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. mildred

    I do believe that HRC's last comment that received the standing ovation was NOT for her, per say, BUT for our brave men and women and their families.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Kenneth H.

    A strong note of obviousness. The American people have it tougher than the former first lady, turned senator, turned Presidential campaigner? Oh? Sincerely, Hillary?

    I had no idea of that.

    Her true colors rest not in that, but in her attack on Barack Obama. Her plagiarism push and character attack on Obama was really terrible to watch on live television.

    Politics you can believe in, right?

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. TJ in MN

    Hillary had an effective last answer, but something that happened during the debate should make up everyone's mind. I received an e-mail from her campaign urging me to check out her new website (delegate hub) to get her fantasy spin on the delegate race. She even says that the nominee needs 2208 delegates because of the MI and FL delegates. How can anyone think she is genuine because of one response based on her husband's cheating? She is scheming to sneak delegates in–that's the real Hillary, unfortunately (I say unfortunately because I do think that she cares about issues, but is just playing the political machine game).

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    WOW, I actually cried a little on that one myself!

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. lgm

    It got a standing ovation because it sounded like she was conceding. She was humbled to be sitting next to our future president.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Mike

    She's probably watching CNN since the same 'grand ending' statement has been made a few days ago by a political analyst. Funny who's talking about not using other peoples' words...

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

    I also thought her closing remarks sounded like she's ready to concede the election.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Tashima

    HILLARY JUST NAILED IT WITH THE CLOSING REMARK.

    THE CLOSING REMARK WAS THE BEST I HAVE HEARD IN YEARS.

    OBAMA STUMBLED WITH THE QUESTION AND HIS ANSWERS WERE NOT PRECISE.

    THIS IS WHERE OBAMA'S INEXPERIENCE COMES INTO PLAY.

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

    She didn't have to cry, I nearly did. That last comment was eloquent and I thought, from the heart. She may have finally showed who she really is. Unfortunately, I am a John McCain supporter.

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

    Xerox...I loved it!!

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

    This is the real Hillary, the one who has devoted her life to helping others
    (and sometimes you have to be in a power of position to do that). Most of all it is not about her, it is about what motivates her....gettings things done
    for the benefit of us all!

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

    that was such a genuine comment from hillary and just reinforced why i love her so much

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. hillary 08:

    BEAUTIFUL ending Hillary!

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

    Please!!!!!
    She has made it official. she is running away from her disatorous marriage and picked american health care and senatorship to overcome her suffering.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. Chris and Josh

    BRAVO HILLARY!

    With that closing argument, you just won our votes.

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

    That closing comment was a side of Senator Clinton we have rarely seen. She absolutely showed an authentic self. Yet, even as I write this, I'm thinking is that a result of having her old strategist Maggie back? Since I read all the blogs that said how she might be able to turn things around and someone noted that this was the ploy of Maggie, to STOP the attacks that were, obviously, not working and speak from the heart of why you are doing this. She did and it was very moving, almost inspirational (like she denigrates in Senator Obama.

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

    She ended on a great note, but I am still undecided.

    February 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Mirror

    She scored real big points when she cut off the latino moderator. Can't wait to see what the latinos think of that.

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

    Obama is an empty suit – an infomercial with no substance. All we hear are empty words of hope – change – dreams..... he even wants the American people to help him. That doesn't sound like a "take charge" type of President that can do the job and make decisions from day one.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. jankit

    Hillary was playing with people emotions similar to NH.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Heather

    Fantastic finale – if she can take the energy she showed here into the next primaries she will win.
    Here's hoping she wins Texas, despite CNN doing their level best to promote Obama, I'm shocked by their lack of impartiality tonight.

    Anyone with a knowledge of politics could see that she won the debate tonight and that he was chasing more than he was leading. He is on show and no substance unlike his opponent, she has the style, the substance, the experience and the know-how and she will be the next President.

    Clinton 2008

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. B. Smart

    She seemed to be preparing herself for conceeding. Obama is just
    a more powerful candidate.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. RONALD

    Her closing comment sounds as if she is willing to bow out gracefully and open the door to a "Obama-Clinton" ticket.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Garrett

    Are you sure the standing O was for her response? Funny how it happened as the debate was ending. Every major event I've ever been to, speeches, lectures, performances always end with a standing ovation. Do people just like the last song or sentence the best?

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Deats

    One more time. NAFTA and Superhighway special interest project. The media dropped the ball again. Stayed away from "sensitive" topics that require a candidate to take a specific position.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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