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. bernard

    negotiating with drug companies is already available just ask wal mart.
    what we need is cost benefit analysis, by example, do we really need a new drug for a particular medical condition or is its development needed by the drug company whose patent is coming to an end?

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Paul

    The important word is CHANGE. We've had 20 YEARS of Bushes and Clintons and enough is enough. I'm ready for Obama (or failing that, McCain). Just as long as it's not same old same old.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Rick

    OK if they run together who will be pres and who will be vice pres ?

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Andrea in Delaware

    I'm glad the fighting is over. What special skills does Hillary have that Barak doesn't. Don't see it. I like Barak's "Go America for Change" message and the inspiration that he gives us. There is hope with Barak. Hillary is more of the status quo, however, because I am a democrat, I want to see them come together and with Edwards in the background.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. TJ

    Go HIlary !!!

    don't want trial and error methods from Obama for another 4 years like we saw for 8 years.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. harriet

    Barack needs to be prepared for the swift boating that is to come from the repubs. Hillary has already proved herself -she has the experience because of trial by fire.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Curious

    Where is Mike Gravel in this debate? If I'm not mistaken, he hasn't ofically droped out yet.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Murry

    Obama is hitting his stride. Good answers on paying for healthcare! Here are your specifics people!

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. SCB

    Obama seems to "program: his answers with what he thinks will get him the most votes – Clinton – has the experience to get things done –

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Bret Johnson

    I think this debate is also showing how well they can work together, please be a vice president one of you two.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. David Donselar

    I find it difficult to support Senator Clinton and her "plans"...I want to be inspired by our presidential candidate, something Senator Obama has been able to accomplish. Senator Obama speaks to our hopes and dreams and is willing to work with Democrats and Republicans to accomplish his goals. I'm afraid that Senator Clinton, with her willingness to fight, fight, fight, will bring us four more years of the same old Washington politics.

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Carol, La.

    If Obama's supporters are as smart as they say they are suppose to be I think they should be more impressed with Hillary's answers here tonight. She has the experience. He sounded like a little kid throwing that statement "Ted said I could do it. "

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Stephanie

    What will Obama do when whatever he "hopes for" doesn't happen because of Congress or budget or other issues? Will he just keep hoping? Does he have any action?

    Obama – just keep hoping. . .

    Hillary – work – actioon – results!

    January 31, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Ted Clark

    I think Hillary should be president. After all. It's just a race!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Cheri Elliott

    Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton for 8 Years. I'll vote for that.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Lillian

    Hillary seems like a more solid debater. Obama seems to have to search for words and analogies. Hillary directly presents solutions. I like both, but thus far, Hillary is stronger to me.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Greg

    Taxes are an Obama stronghold – this is something he is more cofident on and he is really showing that "statesman" quality that viewers like.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. SMH

    I'm excited! Obama put a monkey wrench in the Clinton plan. She thought she'd sweep the Democratic ticket and now she actually has to work for it and prove herself.

    We need a candidate on our ticket who can WIN and obtain the independent vote. Hillary is too polarized. This competition is healthy and fierce! I love it! Go Obama!

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Rico

    So far both are doing good and the tempo is civil. Obama is a superb orator. But he is weak on rebuting and refuting Clinton's arguments and points.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. L-Baby

    The Chip plan Hillary just talked about wasn't a success because they couldn't find enough people to use it. Most of the parents who went to get their children coverd discovered they were already covered by Medicare. California had to give money back to the gov't because they cdn't find enough people tocover.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. Sat08

    I dont understand Obama's universal health care, no one will pay for it if they can just walk into the ER and be treated... it needs to be mandatory.

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. kelley tate

    universal healthcare works well for the healthy. if you don't need a doctor then you think it's great...canada

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Nikki

    Good answer Barack!

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. john

    there is not one politician who has any private sector experience except Romney, we need a change in the form of a real life private sector president. Great Obama, raise taxes for the rich and they will start laying off poor people and there goes unemployment

    January 31, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Isaac

    I truly believe that they are gonna become running mates!!!!.....they would make a reat team!!!!

    January 31, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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