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Obama Draws Contrasts with the Clintons

While he has avoided another direct confrontation with Clinton, Obama continues to draw contrasts between the way things were done during the 1990s under former President Bill Clinton.

"We've had plans before," said Obama, adding that the only way to get real reform on the issue is to keep the insurance lobby from exerting too much control.

Clinton responded that while a plan is important it is more important to "have a sense of national commitment" on the issue.

-- Chris Cillizza

By Eric Pianin  |  July 23, 2007; 8:58 PM ET
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Posted by: glzhewmwjo | August 16, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hillary caters to the uninformed, ill-read, feminist and a host of other individuals who believe that the printed word (either with a liberal or conservative bent) is gospel. When Hillary Clinton - who has NO experience other then being the wife of a Governor/President and a few years doing her nails in the Senate - and/or other politicians vote to abolish the illegal Federal Reserve maybe I'll have a little faith in government again. Till then I urge you all to read our constitution and learn how we're being hosed by the bankers and their puppet politicians. Read Thomas Jefferson's comments in regard to central banks. Woodrow Wison knew the facts; why did he sign an illegal act into law? Learn about the real power in this country before you make a decision based on tabloid hyperbole.

Posted by: Anthony Virgilio | July 26, 2007 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is pure class, Shes well versed on every issue,What a relief it would be to have an experienced, thoughtful and brilliant person leading our country.I believe she was chosen at this time in history,

Posted by: sue | July 24, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama represents an untainted perspective on Washington politics. Anyone who witnessed the incredibly rough and tumble politics that Obama successfully navigated in Chicago would see that is able to rise above the negative political environment that has left the American public so distressed. I, for one, think that America is ready for a fresh perspective, especially in the face of yet another political dynasty (as if Prince George hasn't taught us a lesson about family politics).

Posted by: Jonathan | July 24, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i think America people need a change in the white house and how is this change going to come? it by not relying on our understanding but the understanding of God and i think even a little kind can lead America as a nation to succeed with God direction. don't look at Obama age in the senator office as well as the other running for the post of president but we pray that God should bring a leader that will lead America according to God directions. but from my opinion, i think we need someone like Obama. and God has send this man to rule this nation. A man connected to all race and all nation of the world. God blee America Amen.

Posted by: stan | July 24, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that almost beardless youth named Obama is "presidential" has no idea of what a president looks like. We have just had over six years of having an adolescent in the oval office, why would we want our nation to be subjected to another four years of a man who needs on-the-job training? Enough, already.

Posted by: zaney | July 24, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that almost beardless youth named Obama is "presidential" has no idea of what a president looks like. We have just had over six years of having an adolescent in the oval office, why would we want our nation to be subjected to another four years of a man who needs on-the-job training? Enough, already.

Posted by: zaney | July 24, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that almost beardless youth named Obama is "presidential" has no idea of what a president looks like. We have just had over six years of having an adolescent in the oval office, why would we want our nation to be subjected to another four years of a man who needs on-the-job training? Enough, already.

Posted by: zaney | July 24, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks that almost beardless youth named Obama is "presidential" has no idea of what a president looks like. We have just had over six years of having an adolescent in the oval office, why would we want our nation to be subjected to another four years of a man who needs on-the-job training?

Posted by: zaney | July 24, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I was so proud of obama response today he showd how smart and talented he is. I hope many people saw the debate. I love the questions and how each one of then answered it. However
hurray to obama he worn the debate.

Posted by: manty | July 24, 2007 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Great leadership from Obama?

Where are the accomplishments in Chicago or IL? You want to change the way things are done in Washington with the way things are done in Chicago/Springfield? In a few years, you'd have just about everyone in jail.

When is the national press going to start really focusing on what a sham the Obama campaign is?

Posted by: clawrence | July 24, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

That reference was hilarious!

Posted by: roo | July 23, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The poster above makes no sense whatsoever. Everyone _knows_ that all the nuclear material in the world in actually hoarded by the One World Government, in the hands of the Illuminati. Only a naive fool would believe crazy conspiracy theories about Russians, when the real enemy is all around us.

