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. rka

    I hope that question leading to one Clinton clean up after Bush line was a set up.
    She has used that line before. Did they tee one up for her?

    January 31, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Looking at these as the Democratic choices for President of America is quite frightening. Where do either of them come to be able to handle the enormous pressures and resopnsibility that it takes to be a true leader of the supposed strongest and most powerful nation in the world??? A leader must have vision, strength of charachter, integrity, and true self sacrifice for his nation....Cut me a break...Neither of these make the grade...

    January 31, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. Ayanna

    Hillary wants manditory health care weather you can afford it or not. That sounds more like a universal health SCARE. She�s of the same thought as Otto Von Bismark who initiated the mandatory health care system in Germany in 1880. He held conservative monarchial views. Health insurance cannot be like manditory car insurance. At least if you can't afford car insurance you can get rid of your car.

    Obama supports a public insurance system more similar to Canada which allows individuals to choose between the new public insurance program or from among private insurance plans that meet certain coverage standards.� His plan is closer to getting health care in the right direction. America should have gotten started on universal health care years ago and she would not be in the mess that she�s in right now.

    January 31, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Amnesty is Treason

    it baffles me as to how all you folk could vote for a treasonous candidate that sell's out their own citizens so they and their corporate buddies can get richer; pure stupidity at its best!

    January 31, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. Dennis

    What a great debate between two excellent candidates. The biggest problem is Wolf. With all the great reporters at CNN I think you could have found a better moderator.

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. juanita griffin

    I think Hillary gets my vote. I have finally decided. GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. billrieken

    The Senate was put in a very awkward position in the Fall of 2002 - what if they had voted "no" to the use of force? Saddam Hussein would have laughed at George Bush's threat of military action ... at least that was the phoney argument the Bush administration was making at the time (as I recall).

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Dana

    NO MORE Clinton's...NEED Change? Go Obama!

    Obama/Edward is the ticket!

    January 31, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Rose

    Obama/Clinton ticket !! Yeah Remember Kennedy/Johnson. That was a winning ticket. Change Good for America. Old/Young seems the same old story Bush/Quail amost laughable.

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. Sis

    How many times have we heard hind sight is 20/20....Of course if we could all predict the outcome consequence of every decision we have made...we would be god like......Well....that being said weakens Barack's comment of "Being Right on day one"....now who can? That would be narcissistic to think one can be right on every decision.....So, Barack needs to review some of his decisions that resulted in negative consequences,. He has made them! I will not support someone who portrays that on day one he is Right! Plus one of his other comments was having staff in his white house that will be able to help him acknowledge he is not always right......Wow! He will need a 24 hr counselor for that!

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. Jenna

    AHMED no disrespect but i want health care and someone who can run the country i am not voting for someone to make me FEEL GOOD or LIFT my spirits.....they have medication for that LOL I want someone who knows what SHE IS DOING that person is Hillary Clinton. I am 52 years old and don't have time in my life to wait for OBAMA to learn the ropes of washington.

    January 31, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. David for USA

    Does any one notice that the questions were skewed to Clinton. Has if a underline purpose for Clinton to settle her negatives before Super Tuesday. If any thing worth our consideration tonight is the number of questions posed to Obama which is significantly less that those to Clinton? Even the questions posed to Obama involved in most part, clearing the air for Clinton.

    The stage was clearly set for Clinton by CNN. And Wolf Blitzer is clearly seen carrying forth their agenda.

    Obama had to politely ask Wolf to speed it up and get to the other issues.

    And please remember. No question was ask to Obama from the emails that were read. All went to Clinton. Do you really think no one in America had a question for Obama. And the fact was there was only two people in the debate.

    They did not even give Obama a chance to respond to her comment about cleaning up after Bush. They speedily went to commercial.

    This is injustice.

    January 31, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. getoutthevote!

    I'm with you, Bernard. I mentioned abortion and I got censored. I don't get this. I mentioned Republicans in a much more complimentary way than some people are writing about Hilary and I got censored. I was trying to welcome a social conservative to our party. She described herself that way. I got censored. What's the deal?

    January 31, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. George

    You people have no idea what was really involved in the resolution that idiot Bush turned to his own agenda. Obama, can talk smart but it takes action and Hillary is the best in the race.

