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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soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Blacks for Hillary

    Well done, Madame President!

    You were awesome!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Canuck

    Clinton cares about the American people.
    A true leader at heart, Hillary for President!

    February 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. sally

    CNN needs to moderate better. Obama got 2/3 airtime. It is obvious who the MSM wants. I wish people would stick it to these media folks and choose Hillary just to see the MSM poop in their pants.

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

    Hilarious, especially the comments. The last gasps of the Clinton campaign, trying to talk about how great she did. She was incredibly petty and small-minded the entire night.

    The ovation was for both of them, btw.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. CAC

    The reason why she got a standing ovation is because she was conceding!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Andrew

    it was a cry for help
    she knows her campaign is dying and know that her "crying" before new hampshire helped her so why not try it again and force the party to be split a bit longer

    hillary give up you are no match our country needs a uniter

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Darrah

    I do not feel Hillary separated herself enough from Obama tonight. Obama just won Texas.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Jim

    Too little, too late Mrs. Clinton!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. haya

    Hillary is awesome and she is the only candidate fit to be our President!!!! HILLARY ALL THE WAY!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Calan DeWald

    Hillary is easier to relate to. She really nailed it out of the park with her final response which was far from contrived. She just should have ended it with "I have always been proud to be an american". ...

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Brian

    I keep hearing Obama all talk no substance. What debate are you watching. Quit repeating what everybody else is saying that rhetoric is tired and makes no sense. He put several initiatives out on so many levels. He has both substance and style. You can actually have both believe it or not

    They sounded like the agreed on every issue expect Healthcare. He needed to fold badly to stop his momentum and didn't do it. Great job by Obama

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. zahava

    she shows her eotions only when she is losing. this is not the real her, the real her is what we see day to day on the campaign. the debate is nt the real thing. Obama is positive, a leader who can make evrybody a part of the system.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Donna Dowling

    I do not think Clinton ended on a high note. To me it seemed fake and forced. It almost looked like she was going to try to force a tear, but thought better of it. Obama for President

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Shawn, Minneapolis, MN

    It was a great response without actually answering the question. She took the opportunity to play to our heart strings, which is an example of why we need a different voice in Washington! Go Barack!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. MEA

    Great words! That's how a President should be. Go Hillary!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Dave

    you Idiots Name on thing that Hillary has ever done.. besides stand by her man!!! Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. JC

    'Xerox'? Come on, Hilary... Her reaction from the crowd seems as if she didn't expect the cheer.
    Obama on the other hand, doesn't react differently from the crowd's cheers, because he believes in his own words before being re-confirmed by the audience.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  18. Jing Tam

    Democrats are divided and hurt by this race... It's exactly like what Bus/FoxNews said " We are paying the price for freedom and democracy."
    I guess being a repuliban would have a better time.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Carol Gust

    Bill

    The debate appeared unfair, in that Sen. Clinton answers were sometimes rushed//interupted by C. Brown and Sen Obama was aloowed much more time.

    Like football the first half Sen. Clintor should answered first, the 2nd half Sen. Obama should answered first.

    He usually agreed with Sen. Clintor and then dovetailed his answers and elaborated –he was allowed to plagarise again on Sen Clinton's answer. We again don't know if he has an original idea.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. mndharmas

    Leaders are Born not made. I don;t know who said that. but my grandfather used to quote me that . Hillary cannot become a leader. Obama is a leader

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Think - FL

    Wowwwwwwww… another NH moment. This one was more authentic seeming but still more of the same old pandering, love me please garbage. The attack ads backfired in Wisconsin so now it's back to emotional mode.

    I honestly think Barack took this one… I'd say she won the last two, but he was more in command this round.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. mike

    too much like the tears in NH – calculated and using our wounded vets

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. G.J.

    It's s shame this (important) debate was not carried on a major network. I don't get CNN nor Univision. Just seems like such an important event SHOULD be carried by ABC, NBC, or CBS.

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. The Truth

    There was no standing ovation. People clapped at her joke about her own trials, however no one stood. Look at the video. During the rest of her response no one said anything, or clapped. Where do you get a standing ovation from?

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. barbie

    What standing ovation for Clinton????

    It was the last question they shook hands, she said she was honored to be there with him, end of debate. That got a standing ovation not her response!

    Stop spinning cnn!

    February 21, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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