Posted by: moreRealTalk | July 23, 2007 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Everybody who knows anything about nuclear power and weapons knows that the Russian Federation is the only nation with nuclear weapons, missiles, bombs and nuclear warplanes with nuclear missiles. Russia has nuclear weapons that can kill a person, or a nation, with one press of the button. The U.S.A. has no nuclear weapons or nuclear power. It is all publicity. All uranium in the world, and the universe, is guarded by nuclear weapons, the Russian armed forces, and several close allies to Russia that are filial to the Russian Federation. All Russians in the United States are guarded by the Russian Air Force which patrols U.S.A. airspace. The U.S.A. air force is weak and has been partially destroyed by the Russian Federation. All Russians in the U.S.A. are monitored on satellite and are guarded by covert members of the Russian armed forces and FSB. These guards are authorized for combat in the U.S.A. Enemies of the Russian Federation would be wise not to threaten, or attempt to threaten, Russians, ethnic Russians, their families, close friends, and allies in the U.S.A. Russians are not stupid. They do not play games. They are trained in the english language and understand all codes that are attempted in english. Enemies of the Russian Federation are at risk of nuclear destruction when they threaten Russians, ethnic Russian, their families, allies, and close friends, specifically, or threaten them using codes in the english language. These codes in the english language are understood by the FSB, the Russian armed forces and Russian leaders. Only a moron would attempt to threaten a Russian, ethnic Russian, their families, allies or close friends. Nuclear death by radiation is a painful way to die.

Posted by: RealTalk1 | July 23, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I liked Obama's answers but at times he seemed to be trying to upstage the others kinda like he was trying out for a part in a play but maybe im wrong and its just his personality and charm made it seem that way.

Posted by: sharon | July 23, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama made a great point that showed a clear distinction between himself and Hillary when he said it was terrific that Hillary was asking the Pentagon how we were going to get out of Iraq, but that those questions should've been asked before we went into Iraq.

In order words, Obama is saying four things to Hillary:
"Don't authorize the war and then start fighting to stop it"
"Don't get us into a war without figuring out how we're going to get out"
"Quit making a mess and then trying to clean it up"
"Don't act stupid and then think later"

It shows that Hillary lacks good judgment to be president, while Obama will be as careful as John F. Kennedy was in dealing with the Cuban missile crisis, which clearly would've escalated if JFK had the judgment of Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Michael | July 23, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama's response was not specifically directed at the Clintons, but at the old ways of politics as usual, where special interests drive the ways of Washington.

I was particularly impressed by the point Obama raised; questioning her judgment to be President, when he said it was great that she was asking the pentagon how we were going to get out of Iraq, but that those questions should've been asked before we went into Iraq in the first place.

In order words, she should've got it figured out if she were experienced to lead as she claimed she was. This also points to the fact that she authorized the war without reading the intelligence justifying it.

Great Leadership from Obama

Posted by: Michael | July 23, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton bombed. she said that she would not talk to Venezuela, Iran or Cuba. This is exactly what Bush and the neo-cons are doing. Obama said yes, diplomacy is important. Dialogue is needed. Edwards said so. The milly mouthed Biden spun it. HRC even said she is not running because she a woman!
Obama was fresh and Presidential. I now know he is the future.

Posted by: Peter M | July 23, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Chris, you didn't ask about the nuclear power question, (as far as I know), but it needs to be addressed. Nuclear power produces the longest-lived and most deadly toxic waste known to mankind. There is only one safe source of nuclear power, the sun. 93,000,000 miles away is just about right. Solar power is the way to go. Advances are being made at breakneck speed, and the only thing holding us back from making it a major source of power is lack of funding. We need government support to level the playing field. Oil, gas, and coal are heavily subsidised by the government. Take that away, give us a small jump start, and we'll make solar work for America.

Posted by: KnowNukes | July 23, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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