AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - On the issue of earmarks, Obama is jumping at the opportunity to show his record of reaching across the aisle.He referenced his work with Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican widely viewed as one of the most conservative senators. He certainly isn't a popular figure in Democratic circles, but Obama wants to stress the two pushed for a measure to expose where pork-barrel spending was going.It again plays into his theme of building bipartisan consensus - an argument he knows plays well this cycle, even with partisan Democrats.
– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
Obama has my consensus!
The fact remains that Clinton's record of dirty deals with lobbyists and back-room politicos will always haunt her, and will come back strong during any election contest if she wins the nomination. She has no position on finance reform, it would lose her and her cronies too much money.
Obama fell short on this one.
He did answer some questions better than last time. but not enough to make me say "YES" he is the one I am voting for.
He has big dreams and goals but I don't feel they will help me (or many others) out in the long run.
They were standing to show their admiration for a job well done and to congradulate her on her campaign....that's what good people do when good people concede.
HIllary was clearly the more articulate candidate. Will Obama cry about it and decide he hates our country as much as his wife?
This country needs bipartisianship to survive. Go Barack. We elect Hillary and she will dig her comfortable heels in for more of the sos we've been going through for years.
Well there's your proof that Barack wants to reach across the aisle to Republicans, he actually got it done. Can you say the same about Hillary?
Bill, this blog is so incredibly biased, just like the rest of CNN. We all know CNN is pro-Obama, but can you just try a LITTLE to be slightly more objective?
Daaaang, you go girl!!! Beautiful, beautiful as always–I'm so incredibly proud of her
YOU GO HILLARY!
I'm glad she didn't cry.
It was a standing ovation for BOTH OF THEM. It was after the LAST question of the debate.
I think she just conceded.. Whoo hoo!!!!
As a previous Republican, then Independent, I am more impressed with Obama each week.
I have written in every one of these blogs and not one of my posts have been released from moderation. This is not my post, but the one that I wrote earlier IS.
Non-partisanship will be NECESSARY. Clinton is very polarizing. Period.
Obama looked very much more presidential tonight. His best debate. I think he outshone Hillary by showing a style that he would have as president in dealing with the world. He just has a smoother more humorous style that will defuse problems. She seemed more egocentric and coming up on the short end of the stick. He certainly disproved the idea that he doesn't have specific proposals.
I think when the Obama koolaid stops flowing many people will see that Clinton is a solid, strong, phenomenal candidate.
Sure, Obama believes in consensus.
His "ethics bill" got thru Congress only after he let opponents of reform punch through scads of loopholes and the final product was a piece of swiss cheese. I wouldn't call him a champion on consensus; concession is more like it.
Dear Hillary, don't cry, just concede...you are Republican-light, and Democrats know it.
She did not get a standing ovation. The audience was clapping for the conclusion of the debate. She was trying for an emotional response! Booohooo, cry, cry. She seems so fake.
Campbell Brown was biased as she has always been on the CNN show in her questioning of Clinton.
Hillary won hands down – what a great debate. She is so smart and is what this country needs.
Hillary just "cried goodbye" to the nation!!!! This great debater-Hillary- could NOT even lay a single glove on this "junior Senator" Obama
Obama won this one hands down!!!
You are mad Obama is an arrogant person. Looking down his nose at people.
He still does not know anything, we need to vote experience and eloquence from a woman who is just that, Hillary is Brilliant.
And Obama did not win the debate........he continually steals ideas from others.
Wake up America vote for Hillary
She wanted to cry she wants the votes
Although I think Obama is proably a fine man, Clinton is more knowlegable on the affairs of the country and would be a better leader.