Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton debate in the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium at the University of Texas on February 21, 2008 in Austin, Texas. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Hillary Clinton has her work cut out for her when it comes to tonight's debate in Cleveland, Ohio. If she has any hope of closing the gap on front-runner Barack Obama next Tuesday in Texas and Ohio, Clinton has got to deliver a big night tonight…a really big night.
The question is, "Which Hillary Clinton will show up?" In the last few days, we've just about seen it all.
At Thursday's debate in Austin, Texas, Clinton showed a softer side – saying she was "honored" to be there with Barack Obama. A couple of days later she morphed into a scolding mother talking down to a child, waving her finger and saying "Shame on you, Barack Obama."
She called him out demanding he "meet her in Ohio for a debate on his tactics and behavior in the campaign." She wasn't finished. Resembling someone with multiple personality disorder, last Sunday Clinton mocked Obama and derided his calls for unity. She made fun of him as though his eleven straight victories in the primaries meant nothing.
Meanwhile, some new national polls show Obama – who trailed Clinton for months – now surging ahead. In one poll Obama has a 16 point nationwide lead over Clinton, suggesting that he continues to build a broader coalition among Democratic voters from all walks of life.
Here’s my question to you: What does Hillary Clinton have to do at tonight's debate to slow Barack Obama's momentum?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I'm a woman. My husband has told me that I've been moody, switched gears, and even seemed to have multiple personalities. Jack, I don't want anyone with that many faces holding down one office. I do believe that a woman can be president, but not that woman. After all, which one would handle our foreign policy?
Justin from Atlanta, Georgia writes:
Clinton must make it clear that Obama speaks in vague terms and has no plan of action for his agenda. She must illustrate that she has a plan and that he does not, while at the same time appealing to those who make decisions based upon emotion and not logic.
Hillary was presumptuous at first, thinking she would win hands down. Then she realized, “What the heck. This Obama guy is winning everyone over.” She had Billy boy pull some ugly stunts, which backfired, and pulled a few of her own, which backfired. All that's left is for the fat lady to sing.
Lashanda from Maryland writes:
Jack, You are asking the wrong question. It's not what Hillary can do to change the dynamics of this race, the question is: What can Hillary do that is best for the country right now? Concede tonight is that answer. Time to come together and focus on the McCain.
Marcus from Houston writes:
There's not much she can do, Jack. She's hurting the Democratic Party with her rhetoric, and making personal attacks against a candidate with whom she’s not much different, in terms of policy. I think the people will show next Tuesday that they're tired of Hillary's 'politics as usual'.
Richard from Washington writes:
What does Hillary Clinton have to do at tonight’s debate to slow Barack Obama’s momentum? Ask Mike Huckabee for a miracle?
Andrea from Lake Charles, Louisiana:
It depends on which Hillary shows up:
1. Mrs. Experience
2. Mrs. Angry
3. Mrs. I found my voice
She has to find her own voice – again. Fat chance.
Show a woman of: intellect, democratic party pride, principles......someone capable of mounting a good fight with dignity and grace, not someone of bad blood and angry of how her supposed "inevitability" has failed her. That will make people take a second look at her, anything else will make voters glad they voted against her and others want to vote against her.
The only thing she can do is keep her composure, and don't get nasty. If this were earlier in the campain, I would suggest that she try to do a better job of selling hope.
After all, when her husband was running against Bush and Perot, Perot kept pushing the budget deficit as a major issue, and then Bill adopted it, subsequentially balancing the budget.
Hillary needs to show that she can inspire people, if not like Obama, then in her own way. She needs to use simpler language, and spend more time appealing to our emotions.
Unfortunately, it's too late. She's already changed her message too many times. She's gone from "Experience" to "Experience with Change" to "Obama's Not Ready For Prime Time".
And throughout it all, while she's saying "No He Can't", Obama just keeps saying the same thing, "Yes We Can".
Not show up. Easy question to answer that was.
What does Hillary Clinton have to do at tonight’s debate to slow Barack Obama’s momentum?
Ask Mike Huckabee for a miracle?
It's become clear that there isn't anything Hillary can do to stop Obama. Her efforts in tonight's debate, no matter how strategized, cannot assure America's voters that she will be "ready on day one". This line is absurd at best because every president has much to learn on the job and to expect that they do not is unrealistic. That is why Hillary if failing: she has not intstilled confidence in Americans that she is realistic about being the right person for the job.
There is nothing that she can do.
The Fat Lady has sung......Hillary just doesn't like the lyrics..
What can she do? When she is honest, she gets booed. When she gives a heartfelt story about human struggle, Obama rips it apart.
Exit Stage left.
I don't see any chances for Hillary to stop Obama now. And I'm glad about that, cause for the past few weeks, I've seen both John McCain and Hillary Clinton's saddening and desperate attempts to slow him down. And exactly that -dare I say it- disgraceful behaviour is NOT what I, and hopefully most of the Americans would want to see in a possible future president. She manages to pull it off in a subtle and delicate way, I have to give her that, but I'm not sure if that's something you should be proud of.
Hillary just has to go out there and show the public who the candidate is that has a great grasp on the issues and that she knows what needs to happen with them to turn things around. Just by showing her knowledge and grasp of the situations she will win the debate. Obama has been weak on showing that he is not naive about issues. He is the one that needs to come out and show that he has more experience on issues and understanding that he really grasps what he wants to do when he meets with foreign leaders. Jack what would be the best debate strategy for Obama...or doesn't it even matter....?Are you only attacking Hillary because she is a women? Doesn't it matter to you what Obama does? or are you just going to declare him the winner automatically.
Turn back Time-
For people are tired of the old Washington Gang- They want a change, As Hillary said, she has been at this for 35years. Well it is time to look towards the future & not the past, & Hillary is the past !
I can tell you what she needs to do. Be calm, stick to the facts and for goodness sakes....no more lame attempts at her humor like the *xerox* remark in the last debate. She can't pull it off.
