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. Good Luck

    I'm hoping that both candidates will be effective in getting their messages across. Also, that there won't be any more bickering. Americans need to make an informed decision.

    January 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. John B

    I wonder what these two Senators are doing to maintain their sworn duty to represent their states while campaigning? Might be an insight into how they'll stand up to their sworn duties as President...

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

    Does anyone realize how monumental this is? Our next democratic presidential candidate will either be black or a female. That is huge.

    January 31, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Marin in Miami

    I think that Obama is being combative and dogging the questions. He gets angry and defensive when asked important issues.

    I think that Obama is arrogant and not being truthful. Being a good speaker does not means that he would be a good president.

    Also, I think he is playing the race card. He wants to use race to his advantage when is more convinient to him.

    The endorsement by Ted Kennedy does not do anything for me. It is the ultimate betrayal of a friend. It only tells me the kind of person that Kennedy is rather than the weight of the actual endorsement.

    Martin in Miami

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

    same old hillary dont answer a question just critic republicans

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

    I hope they address our educational system... our children are suffering EVERYWHERE.

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

    We are all for you Hilary all our friends and family here in Pennsylvania we hope and pray that you win the presidency, because we know you will make a big difference. God bless you!! We will be routing for you!

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

    I hope both canidate address 2 strong issues that I have for my family

    1) education
    2) mortgage crisis

    January 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Minnesota_1

    Hillary always starts out nice, then watch out!

    January 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Hurricane Jeff

    I'm a democrat. I don't care who wins this debate. My vote goes to whoever wins the nomination. Go team. Beat the odds.

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

    I believe in Universal Healthcare!! Go HILL!

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

    jonjon please don't go there with that. let's stick to the issues tonight. it's a great day to be a democrat!

    Democrats '08!!

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

    they are playing nice! i like it!

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

    Hillary gives specifics....Barak is all talk no facts....

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

    I really enjoy seeing how these two candidates are actually supporting one another and not tearing each other down like the Republicans last night.

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

    Looks like we are in for a friendly debate!

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

    Barack is stumbling. Hillary is much more comfortable expressing herself.

    January 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Kim (Liberal)

    I have to be honest–I would be happiest with Clinton, because she has a real command of the issues. But I wouldn't be unhappy with Obama–I think the Dems will be back in office after this election.

    January 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Derek, Jersey Shore

    Thank goodness they both came to their senses and will work in a positive way. Democrats are going to vote for either one of these two. If they can keep it positives they will win over independents that were turned off during the last Democratic debate.

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

    A good start to the debate. Please force them to stick to the issues and not bicker back and forth like that mess of a republican debate last night.

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Ed

    Both are horrible phonies-–Wake me up when it is over

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Murry

    I agree with Obama's healthcare plan. I am in between jobs right now and health insurance is very expensive for me. I don't think I can pay long term for it. We shouldn't be forced to pay for insurance.

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Jon

    Unfortunately, for Barack, you cannot lower cost of health insurance without either lowering quality or access. While it is a nice idea to lower costs the reason costs are as high as they are is because the quality of care is as good as it is.

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. Mark

    Obama looks very tired and very unenergized. Clinton has a lot of energy and is actually talking about issues that matter to us.

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. Deanna D.

    Hillary wants Universal Health Care for everyone, but at who's cost? If health care was affordable, everyone would have it. What are the specifics of her plan??

    January 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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