    Did you all notice that other Kennedys support Senator Hillary Clinton? Teddy is just mad at Bill because Bill wouldn't let Teddy take away his right of free speech!
    The whole Teddy/Caroline Kennedy was revenge.

    As far as the question someone prior to this comment made of Hillary 'How will she lower costs?" Well, I ask, how will Obama lower costs?

    Remember – It is the economy that is the most important now. We will end the war in a few months, but what about the economy – What will these troops be coming home to?

    January 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  15. Warren

    Would Hillary even be considered if she had not spent 8 years in the White House.

    January 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. Joe

    He kept going negative she kept giving straight answers. He cracked jokes and had good one liners while she answered everything without dodging anything . She won my vote

    January 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Gift

    Clinton may know the best way to deliver her not so good case but

    Obama had the best content. We all just need to listen and see that he made the best articulate answers. She just has been in the game long enough to know how to say things without being straight but appear to have content.

    Its all an act.

    Obama is real

    Yes we can.

    January 31, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Ryan

    The debate tonight was so polished. You could tell it was in Hollywood.. And to watch Hillary dodge questions like she does so well, it is scary to hear the critic's say how well she did..Obma cleary did better and would have hoped for more harder question's for Hillary so we could have watched her weasel out from a truefull answer.

    January 31, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Edward

    It sure is disheartening to read about all the individuals who are going to vote for Obama simply because they want change and not a Bush or Clinton in the White House. In normal times maybe such a change would be appropriate but being idealistic alone does not make one a good candidate much less the best qualified to accomplish the incredibly difficult task at hand, which is to turn our country around. It seems that in these times we need an individual that has a proven track record under similar circumstances and that is Hillary Clinton. Obama is a very likeable individual with a lot of charisma and certainly a great future leader but right here, right now, we need someone who's been there, done that!
    Please put the emotions and sentiments aside, think about the huge deficit, the mortgage crisis and the continuous decline of the dollar, issues that affect all of us negatively one way or another. If we do not make the right choice in this election, we could be seeing the end of our economy as we know it and I am not only refering to our government but also as individuals!
    Obama supporters, how about Vice President!

    January 31, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. Sandra Scott

    It is evident that Hillary has been well prepared by her team. Her deportment and delivery now emulate Obama.

    January 31, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. All4Clinton

    Obama is certainly very oratorical and charming. He reminds of Bill Clinton when Bill was young. However, this country need a practical and visionary leader. I have seen enough an ideological one in Bush style, and does not want to see another one. There is a fundamental difference between ideological and inspirational. It is going to be extremely challenging to get a country under such kind of condition back on track. With all those bruises that Hillary went through, she is ready and have learned how to deal with partisan. Remember, even though democrats won 2006 elections, this country is still pretty much moving in the old direction. Why? They need a leader who can come up with practical solutions. Not beautiful words.

    January 31, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. MC

    Obama clearly won on a number of points. First, his healthcare plan sounded more practical and appealing to America as a whole without the govt mandates. Although she was very knowledgable about the healthcare issue, her plan sounded too unwieldy and impractical.

    Second, his vote on Iraq compared with hers and the explanation of its implications on the White House was outstanding. These are important decisions that should not be made in haste without considering the long term consequences. Bottom line is that she made a decision based on political reasons instead of what she thought was right. Obama needs to clearly state that he made a decision not because it was popular but because it was the right thing to do.

    Obama made a clear distiction between himself and HRC: His ability to work with other people. We need somebody who can make this government work, not somebody who is going to create a partisan environment. Sen. Obama's comment about inspiring Americans and everybody who works for the federal government to work to make their country better was a huge statement in terms of understanding what the federal government is all about: Helping Americans.

    January 31, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. sniknam

    I agree; Hillary dodged questions as usual.

    February 1, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. jason4hillary

    go hillary i though she was right on target .obama is not ready yet . he would make a good vice prez,at the most . i like clintion/edwards ticket .now that sounds like a change.hillary08

    February 1, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  25. Daniel

    Hallo Americans, especially democrates...well we are following up your interesting campaign.

    On the whole, the Democratic Party has gained a lot. Evidently, the democrates look younger, more energetic and fresh compared to the old republicans.

    Obama seems to summerise all this well...though Clinton still remains an attractive choice.

    February 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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