I have had enough of the attacks, tricks, ranting and raving, and the multiple personality disorder that she has displayed over the last few days. She needs to take her medication, get back on track and appear normal!
She should be direct, answer all questions truthfully and stay on course. She should not be the first to draw blood, but come out fighting the minute he goes negative on her. I want the Democratic party to win in November and the only way we can is if our candidate (whichever one is nominated) is tough enough to stand up to the Republicans and the smear campaign that they will definitely throw at them.
Hillary Clinton is a tough lady (emphasis on LADY) and she will show that in any debate.
Start off with "I hereby withdraw my nomination for the Democratic candidate for president" and hope she hasn't done enough damage to make Nader a spoiler once again.
1. Be more specifically-detailed about her plans/policies,
2. Show the true Hillary, whom ever that may be,
3. Drop the acerbic Xerox-type comments,
4. Forget about her 'past experience;' it's time to see how she envisions our collective futures!
She could call in sick or just stay home or throw in the towel and surrender, but she won't do the honorable thing. It will be interesting to see which Hillary shows up tonight. It's like a football game and the final quarter has ended and all of the fans have gone home, except Hillary and Chelsea. If all of that fails, she can put on her red shoes and wait for the house to fall on her, except the person that ends up wearing them is not named Dorothy, but Barack. In other words, she cannot stop his mojo, because it is real.
Yes the Fat Lady has sung, danced and yelled out to Clinton saying "get out of the way woman thin sexy Obama is on the way" . It's time she dropped out! Obama 08!
Somebody Please give her a Prozac or Paxal or something!!! I am afraid of what her behavior will be this time!!! She seems to be all over the map!!! Her best strategy would be to be honest, to the point, polite and respectful (as Senator Obama has been to her). Whoever is advising her knows how to kill a campaign. I even called her Washington Office to leave a similar message with her staff!
Kathy from Lansing, Michigan area.
If she can answer one question she may win
What has Hillary Clinton done for NY before she bacame Sen Hillary
Rodham Clinton from NY.?
We all know about Sen Obama service to his state he is from.
This needs to be answer. Sir
Brian< Tampa, FL:
She needs to be firm and consistent and be her real self if she can remember who that is. One minute she's crying, showing her soft side, and the next minute she's lambasting Obama. No more hugs. After the last debate, I expected her to pull out a plate of cookies and feed Obama. Admittedly, he's way too thin but leave the coddling to his wife and mother. If Hillary wants the job bad enough, she'll be tough; otherwise, forget it.
Trading barbs and " shame on you Barack Obama " aint working. She has to maintain her composure and answer the questions with specific answers, not generalities. Every other day she changes her approach she had better not do this tonight its the last dance for her !
Hillary needs to bring the "MESIAH" down by bringing up up his past record votes in the U.S. senate and as Illinois legislature that were not in the best intrest of his consituants. He's about as big of a phony as I've ever seen!
Ern, Turlock, Ca.
I hope she stops listening to all of her so called advisors, and just show up as herself tonight. That's what Ameirca wants, regardless of who wins the nomination.
I've grown tired of not knowing which Hillary would appear from day-to-day. I really never expected that from her.
Turn to him and say, "I'd really appreciate it if you'd allow me on this third and final debate to enter thoughts on my notepad that you didn't peek at and copy onto yours."
come out and show the american people what a joke this obama really is,,,you news people wont because all of you are afraid of offending a black man but you dont mind cutting down a white lady good work JACK,,,,,,,,,,COL/LOUISIANA
Ask not what Hilary can do for herself, ask what Barack can do for Hilary. Hilary has to pray that Barack makes one big gaff tonight.... that's her only chance.
I don't see it happening because Barack is "the man".
Your absence at 130 roll calls explains it all to me, finally.
You can't make up your mind. That's why you've had to
stoop to plagiarism and to peeking at my notes during
the first two debates (on video, recorded for posterity,
for anyone actually interested in the truth).
Beautiful words a leader do not make.
I think mrs Clinton should keep highlighting the differencies between her and Obama. Leaders are people of convictions and not only to inspiring others. I know people have said she should not attack but the best defence known is attack, so go on and make the difference.
WOW! This is a really tough question.
Right about now she is looking very bitter and mad, that makes her look very desperate. It would not hurt her to debate the facts, stick to the facts, quit throwing out insults and trying to make it look like yes, I said that, it was my own idea. Why if you are losing would you want to come out of the whole situation looking so awful. If you lose, do it with dignity, hold your head up and have people remember you as the intelligent, experienced woman you keep saying you are. There will be another day for her or for Obama if he should end up losing. Make the democratic party look united and proud, don't let the republicans see us trying to tear each others guts out.
Jack that would be like asking you to run out in the street and stop a steam roller with your bare hands. Impossible. The only thing that will slow Obama and his momentum down are the American people. Bill and Hillary had their change for 8 years at making change. We got NAFTA and no healthcare out of that deal. That is proof that we don't always get what we are promised out of the Clinton's. The Clinton's can try and spin it anyway they want as to why the healthcare didn't happen. The end result is it STILL DIDN'T HAPPEN.
Challenge him to an old fashioned dual.... and win.
I think she lost the opportunity already,The Obama Train is on the move is not easy to stop a moving train. Is nothing she can do anymore. If she would have sell America the side we saw last week all the time, I think she could have change my mind and mind of many men and women, but she can't avoid been herself, that's the reason I think it nothing she can do anymore, but be ready to endorse Obama for President of the United States of America.
Clinton does well in debates against Obama. Even though I prefer him to her, she creamed him in the last one. She should just keep on doing what she’s doing.
She can try not to say things like "change you can xerox". As a woman and a democrat, It is really embarrassing to hear and read about these divisive attacks from the HRC camp. I really "hope" for a "change" in the tone tonight, diffrent from the harsh tone we've seen these last couple of days. A genuine sincere change, that won't be out the window hours after thedebate. Its really hurting the party.
