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


Filed under: Bill Schneider
soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Al

    Anyone who tries to spin this as anything other than a titanic failure for Hillary is just "delusional" as Obama would say.

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. Recognize

    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 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Pamela

    Amazing! Hillary is definitely going to be alright! But if we do not make the right choice, it's going to be really tricky for the rest of us.

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Willie McGill

    Senator Clinton is the best candidate. I sincerely hope she continue with her quest to obtain the Democratic Nomination for President in 2008!

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. B. Smart

    If one hears the powerful message of Obama, and still thinks he is an empty suit, then it is THEY that are truly empty.

    OBAMA 08........

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. victor

    great finish to a great debate/conversation. While Obama seemed strong and ready for attacks, Clinton stood above as the experienced canidate who knows what must be done. No more time for words. action and experience is the future of America not 1960's retoric. The American people knows we need change. The question is WHO has the experience to lead us to that bright future. Hillary Clinton is the one. Say it with me...." Madame President"!!

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. DMR

    Obama is the one who has a chance. Hillary is old school and showed her lack of understnading for the issues that are facing Americas. I think if she is president, all of us should go learn Spanish as she clearly stated that ENGLISH should NOT be the required language in the USA. What is she thinking.

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. JAY

    If Hillary is this weak of a debater, with lines like "change can be Xeroxed", not having good rebuttals and then tries to use graphic detail of the pain and suffering of others, how will she stand against other leaders, who may challenge her.

    Obama, no matter what you think, stood strong in this debate (as in all of them), were able to attack with facts and issues and not go off the point, as well as stand strong in opposing all of the Clintons so far.

    Even some of her solutions weren't solutions. She tried to attack his character, his policies, his record, his speaches and he withstood all of it. That's a President. That's a leader.

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Jim

    Sen. Clinton's closing comments,"We will be fine..." was lifted from John Edwards! Isn't that plagiarism?

    February 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Buckeye

    Great ending point, no matter who voted for or against the war, it's important to recognize the impact of war on vets and all military members and the only one who seems to care is Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    when you compare Obama and McCain, Obama looks weak. But if you compare Clinton and McCain ummm It would be an interesting race.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. M

    she looked very presidential throughout, especially at the end! He did not. He looked the same way he has always looked – uncomfortable. This is not what the president of the united states' demeanor should be. Be smart fellow americans. Vote Hillary and be proud of your choice that you would have played a part in electing the first woman president of the united states, and a president we could all be proud of.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Abby

    Hillary won the debate, as always! She knows her stuff, gives details, and her ideas just flows easily. Obama stuttered throughout the debate, and most of the time paraphrased Hillary's words.
    Madam President Hillary Clinton!

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. lee

    Hillary really cares about the United States and its people and anyone who says differently is in denial. Her closing was brilliant.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Carissa

    Okay....so she may have never ACTUALLY shed tears, but, that "slight tremor in her voice..." is paramount to crying ~ come on, everyone knows you get that "slight tremor..." prior to actually shedding tears...like she said "Let's Get REAL!" (okay...maybe she didn't say w/an exclamation point, but you get it!).

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Kathy McBride

    Bill,
    I have heard you say that older white women are backing Hillary, well I am a WOW (WHITE OLDER WOMAN) and I am with Obama all the way to November now. Please don't be so sure about us WOW's
    in TEXAS;

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Robert

    In every debate this guy rambles on and on and on about nothing. Where's the TIMER????

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Kristy

    Troy, I couldn't agree more! She was talking about these poor soldiers who have lost limbs......in a war she SUPPORTED.

    She came off as negative and petty throughout the entire debate. I don't think a minute or so of seemingly fake concern for the people is going to erase the rest of the night.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. Jim

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

    Yeah, she knows she has lost it already. I think she will drop out after March 4th.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. pauline santos

    Do you hear yourselves talking? This the first time you've pictured Obama in the role of commander-in-chief? Obama is now showing more confidence in the debates? So why have you been promoting Obama as a rock star, as a strong candidate? Because you want a rock star, not a commander-in-chief? You've always shown Hillary (your analysts) that she's the weaker candidate, when it is very obvious when she talks and speaks about policy that she is the stronger candidate. You are delusional!

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Nauret

    SHE DID GREAT!!!!!!!!
    TEXAS AND OHIO GO FOR HER!!!!!
    DO NOT LISTEN TO CNN . CNN IS FOR OBAMA.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Ninos

    For all you cynics, please. It was obviously very heartfelt.

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Texas4Obama

    Senator Obama has a cold... and has not been feeling good since yesterday in Dallas. I think he did VERY well this evening considering he wasn't feeling well.

    Obama '08

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Michelle

    I don't believe her nor do I trust her Obama isn't perfect but he is real , honest and gettiong the American people invoved. I am sick of her neagativity toward Obama, the non acknowledgement and all her so called exprience. OBAMA 08..

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Schneider, you could have tried to be a little more impartial

    February 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
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