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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soundoff (2,377 Responses)
  1. cc

    Hillary is winning so far. Barack already committed a red herring during his comments about healthcare because he knew he was losing that point...

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

    Goooo Hilary!
    Kill the health care system, you go girl.

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

    California for Obama!

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. barry...dana pt....calif

    a simple comment...the level of discourse, ideas, and civility put the republicans to shame...btw...McCain will be nearly 80 when 1 term ends...just too old to do THIS job

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

    These two would be superb leaders....TOGETHER !!
    Clinton/Obama for 8 years and than Obama/ ? for eight more.

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Jeff & Penny

    I'm hearing all these plans about how the federal government should take care of all of us, but I'm not hearing how they plan to pay for it !!!!!!!!!

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

    Love the competition. I am open to hearing them both. I like that Obama seems to be very thoughtful about each question, whereas Hilary seems way too polished!!! I like that he took charge and truly addressed the issues that he was asked. Go OBAMA, GO!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Ron Miller

    Can they both stop courting Edwards and move on?

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

    Sen. Obama sounds likes he is name dropping. I think her health care objectives are better than his and he knows that she has the upper hand on healthcare

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

    Obama – he has the republican's number

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. DustySpringfieldFan

    Good swipe at the Republicans, Obama!

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Gary

    Understandably, both candidates wish to see the United States healthy, but in all seriousness the US system is organized against any dramatic change. this goes against both candidates, in particular, Clinton's plan for universal health care. The people need to understand that the government will not only comprise of Democrats, but must have the approval of Republicans and Independents as well.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Lois Finn

    I would like to ask Senator Clinton why she and the former President did not provide Health Care to everyone and resolve the Oil crisis while they were in Washington for eight years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Angeles B.

    I am with Hillary , her experience is great. My family and friends are with you. You are the best.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. stellablue

    Hillary is smarter and much smoother, what an unbeatable ticket, hillary and obama for vp

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Barb

    I think Hillary has used more "Edwards people give me your vote, our policies are the same" language so far than Barack.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. cathy

    (Barak) "...not a people oriented person" what are you talking about?
    Hillary comes off as a cold ......well you know

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. miss.jessica (CA)

    Hilary never answers questions directly...will she garnish wages for her Health Care plan?

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. jm

    health care has become one of the big pillars of our economy to partially replace us
    dismantling manufacturing here for Chinese goods at big box stores. at the going rate our government cannot afford to provide health care to everyone, if it reduces the
    cost of healthcare, it then unemploys a huge amount of people working in the industry. both plans for healthcare dishonestly ignore this

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Dennis

    Hillary is so comfortable in this role..very much a leader. Obama is getting good experience to run in 2016

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. John

    This is great-enjoying everything so far-–lets not let our emotions cloud our judgement–on picking the winner. These two are representing themselves in a clear and concise manner.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Chris

    President Obama Vice President Clinton and Attorney General Edwards!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Sandra

    This is the democratic ticket!!!! Both of them together.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. mike

    When the topics deals with issues and substance Hillary is far superior.

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. David Scoven

    A question for Mrs Clinton: Wouldn't you agree that whether or not any particular individual can afford health care is ultimately a subjective determination? For example, consider a couple in their late thirties who have one child. They have health insurance for their child. The couple decides that they can afford health care for themselves, or they can afford to have a second child, but they cannot afford both. Mrs Clinton, who is going to tell that family whether or not they can afford to purchase health care?

    January 31, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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