February 21st, 2008
09:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: Clinton ends on a strong note

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - The audience loved Clinton’s first response when asked about a time she had been tested – a deliberately vague answer that drew a knowing laugh from many in the audience.She then laid out a very eloquent response, essentially saying that her crises are nothing compared to the problems average voters confront.It's one of the few debate answers to get a standing ovation.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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  1. Markus Haueter

    towards the end when Hillary said "whatever happens happens" it was a clear sign that she saw Barack as the nominee.

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. Roz, IL

    GO OBAMA08

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Van in Austin

    Just like the tears! Another "act". She deserves an academy award!

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. HI

    Good for her- the debate was pretty much even until that comment. She clinched the debate at the closing.

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Laurinda, AZ

    Superdelagates, hmmm...
    Obama has given them approximately $700,000 more than Hillary. It's not hard to guess which way they will probably go.
    The thing is, you can't have it both ways, you can't claim you won't be bought by others and buy others too. What goes around comes around, Obama is trouble, we just don't know what kind yet....

    February 21, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Jing Tam

    I wonder how much racial and gender are influencing this race.
    Majority of African American voted for Obama. Majority of Latino voted for Clinton. Supprising big portion of white middle male are voting for Obama ( Maybe they feel it's a male dominated world ).
    All-in-All, Edward should have a chance if he got more campain funding.
    There's no doubt that Democratic party is divided by this race. Obama machine is larger and more effetive than Clinton machine. I don't like obama's campain call names like "Clinton machine" and "Same old politician".

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Mary

    She is the only "presidential" candidate running as far as I'm concerned. And that final statement was the capstone to prove it.

    Also, I'm so sick of the media and average citizens saying that Hillary has cried. She never cried! Her voice showed emotion with a slight tremor in her voice. This really irks me as a woman. It is pure sexism and that's a topic that's been left out of the media during this primary.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Barbara Atlanta, GA

    He did great the entire debate.. one answer is not going to do it for me.. she is trying but it is not working for me.. she is just calculated politician.. we need change.. he is honest, and I belive him.. . i am still undecided but... after tonight debate. i think i am going with Obama..

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Michael Farrah

    She is simply an actor but can never win an Oscar!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Troy

    I dont see why that was such a great ending point... she talked about soldiers who had suffered so much from the war that SHE VOTED FOR

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. RM

    The audience stood because they knew it was the end of the debate. It wasnt about that answer. I thought her little soliloquay was a little forced, actually.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. carrie

    That was one of the most beautiful moment in politics! Very moving, Congrats Hillary, we support you!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Poli

    Hillary will have a chance to be an average American soon. After all, she's workin' the night shift!

    My wife and I are voting for Obama tomorrow in early voting and Texas....

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. Nancy

    Hillary Clinton hit it out of the ball park....what an ending, what a speech, what a standing ovation....

    HILLARY IS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Brandon

    she didn't even answer the question that was asked. she tried to pull the big emotional card on this one and say "oh i've had it hard, but those war veterans with missing limbs have sure had it harder" i thought she looked a little desperate in trying to gain the support of everyone.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  16. Angelina

    I do not buy it, I think she knows that almost crying and being nice will get her some votes...................

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. CC

    Obama has been behind over 800 pieces of legislation. Tell me that isn't experience, and then take a look at the few pieces that Hillary has been behind. People need to do research before they start saying that Obama does not have experience.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Kimberly in Texas

    Hopefully she bows out as gracefully as she delivered her last lines....

    Obama 08!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Andrea

    Funny the debated ended there!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. John

    Hilliary sound like an attorney giving a closing agrument knowing that she was about to lose.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. K.

    Her closing rocked! It is one of the few times she has connected with the crowd. Nice damage control making nice with Obama to lessen the gaffe of the "Xeroed" comment.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. MARIA 2325

    HILLARY , GOD IS WITH YOU ,LATIN PEOPLE WILL GIVE THE NOMINATION , GO HILLARY !!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Keith P. CA

    sounds as if she was begging to be on the vice presidental ticket ! Cry me a river.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. elgin

    HILARY PRIDE

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. j

    Standing O from the same audience that booed her earlier? That's unbelievable. You don't think the standing o occurred because the debate concluded? That's laughable!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
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