Hillary has been vilified and impugned by the the media for anything and everything,whether she has done it or not. Obama has become a sainted cult figure who can do no wrong. Whatever Hillary says in the so-called debate will be used against her as somehow being insulting and demeaning to Obama. Obama is arrogant and treats Hillary like a child and looks down his nose at her. Hillary can't win the debate,no matter what she does,the media will make sure of that.
is there one? let's review. at the end of their last one she said she was proud of obama. two days latter she was throwing a hissy fit. then a few more days she was mocking him. then there is the question of that picture. no matter what she tires at this point people will think she is off her meds.
Hillary cannot win the debate nor the primary because she doesn't understand the problem. Americans are saying that the "problem" is not the lack of experience, but the wrong type. Her misperception is also why she will not be on the ticket.
I think the momentum is overwhelming her so she should use this national forum to announce her intention to be the best senator that she can be, and Barack Obamas strongest ally in Congress.
She needs to prove that she will be a better commander-in-chief than Barack, and after the way she's been acting lately, I doubt she can pull it off.
Cry one more time and yes, she has to let everybody know of the sleepless nights Obama has given her. I did like HRC but somehow, she`s become that bully kid that can`t imagine the good of the other kid. She can`t be the commander in chief if she can`t command her attitude. There are vultures out there and the last thing the USA need is to have an agitated cry-baby commander in chief. I would rather favour Georgie to continue.......
Jack,Obama like a freight train! Clinton needs to get out of the way! Yes We Can!
She has to let the poeple know she desperately needs their help
Sen. Clinton must point by point show what the Obama campaign has lied about her campaign & then she must point by point show where she is different & better than Sen. Obama in her policies.
I hope she keeps on swinging. I like the Hillary that came out swinging over the weekend. She should say she envy's how young he looks in that photo.
The only way Senator Clinton can possibly slow Senator Obama's momentum is if she utilizes some clever, unorthodox, sophomoric thinking. While Senator Obama is answering a difficult question, instead of scribbling, Senator Clinton can drop her pen, stoop to pick it up and tie Senator Obama's shoes together. Besides that, nothing can stop the Barack Bandwagon from rolling straight into the White House.
His momentum could be categorized as 'a bunch of wins in a bunch of small states'. Perhaps it could be looked at with a different SLANT- "What does Obama need to do at tonight's debate so that he might finally win a BIG state?" Because at the end of the primary season -Isn't it delegates that matter and not how many little states you claim bragging rights over.
But glad to see you question isn't SKEWED! Jack, you should be happy as part of the "Impartial" Media that we finally have a race where ALL of the states primaries matter, and not just Iowa and New Hampshire making early decissions and the rest of the country having to accept the decissions of those early states. Seems more DEMOCRATIC to me. Frankly our entire election system should be called into question because of the crazy inconsistencies across our country. The votes in FLORIDA and MICHIGAN don't count, but in TEXAS you can vote twice? WHAT the .....!? I think that if the international community doesn't call for a total review of ALL the elections, American citizens certainly should.
she might try to dazzle him with her footwork but, it's time to take off the gloves and go bareknuckles. it's time for the imbraglio let the rumpus begin.
Rick , Schooley's Mountain NJ
Jack, you're getting lazy with your questions - this is almost identical to the one you asked last Thursday. But my response in the same ...
Hillary will succeed tonight in turning the tide – towards Obama. She’ll dredge up some out-of-context comments, or some issue he voted present on six years ago. She’ll draw her tired contrasts of experience, substance and specificty. And then she’ll raise her voice in an accussatory tone when he calmly, quietly and intelligently defends himself and succinctly points to her own shortcomings.
This will not be last Thursday's love fest. She will bring a negative, accusatory and desperate tone to the debate - Obama knows it and he's counting on it.
Jack, Promise the country that she will divorce Bill and then she will get votes on her integrity !!!!!!!!!!
Hillary's will continue to express her anger and critize Obama in her pseudo presidental gender. She is truly a woman with extreme hidden anger, and anger is just one letter from "danger." Her anger will punish Obama, but will only serve to punish her. What can she do to slow Obama's momentum? The answer is what does a lepoard do to change it spots? Nothing.........just be the lepoard she is.
Jack....... her best option would be to stay on message and avoid going negative at all costs. Save the negative sound bites for the campaign trail. However, if this fails she could revert back to shedding a few crocodile tears......
There's nothing she can do that won't be self-sabotaging. People are choosing between her gaming the system and Obama inspiring people. She can't be an inspiring leader AND undercut that feeling. All her attacks will become anchors around her neck if she makes it to the general election: too much cynicism and bitterness.
James, Cary NC
Hope that Barack Obama doesn't show up in Ohio just like she didn't show up in those States that started the slow down of her momentum. However, we know Obama will show up in Ohio, so the only other thing Hillary can do is politley dismiss herself beause we are tired of hearing the same old arguments about health care.
hope obama doesn't show up
Shut up the news media and press and stop trashing Hillary. You people are the cheerleaders for Obama and we still don't know much about him as you in the news media and press treat him with "kid gloves."
Mary Asheville NC
Start listening to that other former govenor from Arkansas and start believing in miracles.
Oh boy, two opportunities to hate Hillary. Woo hoo! Way to go CNN.
Stop pretending you aren't going to smear her no matter what she does. It just looks pathetic. Go ahead and be biased, just stop being hypocritical.
She should take her clue from the statement at the end of the last debate. She won a standing ovation –because it actually appeared that she was stepping aside gracefully for Barack Obama and supporting him. The audience was applauding her graceful exit!. As far as the debate ,she should use this air time to withdraw and in doing so get another standing ovation ,plus win the approval of the Democratic Party. It is time to move on
Ann Arbor Michigan
The only thing that has worked for her in this race. It's time for Hillary to get emotional or missed eye and make Obama look like an evil doer...
