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. GLC

    Obama doesn't want us to have permanent bases in Iraq?


    Study history.

    World War II.

    We won that war.

    We still have bases in Germany and in many, many other countries. Those bases are permanent and serve to strengthen our country at home and abroad.

    Obama doesn't get it.

    The Democrats don't get it.

    But, I forgot, the Democrats don't believe in studying history! Or in reading and learning about history. They're too busy cheating on their spouses, being power-hungry, doing drugs, and sucking up to Hollywood.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Greg

    Hillary looks like shes falling asleep.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. BK

    We are looking at HISTORY.

    The FIRST Black American President !



    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Cheryl from Upstate, NY

    Obama is definitly the man. I'm waiting for Hilary to shed some more tears to get votes.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Bonnie

    I've already voted today! I went with Hillary. She know what the hell she's talking about . He doesn't have the experience yet. Give him a few years and then you'll see another JFK!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. mary kay maggio

    for both
    what, if anything, are you going to do about getting back the money, our money, that has been stolen by some of the contractors in Iraq through fraud, waste, bribes, and who knows what other ways, during the Iraq "war"?

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

    NUMommie....no offense....but that's NOT a reason to vote for or against someone

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Greg

    Not muddy or fuzzy – Obama has his own Shock and Awe – the Iraqi gov't would be shocked if we pulled out – perhaps the worldwide wake up call that is needed.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  9. Dana Carter

    Candidates: I find it interesting both of you are promising programs to save the world but neither of you have mentioned cutting government wasteful spending as a resource to pay for their "special interest" Tell me why not.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Michael Henry

    I believe Senator Obama is as sharp as ever tonight. I was recently drove up to South Carolina, from Mississippi, because I believe that Sen. Obama is the candidate of change and this is evident from his willingness to inform the people in a honest and open way. Senator Obama to me shows a great wisdom and he has practical answers to hard problems. Keep up the good work Senator, and when you become President, just know that you have some good friends in Mississippi.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. Diane Peoples

    The next President of this United Statesis HILLERY CLINTON.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. wesley

    The first Clinton lead to the second Bush!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. joe shoe

    Barack is a better public speaker

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. CeeMore

    On the Iraq issue, they both are the same. Obama has a more concise vision.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Nancy August

    Sen. Hiliary Clinton is certainly winning this debate and is without a doubt proving that she is capable of winning the White House! She is knowledgeable and strong! Go Hiliary!!

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

    Edwards, should back Obama!

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

    If the job of the president was to debate on television, I would vote for Hilary. HOWEVER, that is not the job of a president and I stand behind Obama 110% He can lead and inspire the change that needs to happen.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. simone

    wow, nice to see candidates act civil towards each other
    answer the questions, and agree on points they both agree on
    I am canadian, but would love to be able to vote...I have been riveted this
    time around..and HILLARY IS THE ONE FOR ME

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Paul

    I agree with Obama: the Chinese are laughing all the way to the bank because the Americans are dumping so much money into wars in Iraq, Afganistan and conflicts around the world.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Ann

    Give me a decent candidate please!! Our country is divided and we are focusing on candidates from both parties that will only continue to keep us divided. Both sides have good points and good policy ideas, but we need a candidate that can stand up and truly think about the needs and values of our country's citizens. This means that we need an independent capable of reaching across party lines, who will create a cabinet built from all parties and work to make some real changes. Right now I am somewhat ashamed to be an American if the current choices from both the Republican and Democratic parties are the best we've got. Someone with some character, guts and integrity step up please!!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. Brian (Arkansas)

    I'm a New Yorker who transplanted to Arkansas 20 years ago. I've lived under the Clinton administration. Arkansas is ranked 50th in salary, 49th in education, that's the legacy of the Clinton's. There's been nothing but substandard leadership and high drama with the Clinton's for years. Please people do your research, realize the Clinton's do more talking and charming than anything positive.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  22. Barbara

    Will someone please tell Wolf to quit interrupting Obama and treat him the way he is treating Clinton!

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Susan

    Why, Why, Why did Obama hold Hillary's chair for her at the beginning of the debate? Very, Very tacky and extremely sexist.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Jim Petre

    I think that it is unfair that Clinton was able to say "it'll take a Clinton to fix up what Bush screwed up" or something like that, and then Obama wasn't even allowed to respond.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Kristi

    I fear Hilary as president because she is so out of touch with people. When asked how she would compete against Romney's strength in business, she dodged the question by insulting Bush and saying that this country is not a business. Yes, that is true. However, I believe our government should operate more like a business. The American people would benefit greatly. In business, if you spend more than you take in, you're out of business. To survive, you have to find a way to provide your customers (in this case your citizens) with all the services they demand without raising prices (in this case taxes). This forces businesses to operate as efficiently as possible while still providing the highest quality products. Our government could stand to be a lot more efficient. How many people have ever gotten frustrated while dealing with a government office because of its inefficiencies? they are allowed to be inefficient because unlike businesses, if they run out of money, they can just raise our taxes or cut services. They don't have to be innovative and find ways to operate efficiently and still provide high quality services. So Hilary may laugh off that question, but it's only because she knows she can't compete with Romney in that regard. Or she just really is that stupid.

    January 31, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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