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. Ron W

    Obama has a point about NOT being in Iraq for 100 years. That is crazy to me. I can't see why the Republicans want to stay in war that does not make us any safer.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. nashville4obama

    go obama!!!
    he may not have all the years hillary yaps about, but he definitely has the wisdom not to get us in anhyother one of these iraq messes!!!

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Gail B

    Why does Obama need to be on a ticket with Hillary? Why cant Hillary be on a ticket with Obama? The GOP will tear Hillary a new one on for her vote on the war and bubba ignoring Bin Laden.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Dave

    It's important to note, in regard to public debt, that (as of 2005 according to the US Treasury) the majority of the debt is held INTERNALLY not EXTERNALLY. Foreigners held about 25% of the total public debt in 2005. Another note: public debt is easily refinanced. Because there is virtually no risk of default by the Federal Government, new bonds attract strong demand.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Mohammad Khan

    Thus far the debate has been pretty neutral but i have to say tht Obama seems to over the top. At this debate i haven't seen him fire up so far but i do look forward to it. He seems a more reasonable candidate so far and if he keeps things up with the same pace and attitude then he sure has my vote.

    The argument that he lacks experience is as old as Sanskrit and to take it up against him seems illogical to me. You don’t need to be an agent of experience to be an agent of change. Many Leaders including Bil Clinton lacked experience when they took office or commanding positions. So I would judge a candidate based on his attitude and what he commits with his mouth and then most of all there record. Seeing Obama come in power inmy own state, my experience with the change he brought to Illinois has been pleasant one.

    Gud Luk Senator!

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Nikki

    Since when is a statement of fact a "swipe"?

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

    Getting really sick of Hillary's tired old remark about it taking a Clinton to clean up after a Bush – how many times is she going to roll this same old line out. Have those of you that thought it was a fantastic one-liner not been listening to any of her prior speeches?

    Go Obama!

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Paula

    It seems a shame that Wolf trys to protect Hilary from getting offended by
    Obama's comments. Supposedly she can stand on her own and not
    need this. Maybe we do not need a female that trys to show that she is
    the weaker sex after all.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. jd1

    I've never seen so much unsuredness than when Hillary talks about Iraq. She doesn't have a clue.

    And Obama's full of one-liners to get a crowd reaction.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Biff Holbrook

    We need Sen Clinton to fix us after the secound Bush!! Her devotion and experience is much more receiveable than any other canidate including repubilcans

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. DRC

    RE: Nate in NOLA - Hillary Clinton is experienced enough to know she cannot make a commitment to end the war, for all the reasons she stated. She also indicated she plans to have everyone out within 16 months, and would prefer 12 months. Give her a break! Can you do better?

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Katherine

    I agree with bronko91, that Clinton cleaning up after a Bush comment is definately quote worthy... so is that "we're having such a good time" after Obama's dig...

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. joseph

    je suis fier de devenir americain il y'a une annee.J'espere que les americains vont montrer au monde que notre systeme de democratie est undiscutable et voter pour Obama. Pourquoi? D'abord, on peut clairement voir l'honnetete dans les yeux de cette personne. Deuxiement, ca va etre le plus grand evenement dans l'histoire de notre pays d'avoir un africain- americain en tant que president.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. hardworkinman

    this line of thinking is why osama got away the first three times he was offered up on a silver platter

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. foxyroxy

    Gooo Hillary! What a comeback....it took a Clinton to clean up behind from the first Bush....and I'm afraid it will take a 2nd Clinton to clean up behind the second Bush. She said it, yes she did! You gotta love......this is the best election year ever! Hillary is so polished and fluent. It is very easy to listen to her. Obama has a hard time expressing himself. I have to listen hard to try and make sense of his answers.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. atl2califorbama

    I feel as though obama is clearly winning this debate!!!

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

    Obama has it all wrong on legalizing driver license to illegal immigrants. By giving them licenses they will then be able to apply for trucking jobs such as FEDEX,UPS and any other transportation jobs. Here you are allowing illegals to infiltrate another sector of the economy .This move will most likely hurt the transportation industry because again you'll have low wages being paid out to illegals and drivers on the unemployment line. What'snext illegalsl being allowed to get pilot licenses?

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  18. farida

    I wish I could tell Obama to talk inspirational he isn't in his element

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Luke

    Because of the division in this country Debbie... we need someone who can unite.Hillary divides....many Republicans oppose her from the start...We need bipartisianship.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Craig J. Kurker Jr.

    unity???? they are supposed to be debating! take a stance. tey look like wimps up there. give me a real debate.

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

    Im a retired military ,served in vietnam, and promised health care future military personell put their lives on the line?why is it that we are involved with global conflicts,are we not paying for nato?

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Afghan Rocky

    I like answers of both of them in regards with Iraq war, however, Hillary's answer was more humane and philanthropic!

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

    I would like to hear some questions about things that have a direct impact on our lives like fuel prices.

    January 31, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. JD

    What will happen to spending with the military as the war ends. Both claim to end the war, but the military is already lacking due to funding policies. Who will form a policy to keep our military trained and equipped during both times of war and peace?

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Alexander

    I REALLY HOPE THEY ASK BOTH CANDIDATES WHERE THEY STAND ON THE ISSUE CONCERNING STEM CELL RESEARCH.

    January 31, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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