C.I., New York
Jack... something very simple. She needs to find her own voice. One of inspiration with a hopeful out look on the future. Her message has changed so much now that even if she did find her own voice, I doubt it will do any good. She has done too much damage or shall I say the damage caused by her speach writters and advisor may be beyond repair. To mention a few of her blunders; her recent ridicule of dreamers and comments about black, red, and insignificant states has truly been her undoing. If this last debate becomes ugly and she goes after Obama as she has eluded she will, it truly will finish her off.
..That would depend on which Hilary shows up..The "shame on You " Hilary..looking like a potential president who cant keep it together under pressure .. or the " I'm honored to be on the same stage with you" Hilary ..looking like a potential Secretary of State ..or the " meet me in Ohio " Hilary... looking like she thinks this is all about a boxing match.. who the heck would know ..if there is something to be done ,it had better start happening ..like yesterday..she's running out of time .
There isn't much she can do. They are the same on policies, but he has more charisma and appeal to independents. For her it was a matter of not letting that cat out of the bag, and now it's out.
If the demeaning woman shows...Shut up
If the tearful woman shows...bring a hankie
Put the "kitchen sink" back and leave the Democrat's house in tact. Be a Democrat FIRST and a Candidate SECOND.
This primary started off being a smorgasbord for voters who felt that any outcome would not just be the better of evils, as in past elections, but a big boon to the democratic party and country as a whole.
A message to both candidates – Do not rob the voters of this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Act like a rational, intelligent, stateswoman??
I don't think there is anything that Hillary can do or say that will change anything for the better. Whatever she does will only make it worse for her. About the only thing she can do is pray.
I think Obama's plan for our economy works well with low income groups. His stand on the War in Iraq and Healthcare are sound. So why would Hillary debate anymore? She looks weak, beaten and too old in terms of Washington Politics. Time for her to give her concession speech!
Give him a wedgie. Nothing else has worked.
Jack let's face it... things might be getting ugly out there but the real imbroglio is about to start call it debate if you like but, it's gonna get ugly in there and i don't mean Barack Obama.
Chesty Puller , Arlington Va
i'm not sure Jack, she could and probably should disavow NAFTA and WTO. I am buying that if she is claiming her years as first lady as experience then right now,she is taking responsibilty for those mistakes. She should have released her tax returns also. The publc likes it when potiticians are forthright. I am hoping that the moderators ask hardball questions.
Jack, it truly sadens my heart that she is even in the political arena and getting the attention of someone who is trying to be and believes that they should be the president of our country. Do people who support her really believe that she should be president? With her unstable performances and demeaning methods to try and get votes, it is truly disgusting. Maybe she should call Dr. Phil and get some new medicines to help her deal with the deamons that must be haunting her. I get at least 3 e-mails from her campaign every day and always respond with the same answer, I've voted in Texas, early and voted for Obama and will vote again for him on March 4th in the caucus. I truly feel sorry for her, because regardless of what happens she's not going to be ok. She is sick and should be treated accordingly, put away.
I really can't think of anything. We've seen all sides of her and even though she's a skilled debator, nothing ever sticks with the voters. If she uses that soft tone of voice, we won't believe her. If she yells we'll turn down the volume. If she cries, we'll give her an Oscar. It just all seems to fake to me. From her "35 years" we know she's tough-as-nails...we know. But we don't want her for our president.
Whatever it is tonight, I know it will surprise us, because she's desperate. But we can see through her tactics now. Contrary to what she seems to believe, she is not entitled to win this election
I believe she has cooked her proverbial "GOOSE" She has no real plan except to resort back to the same old "silly season politics" ( notice I quoted this) How about this for reality she could just come back to the senate and do the job she was elected to do and gets paid to do for New York , but hasn't really done in years! ( guess we will be stuck with her but if it means she isn't the next president we will fall on that sword for the country!!) :)
She has to get rid of that sickening "sweet" side she always displays at these debates and get REAL! She blasts Obama on the campaign trail, then when the debate arrives she sits next to him like he is some old high school "sweetheart." She better take the gloves off tonight, but it's so late in the game she may need a sledge hammer!
Before all this began Hillary was the annointed one and her campaign staff treated this run at the White House as such. She was way a head in all the polls and it is possible that her campaign assumed that all she had to do was show up and she will win. Well we all know that when you assume, you make an @ss out of you and me.
Offer at least a vaguely positive outlook on the future.
Her campaign has been a continuation of the standard fear politics that Bush and Rove drove into the ground. Don't tell people to vote for you because you'll keep them safe from the bogeyman on day one. Tell them to vote for you because tomorrow we can build a better America.
There is nothing Hillary can say or do that is going to magically change the minds of voters. Conciliatory Hillary didn't work, Angry Hillary didn't work, Policy Wonk Hillary didn't work. She is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't.
She should wear black, as a reference to the SNL skit! That would be hilarious!
Angry, Sarcastic and Cumbaya Clinton should say," I QUIT." Of course she may need to do this three times, before it sinks in. And, begins to hear the celestial choirs singing and are unified.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country! She can provide concrete solutions. I hope the strong, tough woman shows up tonight and calls Obama on his lies and hypocrisy of claiming a purely positive campaign. Also the question should be asked, does Obama think he will actually get anywhere in the White House if he should win without Washington? Talk about who is the divisive one...
You asked this question last debate Jack... and the answer is obvious: There is nothing left she can come up with. This campaign has been a year long and everything she did failed. If the"dream ticket" is to happen she needs to make up and kiss with Mr. Obama...
Attack Obama as much as possible in the first three quarters of the debate but sounds totally positive and gentle in the final quarter of the debate.
NOTHING. She can't stop this. She needs to DROP OUT.
Hope for the best!
The best strategy will be to STEP DOWN right there at the debate!
Then she will save any of the respect that she haven't lost by now...
