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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  1. Evelyn New Jersey

    Hillary was strong on the closing statement. Where as obama went way off the subject. Hillary got the standing Ovation. These young people have no clue what they are voting for none of them know what his changes are going to be they are just following the crowds.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. denniepaschich

    Her answer was more valedictory than victorious. I think she realizes that she is loosing. The American people do not feel sorry for her because her husband is a cad. They are ashamed of her for sticking witb him and then attempting to use his behavior to catapult her to the presidency.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. jp/michigan

    Hillary is presidential material. Obama is an empty suit filled with platitudes, no substance or achievements.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    ' Xerox ' was a day dream word for her to say

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. AJ

    This debate did nothing for Hillary. She needed Obama to make a big mistake to get her back in the race somewhat and not only did Obama not make any mistakes but she made a big one by going negative and getting booed. People are tired of that stuff. Obama truly held his own on every level tonight.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Hui

    I think the last comment that she is honoured etc, almost like she is admitting she is losing the over all.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Jill

    Hillary Clinton reached over, shook Obama's hand, and conceded defeat.

    Tonight, Barack Obama became the next Democratic nominee and the next President of the United States of America.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Interesting..

    She just conceded people.. That's why she wouldn't touch the superdelegate question..

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Hmmmm

    Yeah, I wonder where we have heard much of that "eloquent response" before. Oh, wait, Bill Clinton 1992.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Janet

    Does Obama not understand what a debate is all about. He's always saying why are we taking about differences instead of bringing the country together. WELL, it's a debate, you are suppose to debate about differences so we can see who is best to be the next president. I think he is too sensitive.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Edwin Portland

    Suffering through your husband's infidelity was your most trying moment? You shake you head in wonderment at yourself? WOW.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Kelley C

    It was the only point where she actually won. She used the EXACT SAME LINE that she did when she cried in New Hampshire. Of course it sounds sincere – she did have a major trial and note that they don't even live together – but it was the only moment of sincerity.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. ben

    It gets a big reaction when someone who otherwise seems calculating and cold opens herself up. but it's like the Iraq surge... a small success that doesn't change whether or not the original proposition is good. Clinton is a better candidate than McCain, but Obama is BEST.

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Melissa

    This is the Hillary that we need to see! I will work very hard to get her votes from West Virginia!! Great, I loved it!

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Justin

    I have a problem with her ending on a "high note" while talking about recovering soldiers that went to war in Iraq, in which she supported it. Am I the only that didn't see that she was using the end results of her supportive actions to levy voters?

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Staci

    She rocked this contest. Texas, vote for the right person for the job. Don't be fooled by vague promises. I still didn't hear HOW he is going to deliver on any of his promises. He just talks about the pie-in-the-sky results. OFFER SOLUTIONS, not just criticisms!

    February 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Feminist for change

    Obama was awesome! McCain would crush Hillary by double digits. Go Obama!

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. michael alvarez

    seems many missed the true meaning of the standing ovation, the audience clearly thought the debate, correctly i might add, that the debate was over and it was recognition for both candidates.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  19. Debbie

    Hillary is a strong lady. People should give her some credit. She loves this country only wants what is best for all of us. Please look at Hillary as a person. The media do not have anything positive to say about Hillary. Obama is not a god. Let's hear some balanced coverage for a change. The media is helping Obama win. Give us a break. Hillary fight to the end.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. Monday

    I'm a Obama supporter 100% BUT she nailed the final answer.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  21. Laura Johnson

    Obama absolutely crushed her during most of the debate. The standing ovation was because it was the END of the debate. They also gave a standing ovation halfway through.

    Nice try, Clinton spinmasters. Clinton got smacked and she knows she's toast.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. tony

    Obama showed tonight that he can be a strong president and one that can have good jugement

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Richard F

    Why did Obama get to talk so much longer? And why was almost every question asked to Clinton first? Everyone knows it is best to go second as you can piggyback off the other answer or respond directly to it. Every other debate has switched off till this clearly biased CNN one. I like both candidates but CNN (and Schnieder) certainly like Obama more.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  24. Felicia

    Not a standing ovation!! It was the END of the debate!

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Troubleshooter

    Sounds like Hillarys last comment was a final farewell. As it should be She is not ready to lead. Obama is truly a Commander and Chief.

    Looks like a wrap for Hillary. Lets move the country behind the next President Barack Obama.

    Baracks Momentum is too great.

    John McCain – Not this time either friend.

    February 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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