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Clinton, Obama Spar On Electability

The choice between Clinton and Obama was framed nicely moments ago when asked about the use of the force resolution against Iraq.

Clinton turned a tough topic for her into a subtle questioning of whether Obama has the stature to make a convincing case to the American people that he and not the Republican nominee had the better plan to solve the problem of Iraq.

"It is important our nominee present a reasoned argument against our continued presence and the necessary credentials and gravitas for commander in chief," she said, adding "Republicans will try to put both of us in the same box."

Obama used the question to outline why he, and not Clinton, draws the brighter contrast with McCain. "It is much easier for us to have the argument when we have a nominee who says' I always thought this was a bad idea, a bad strategy,'" said Obama.

Experience versus judgment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:40 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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I do not know whether the independents and republicans will vote for Obama if he and McCain are the nominees. It was not seen in NH where independents counted most among any other state primary voters and they went for McCain. I am worried that Obama may be the nominee and we will end up with McCain's more wars and 100 years of Iraq war. This has happened in 2004 and Kennedy was supporting the candidate that time too. Mind you the candidate was a war hero at the time.

Posted by: nikhatp | February 1, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Hillary voted for Iraq war many years ago. She has unequivocally stated that she would not have voted if she knew then what she knows now. Obama did not have all the facts (lies) that Hillary had received from the Whitehouse to make his judgmental decision. Even then, Obama brings up the subject that she voted for Iraq war in almost all his talks and debates including the head to head debate today. Media has nothing to say on it! Obama was for taking drugs many years ago and stopped it when he came to know about drugs. If that subject was brought up by anybody they are shouted down by the Media. Is this fair? Shame on you Media! Obama talks about judgment as his important attribute and it is better than Hillary's experience. Doesn't judgment come with experience? He did not show judgment when he took drugs. His judgment not to take drugs came later! Hillary or somebody should argue this point with him.

Posted by: hcsubbarao | February 1, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Who won the CNN Democratic Debate in California?


Posted by: PollM | January 31, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Mark, do you think Bloomberg will get in? or do you think he's waiting to see who the Democratic nominee is? I think I remember you saying at one point that he would only run in a situation of Hillary vs. Romney...?

Posted by: bokonon13 | January 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Jesse Ventura's biggest concern is Jesse Ventura.

Posted by: bsimon | January 31, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Boko, JV must keep his powder dry for Bloomberg.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 31, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I just learned that Hulk Hogan has endorsed Obama. (Really!)

Does anyone have any idea who is getting former Gov. Ventura's support?

Posted by: bokonon13 | January 31, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope you don't actually think this is about experience vs judgment. How shallow a statement. If you don't think Hillary has correct judgment based upon the information that she sees, then come out and say it!

Posted by: crzytwnman | January 31, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Did you see how Wolf turned Clinton's comments into blaming Bush for her vote? I thought Clinton did a good job correcting Wolf's characterization.

Posted by: diplomat111 | January 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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