February 21st, 2008
09:51 PM ET
6 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. mary

    Hillary did a great job. I am still Obama's fan but Hillary`s speech brought tears to my eyes. Good job Hillary. You are certainly a strong woman.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Kevin - Jonesboro, GA

    While Hillary had a strong final comment, I believe the standing ovation was intended for both candidates as a final salute.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. A.B. eryan

    I felt that Obama was the dominant in this debate.

    Clinton appeared in a weak position especially when she used plagiarism as a confrontation point. She should've concentrated on the point that Obama is likely to need time adjusting as a president longer and that change would come not as soon as promised.

    So she should've insisted on the importance of experience

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. James

    If you want a president you can rely on look at their past accomplishments "Hillary's the girl"!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Steevo

    Quite a closing statement Hillary!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. brent

    Great finish. she is prepared to win or lose but is taking the high road either way. It should be about unifying in the end against the republicans.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Carissa

    Yes, Hillary's best response was to the final question ~ EVERYONE knows she's obviously been through quite a bit, which she is fully trying to play up. However, I don't care what she's been through...unless she's lived some portion of her life experiencing this nation as a true minority, she would realize that Barack could so easily have used that type of argument well before now. The difference is he doesn't want to use that argument b/c it's what "others" expect him to use & coming from her, those "others" don't view it the same.

    I must say, though, her realization/appreciation of the type of man/candidate she's running against is a long time coming!

    Good luck to whomever gets the Democratic nomination ~ either one of them would DEFINITELY be better than the Bush era, & either one could accomplish great things for this country & its people.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. KamikazeSauce

    Although her closing statement was indeed very moving and eloquent in nature, I, personally, don't think it made up for her earlier outburst over the accusation of plagarism by Obama. However, other people may think otherwise.

    I think it will be really close.

    It's interesting to watch the faces of the candidates change (or not change, in Obama's case) as they are attacking each other.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Linda

    Played right into her hand-she needs to connect with all those wronged women, since she cant connect with anyone else. Then play that sympathy card for our vets, and how blessed we all are. How very touching. Now, if she only meant it beyond March 4th.

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

    Cmon... A standing ovation decides who should be president? Our national security depends on other nations help moreso than preventing attacks on the ground. The American Dream is the reason people love america. Obama encapsulates the American Dream and shows the world that America is the place where dreams come true and where the impossible is possible. Spare me this Hillary garbage. She represents not the american dream but the american establishment which is not seen in any good light now or in the past.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. Kim

    She should have answered the actual question.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Connie in Houston

    I hope she wins Texas. It seems close in polling my peers. Personally, I thought her closing words were phenomenal! She is awesome.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Not Given

    Oh the world has picked on HRC and don't we feel sorry for her. If she was a strong woman, she would of thrown the bum out. I know if I did what Bill did, I would be walking funny for the rest of my life

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. James West

    HILLARY IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Teresa

    If Obama is lucky enough to get to debate Hillary a few more times he may learn enough to make all of his policies and plans exactly like hers. It reminds me of the time Bush was copying all of the Democrats plans eight years ago!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. gugu

    i think Obama won. no records is better than bad records.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  17. Independent

    Funny how when Obama makes a nice speech its all rhetoric and nothing-but when Hillary totally avoids the question and basically loathes in rhetoric it gets a standing O and it totally sincere and true???

    Give me a break. I cant stand the double standards here. Obama killed her on issues, and thats what matters

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  18. NG_in_Big_D

    Dave Edmunds – what's the point in voting in the primaries if the 800 superdelegates make the ultimate decision?

    Robert in ABQ – There was a standing ovation because the debate was over, not necessarily because of Hillary's ultimate remark.

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. Jimmie

    The FALSE PROPHET can't be a woman

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

    Ms. clinton seem to be touched by our brave wounded soldiers. IT WAS GUILT and NOT CONCERN. WE SENT THEM THERE!!!!!

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

    I was amazed at how well she did. She got standing "O" That is good. No matter who you want to win this election she did great.

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

    Wow I cant believe Schneider actually had something good to say about Hillary Clinton! He's one of those delusionals Obama mentioned. Go Hillary she really nailed the debate!

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

    The problem with HRC is, you never can tell when she is actually being genuine. To most people, everything she says sounds phony, calculated, and contrived. The more earnestness she tries to project, the more she puts people off. She is not a leader and will never be President. I almost felt sorry for her there at the end. Don't go away mad Hillary . . . just go away.

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

    Considering Obama has won 11 in a row (let's not forget Democrats Abroad), I found it unsettling, and frankly insulting, that Hillary was given the last word. What's up with that???

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

    Hillary may have scored a point for a good closing – but Obama moves people everytime he speaks!

    And, Obama is genuine, the real deal... Hillary is a part of the political machine and with her in the White House – it's just more of what our nation has put up with for the past 20 years!!!

    America needs change! YES WE CAN!

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