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. julia

    Paying your health insurance premiums does not insure that you are covered when you need it. How does a for profit health insurance industry suit the needs of the american public?

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. jess

    I GUESS HILLARY JUST WANTS TO PICK UP WHERE HER AND BILL LEFT OFF

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Andrean in Delaware

    Great openings – Go Democrats. Go Barak. I do not support mandatory health care for all with penalties, are you going to take away people's food money if they can't afford to pay for health care. Hillary is going to move towards universal health care – keep moving. I take Barak's health care plan.

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Craig 4 Ron Paul 08

    Sounds alot like socialism, I hate "isms!!!!!!"

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Cherie

    Where is EDUCATION is the race? I want to hear their policies and difference with regards to education and what they are going to do with NCLB!

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. ryan

    universal health care didnt work with hillary in the 90's, and it wont work now. Obama transcends the politics of partisanship.

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. nbltn

    Why don't they discuss what, if anything they will do to end the preferred health care plans that the Congress and Senate have voted for themselves, giving themselves virtually unlimited health care benefits with no co-pay or deductibles while continually failing to resolves the looming crisis of Medicare funding for the rest of Americans?

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Gerald Vencius

    Hilary says that whoever has insurance now and is happy with it, will stay with that, if they can get it for free from the govenment instead of paying for it they will want the free coverage and the employers who are paying for it now for employees will stop giving it to their employees can now get it from the govenment for free, why should they pay for it for the employees?

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. chris a

    hillary does know how to talk to the people. She is lacking uniqueness though, seems like every other politician. She needs to do more to seem like the ordinary "American"

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Scot

    I have suvived 3 Cerebral Aneurysm's and I am not even allowed to apply for additional short / long term disability. would this be something taken care of under either plan?

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. lenora

    I'm more interested in what Sen Obama will do about health care - not so much Sen Kennedy. There has to be a way to pay because either way we pay if individuals don't have health care. Hope both candidates will stay away from the cheap shots and stick to answer the question.

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. bfcalifornia

    Like 'em both. Hillary is more articulate and informed I think. Obama had to pull Kennedy in to back him up. She stands on her own.

    January 31, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. obamarhethoric

    blah, blah, blah.....can't he answer with details?...Pleas say something meaningful!

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

    Even for those who don't have insurance now, who do you think pays for it in the end. What difference does it makes what you call it!

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

    Hillary shows well tonight, but Obama gets my vote. The Clintons are masters of spin. The Times broke a story just this morning about how Bill was schmoozing with the corrupt president of Kazakhstan in order to make fabulous sums of money for himself and his friends. Meanwhile, Hillary was in Washington paying lip service to American diplomatic efforts to force Kazakhstan to stop intimidating voters and stuffing the ballot box. And where was Obama? Agitating for campaign finance reform, refusing money from lobbyists and PACs and inspiring hundreds of thousands of people who have heretofor felt alienated by the poltiical process to get out and vote. I want a president who walks the walk, who stands up to corporate influence in Washington, and unites people across party lines. And that president is Barack Obama.

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. elizabeth phelps

    I think that hillary rodham clinton needs to be asked if her health care plan is really goverment control which is what she wanted during bill clinton adminstration which was like cananda goverment use. maybe she is still believes in Marxist ideas like she was brainwashed in the youth mininstry in park ridge methodist church with rev. don.jones. Also ask if she as ever been apart of any race hatred group. like the black panthers movement . search the web and you see I am right.

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

    Oh, I hear HIGH taxes!!!! Ask a Canadian about 'universal healthcare'! It does not work!!!!!!!

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

    wow they actually talk about substance not just Republican God, fear and war rhetoric
    Hillary seems to understand the issues While Barack envisions the ideal

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Charles Gamble

    With respect to health care, how are these programs to be funded?

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Julian, WI

    Wow. Obama is really dominating. Clinton's opening statement almost put me to sleep, and her discussion of her health care plan was quite wordy and dull...

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

    There really are only 4 concerns for the Democratic Party this year: 1-Healthcare, 2-The war in Iraq, 3-The security and the borders of or states, and 4-The war in Iraq

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Gabriel D.

    I have a feeling my paycheck is going down the drain with this universal healthcare plan. funny how they plan on using someone else's income...

    phil: let me break it to you, no it doesn't work, it's a known fact that canadians come to the US to get better quality and more importantly, timely treatment.

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

    Has Barack Obama ever been asked why he did not vote for the war in Iraq....if not I think it's time someone scrutinized this decision.

    Since the media experts criticized Bill Clinton for calling Obama's rhetoric on his 'non vote' for the war a "fairy tale". I'd like to hear the purpose for Bill Clinton's comment.

    Again....why did Barack Obama choose to not vote to go to war !!! I recall at that time most Americans felt that opposing the President at that time would be 'unpatriotic'. Why did particular Senator oppose the President....wrong as the President was.

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

    The reason Hill is so in tuned with health care is because she has pushed her ideas during her husbands admin and failed each time. However, I think she will serve well in Obamas cabinet. Secretary of Health Care.

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

    QUESTION: Has Hillary seen the movie Sicko? According to that movie her silence was bought by the Drug Lobbyists/Interest groups on pursuing a Universal Health Plan. What does she have to say about that?

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