February 21st, 2008
09:51 PM ET
10 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. Jason

    "I am honored to be here with Barack Obama. I am absolutely honored." I think that Hillary was basically giving a pre-concession speech and trying to make Barack strong coming out of March 4th. It brought a standing ovation, but I really think it was due to her starting to show a concern for a strong, unified Democratic party and candidate. I think she is smart enough to see the writing on the wall. The numbers are very much against her. Barack only continues to cut her few leads rather than lose ground.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Shahrooz

    That's why Americans are the best people in the world. They appreciate the sacrifice of others. Go Hillary!

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Ronald in B.R.,La

    The audience understood Hillary's statement to be the last of the night. The handshake gave the impression that it was over and the "standing ovation" was for BOTH candidates. Even Campbell Brown contributed the ovation to the entire debate. The rest of CNN should get this right and stop saying it was for Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. melvin

    Hillary nailed him.
    He is a very slick talker just like a President we now have when he run 4 and 8 years ago,

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Justin

    Like it or not, Obama was the first to start telling the truth to the American People. Now Mccaina nd Hillary are following suit and for him to be no substance they sure are afraid of him. I mean he hasn't even won the nomination and they are attackign if he wrote his speeches and they all have speech writers. I mean its hilarious to see the republicans and clinton shaking......

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. Randy

    I think that you guys put your own personal spin on Sen. Clinton's last remark. She tackfully tried to supress your final question with elogance, by telling everyone up front that we all KNOW what her most stressing/difficult experience was. So my question to you is why go there with her.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Mark

    Her wording was very similar to a previous teary question in the past. Expect to see the video of this compared directly to that tomorrow on youtube, at which point it will seem a whole lot less significant.

    Ultimately, the meanspirited barbs she made against Obama will be the big news story.

    Experience you can xerox?! I don't think so.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Daniel K.

    The moderator had said it was going to be the last question, and Obama had already answered the question. THAT'S why there was a standing ovation - it was for BOTH candidates. Clinton gave a strong answer but she did not earn a standing ovation.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. jimclayton

    It was indeed her best moment... but I don't think it's correct to attribute the standing ovation to that moment. Ms. Brown had made it clear that this was the last question of the debate, and since Senator Clinton's (excellent) closing remarks had a strong ending, it was clear that the debate was over. Having said that... when I saw it happen on TV, I knew it could be interpreted as an ovation for her statement, and not for both or for the whole debate.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Craig H

    She said nothing, she avoided the question because the only crisis she has lived through was convincing the public she loves Bill and its not a marriage for professional advancement.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Felicia

    Obama said he will have a good judgment from day one but what about the judgment with Rezko home purchase? Obama himself called it a mistake (bone headed).

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. Erika

    Obama's supporters are teenieboppers with signs and t-shirts. They are a bit cultish and it's a blind support. The man is just not as qualified or ready to be President. Period.

    Hillary '08!

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Eric

    Troy is on the money! She tried to elicit an emotional response from viewers about the pain and suffering of the troops returned from Iraq with limbs off, disfigured faces, and shattered lives – but as we all know, her authorization vote was the very thing that allowed those same war victims to be led into harm's way! What a two-faced emotional blackmailer Hillary is!

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Hilda Carter

    Again, Senator Clinton demonstrated a true understanding of the America peoples needs. She knows how and what to do to get us back on track. She is confident in her position because she has the experience and ability to achieve what needs to be done. Obama lacks confidence, experience and the know how. He is not capable of leading this country or to make presidential decisions in our best interests. I hope that voters can see the difference between the two candidates and support Senator Clinton.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Ken

    Hillary was looking for a chance to put on a show, and she was able to pull it off on the last question. It almost looked scripted.

    Too little, too late.

    She looked sub-par, and the smirks on her face throughout the debate did not help her. The arrogancy was unbelievable, and her attempt to attack him was a complete failure.

    Hillary just lost Texas.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  16. Jayjay

    Obama can't hold a candle to her, and that's the plain truth of the matter.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Scot N

    Somehow lost my first writing of this.

    People, the standing ovation was because the debate was complete. She got a LOUD ovation, yes, but the continuation was after a signal that they were finished.

    Are Clinton supporters SO desperate that they cannot hear the faint tone of defeat in her entire debate (exception: health care).

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. GetAClue

    I could have sworn that hilary had more superdelegate votes than Obama so what does Obamas supposed 700,000 bucks more have to do with it? This presidential election is about change but it is also about making history. Do we really want Hillary to run the country again because we all know that is exactly what happened when Uncle Bill was president.........

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Adam

    The two are so amazing together , I surely home they become the DREAM team that all of the Democrats are excited about.

    Either one would make a specatular President and the other would be a very wise and logical choice for Vice President.

    I think its the sure fire way to stop the Republicans from recapturing the Whitehouse. What this country doesnt need it 4 more years of George Bush Lite.

    Obama/Clinton 2008
    Clinton/Obama 2008

    Dream Tream 2008

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. maxine

    Clinton just did another tearful moment and won the campaign. Obama is gone.

    February 21, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. John Allen

    This great ending you guys are talking about was lifted from john Edward's concession speech..Come on fellows do some work...

    "Today, I am suspending my campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. But I want to say this to everyone: with Elizabeth, with my family, with my friends, with all of you and all of your support, this son of a mill worker is going to be just fine. Our job now is to make certain that America will be fine."

    John Edwards

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  22. Yale

    Hillary's closing seemed to be the beginning of a grateful and positive transition to the realization of what she's facing. It's not that she isn't talented and worked hard all her life for America – it's that she's up against a once in a lifetime amazing communicator. I only hope she stays that way.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. christine

    i agree with troy...

    it is funny how she would use the soldiers to get sympathy from voters when she was the one who put them in iraq in the first place!


    She voted to have those soldiers to get their limbs cut off and face disfigured because of roadside bombs or what have you!

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Kari

    They were standing because the debate was over. Her answer actually struck me as a bit inauthentic.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  25. James West

    Julie, the real deal? he has copied everything she says, for months now.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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