February 27th, 2008
08:45 AM ET
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Showdown in Ohio

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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
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Lionel

    It's so sad to see the end of this; it will all end as a very racist election.Blacks vs. Whites, and the majority will prevail. Also the faltering response to reject Farrakhan makes Obama nervous. He could lose a lot of votes.

    February 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Dianna

    Good point Shandra! The bottom line is I personally do not believe that it was required to convey anything more than Senator Barack Obama had last night. The bottom line is that he denounced Minister Farrakhan for his stance on the Jewish community and quite frankly, I believe this was enough. Hillary did not really make a point here. If anything, she continues to make herself appear to be less credible and it is really getting on my nerves because she is very childish.

    Like Obama has indicated, he has no control over who supports and/or endorses him. However, he can indeed denounce or reject as Hillary puts it. I want to see what Hillary does now........All talk and no action.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Lesley

    Chicago: We should set aside the "what if." This is about the here-and-now. Clinton is losing now because she does NOT appeal to a wide spectrum of the U.S. electorate. This is NOT a gender bias. Your comment is in itself sexist and does little to correct the problems women face in the U.S.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. aw-NJ

    Wake up people, you elect the president run the country, not just run a campaign!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. clarity

    It's a shame that CNN has really let things go... they seem to have lost their way as a news network... and with it their integrity. It all started to go sour with the departure of Aaron Brown. How sad.

    February 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    Lincoln was not that popular, more Americans died on his watch than any war in history. That is because we were fighting each other. The war was fought over taxes not civil rights. The feedom of slaves was a by product.

    February 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Angela

    Hillary all the way to the White House.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Shelly Lee

    Whether the media wants to admit it or not, they are trying to sway this election as usual...........Hillary was right on target, I have been thinking that she is always asked the hard questions first.........she spoon feeds Obama the answers, then he basically says what she just said............geee........the media keeps saying, their policies are about the same, I wonder why.............I caught on to his a long time ago. If he wins, we are all in deep trouble. What is this thing about how terrible to use his middle name? that is his name isn't it? They always address Hillary with Hillary Rodman Clinton. Is Obama not proud of his given name? Guess that is the same as Michelle not proud of her country. Give the Obama thing a rest............please.

    February 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. jhs

    PLEASE! Could people from BOTH candidates camp STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE!!! The hate and foul spewing through your words is getting horribly unbearable. Stick to the post without all the four letter words (or worse) and politely state your point!

    February 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Vig

    Texas and Ohio – it's up to you to put the brakes on Obama and restore a sense of fair play into this election process which has been highjacked by the Hillary Hating media. The people elect a President, not the media

    February 27, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. M

    Why are most males afraid of Hillary? What is wrong with a female candidate being more experienced than a male candidate?
    Many women work twice as hard as men and are paid less for the same job. Much has been discussed regarding race but what about gender? If Hillary was male would you still feel the same about her? If Obama was white would you feel the same about him?

    February 27, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. NOBAMA NO WAY NOT THIS ELECTION!

    Why should Obummer get to listen to Hillary's articulate, well thought-out answers, and then "spin" the same info to make it sound like his own? He then sounds like he knows what he's talking about. We all know THAT'S not true!!

    HILLARY CLINTON

    SOLUTIONS – ANSWERS – INTELLIGENCE – EXPERIENCE

    February 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Brownie

    Read my lips: WHERE ARE THE TAX RETURNS?

    How can anyone believe that this woman is honest or trustworthy when she won't even disclose her tax returns which were filed nearly a YEAR AGO?

    Obama gave his willingly.

    Obama 08- Hillary can skate!

    February 27, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Lesley

    Texas and Ohio – please keep the heat on Hillary...if possible, kick it up a notch like Emeril!!

    February 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. nick

    I'm not saying that it was or is right what Bill Clinton has been doing with all of those women, but after seeing Hillary and listening to her I UNDERSTAND. What a Whiner.
    Putin if I spelled his name right will eat her up just like he is doing Bush. It Is too much for her to handle.

    February 27, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Rheem

    I think the American public is losing sight of the big picture. The important question is who is more capable of turning back Senator McCain." Personally it seems to me that Senator Obama is the one who offer the best chance for a Democratic presidency.

