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. ramno

    very good first question.....good answer from Hillary.....no poetry though too bad... I will wait obama's turn:)

    January 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Joe

    Hillary: I want change more than Obama.

    January 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Rachel

    Hillary looks Radiant tonight and even Obama looks polished and a gentleman. It is very nice to see them being civil for a change.

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Kim

    Obama – elequant opening

    Clinton – took control, command and set the agenda for tonite – PRESIDENTIAL

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. Chris, Orlando, FL

    hillary won the opening remarks round. she was engaging, authentic, and sounded presidential. go hillary!

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. gershon

    The first woman president or the first black president replacing the worst president of modern times. Change is a given. Now let's get to the specifics.

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. jonjon

    Obama said acknowledged his friendship with Hillary. Why didn't Hillary say something to affirm her friendship for Obama?

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

    they are both already playing towards Edwards...

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. elaine

    I support Hillary, I think both openings were effective.

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Joni

    Derek, Jersey Shore January 31, 2008 8:08 pm ET

    Obama holds chair for Hillary. Is he trying to marginalize the female candidate or make up for the state of the union snub? Am I just cynical and he just was being nice?
    ====================
    Thanks for noting that . I think this is significant especially when the non-existant "snub" was news earlier in the week.

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Todd

    Excellent thus far.

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. RS

    We need a fresh and gutsy thinking in D.C. which is possible only by Obama period.

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

    Obama is the only candidate who has addressed the tragic situation in Kenya. Senator, if you were president what steps would you take to prevent further genocide in Kenya?

    January 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Stacy

    GO HILARY!! or OBAMA....I like them both. I can't decide. =(

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

    After being put on disability last year, my question to these candidates is:

    What are YOU going to do to change the 2 yr waiting period for healthcare to those who are found disabled?
    Thank you

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

    What either of them "believe" is imaterial! WHAT will they DO to move us to better medical coverage? Why does she advocate aid – and where does she realistically think the dollars will come from?? – to families who have over-sbought regarding their home! Apparently they did'n think of leavinga legacy fortheir children! They knew they couldn't pay for it! Did they suspect "we the people" would??

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

    The most important distinction: Obama is left-handed.

    But seriously, how can we choose between them? How could we even pick them over extraordinary candidates like Edwards and Richardson? This is a race with some really outstanding candidates.

    January 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. Russell Hunt

    I hear Hillary say either her or Barack will be sworn to protect and uphold the Constitution. Their records of service,if they follow habits, They will be lying just like all the others in offices right now with exception of Ron Paul and Mike Huchabee.

    January 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. One Grain

    Are we watching running mates!

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

    Wonderful they both had a chance to state positions and they both talked bull about what is wrong ... and that they will change our country. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY WILL DO!

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

    Alright, let's hope this gets interesting with only two people on stage.

    Question for Hillary: I don't have a problem with the idea of universal health care, as it apparently works in Canada and Northern Europe. But how do you expect to pay for it without raising taxes more?

    Hmm, Hillary seems old school. Just because Barack is a generation younger than her gives him a serious advantage.

    January 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. Donnell the Great

    Don't forget about New Orleans! We need help rebuilding. Edwards made the city a priority, Obama or Clinton should too!

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

    WOW! She is blowing me away! I thought Obama was THE man, but listen to that woMAN. WOW!

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

    Hillary is doing well to try and bring things back around to a central theme of Democratic change. Obama does well to agree that there are some differences in policy attack, but that, all in all, Dems are focused on the same core problems, just different ways to solve them.

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

    Ok – is Obama stuttering on the issues now.

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