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


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soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Regina S.

    I think Hillary's last statement shows a realization that she might have to resign herself to that fact that she may never be president. She was real and human and seemed to concede.

    Barack was very presidential tonight. He was calm and strong in his responses. He actually answered the questions that were asked. I think he was brilliant and personable.

    This is an exciting time to be an American!

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. VIRGINIA VOTER

    He had the best answers concerning policies. What's the big deal with that last line of hers?

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. John

    "Wherever happens... I will be fine" I thought she implied seeing the inevitable, the eventuality of this democratic primaries - that Obama is running away with the nomination. It seemed that seen her days numbered – she has seen the handwriting on the wall. Hillary has prepared herself psychologically to head towards the exist.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. Lauisa

    After today's debate I KNOW she will make a great president; she has substance and she'll be able to work across the party lines, she's respected and Senator Obama will never make presidency, unfortunately the people of this country are not ready for him, he is still wet behind his ears....in four or eight years it will be a different story. day

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Donna, Long Island, NY

    YEAH HILLARY!!!!!
    Hands down, you're the champ. That ending was superb. Go Girl.

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

    Hillary Clinton did do an excellent job on the last question, much better than Senator Obama. However, I believe the standing ovation was because it was the last question, and the mediator, had thanked the candidates, during the applause after Senator's response. This is a bit misrepresentative statement to state she got a standing ovation for her response. The crowd was very enthusiastic, and stood up after every commercial.

    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. ralphiej@hotmail.com

    Clinton's standing ovation was more because it was the end of the debate than it was a response to her comment!! Get it right.

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

    Unfortunaltely, Hillary is DONE.

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

    Hillary won that debate...... Good Job!!!!!! Congrats..........

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    February 21, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. john h

    Obama won this debate. He remained positive throughout and as always articulated his positions like only he can .I have voted republican since 1984 and I am looking forward to voting for Obama in November

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

    Hillary all the way to the White House!!!

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Eric

    Hillary has my vote. She is a truly caring person. She even admitted that Obama is a great speaker and there is no doubt in my heart that she will perform with the issues she speaks.

    Hillary 08!!

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Analyzing Obama

    But the whole "inspiration" aspect, and the Kennedy comparison in particular, is beginning to worry me. I like what he says, but does he have any concrete plans to back up these dreams he's selling us? Rallying people to have hope is a wonderful thing, but can a man with only four years' experience in the U.S. Senate actually deliver on all the changes he speaks so eloquently about? Not a chance.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. John - Spokane, WA

    HILLARY WON TONIGHT AT EVERY TURN ! SHES A WINNER AND TEXAS WILL PROVE IT. SO WILL OHIO, VERMONT, RHODE ISLAND, PENNSYVANIA & OTHERS.

    THEN ALL OF THESE REPUBLICANS PRETENDING TO BE OBAMA SUPPORTERS CAN GO BACK TO THEIR OWN PARTY & FIGURE OUT WHAT THEIR GOING TO DO ABOUT THE MCCAIN MESS. YA BETTER GET HUCKABEE OUT OF THE BULLPEN & GIVE HIM THE BALL CAUSE U GOT SPLAINEN TO DO LUCIES !

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. nohamp

    "by george, he's [finally] got it." hillary has had decades to prep for this moment. whereas in a few short months, obama has risen to the arena like the star that he is. now folks - just like the labor unions, like sen. kennedy, like anthony lake, like robert reich, none of them zombies, - i'm for obama. but hillary is fabulous and she aced the last question. alas, i doubt i'll see a single hillary supporter here able to say a positive thing about anyone with the gall to oppose her 'inevitable' ascent. too bad.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Will in Atlanta

    Clinton was not only strong in her ending, she was and is substantial. Obama is without-a-doubt eloquent and appeals to many Americans who articulate "change" as their primary desire. But, just how willing is he to put himself in a position of controvery if he has to make a tough decision? That's where I believe he lacks confidence and ultimately experience.

    Wake Up folks... especially those of you in Texas!
    We should challenge ourselves to think about our best coaches, teachers, bosses, leaders... rarely were they just about words – experience and the ability to make a tough decision is what made them great.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Rosa

    She clinched the debate there--

    She found her voice - again. She presented herself as the bigger person, that this election is bigger than both of them-it's about the American people.

    Great moment.

    You negative people, just let it go. She showed we can and should just get along.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. MelanieL

    OK, it's time to stop the snide remarks – as both candidates acknowledged, there is a need for Democrats to unite to fight the election to make sure that one of these two excellent candidates makes it to the White House. Hillary is my preferred candidate, but I felt that at the end of the debate she acknowledged that Barack will probably win – she was gracious and she didn't hesitate to make it clear that she is focused on a Democratic win. Having said that, he needs to sharpen up his debate on economics!

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Amparo

    David writes "THE CROWD GAVE A STANDING -O NOT FOR CLINTON,BUT BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT DEBATE AND ITS OVER.YOU'S LOVE HILLARY SO MUCH YOUR TO DUMBFOUNDED TO NOTICE.IDIOTS!!!"

    People like you is what scares me of obama gaining the candidacy. Don't forget that your words are a reflexion of who YOU and YOUR INSPIRATIONAL LEADER are, not of the rest of us.

    elect obama and we're down the gutter.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. larry

    IF HILLARY LOSES TEXAS THEN THAT SAYS TEXAS DONT SUPPORT A REAL AMERICAN..

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Ava Johnson

    Hillary is the best candidate. She shows her knowledge and methods for solutions to our major problems.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. derry

    Hillary'08
    I like him. BUT i think she is the best person to run the country.
    she answered most questions first except the first & last one.
    He pretty much agreed on embellished on the inteligient , thoughtful response.
    cnn biased?

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Joe from Texas

    To be honest, as a Hillary supporter, I feel as though she was making a concession speech with that last note. I think she needed to put herself above Obama in the debate and I think she failed. I think Obama will most likely win Texas and Ohio too. I will be happy to vote for whoever the democratic nominee is in November because both of them are fine candidates.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. sabastian

    the ovation was the signal from everyone in the audience that the debate was over...and so coincide with the last words from clinton. she was trying to pull another emotional moment, and i saw it coming before she started it. great act, but she clearly bombed the rest of the debate.

    February 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. Jimmie

    Obama is an air-head, he will blow-up and his hot air will blow his followers away also. But they are so rocken'blind that none of them will find their way back. Yeppers changes, change from having oil to not having any oil, change from having black top roads to us being black topped and not on our roads either.

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