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. Deb

    Obama gives hope and inspiration. He is bringing the younger people into the election process.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. jack09

    We need a person as President who has the ability to win, the enemy is evil and present. We do not need a President who is still wet behind the ears.
    Read Barack Obama's book "the Audacity of hope", he needs to grow up some.
    Now read Hillary's book "Living History" she has been in the trenches and knows them well. EXPERIENCE means change will come.

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

    Question: American is at war with terror (Iraq and Afghanistan are supposed to be battles in a larger war)...What are the candidates' plans to win this war for America and to benefit the World?

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. BSR-Houston

    Obama had the right answer in the first place when it came to the war. He exercised good judgement. He is so much more intelligent than Hiliary and McCain. What foreign leader will communicate with Hiliary? Foreign leaders don't respect woman anyway and they are certainly smart enough to see through her smoke screen and lies. How far will Hiliary get with them?

    Voters had better start thinking and USE GOOD JUDGEMENT! Vote for OBAMA!

    Besides, she criticized Obama for saying he would talk to leaders who were our enemies. She said that Obama was nieve and inexperienced. Then she turned around and said that she would talk to foreign leaders. Double, Double Talk.

    Hiliary should stop focusing on Obama and answer the questions! She should admit to her bad judgement. Stop back stroking! She was wrong and she should admit it.

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

    Good Debate!!! Hillary has WON!

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

    Iraq will never be on their own only because of where they are! Why should we want or try to establish a democracy in the middle of the Middle East? We will be involved in war until the end of time!! Let us leave it to our "allies" the Saudis to enforce democracy. Sounds logical doesn't it? Wonder what the Saudis will think if Hillary becomes President!! Will she kiss the prince/king (or whoever wears the dress there) like Bush? Hold hands? WOW!

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

    We need to repair our reputation around the world. I think Obama is the one for the job. I can see world leaders more willing to embrace him than Hillary. She often comes off as arrogant, similar to Bush.

    January 31, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. Rev. Robert Herron

    I'm enjoying the debate tonight, I think we need both Obama and Clinton as President and vice.

    My concern is Abortion, millions of children are being legally destroyed. Thats wrong, it seems our priority focus is on the Economy, The war in Iraq, Borders and
    these issues are important to, but we need to hear more about abortion. lets hear the candidates position on Abortion

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Blue in VA

    If I were a Republican, I'd be feeling pretty pessimistic about my party's chances in November. They have nothing to offer.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. M.L. Ramsey

    Sen. Clinton glossed over a question about her secret health care planning early in the Clintons' first term. As a physician, I would greatly appreciate hearing how she might change her approach to formulating a plan that will affect so many people.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    if Clinton would not have ignored the problems with Iraq maybe we wouldn't have been attacked if he would have taken the correct action of prevention !. With this being said... Are we gonna take this risk again if Hillary get this??

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Geno

    Our economy will prosper without the billions being spent in Iraq.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  13. Tom Ramos

    Sorry CNN wanted to add to my question, establish Local School Council's throughout the country's public schools.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Bonchance

    Absolutely, Obama had the foresight. And many of us who believe in peace did too. Hillary was a war monger and was bending over backwards to ride the post-911 momentum rather than standing up as a Christian and a morally sound individual for peace.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Angie

    My comment must really be a TOUGH one...it's still in moderation! I'm sure a lot people would love to know the straight forward answer, not one that is danced around. I'm a Christian in South Carolina and this is important to me.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. Bob

    Maybe it takes an Obama to clean up after the Bush-Clinton dynasty.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Marquis

    What do you say to veterans when they spent 12 and 15 months away from family? Was it a waste? 72% of the country supported this at the time.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Dell

    Stop! You are deliberately trying to antagonize the candidates. We don't want to hear it. You are demeaning yourself. We want to hear the issues, not the bickering. Please stop the antagonism. I suspect your producers are the bad guys, as this is not entirely your MO.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. Chloe

    GEEZ, Wolf, STOP with the Bear-baiting already! I think the debate would do better without a moderator.

    January 31, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Russell

    So why can't she just admit the vote for the war was a mistake? Can't she admit she was wrong at all?

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Sue

    This is the first Presidential Campaign I can remember where I am truly excited about both Democratic candidates. However I feel Hillary's responses have proven to be more specific and concise where Obama's have been more generalized. Especially on Health Care as well as immagration issues. Her grasp of the subject matter as well as the content of her responses prove her to be more knowledgeable.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Thomas Bess-King

    What will they do about Capturing the leader who caused 9/11.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. Chisha Montoya

    I have not heard either Obahma or Clinton say anything about the plight of the Native American (American Indians). I am a 14 year old and am concerned about our Native people and their struggles in this country. If my mom is going to vote for one of them... she would wish to hear one of them mention something about Native Americans. She is a politician herself and has a Ph.D.

    Please say something about Native Americans, so that young Natives will be determined that anything is possible and someday we will be able to one day work out of the white house.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. K-FED

    Obama is a talker, ain't falling for that!!!
    Go vote for Hillary if you LOVE America.

    January 31, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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