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. CLAUDY

    Obama is the only one, who can bring the change the American are looking for.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Michael Newman

    I wish that Hillary and Obama would spend more time focusing on the failues of the past 8 years. Unfortunately the interviewers seem more interested in small details rather than in the big issues.
    Based on what I have seen this evening, there is no question that the Democratic party candidate will beat John McCain.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. daytona beach

    The problem with Hillary is that she cannot win over the vast majority of independents and new voters. While experience gives McCain a certain advantage over Obama, the polarizing effect of Hillary as our party's nominee gives McCain a tremenous advantage.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  4. Darrio McKenzie

    I beleive this debate is the BEST OF DEBATES...For once I see folks are interested in Presidential Elections and Maybe just Maybe they will start to move away from having a higher percentile vote than American Idol and put strong faith back into Presidenttial Elections.

    GO OBAMA

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. tom rupert

    Where in the world are you getting these questions? I went to politico.com and had to vote for pre-selected questions and then only had three choices per subject matter.

    What about our trade deficit with China? Why is the USA saving a -4% of its earnings while India is saving upwards of 25% and China is even higher? China is buying up our deficit and they will want payment. Ask a question about that. Our children will pay this bill when it comes due.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Mary

    Hillary and Barack are both inspiring. I want both of them on the Democratic ticket, and quite honestly, I don't care who's on top! Pardon the pun.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Jim

    A REAL debate!!

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. April

    Wow! Senator Clinton is wiping the floor with him...

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Independant Woman

    Hey! It's Obamas turn to get a question and speak.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. ke

    Obama says he doesn't accept PAC money, and yet he kisses as much hawkish AIPAC butt as the rest of them?

    I don't want to see another war in Iran, as AIPAC is so heavily pushing for, and I hope he'll have the backbone to stand up to all PACs once he becomes President, so we're not dragged into another Iraq.... but that's not a safe bet given history of that particular lobby group according to Walt's and Mearsheimer's book. I'll end up voting Obama since he has moral convictions that don't change like the weather (referring to Clinton) 😛

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. Richard Peter

    Hillary is winning the policy arguments. Obama is a good speaking, better than Hillary, but Hillary is all right as well. I need someone with better policies. That would be Hillary. And she has more experience. She will win!

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Utah for OBAMA

    After seeing Barack Obama, I do believe John F. Kennedy was reincarnated!

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Aaron

    As an veteran turned alternative energy engineer, what can we do to entice our returning veterans to answer the call to take on the most pressing problem, energy independence. It worked with the WWII veterans in fueling the space race, couldn't it work again for the returning Iraq vets?

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. damianmann

    Hillary is even slicker than Bill.

    Interesting hoe my question about corruption in the Clinton whitehouse wasn't approved for posting here.

    As for Clinton/Bush/Bush Clinton over and over again...that's NOT healthy for Democracy. What great changes have occurred over these years since they ran things?

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. mds

    They seem to be fond of taking digs at the current and former President Bush, and those comments are good for cheap applause from the audience, but they are not running against Bush.

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

    I just tuned in so Im an hour late but again one thing I have yet to be satisfied with Mrs Clinton is we never get a straight answer. Experience as Pres neither have so Hilary wouldn't be attacking any issues on day one that would be Bill. From what I understand big decisions are made by the Pres Vp, Sec of state, Gen of mililtary and maybe some consultants. I have yet to hear or read anything that says any Presidents wife was in on those decisions or war rooms.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Wes Minneapolis, MN

    I wonder how they are going to force the cost of health care down? Brute force? Or is the burden simply going to be shifted to the government with billions in bureaucracy to go with it?

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Roxana Rojas

    It does not matter what her last name is!!! What we have to see here is if she is ABLE to be our President, and she IS!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Tyne

    60 days!!! she's crazy if she thinks that will happen

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. rollie

    You are allowing Hillery to dominate the discussion. Maybe that is inevitable, since she is so skilled and articulate. Obviously, the Wolf has no control of the situation. It is a tough business and Hilery is tough. But it ain't fair.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Murray Rothbard

    I found it more entertaining when they quarreled amongst themselves. I'm switching to channel 7 now. Lost premiere. ;-]

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. larry

    Both are good but Hillary has a better grasp of the facts and has outlined her program well. Barack is articulate but obviously lacks depth in his answers. Just saying he will bring Americans together is not good enough.

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

    clinton 2008!!! experience!

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

    We can't leave Iraq immediatly- we did in Afgan in the 1970's and helped to create the Taliban's animosity towards the USA.

    January 31, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Davie Vicious

    Obama has my vote. Look at the way they carry themselves, the way they speak, not just the words. I'm a woman, but I don't want a woman president.

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