Having taught for more than forty years before retiring recently, I have, on occasion, witnessed the desperation of failing students. When faced with the reality of failure, students at first display a false bravado, ("I'm the smartest in the class."); next, they attack the teacher, ("You're inept and clueless."); finally, they play the victim , (You've been unfair and should be ashamed of what you're doing.). I think the viewers will see this sorry scenario played out by Hillary during tonight's debate. It might work.
She needs to attack attack attack. He has been getting no actual hard questions from the media and tonight with a large audience she needs to put him on defense all night long!
The problem here is that the majority do not want to hear the details on how problems could be solved. It is like students who are not good in a subject, just want to be able to answer the questions without going in to details. They just want to pass. This is the trend in many schools. This is the trend among grown ups. When you try to explain the way to solve problems, the majority of the people do not want to listen. They prefer someone just telling that problems will be solved. Then the people are happy. Although they know that it is a mistake, they just love to let their dreams take over the reality. Then when it goes wrong, they wait for another one like that. Someone to take away the thinking from them. One who thinks for them and promises that problems will be solved.
Who would give a job to a less qualified, less experienced person? But the majority is prepared to ignore that an appoint a person with least experience and qualifications to run the country. Isn't America not yet ready for a woman President? Are we different really from Middle Eastern thinking about women in top places? Or is it just that the majority has an anger against Clintons for their achievements? The country prospered under that administration. But is the majority prepared to forget all that since Hillary is a woman, and Obama is a man? The debates should not be just where the media asking questions, the same questions. They should be given different scenarios and then see if they can handle such situations. If one says I will have advisers to run the country then anyone can do that. We all can do it. We can get a set of people with Ph.D.s and then it would solve the problem. Obama's answers have improved with each debate, and if you look carefully you will see that he link Hillary's answers on previous debates to his answer. So he is learning well while on the job. He is good as a vice President. Not as the President. After some time as a vice President then he will be more experienced to run for the Presidency. Hillary should ,if nominated, consider him as her Vice President.
About the time Obama reaches over with that condescending little pat on the wrist, Hillary should call attention to it, tell him to keep his hands to himself. Obama demonstrates an obvious disrespect toward women and he should be called on it. Allowing it makes her look weak.
Hillary needs to gain the trust of the voters. She can do this by proving she can't be manipulated by big business. She can do this by proving she has the intellectual capacity to truly change the way business is done in Washington. She can do this by showing that she has the self confidence and security to be a uniter and not a divider. A leopard can't change its spots.
After her performance in the last week, the most effective way to slow his momentum would be to quit the race. That would slow down the stampede of Democratic voters to get away from her.
If she stood on her head or did cartwheels it would make no difference to all you male newscaster. The gender bias has been so obvious, but you never mention that.
All women in this country should be offended by how the Press(including you) have reported on Hillary Clinton.
M from Iowa
Jack, she has to try to get underneath his skin and trip him up. The thing is can she do it without sounding like a B and dividing the party even further. She has to come across as being real, which we have seen very rarely, and those sceens are under scrutiny about whether they are real are not. She comes across as fake and I like many Americans wish she would go somewhere and disappear. She is tearing our party apart and she has more split personalities than half the people who are in mental institutions.
The only thing she can do is be friendly and debate the issues, and hope that America changes its mind in the next week. Insulting the 51% of America that voted for Obama is not going to help her cause, nor will it help the Democratic Party. Hopefully she still cares about the Democratic Party, but at this point I seriously question what her motives are.
Senator Clinton tonight will have to walk on the waters, part the Red Sea, multiply the loaves and fishes, make the halt into marathon runners, give the blind sight, cure leprosy, raise the dead, ascend into heaven and sit at the right hand of the Father and then, maybe, maybe, you and the other bloviators who are so blinded by the flashy Barack will concede that she did okay. Oh, what am i saying. If she does all that and Barack falls on his face you will call it a draw.
She has a right to go thru to the next primaries as they are neck to neck in the delegate race. But if Obama moves significantly ahead then she needs to do the right thing and withdraw. And let Obama/Edwards do their thing.
The only thing Sen. Clinton can do is pray that the moderator of this debate is not as bias as Campbell. No matter what Sen. Clinton says or does she will be criticized and poor Obama will whine about being questioned again. Sen. Clinton has the facts about what is needed to help us – not preaching and potificating about change. We all want change from Bush and Hillary is difinitely a good change.
I am just praying she will lose the 'kissing his butt' routine in this final debate. Fawning all over this guy is plain sickening, IMO. You note he rarely, if ever, says anything nice to her, first, or in return. My son, who is a 36 year old white male, says Barack is not man enough to be as gracious as she. So there!
I am just holding my breath as to how the Barack devotees of MSNBC will run this debate tonight. I can see it now, reminiscent of SNL? Snicker.......
Mary from Florida
Apple Valley, Minnesota
The only thing Hillary can do tonight is go for the throat. If the debate moderator and questioners won't ask Obama the hard questions and demand a straight answer rather than a 5 minute dissertation, then she is all but dead in the water. Obama is a dreamer that has absolutely no place in todays political climate. People are so desperate to rid this country of the stench of Bush and Washington that they are falling for the promise of smoky dreams.
There are three important issues that she excells ! Health Care is her best by far,believe me. This issue has been washed out so many times in her head, she could introduce legislation her first week in office with no regrets. Hillary's ,immigration/jobs is far more realistic, than those of Mr. Fluff,(Obama seems to have a half-baked answer for everything) with his driver license debacle, and closing the "Loop-Whole"s",to corporations. Finally, it's the Iraq war? Hillary is determined to get the troops home,But,in a more responsible and honorable way, as all American's should pray for our lost in action and wounded troops(not to have faught in vain) ! These our just three reasons I hope her strategist pursue tonight. Earl , Provincetown,Mass.
Agree with him and conceed the nomination to him. Whatever else she does is going to have a negative effect. She could be a party hero, go out with grace and charm live in front of everyone offering party unity and support.
