January 31st, 2008
07:54 PM ET
10 years ago

What do you think of tonight's Democratic debate?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/01/31/dem.debate/art.theatre.cnn.jpg caption=" The Kodak Theatre is also home of the Academy Awards ceremony."] We want your real-time reactions to what Obama and Clinton are saying. Do agree or disagree? Who's making the most persuasive arguments? Are they addressing the issues or just being combative? Who's dodging the questions? What would you ask the candidates? Sound off by adding your comment below.

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  1. Hayden Berkeley

    I agree with Barack Obama's views on health care. I think it is a great plan to mandate health care for children and let adults have a choice of whether or not they have health isurance because children don't know enough to make the decisions for themselves, but adults do, and if they choose not to have insurance, then they have accepted to consequences, you can't just make EVERYBODY buy health insurance like Hillary Clinton's plan, some people can't afford it, and even if they can, maybe they want to use the money for something else. Mandating health insurance for everybody is violating a person's pursuit of happiness as well as the 14th Amendment of life, LIBERTY, and property. You can't make someone pay for something they don't want to pay for, that's not liberty.
    As for personality, I just don't think Hillary Clinton is a likable person. I know that you don't vote based on how much you like a person but how much you agree with their issue, but there is something about her that makes me think she cannot handle all of the pressure that comes with becoming president. Something that troubles me is: Is she going to run the country properly, or is she going to have Bill Clinton behind the scene? If so, is that necessarily a good thing?
    I'm glad Obama was finally able to really discuss his views on various issues and tells Americans why he should win: not because "he wants change", but because he is a truly a great leader.

    February 1, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Helene

    1. Immigration – I agree with H. clinton
    Obama when he stated - Oh immigration is not teh cause of unemployement – he is right this is not teh sole cause -HOWEVER this is not what H. clinton said –
    That tells me he does not listen, does not understand or distort what people say - Bad sign as far as I am concerned.

    2. Health – I agree with H. Clinton
    Obama was back tracking on same items - POOR people will NOT buy health insurance if the premiums are lower – SOMETHING else needs to happen. Not al parents will care for their children – I see what many parents of children at the high school my children go to do and do not do for their children.
    I woudl even do something else than what H. Clinton is usggesting. Obama is far behind.

    3. Iraq war - I agree with H. clinton -
    Only fool never chnage their mind.
    Intelligent people makes mistake and correct themsleves.
    Obama – saying that is right from the start – is scaring. Does it think he always will be right? Thsi is a bad sign.
    But then he said that he does not want to surround himself with yes people - Will be interesting whether he can listen to people with different view.

    It was great that they were civilized with each other - for me thsi is a MUST for our country - Addressing issues this what we need.
    Whether soemone is credible or not should not be their discussion. Thsi needs to be left to other people.
    teh question to H.Clinton about her husband – I thought was not fair – Would soemone ask that question to a man! – hmm not sure
    Overall H. Clinton is the one that is more realistic about how things work etc..
    With regard to dealing with dictators - I am not sure how they will be successuful – They will need to be able to surround themselves by people who undertand what make dictators "tic" and how to bets approach them.

    February 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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