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. Gina

    Texas come on we need to vote Hillary for president.....Hillary will do what it takes to make our country work.... Obama is a nice guy but will not get the job done.....Hillary for President!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. CA

    hillary is ready to lead this country. she is a fighter!

    February 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. Mike

    Hillary was right on one thing tonight. The super delegates won't decide this election for her.

    Hillary failed to change the tide in this debate and as a result, her campaign will die in Texas and Ohio.

    Also, Hillary, please end your campaign as gracefully as you ended this debate.

    No need to drag this on any longer than it needs to.

    February 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Martha

    Hillary's closing was good - but not enough. For most of the debate, we heard the same old Shrillary!
    Obama becomes more presidential each debate.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Steve

    Only standing ovation? Yeah, the debate was over so they got a standing ovation. How can you honestly believe it was anything more than that, it was NOT a standing ovation for her closing. And the tears were just around the corner too.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. Tommi

    Madame President. I lke that. Now, she jsut needs those Texans to vote big. She has the momentum. He has wind.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. Obama Is The Best

    Great job Obama, I can't wait to cast my vote for you in November.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  8. Nate

    Perhaps I am the only one ... but Hillary's closing story seemed to me to be a little prepped. I had the vague feeling that her debate coaches had instructed her to work in the VA hospital story - one way or another - in order to demonstrate that Hillary really does have an empathetic side.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. becky

    i watched the debate tonight and i thought hillary done very well,i really think people are coming down on her to much,as far as i concern,i also think ted kenndy should quit his day job and really give up his singing job to the voters

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. stan, OH

    Barak gets 10/10 on being able to answer more effectively to the questions being put forward by the panel. I think it is time people begin to appreciate who is the smarter of the two, not just the most popular. Hillary frankly insults my intelligence by her needless segweys to multiple topics that she thinks are her strong points, rather than giving an honest answer.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. Scot N

    Clinton supporters have been banging the same drum as McCain supporters. That is "don't believe the hype."

    My reaction to that is "What Hype". Take the time to actually listen to the speeches he gives. You WILL hear the substance along with the style.

    Suddenly, being an eloquent speaker is a bad thing? Seemed to work well for President Clinton a few years back.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Alex

    Bill, she didn't get a standing ovation, they both did. It was the last question of the night. Everyone stood up because it was over.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. MATT

    ^^^ AND SO DID THE US WHEN BUSH GOT BACK INTO OFFICE. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Marcia

    she didn't get standing ovation!

    it was the end of the debate and the democratic crowd apparently likes her best when she's nice to obama and they look as if they could run together. Did you forget kodak theatre just a couple of weeks ago??

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. Erika

    Too little, too late for Hillary, huh? Maybe you're right -because the same idiots that voted for Bush because they would like to have a beer with him are the idiots that are Obama fanatics. Its an eletion – not a rock concert or a beauty pagent.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Mark Mayer

    Hillary sure knows how to turn on those tears. Very insulting for you to do this to us Hillary. People see right through you.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. kc

    I don't believe that they were standing because of Clinton's final point, but rather that the debate was over.

    OBAMA for PRESIDENT!

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Staci

    CNN is so Obama biased. She clearly struck gold with her closing statement. Admit it.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Republican for Obama

    "ending" on a strong note......OMG there were times that I thought she would never end. She was disrespectful of the time, of sharing the debate and when she went on and on using the debate air time as a comercial.....she wasn't even answering the question!

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. ks katty

    Mary February 21st, 2008 10:01 pm ET
    She is the only "presidential" candidate running as far as I'm concerned. And that final statement was the capstone to prove it.
    Also, I'm so sick of the media and average citizens saying that Hillary has cried. She never cried! Her voice showed emotion with a slight tremor in her voice. This really irks me as a woman. It is pure sexism and that's a topic that's been left out of the media during this primary.

    Mary, you must not work as a professional, "AS A WOMAN, YOU NEVER CRY OR GET EMOTIONAL WHEN WORKING WITH MEN! If you're beautiful, you may get away with it, ONCE. Men behave like your little brother. Always.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Willie McGill

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

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Linda DeFine

    I also thought that she made a great point when she could name off all the things that are going on in the world in just the last week that would be inportant for a president to be ready on Day one. She is really a fighter. She is strong and confident. Barack is very tentative in his speech and is worried about making a mistake.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. Aneta

    Yes, good for her.Not too many candidates get standing ovations! She did awesome.
    Barbara Atlanta,GA, what is it that is calculated about her, and not about Barack? Is he not a calculated candidate? And if that is the case, is it not the time when a VERY CALCULATE person will be a president ?

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. P.

    It disappoints me so much when Obama fans buy that Clinton was 'part o the bad things of the last 20 years'

    Ask Barack and Michelle Obama who they voted for in 1992 and 1996. Surely it wasn't George W. Bush and Bob Dole.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Hal

    Jamal Simmons Democratic Strategist. "Hillary was not able to score points on Obama." CNN

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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