    I respect Senator Clinton's many accomplishments while serving the American people; however, if we are going to attempt to change this nation, we need to put forth the best candidate. I believe that Senator Obams is the better candidate for several reasons.

    1) When Senator Clinton was the front runner and the media practically coroneted her as the inevitable nominee, Senator Obama took his case to the American people, thus turning his campaign around. I believe that is a true sign of leadership.

    2) Senator Clinton constantly flaunts her years of experience but has made policy mistakes one would expect from a novice.

    3) Senator Obama has run a fiscally sound campaign apposed to Senator Clinton who had to basically give herself a 5 million dollars “pay day advance.” This shows economic prowess currently missing in Washington.

    4) I believe that Senator Clinton owes her constituents an apology for wastefully spending their money on donuts, pizza, and hotel stays. I truly feel for those who gave their money despite financial hardship only to be slapped in the face by their champion in Washington.

    5) Senator Clinton’s arrogant symbolizes the attitude of the Washingtonians that the American people are disenchanted with and are attempting to usher out of office. This same arrogant has cost the American people their first women President and possibly the White House.

    This election is beyond sex or race. This election is about bringing the people of the United States of America under one flag.

    February 27, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. aw-NJ

    Hillary won the debate last night and Obama showed us that he is not ready yet!

    February 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. MR. B.

    Last nights debate was the best.

    The setting, the questions, and the aura in the room.

    It is now very clear that Barack Obama is the man that will take this country to the next level !

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. chriss

    wheather she won the debate or not she is done the race is over.

    February 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. N.Dennis, LA

    Barack is smart. He didn't want to get into a knock down, drag out fight with Hillary. She is losing, why should he? So he agreed with her on minor points, big deal. Finally she will be out of the way and voters can concentrate on the real issues. Not who goes first in a debate that she nagged the Barack camp to have.

    Tick tock already...she's done.

    February 27, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. donnajp

    I just finished reading the comments and am amazed at how many people who aren't even going to vote for Hillary in this election feel she is receiving negative press and Obama is being praised every time he takes a breath. Charismatic figures scare me. I'm going to continue to support Hillary Clinton all the way to the convention – to hell with the DNC – it's about time we had a shake up at a convention – the last one I really remember watching with interest was prior to 1960, when being a Catholic was the problem - today it's being a WOMAN. We need to wake up and elect a president who is a fighter. Hillary is that person. HRC 08

    February 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. This is important folks!

    CNN – please post my comment. Thank you.

    Well, I think Senator Clinton did fabulous and there is a gap in Senator Obama's armour......think about his response to the one vote he would like to take back!

    AS A CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSIOR I KNEW BETTER THAN TO VOTE THE WAY I DID

    Wake up America. Senator Obama now admits that even with deep knowledge of a topic, he chose to vote against our Constitution. How come that isn't the headline this morning? And this is the guy who will have to swear to uphold our Constitution??? McCain will be a far better choice if Senator Obama gets the nomination.

    On labor – Senator Clinton is far stronger and come on Texas, Ohio and all states to follow. Let the teleprompter power go out and listen to a real leader, Senator Hillary Clinton!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Karen

    Watch out if Obama accepts the bible when he could be President. I strongly believe he refuses to accept the bible that he would be sworn. Be careful to watch out Obama must be a liar to American people because he did not wear the American pin or others. American people who are stupid to vote Obama because our world will be dangerous to face to face!! I know Obama is a liar and he still contract with Fakkahan!! Where did his money come from? I strongly beleive His money came from other countries! Obama is a liar, liar, liar!!

    February 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Pat Durham

    Look at yourselves, the news media is harder on HILLARY, but then you can't hear or see yourselves . Try some instant replays from your news programs and then comment. All of thre American people aren't
    stupid! We can think beyond the news.

    February 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. mike

    I was very impressed with Hillary last night, she has a lot of knowledge and by Obama going second in all debates and agreeing to everything Hillary said. To lead a country you have to make choices, but Obama is never present to vote, the most liberal Democrat, so he cant not make too many mistakes. Hillary or MCcain for 08. Will never vote for someone with no experience!

    February 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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