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. Gerard

    Mandatory health care for people under age of 25, covered under parents plan....WHAT IF YOUR PARENT DOESNT HAVE A PLAN!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Kerry Dolan

    There we go – HC is talking about health insurance industry regulation...now you're talking...oh and she just mentioned getting the drug companies on board too. Yes!!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Voter

    The debate is really good. The clapping is distracting.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Why is it bad for someone to think about their answers? I appreciate Obama's thorough and careful explanation of his policies and his ideas. It's a breath of fresh air from the knee-jerk reactionary of the Bush administration we've seen for the last seven years.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Shane

    They've both argued their plans for Health Care, but neither have commented on whether or not the insurance is through private insurance companies. I don't feel that Insurance companies should be profiting billions of dollars on a person's health... It's ridiculous. Health should be a Human RIGHT, not a luxury item.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. James

    Obama speeks at you. Hillary speeks to us. Go Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. kayden

    what is their opinion on reducing the retirement age for reservists and national guard

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Carlos

    The candidates talk about health care, but they forget to mention about our men and women who serve in the Army & Air National Guard, The Army Reserve and the other reserve components who DO NOT have health insurance on a FULL TIME BASIS. How do they plan on getting these soldiers who dedicate their time to serve our country just like the rest of the military?

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. DaveK

    Gooooo Wolf!
    Make her promice to release the records of those meetings on health care.
    oh well I guess not...

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Daniel Schlafer

    Obama - CSPAN reference is actually a double edged sword . When it is " lights , camera , and action " , what really gets done ? That had to be a David Axelrod idea ?

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Left Coast

    American's watching C SPAN?

    It is governments role to protect the rights of Americans.

    Why should we now have to watch everything that goes on in Washington?

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. Melanie

    I need affordable health care. Way to go, Obama! I'm 53 – of age for things to start breaking down. I cannot pay $250.00 every two weeks for single health coverage, with $500 deductible, as was offered on my last job. I couldn't afford to pick it up. From what Hillary says, I could have been penalized for not choosing that coverage.
    Make it affordable for ME, PLEASE!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Carol

    The 2 of them sound like they PLAN to make a great ticket! I just hope Obama is content as VP. Only that way, will we have practically an entire generation (8yrs./Hillary, at least 4...maybe 4 more/Obama!!!) of Dems in the White House to FIX EVERYTHING.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. Eamon

    Barack is warming up. His opening was understandably nervous, but it could cost him in the eyes in an audience used to auditions and smooth presentations. They tend to put their money with the image. On the other hand, Hilary was overly rehearsed, as mentioned before, and lacks the heart that Obama is now revealing as he relaxes. Great discussion so far! There is hope for our country! Either way this goes next Tuesday, we win.

    Eamon

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. Liv

    WOw! now I KNOW who I'm for – Obama all the way! Hillary is good, but unconvincing.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. Jason

    I think HC is doing a much better job that Obama at the outset

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Larry

    Where in the Constitution does the government have the right to mandate that I buy anything? I thought we were a country found on freedom!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Sandra

    Excellent debate so far!!!!!! Finally talking about issues rather than attacking
    each other.

    Cudo's to Wolf Blitzer as moderator!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Kev C

    Universal Health Care. They both want this for everyone here in the USA. My question is where is the money coming from? Are we talking about raising taxes again, that will hurt the middle and low income families, just the people they say they are wanting to help. I am not sure America can take on too much more taxes....

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. Anne

    it's great to see both of them at their best. that is what we deserve as voters. I hope it stays about the issues.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. DZigns

    Go Hillary – I'm one of those denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. michael

    Hillary Knows Far More About this Subject Than Barack, All The Details

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Creighton

    Barack still does not sound as substancial As Hillary. He almost seems nervous to me and there he goes mentioning Ted kennedy already I dont think He matters that mutch.

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Bill

    I like the C-span argument! It makes perfect sense to establish the true transparency of ALL congress persons. Let "we the people" hear the debated issues. Perhaps there are some issues we need to know about but are not privy to. I'll vote for that idea regardless of who gets the big chair in DC!!

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. lud

    Obama should know that the Bush administration didn't create the sub-prime crisis any more than the Clinton administration created the high tech bubble burst. The SEC has to control the greed factor

    January 31, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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