The best thing Hillary could do is just shut her mouth,,
Delmar........ rural Missouri
Hillary must first release her tax returns to garner some trust from the American people. A deceptive and lying president is bad for both domestic and international relationships.
Hillary, nothing is "false about hope." Hope is what many Americans and people around the world without health care, jobs, homes etc., hold on to with great expectation for a positive change. Hillary, if you are a Christian then you should believe in hope instead of mocking it when spoken of. The Bible says that we should "rejoice in hope." That is what the American people are doing. Hillary read the book of Proverbs chapter 13 and pay special attention on vs. 12, "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life."
Senator Obama, Canada loves you!
Gads. At this point in the campaign, most people will hear what they want to hear (or what the media want them to hear), regardless of what is said. The apparent lack of objectivity along with the blatant double standards applied to the two candidates make me very sad. With every mean-spirited, irrational, or inflammatory comment that I read on these posts, I feel less and less hope for our country. After all, we aren't electing homecoming court.
Jack this is the greatest prize fight in the world, I personally do not want her in office, this is my knock out if I were on her side. Since your asking what she needs to do to slow or stop Obama. This is what I would do, gut punch so often he spits out his mouth piece and shows all his warts, inside and out. get him so frustrated he bites your ear off. As the Moderators( Ref) attempt to get control, kick him low it might be illegal and Hillary may get penalized, but if he can't go on, you may have won, something.
She needs to show some restraint – we've seen her "tear up" and go on a rant. Her actions are not indicative of clear-headed thinking. She needs to exclude her time as a significant other in the White House as "experience." She needs to show how she reacted to a crisis, any crisis, other than the crises created by Bill while he was in the White House. Whatever she does, it will probably be too little, and way too late.
Hillary's speech in Rhode Island was cherry. She needs to come out swinging, she needs to call Obama on all his blunders, she needs to let the people see that she cannot be rolled over even by the smooth talking snake Obama. Hillary is feisty and she needs to show this and call Obama on it all. I think if she were to do this, there is not a woman or man in America with a brain that would not turn out for her. I was so proud of her for calling Barack on the flier and even moreso about "Maybe the skies will open, the light will come down around us, the celestial choir will sing and all will be perfect!" EXCELLENT!!!!
She needs to act Presidential. I think she should as graciously as possible, expose Obama's weaknesses. Ask him,"Why on many important issues in the Senate did he vote'present' instead of yes or no? " Is he capable of making serious decisions competently and quickly? Sooner rather than later Obama needs to be exposed for what he really is – A Junior Senator with very little international experience and sparse on correcting the economy experience. She needs to nail him down on definitve answers tonight so America's "Honeymoon" with the Change movement will be over. Make him get real!! This is about the quality of the American people's lives – not some fictional romance.
Being sweet has never been Clinton's strong suit. She is combative and a survivor. She should be polite, but go with her strong suit. But, unless Obama makes a misstep it is over. Then again Obama needs to be surefooted; organic fertilizer happens!
John in Lebanon Pennsylvania
Hillary is a brilliant lady. Unfortunately, she's stuck in her last 35 years of experience. The only thing she can do tonight is stick to the issues. Stop with the off color comments and ridicule tactics. I know she's better than that; she would not have gotten to this point in the political arena if she wasn't. I'm for Obama. He get's what's wrong with this country and how to go about fixing it.
She needs to be reminded that her husband was a country bumpkin governor with no experience when he was elected to the White House. Oh, sorry, that wouldn't work in her favor, would it?
She could use Walter Mondale's successful ploy against Gary Hart's endless repeating of his New Ideas, which was an empty phrase comparable to Obama's vague hoping for change you can beleive in, and simply look at Obama and ask, "Where's the beef?". His dear-in-the-headlights response would be her reward.
This worked in 1984, but the media was not obsessed with nominating Hart, like it is now with Obama. She would be attacked for this as well, but she might as well use it. The media have pushed Obama down our throats and now McCain will win a virtual third term for GWB.
The best advice I can give Hillary is 'Don't show up!' I am tired of the Three Faces of Eve.....
Tell the world how many times he has refused to vote as a state represenative and a Senator .Along with the fact you can never pin him down to "ARE YOU YES OR NO " on a vote. I know it politics and the best way to play is to not give any answer or never vote yes or no on anything .Obama has done that well and he as prsident of the USA he must for the first time in his life say yes or no to things that will spape a nation.Time for her to point this out.
She needs to pray for a miracle!!!!!!!
Ask Barack to name three or more policy positions that he is running on that are original to the Obama campaign. Do not allow the moderator to give Barack Obama 90% of the time just like on CNN. Just like in football, if you control the clock (suck up most of the time), you win.
Her best strategy is to go in with all guns blazing and be herself not what
the media and far left want. Whoop Obama on the head and expose
him for being the phony he is.
Go Hilary !!
I think she should make it clear why she thinks Obama is not ready to lead the nation. She should clearly pass the message to the country that at this stage we cannot RISK another inexperienced president for another 4 yrs.
She should get into more detail abt solutions and corner Obama into saying something like he doesnt know how to do it. Thats the only way to show that she is experienced and that matters in this presidential race.
Jack, how about asking What does Obama have to do in tonights debate?
You are always putting Hillary down.....it's obvious who your candidate is.
She should open with fireworks and Jimi Hendrix's version of The Star Spangled Banner. Than grab the mic and jump up on top of the podium and ask: "Ohio, are you ready to rock?" After that she should deliver the rest of her "performance" in song form with a band backing her up. She has no chance anyway the least she could do is entertain us. Allright, the campains are already way to entertaining for this to have an affect but she would EARN some respect in my eyes. .......and thats the truth.
For Clinton its time to pack bags and let Obama slow down to relax before picking up again against Republicans.
New Europe, The European Weekly,
The best idea for her is to get out of the way before she gets run over by that train that's coming her way
Senator Clinton has to hit him hard. It's her last best chance. Last debate's softness did NOT work to her advantage and she knew it the next day with news reports. She has to prove she really has "solutions" and a way to pay for them.
