Cant Trust Mccain With The Presidency! Period!

    September 2, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Oxigen

    ?????????????? You calling Barack inexperience I want to ask about Palin experience. Barack will put some oxigen in the air to chase these carbon monoxide republican.

    September 2, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Ramsi Hashash

    As I stated in an earlier blog, the ability to lead has nothing to do with your experience, you either have it or you do not. Leadership does not mean you know everything.
    Mc Cain and this is not meant disrespectful, but having been a soldier and having been a POW and having been 20+ years in politics does not necessary qualify as being called a leader. To me he is just a senior executive neither more nor less.
    Obama is a leader at heart he has it in him. He inspires people because of his charisma and style. He is the definition of a leader. Voters are not following Mc Cain because of his leadership qualities, but because of his experience and because of fear of the unknown. The problem is we all know that we have enough experience in Washington, it is a leader that we need there. Mc Cain has hardly any characteristics of a leader period.

    September 2, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Dave

    Considering that the polls continue to show, and have for months, that McCain has higher foreign policy and commander in chief ratings, why exactly are you claiming here as it is some kind of fact that people believe Obama can handle Iraq as well as McCain?

    Do you have any facts to back up your unsubstantiated claims here?

    I didnt think so.

    September 2, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. Corey

    So, as to the tenor of these web updates... was Howard Dean unavailable? I am sure that Mr. Schneider is well qualified, but I mistakenly logged on looking to this site looking for news–not the DNC rebuttal to the Republican convention. Could we at least try to pretend to be unbiased? Is this an attempt to make a certain competitor look like a no-spin zone?

    September 2, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. Desmond Sequeira

    Who is this man? John McCain, who is very well known.
    Can we trust him with the presidency? On the basis of judgment, voting record and his belligerant attitude: NO.

    September 2, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Uma from Liverpool, UK

    I hope you're right, Sir. I hope you're right.

    September 2, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. Ann Marie King

    I cannot believe that any intelligent person would vote for someone who believes in creationism, (and I am a devout Christian who is against abortion), and who doubts global warming or who has stated he knows little or nothing about the economy. Come on Americans, wake up! Grow up, think!

    September 2, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Jaime

    But can Barack handle the unexpected? The answer in my opinion is No.

    September 3, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  12. revhillbilly

    Winning in Iraq? We are there on a peace keeping mission.

    What do we get if we "Win" (sarcasm)

    September 3, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. Zenobia

    Doesn't anybody realize that Barack Obama is already leading the country? Was there talk of withdrawal from Iraq before he started setting limits? Was there a consideration of a woman for Republican V.P. before they realized that they needed to play the Historical Card?

    September 3, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Americans are finding out that Obama can handle the Iraq war and all foreign policy issues BETTER THAN McCain.

    September 3, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. MShaughn

    McCain's biography is impressive, and he does have bona fidas to his independent maverick image. Like most politicians, though, he has flip flopped a fair number of his former positions to win politically, and his ethics history is mixed. His admitted impulsiveness in decision making may be problematic, and he has completely contradicted himself on the experience issue by naming Palin to the ticket. But the biggest issue is this: He still claims that the invasion of Iraq was a good idea, even knowing that the main premise for the war turned out to be false. The most important decisions a president can make are when to get into a war and when to get out. On these, McCain remains wrong.

    September 3, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  16. george fernan

    Fringe Alaskan Independence Party: Palin was a Member — McCain's campaign likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which has been pushing for a legal vote on whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the U.S.

    September 3, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  17. No Hillary = No Obama

    After what you did to Hillary Clinton – your words have very little value

    September 3, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  18. indy chris

    winning in iraq? how can you win a war begun on false pretenses? what have we won? we've lost thousands of lives, a trillion bucks, and our standing in the world? civil war is inevitable there, no matter what we do. hell, we could have spent half that by just paying off the bad guys and we would've saved thousands of american lives.

    September 3, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
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