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. Jeff

    Lets hope they put in as much effort once elected as they do trying to get elected

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Carolyn Ingram

    What's really the biggest problem in America?

    I think misappropriation of Federal Funds. How will this BIG problem be addressed?

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Pamela

    That comment by Clinton on it taking a Clinton to clean up behind a Bush will make the sound bite of the night! A very smooth and brilliant rejoinder.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Brandon

    I'm so over these two families running America. Obama 08.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. Justin

    Awsome, vote for Hillary because she is a woman, and don't vote for Obama because he is a black man. I thought we were Democrats. We were supposed to be the party that focused on the issues. Obama's delivery shows that he respects the intellegence of the American people, but Hillary gives us sound-bites.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. belkys

    I am very happy that the debate began with an outline on the candidates' differences in policies. Since their opinions are very similar, it was good to see and hear what differences exist within their campaigns. The last debate consisted of alot of mud-slinging.... I rather enjoyed it... lol. This debate is seems to have an air of 'peace'. Good for them, good for the democratic party.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Debo Dykes

    There is literally not an undertone of animosity. They are having to be very detailed in their descriptions of differences. This is because they fundamentally agree on the direction the country ought to take and the issues which have to be faces. It is extraordinary that the two democratic candidates are a Woman and an African American. That gives testimony by itself to a new future.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Pallavi

    She said it . Bill cleaned Sr. Bush mess and she will clean Jr.Bush mess.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. Matt B

    I don't see how all of you are saying Barack isn't being specific. Are you not listening? For more information Obama's website has a very detailed listing of his positions.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Donny

    YES, during the last Clinton administration, the United States was at peace, we had a GREAT ECONOMY, he accomplished real welfare reform, and the U.S. was admired and respected in the world! You are absolutely right...great point! What has W done besides ruin our economy and trash our reputation in the world by starting wars over lies.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Charlie

    It is dire that America has change. This election will be the pinacle of that change. Hillary is beating around the bush (no pun intended), and dancing like a monkey for the vote. Change is not easy. Barack's plans are not simple, yet they make sense. Recession is not easy. America is heading towards another. Barack is the change that is necessary. He is a liberal, yet he has the mindset of an independent. Both of them have to stand out and make conservatives look terrible in order to earn their delegates. Get informed America. Your political system is not a democracy, it is a republic. Let's understand the system, and the people inside the system.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. lstansbury

    Hillary gets her best applause when she attacks the other team.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Michael Lansford

    BRAINS OVER CHANGE nymommie

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Forrester

    I'd like to know if Bill tried to talk Hillary out of Voting for the Iraq War or if he was for it too?

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Pam Ballard

    They would actually make a good team, if Bill could be controlled.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. S Mingua

    Why was the audience NOT instructed to keep quiet during the actual debate. Their applause has been distracting from the debate.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Roxanne

    A very mature and dignified debate. There are not much differences between Obama and Hilary. On some points there are so similar that It sounds as though they are speaking for each other.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Cotswold

    Obama is all smoke and mirrors.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. leedogcr

    Why do they continue to cut away to the celebrities in the crowd? It just more evidence of what a dog and pony show politics has become these days.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  20. Serge

    Obama has no experience. His only experience can be said to be dealing with African American issues. How about Hispanics? Asians? Whites? He can learn in the near future but not yet. How about Obama for Vice President and Clinton for President? That will for sure gurantee the presidency!!

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. David Anderson

    Where are all the displaced people Senators Clinton and Obama are trying to attract? The only people shown in the audience are rich movie stars.

    January 31, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Michigan Independent

    Since G.W. wasn't your typical republican (lower taxes and spend, spend, spend)
    I am nervous about electing a liberal democrat. We are in serious financial straights – WHERE IS AL GORE? I think he is the only leader I can trust at this point. And some of you won't like this, but Ron Paul does get it! I like that he gets it.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. James

    41% of Americans are now independent voters. Most of you Hillary and Obama fans are out of touch with America. You give Hillary the nod in the Primary you will lose to McCain. Red states in america completely dislike her.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. DJ

    I think they are both realizing that they get the most positive reactions when they agrue as Democrats other than two opposing candidates. I alsmost get the feeling they are making good with each other so the Democratic ticket in November will have both listed on the ballot in no particualr order. From a "I am a Democrat" point of view and looking to the future a Clinton/Obama ticket would set the table for a Obama/? ticket 8 years from now.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. George Hinson

    This country doesn't need another Clinton in the White House. Sure way to have a republican president in the Hpouse is to have hiliary on the ticket.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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