She also needs to STOP the heavy pandering to ethic groups-it is not attractive and is close to "begging for scraps".
one word Jack "concede" that ought to slow him down
Dance with him.
She could start to thank all her supporters, might be the
last chance on national TV.
Then go back home and look at all the gifts she took when
the Clintons left the White House.
It looks like she found an old key tot he Oval Office, went in and found "W's" anti-reality pills in the upper left hand drawer and took the whole bottle. Tonight she needs to calm down and convince us that she didn't.
She must have fair coverage from the media which she has not reeived as explained in detail by reporter Kurtz this evening in the four o'clock segment.
She needs to go for the throat, she must demand Obama answer what specifically he plans to do and will he back away from his radical activist approach to entitlements for inner cities. Ask Obama who is going to pay for those entitlements and will there be anything left for the poor that actually work everyday after Obama’s grand give away.
Scott in MT
Stay above the Fray and not get bogged down with Obama's word Choices. It's like his campaign feeds of those attacks. She needs to take on a "Super Mom" type attitude showing that she can do it all and then some, by explaining how with her we can have an utopia domestic life and word peace outside American. The only problem is she's proven to believe in things of that nature and it will come off as insincere doesn't believe in things like that to be taken seriously,
Just let people know that she cares for them and the nation. She needs to tear down the wall of lies that Obama spews. The man knows nothing about anything. The man just keep scopyiing what others say, and tries to make it sound better. She has won every
one of the debates. Obama doesn't even come close to winning.
because he has no ideas of his own. The questioners won't ask him, what he means by,CHANGE,HOPE,YES WE CAN Are thet afraid to know?
I think if she gets negative tonight, it will backfire – again. But I think she will not rest until she makes sure that if she cannot have the nomination, she wants to ruin it for Obama. I think it is quite clear from what we have seen this past weekend that Hillary is incapable of supporting Obama if he happens to win in the end. It is going to be hard for Hillary to lead with Obama's inexperience given the endorsement of Obama today by Senator Dodd. She should just be civil, answer the questions and explain what she would do – not tear down Obama.
Rick – Newark, DE
If she can dig down and show her more "softer?" side, she may prove to everyone that she is not always a bull in a china shop.
If she has any class at all, she will announce her support for Obama and leave the race.
She just needs to say, "I endorse Barack Obama".
It's obvious to me that everyone has been OBAMASIZED.
I watched the last debate and he kept saying I agree with Hillary, me too Hillary....so maybe he should be asked the questions first and see what he says then.
I was considering him, but the way the supporters post on these blogs, and shame on you Jack for never asking a question like this on OBAMA., I will not vote for him if he is the nominee.
I can't believe how people won't look at the facts, and spread such venom when it comes to the Clintons. If this was fair and balanced reporting on all the media.....then why don't they do that to Obama.
Oh, I forgot, he is a black man and they don't want to appear racial.
Is that how is presidence would be, everyone afraid to say no to him or differ with him. Hmmmmm, sounds like 2000 – 2008.
Hmmm the best one would be Stay Home!
To start, she should apologize for the tirade she launnched on Sen. Obama last weekend. She should call her 2002 vote on Iraq resolution a mistake. She should confess that giving the benefit of the doubt to Bush was a bad judgement. She should not over emphasize her experience. This would dumbfound and fluster Sen.Obama. It won't hurt if she also announce that she just fired Wolfson as her campaign advisor. If she did all these she will extend her lifeline. Thanks.
Talk about herself for a change. Every time she talks about Obama, it tends to make him more popular. I have heard her talk about Obama all weekend, and his poll numbers actually went up in Texas and Ohio. Negativity is not her strong point. In fact I am having trouble identifying her strong point lately.
In order to save the party, I am here tonight to endorse Barack Obama. I am ashammed of the way I have been acting lately. I embarrased my supporters. I gave women in power a bad name. I dismissed the voters who braved cold weather to vote for me by suggesting that their time and votes were not important to my nomination. I concede that I have been arrogant. I stand in front of you humble and repentant, I ask for your forgiveness. I take full responsibility for the failures of my campaign. Thank you to the ones who were in my corner..
I know, I know , Jack I am dreaming.
Hillary Clinton needs to speak to the issues and make her solutions come alive. She needs to get the light to come on in the voters heads. She needs to wake up the voters that when the honey moon is over the person that is elected president better know what he or she is doing to lead this country forward.
I'm a native-born New Yorker living in Canada, and I do vote in U.S. elections. I don't think we really know who Hilary Clinton is. She seems to carry the burden of too many advisors, starting with her husband, and continuing through the ranks of electrion-pros they've accumulated through the years. Hilary seems more of a brand than a person. And that's one big difference between her and Obama. We know who he is, he radiates his own personality and values, you can read it in his every stance and expression (even if some of the words are borrowed, with permission). Hilary is more packaged and prepared, a bit 'off the shelf'. The real woman hasn't emerged yet, and probably won't in the current circumstance. I think she was rushed into this candidacy and it's showing. Kind regards, Judith Adam, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. (Formerly from Manhattan, NY)
What can Hillary do to slow Barack's momentum? Nothing short of tackling him on the way to the poteum.
The fact that everyone is asking which Hillary Clinton will show up tonight pinpoints the problem right there. She can't do anything since she's seen as calculating while Obama is consistent, whether he's winning or losing.
Jack! What Hillary needs to do is show up somewhere with a dress on! Shock the nation show some leg! I hope both of them lose! I am still pulling for the Huck!
no matter what this great senator from n.y. does tonight will not matter....the presshas pickedwho they want to win......she has fought a great battle against a very sly press and an equally sly opponent....since when is citing someones legal middle name a slime tactic ? i am a woman from ny andthe mother of a marine who is in iraq, and i believe she would be the best commander in chief in the running.
