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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soundoff (558 Responses)
  1. Osho

    Hillary cried 3 times in 5 weeks. Looks like a weak presidential candidate.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. MIWatch

    I doubt about Sen. Obama's anti-war stand, when he said he will send troop to Pakistan ruthlessly! Being Senator he can oppose war, but after become President he will send the troop ruthlessly without negotiation/diplomatic action?? Which is his stand?

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Dennis Flannery

    She didn't answer the question! So, when was she most tested. Come to think of it, niether did he.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Heather C. Melbourne FL

    I almost had to get out the tissues with her final response- she wasn't answering the question, she was going for an Oscar.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. gairy

    PERFECT–SHE IS AWESOME-AMERICA HAS THE CHANCE TO SELECT A PRESIDENT WHO IS CONVERSANT ON THE ISSUES--GO HILLARY-

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Sonya

    Her ending was eloquent...too bad it was a lie. Clinton claims that she sat there watching the wounded warriors walk down the red carpet at the opening at the Center for the Intrepid. She is lying. I was at the opening for the Center for the Intrepid and witnessed Hillary Clinton and her entourage pull up 15 minutes late, well after the wounded soldiers had been seated and the ceremony had begun. It was rude and showed how little she cared for the audience that day.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Christian, Tampa FL

    Though I am a rabid Obama supporter... I have to say that Hillary's closing statement was incredible.

    I was very touched when she said she was honored to be there with Barack, and then he reached out and shook her hand.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. John, CO

    It was a great answer.

    But if Hillary wins this nomination, McCain will win the election. The woman's got more negatives than a high school algebra book.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. DMAC

    I support Obama, but HRC nailed the ending.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Donna

    If she cried it would have been all over

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Hillary's closing

    That was a beautiful comment, and if it were how she answered more questions, or lived her political life, I might actually support her.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. scuttle

    yeah. Hillary gets her 15 seconds in the spotlight. She is clearly in her element in these debates, but they are nonetheless getting very boring. We know what their positions are. Obama is right not to consent to (yawn) a debate every week for the next several weeks.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. YES!

    Clinton trumped Obama on healthcare, economy, and immigration. The only area she didn't do as well was Iraq war, but she clearly has a more organized plan to get our troops out of Iraq than Obama. She scored better, but he IS a good talker.

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. anna

    it sounded like she knows this is it for her

    February 21, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Dude

    what has Hillary done as senator from NY? Not a thing. She is an empty suit.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Jon Cruz

    This was the only answer that got a standing ovation. I am impressed that you finally decided to pay Senator Clinton a compliment, but I think we shouldn't hedge it. She got the only standing ovation of the night.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Robert

    She's it and we need her.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  18. Janice

    Hillary is also an eloquent speaker; however, her major problem is that no matter if she is sincere or not.....with her extremely strong desire for power (that began when her husband was the president), she is doomed because most .....MOST ....Americans do not believe her sincerity.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Michael from Dallas, TX

    The standing ovation wasn't for Hillary. They were standing up for both of the candidates because that was the last comment of the night.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. C. J.

    Hill's last answer really showed her character and the reason she's running. At first, I thought it sounded a little too concessional - like she knows her campaign is lost - but with that very end comment, I think she humanized the entire campagin and perhaps just kept the fires burning.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Eric Keller, Detroit, Michigan

    She ended with a standing ovation, and she deserves it. Everyone should give her a round of applause. Bye Hillary, Bye.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Kelly Anne

    Shrillery was so nasty and negative. She seems mean.

    No wonder she is losing.

    Obama looked presidential and mature, in contrast to petulant Hillary.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Jeff, Rathdrum ID

    Not to take anything away from Clinton but I think the standing ovation was because the debate was over, so the standing ovation was for both canidates.
    Like I said it was a good answer.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It was clever of Senator Clinton to end on that emotional note.

    However, it didn't change the patronizing way she looked at Senator Obama, nor did she directly answer most of the questions.

    I think the "standing ovation" was for both of them. They are strong candidates. . .but in my view Barack won the debate all the way.

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Selina

    her last comment showed she knows her campaign is running down into the ground-the picture of the limping soilders-oh please Clinton, don't get so pessimistic!

    February 21, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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