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. aleman1219

    the crying worked for her before… for a moment thought she was gonna do it again..

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Niko Z.

    She seems condescending in all her responses this one especially.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. DJ

    Hillary talked results, Obama talked Ideas. Hillary is the best! I like Obama ....... however, I love Hillary!

    Hillary for President!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  4. Chris

    Just because Hilary can make a good closing statement like a skilled lawyer does not make her a good leader for the country.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. mndharmas

    Her personal tragedy as a woman do not make her presidential. Does America have to pay for her bad judgment.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Louisei in CA

    While Obama has rhetoric, Clinton's been through the down and dirty. She knows how the game is played in Washington. She knows that the deck is stacked, and she has the experience and the intelligence to deal with the reality of the presidency.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. Anita

    Hillary clearly won the debate. Obama seems to echo her points and there is a clear difference in their health care policy. Hillary speaks to the people who need the help. Her performance was wonderful. She is ready to be president.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. WP

    She was sincere and very dignified. I'm glad she got a standing ovation, the answer deserved it.

    I still think Obama will make the best decisions instinctively and won't be bogged down by lobbyists and the "game" of politics.

    But it was nice to see Hillary and him being fair to each other.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Hopeful

    I thought she seemed like she was making a concession when she said, "No matter what happens we will be fine". As if she was saying I will support this candidate WHEN he gets the nod.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Eric

    She ended strong, but her ideas are wrong. And the voters will validate Obama, as they've continued to do for 11 contests in a row.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Clinton's last statement seemed a little too hollow and forced. It seems that these emotion things she talks of only matter most to her when her campaign isn't going well...

    I'm just glad Clinton didn't cry again. Who wants a president that cries when things get tuff?

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Miguel Braga

    To make Hillary's final statement her best moment of the night is truly killing her chances, I found it rather a banal moment.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Heather

    One line in one debate should NOT sway someone's decision for goodness sake. Get real folks.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. John Knudsen

    Sorry all, but I think the standing ovation was, by and large, for both of them.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. Kevin Zelko

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    How can you say that McCain would beat Obama? Look at the current polls. Obama wins hands down on all polls. Clinton loses on most polls. Now we don't like polls do we???

    Well use some common sense. Obama will unify indendents, Repubs and Demos. Clinton will alienate all Repubs, some independents and maybe a couple demos. She brings baggage to the table and Repubs hate her.

    Obama will pull over more repubs that are alienated from McCains lack of support from the Christian Right.

    Obama has it hands down against McCain.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Unemployed Citizen

    The future President of the United States ended the debate with a standing ovation.

    Wow!

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. d

    Great job Hilliary.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. kitty lacrosse

    Obama's campaign is about him...a cult of personality. Hillary's campaign actually makes the effort to recognize the people she'll be working for. Who knows if its entirely believable?...but at least she makes the effort to go through the motions. He's so busy being self-satisfied he's losing sight of what (and who) he's supposed to be working for. Nice closing Hillary. You've got my vote.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  19. Andrew

    Whoa. That end was killer and it is what people will remember.

    It felt very real and true. Her problem has been she's been all about the issues and hasn't shown much personality. But she nailed. That was killer.

    A lot of people cried after seeing that.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  20. elaine

    It’s easy to just listen to your opponents ideas and then respond, as Obama did all night – I would like to see him have to speak an opinion or idea of his own first and let her respond. I don't think he would he come across half as well if he really had to think for himself.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  21. Cee Dubya

    Why do the pundits keep saying Hillary has to "come back?" Many candidates have been further behind in the delegate count at this point in history than her.

    Obama didn't do anything but, stutter and baffle me by talking in circles trying to rephrase everything she said.

    Look at his plans for extended social programs.. he has ides for how to fund these programs. Guess what "young and intelligent?" You'll be paying for his social programs for many, many years to come.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. christine

    it sounded like she just accepted the fact that her campaign is not going anywhere and she wanted to end it on a good note, and with dignity.

    About the standing ovation, its not entirely because of what hillary said, the audience stood because that was the last question and she gave the last answer and the debate was over. The standing ovation was for the good debate, not for her.

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. yours truly

    lets stick to the facts

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. elgin

    Hilary was the bomb!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Bob, Greeneville, Tennessee

    When you listen to Hillary's next speech count the "you knows". It is her way of trying to connect with us common folk. (It doesn't work Mrs Clinton.)

    February 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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