February 27th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Showdown in Ohio


Watch New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny weigh in on how both candidates performed Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred with each other over negative campaigning, health care and free trade Tuesday, a week before key primaries in Texas and Ohio

Those contests are must-wins for Clinton if she is to continue to contest Obama for the nomination, as even former President Clinton suggests.

Debating at Cleveland State University, Clinton repeated angry claims from the campaign trail that Obama mischaracterized her stances on health care and NAFTA in political material mailed to voters in Ohio.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio
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  1. Chandra Brown

    After receiving criticism from John McCain, Mr. Cunningham stated that he would throw his support behind Hillary Clinton. With all the talk from Sen Clinton at the debates about Sen Obama distancing and rejecting support from Farrakan, will she REJECT the support of Mr. Cunningham and his radio listeners?

    Now is the time to put her talk into action!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Dan (TX)

    Watch out America – Hillary's crossing her arms!

    Definitely showing "closed" body language! 🙂

    Almost looks like a rapper video now – too funny! 🙂

    February 27, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Di

    Hillary was totally right!!! Media always go to her first....they want to give their boy time to come up with an answer...or he will just agree with what Hillary said!!


    February 27, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. T

    I'd just like to say that I thought Clinton's attack on Obama regarding the Farakahn "reject" or "denounce" situation was ironic on Clinton's behalf, in light of her unwillingness to admit flat out that she made a mistake in giving G.W. the green light to invade Iraq. When she chastised Obama for insuating that some situations merit taking a strong stand, I couldn't help but wonder why then, she's not willing to give a defintive answer when pressed about whether she made a mistake in giving the president the go ahead in Iraq. Doesn't this situation also merit taking a strong stand?

    February 27, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Shown a tape of her mocking Obama on the stump for being naive about politics, Clinton said, "I was having a little fun."

    FUN? That's her answer? No way is this acceptable. She's not responsible for anything, huh? Don't we already have a president who is never responsible for anything? All Hillary does is whine and complain.

    No wonder Obama is winning!

    OBAMA '08

    February 27, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. LadyLeo

    I personally saw the footage were Clinton said she would garnish wages for health care, pull it up on utube. There is also footage of her supporting NAFTA over and over again, so why is she upset. I think Obama makes a valid point about Hillary that she continues to make bad decisions over and over again even with her "35 years of experience".

    February 27, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Adam

    Obama is playing dirty politics and doing it with a smile on his face.
    He is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    He is Inexperienced and Irrelevant!

    Hillary 08 !!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. donnajp

    Hillary won the debate but we are not calling NBC on the cell phone. We are givng to her campaign every dime we can scrape together because she is a Woman of Substance and Obama is not yet ready.

    February 27, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. MR. B.

    Was that great or what ?

    Obama showed us that he is ready !

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. NO_MO_CLINTONS in Tokyo


    OBAMA 08...............................................................

    February 27, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. E Fabian

    Hillary won the debate whether the haters want to admit it or not.

    Go Hill!!

    February 27, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. John

    How much plastic surgery and facelift has Clinton had in recent months? It is so obvious.

    February 27, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. ruth

    In years to come, we will look back on this primary season and examine an amazingly biased media...and I DO mean the main stream media. No one dare touch Obama. But ANYTHING goes about, perhaps, the most qualified candidate for leadership in my ENTIRE lifetime. I voted in 1968 and all years moving forward. Hillary Clinton has only ONE downside. She is a woman and thus shrill and unfeeling and too this and too that and playing the victim and playing the bully and so forth and so on. Many of us over 50 females have seen it all before – in the workplace and in society in general. We are still a nation where women get 77% of the dollar and 77% of the respect!

    February 27, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. phil

    Why did Russert press Hillary on releasing her taxes but skipped over questioning Obama about his monetary ties toTony Rezko and Nadhmi Auchito and a loan through a Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, for $3.5 million .
    Is Obama covered in political teflon?

    February 27, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Reality Check

    Sorry Adam, it's clinton who's fast approaching the irrelevant stage. Next Tuesday will see it as the mask came off last night. You want McCain in the White House? Then nominate Clinton.

    February 27, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. NO_MO_CLINTONS in Tokyo

    CNN don't delete my comment please!


    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Uncle Sam

    If you were looking to fill an executive position, would you hire the candidate with excellent interviewing skills but no record of achievement?

    February 27, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. thomas

    I commend Mr. Obama for staying cool and focused on the issues during last night's debate. He is certainly ready to lead this country to the next level. Way to go President Obama!

    February 27, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. BL - NYC

    CLINTON 2008

    February 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Joe

    Hillary is really showing her true colors. Barack is trying to stay above all the dirty politics and name calling. When it come down to the wire you see what a person is made of. Hillary Clinton wants to win and she is willing to do or say anything to get it. If she wins Texas and Ohio i will fail to be impressed.

    February 27, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Di

    Obama IS a wolf in sheeps clothing. He doesn't have sense enough to pour water out of his boot. Wake up America!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Emily Michigan

    I applaud Barack Obama for running a CLEAN campaign. Hillary has to try and make other people look bad, in order to try and make herself look good. She acts like a child! Instead of telling us what she can do for us, she's preocupied with how to try and make Barack look bad.

    Barack is leading because he is articulate, professional, and good at difusing her ridiculous comments. He always maintains his composure, unlike Hillary!!! He doesn't bring himself down to her level. He doesn't need to, he has enough self confidence where he doesn't have to lower himself to her level.

    Barack is a refreshing change to politics!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Charlotte

    Farrakhan really struck a nerve with the Obama-bots. Worried about how your guy hem and hawed over reject/denounce. I think he faltered, his reference to Farrakhan as Minister I found most enlightening. The Minister of his church supports Farrakhan. I bet Obama was on the phone explaining his need to say he rejected/denounced Farrakhan to his Minister. Ministers give aid and comfort to their followers. Ministers represent the group???????Hummm

    February 27, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Laura Huntsberry

    Hillary did not wint the debate...she just used one of her alternate personalities! I think Obama stood his ground and held his own. If he is considered as a sheep in wolf's clothing, what would she be considered as other than an emotional roller coaster....the dirty politics seems to be coming from the Clinton side of the game!

    If Hillary wants to be tough as it would take to be president, she should not concern herself with whom the media questions first...that is so elementary!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama...stay as calm as you have been...your doing great and it's being proven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Dee Mena AR

    Hillary did mention the fact that obama didn't have a vote on the war but I wish she had made it more clear. Yes, Hillary voted for the war with the information she had, which we all know was misinformation. Obama says he has been against the war all along. BUT, it is easy to say you are against something when YOU DIDN'T HAVE A VOTE. He was not in the Senate at the time of the vote and if he had been, there is no way to know which way he WOULD have voted with the information they were given. He did not have the responsibility that Congress had for making that vote, HE HAD NO VOTE...Senator Clinton made the best choice she could make with the false information they were given. Let's report this CNN...I have never heard CNN say he didn't have a vote.

    February 27, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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