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

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soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    Strange how different all the Clinton supporters are right now... all of a sudden rhetoric is where its at. Yes it was an excellent response. But certainly not enough to make a president.

    No record for Obama to stand behind? How about a record of not supporting the war? The issue of judgment is vital to the commander-in-chief issue. Essentially, what Hillary did was cast a vote for issuing the President unlimited power to make war. This is both dangerous and against the fundamental guidelines the form our government. Barack Obama has the record, the judgment, and power to inspire ALL Americans. Barack Obama will be the next president.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Sione

    She looks presidential...Obama...dont think so!

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. John Valenti

    A hillary comeback in these next primaries would seal the deal for the dream ticket. She has big states ,he has little states. I can't see them losing . However, if Obama sweeps, I can't see the Clinton machine playing second fiddle to anyone.

    Hillary wins on Substance.

    Obama should begin working hard to unite the Democratic Party.

    Sound bites and No Hillary will once again sabotage the Party. It's unfortunate because The party was showing signs of a return to the Kennedy years.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. wifeofabubblehead

    I am a Navy wife. My husband signed up to go overseas. He was gone for 5 months and they sent him home becuase his boat needed him. He would have stayed longer if he could.
    I was in favor of the war at first, based on the information given at the time.
    I changed my mind just like a lot of other people in this Country.

    You can't bash just Hillary for that. She was not the deciding vote.
    If you must bash her then please do the same for John Kerry ( An Obama Supporter) he voted along with Hillary on the war.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Reality check

    Dis anyone notice when Obama was ask about the economy first his response was very vague, then he says let Hillary speak and I will come back to that? He NEVER says let her speak and he never came back to it. He followed her lead every time. She is strong and a leader, Obama proved that by always following her lead.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. Mike

    She did *not* get a standing ovation. They ended the debate and everyone stood.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. amazing

    I am not surprised that a long time Washington insider like Hillary knows, from years of doing these speeches/debates, what to say to get peoples attention; what is surprising is how someone like Obama is willing to stand up to this, and take on the old insider world of Washington. It is Obama representing most Americans who are sick and tired of these old insider Washington politicians who can't stand it when a newcomer could win and truly change the world and the world's vision of America.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. Toyin, Marietta, GA

    70% of the time, Hillary was saying what was wrong with Obama, Obama defended himself 80% of the time, it was a fun debate, but Hillary need to stop that plagiarism thing, she has stolen more from Obama "Yes we wil" Yes we can in spanish. As mush as some diss Obama, most of us would not have his patience. He defended himself while not trying to dehumanise Hillary.....it is tough to debate that way, but he pulled it out.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Kelly Anne

    "She was incredibly petty and small-minded the entire night."

    I agree. Petty, testy, petulant.

    Hillary just didn't perform well enough to stop her loss. She's lost the nomination. It is over. That's why she got teary at the end.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. almost over

    Great closing by Clinton, but the ovation was for both candidates as debate finalization + she cocneded to Obama. Clinton did not score enough points win the election. Obama provided direct contrast. Clinton fought hard not to let Oboma have the last word on any issue recognizing his eloquence and substance.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  11. Kevin


    So average citizens aren't suppose to have opinions on politics? Its not sexism to criticize her crying moment!! Its wanting a strong leader. Crying at a slight hint of challenge is not strong.


    Great point! Sounds a little hypocritical to me!

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Dave

    HAYA how much dope have you been smoking ?SHE SUCKED TONIGHT Same old Bill and HIllary crap... Don't you think the people of Texas and Ohio have already made up their minds. The Polls all show Obama closing in.. In WI they said that it was too close to call and Obama won by almost 17 points.. not 2-5-10 IT WAS 17 points.. OBAMA IS going to get the nomination.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. joe

    On universal healthcare why is it widespread news that Hillary will supposedly penalize people who don't get it. But Barack will also penalize parents who don't get it for their children. But he says it is alright because it will be there fault. What about single parents working two jobs just to put a roof over there kids head and food on the table?

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. Chris

    Why did Hillary's last answer sound so rehearsed and prepared?

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Garcia, Brownsville, Tx

    Great closing but the fact of the matter is that she was only aggressive till the very end. We need someone his aggressive and positive through their presidency. I think Obama now has my vote Sorry Hillary but in Brownsville you did not pay much attention to actual voters you spent most of your time with the politicians.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. rodrigo



    She should have never been there in the first place. She was sad because she felt the guilt of her VOTE.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    The applause came at the end of the debate in appreciation of both canidates. Not in response to Sen. Clinton's final comment. Come on let's play fair!

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Mario

    Obama is the best candidate for this country. She definitely knows that she has lost and her time has run out. Clinton's are trying to campaign like republicans.

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

    I thought words don't matter to her? You know at the end she rehearse that but I stil wasn't feeling that. But all her answer wasn't even that good. She dodge a couples of questions.

    February 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. J.B.

    Wow, perhaps Hillary will bow out graciously now that the writing is on the wall.

    Good show, both of them.

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

    I totally agree with Troy! Great rhetoric in the closing ....but how ironic to try to grab a tearjerker moment regarding the war that she authorized!!

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

    obama won tonight in my mind. For those criticizing Schneider objectiveness, you seem biased towards Hillary in my opinion.

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

    Thought it was a geat debate and I hope the pundits stop pressing the Obama train and get to substance. Glad to hear the pundits acknowledge Clintons responses as being what they were and that is "good". I hope they keep it up instead of being on the Clinton bash party.

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

    She did end very nicely.. I still support Barack though. Good debate

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

    He looked presidential. She looked sad. He looked confident. She looked like she was trying too hard.

    Go Obama!

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