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. Sickened in GA

    Both of these candidates are disturbing to look at....
    "You can look at the republicans and see that they are more of the same, but you can look at us, and see that we are NOT more of the same."
    Just because one is African-American, and the other is female, does NOT make them different.
    Ugh.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. Julia

    Hillary's doing great. He still appears phoney - the guy is phony. Just a smarmy suit. Voting for Clinton. Period.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. berniez67

    I want to know what they will do about immigration, I lost my job in construction to illegal aliens...

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. Parodee

    As long as Corporations are in "charge" of any Health care plan - they will place bottom line profits above saving lives or giving proper treatment.

    That's where Kucinich was right on!

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Craig Orrell

    How the hell are we going to pay for these health care policies? We are already bankrupt as a country.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. H. Windle

    Please show a measure of courtesy and Thank each Candidate on our behalf.
    For their Public Service, their Candidacies and their dedication and devotion to America and its People, by the dedication of their Time, Energy and Professional Life to Move Forward on behalf of All of Us. I salute their efforts, their service, their dedication and each of their Candidacies. It is hard fought, and often thankless. And we all Thank John Edwards – we truly hear, and hope not to miss, His voice , and that of his heroic wife Elizabeth on the National Stage as we move forward.
    Thank You.
    (Media – Please restore Courtesy to your Public Discourse.)

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Jerry R

    Ive been voting since the Nixon Campain in 72. I have never seen a campain without the promise of healthcare. I just hope for once it might actually happen

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. ann

    Obama had a little more courtesy and social graces this time...no snub. Clinton has already begun showing her much stronger command of the facts and issues.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Who out there doesn't have HC through their employer? Universal doesn't work

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. phil

    universal health care in Canada works very well thank you

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. Lbgal4Hillary

    California for Hillary! I believe she is intellegent, competent, and ready to serve the entire country.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. stacyRN

    As a nurse and heathcare administrator I am excited about both canidates' plans for the US healthcare system! Finally someone is discussing prevention and how this could mean a real cost-savings for all of us!

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. civil toner

    So far this debate is really good. I do agree that we have to state that healthcare will be absolutely universal, so I like Clinton on this.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. michael hardinger

    BRAVO. Finally two intelligent people discussion their differences and the countrys needs. And no undertow of religious craziness.

    Hopefully they will not end the debate by saying "by the way, the world was created in 7 days 4000 years ago"

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. felix

    Both candidates make a strong point on the health issue, I believe Clinton is more poised and her plan more effective; even though it will be universal, it must cost some.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. GDJ

    I really hope they talk about small business. and there effect on the econ.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Brad

    How do they plan to reduce the cost of health care?

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. James Wallington

    The first question was a great question. I just thought that Sen. Clinton did not address the question. Outlining her policies was good but the quesiton related to the differences between her's and Sen. Obama's policies. I would have like to hear her interpretations of Sen. Obama's policies. Sen. Obama compared and contrasted his policies and Sen. Clinton's. As teacher if this had been an essay question on an exam Sen. Clinton would not have done as well as Sen. Obama.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Bob

    If Hillary was not shackled by the health care debacle of the early 90's she would have more credibility. As it is, her answers unfortunately smack of a failed, divisive policy that will not move us forward.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. Cathy

    Hillary's health care plan is far superior–AND hers is an original idea; she's not piggy backing on anybody else's brain power. Obama doesn't seem to be very clear about presenting his ideas. When he's "preaching" he sounds great and he's inspiring but when it comes to actually communicating his ideas and plans he leaves quite a bit to be desired.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Carol

    How do the two candidates feel about out-sourcing and if they feel it is becoming a problem, what do they propose to do about it?

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. tina

    she's so articulate and really seems to have a better grasp of the issues and for working thru the system.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. bill

    What can be done to stop the lobbyists from writing legislation that Representatives nor Senators read?

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Stacy

    The look on Hilary's face is priceless. She seems to make the most sense between the two as far as healthcare goes. But we'll see.

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Chad

    awww...Hillary looks good in brown. Lol, but seriously....they both sound good. I'm a Hillary guy, but would be more than happy to support Barack is that turns out to be the case! Hope all you Dems feel the same!! Look at the Republican debate last night and compare it to EITHER of our guys...GOOD DAY TO BE A DEMOCRAT!

    January 31, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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