Well Jack, At this point I really don't think there is anything
Sybil can do except maybe send out an amber alert for Hillary.
West Palm Beach, Florida
After this question, I actually got a memory from childhood, involving two old muppets in balcony seats heckling Kermit the Frog...
The connection being, two old people (Clinton and McCain), set in their ways, and attempting to undermine the star of the show.
Just as it went for Kermit, so it will for Barak Obama.... and the show goes on...
"It's time to play the music
It's time to dressup right;
It's time to play the music
on the obama show tonight.."
There's not much more Hillary Clinton can do. Every approach has come off poorly and Barack Obama has greatly improved in his debate skills. Therefore, at this point, Hillary's best method would be to just stick to the issues, stay away from the sarcasm and poorly-written jokes, and play nice. And another concession speech would be good, because, clearly, her campaign has run its course and it's time to say goodbye.
Jack remember when you use to support the war and call Bush the pres. You were wrong then to support it and you are wrong now to condem Sen Clinton. Now your obviously on the egobama band wagon, so from Bush to obama, see the pattern of stupidity and youve been there as long as bush. How about a change for somone a bit more refreshing, younger because your proof that experience doesn't make you smarter.
The only thing she can do, and wouldn't be suprised if she has, get down on her knees and pray he gets stuck in traffic and doesn't show up.
I totally agree with the last post, she should attack, attack, attack. But I don't think I hope for that for the same reason. Attacking Obama at a rally of supporters is quite different than to his face where he can point out the truth not supporting her attacks. She will be booed again and slip even further away from Bill and her goal.
If Hillary wants to at least have a shot at stopping the momentum of Barrack Obama, she's got to stop listening to her advisors and looking like a schizophrenic and instead be herself. These radical, day-after-day shifts in personality do nothing but confuse me and make me think she's desperate and doesn't know what to do, instead of make me want to vote for her.
If Hillary wants to be strategic, she should announce she's dropping out so that she won't tear the party apart. That will give her a graceful exit, make her popularity skyrocket, and if things don't go well with an Obama Presidency, she'll become the obvious choice for the 2012 Democrat nominee.
I donot think there was a need for another debate, everyone knows what he stands for and what she stands for! The people have spoken by voteing for the most electabe person to run against McCain! All along the DEM. Party was pushing for Hillery to win and now they know she is the peoples` choice. She has tried for years to pass her Health Bill in Congress and had no success, what made her think the people would help her now? She and her husband need to go out to Hollywood and be on the Stage, they need the attention and the Spotlight! I hope OBAMA does not let her have the spotlight tonight like she had at the last debate. God help us all, if she does. Boreinggggggggggggggggggggggg! Keep up the good work and say Hi to Wolf!
Sen. Hillary Clinton questions Sen. Barack Obama experience. “I believe that she should question her own experience first. “How can she manage America, if she can’t manage her own campaign.” But She believes she has more experience than Sen. Barack Obama. She Should Gracefully bow out.
Hillary can do nothing tonight to revive her beleaguered campaign. She is finished.
Jack, there's not much that she can do strategically. This is Obama's debate to lose. He has run a magnificent campaign, he is calm, poised, charismatic, smart and funny. If Hillary goes negative she will look like a desperate attack dog. She can't deny Barack's energy and spirit of hope for the United States because then she looks like the anti-hope candidate. Who wants to get behind that???The best thing she can do is draw distinct differences between her vision for our country and Barack's. Answer all of the questions honestly and let it ride. At least this way she gets to keep her dignity.
I think it is time for some tears again. Apparently, last week's little speech did well with the press giving her much more air time. Tears would get her even more coverage. Or maybe she's sticking to her game plan of crying two days before the primaries?
Jack I am a 44 year old black male living in Memphis TN. I have watch you time and time again rise up against Hillary. You must not have a wife because if you did she would leave you running. You have something against powerful women. It is very sad how the media have treated Hillary. If she is not on the ticket we will not vote for him. We will cross over to the other party. Jack you remind me of a class I once took its call HISTORY. CNN need to drop you for poor reporting and one sided questions. Why don't you ask the question how many americans would like to see you step down .
Just to start off, could you make the intro to the question a little more biased? I didn't see enough media bias against Clinton there. All she has to do is point out where Obama has been wrong. She needs to point out his hypocrisies and his idiotic policy issues. She needs to come out as a fighter and as if she really cares about the American people. If she does these things, she'll win in Texas and Ohio.
Yes, the Iraq war was a mistake in the first place, but we are there now and it would be a mistake to pull out. No one seems to acknowledge this fact. We never should have gone there in the first place. Saddam kept a lid on all of those militant extremists. Now that we've gotten rid of him, we're stuck managing the situation. That was the mistake, going there in the first place. We can't make another mistake and up an leave. Genocide would occur and we would have a spectacular humanitarian crises. Do the Democrats and those Americans who want to pull out not understand this?
She has to open the skies, have the lights come down, get the celestial choirs to sing and make everyone know we should do the right thing and the world will become perfect. After all this, maybe she can look at the fact that she lost 40 percent of the vote in Michigan with no on else on the ballot. How can she hold a straight face and say she can beat Senator McCain in a general election when she hasn’t carried any of the last 11 primaries?
She needs to request job applicants for her campaign. Wanted. Many people needed to fall on sword upon request ,after release of mislieading information about my opponent. You shall claim that you released information independently of the campaign and will be subsequently terminated. A generous severance package will then be awarded you.
Jack what Hillary Clinton could do that would; make news, surprise the nation and help win the November election is: withdraw and support Senator Obama.
This question asks us to be objective in our assessment of Sen. Clinton's campaign. Good luck getting Americans to be objective, but I'll give it the ol' college try....She should speak of the future plans and the specifics of those plans. As Americans we can be forgiving for past wrongs or failures or even taking credit for things where credit wasn't due (see Al Gore), she should admit it if she misspoke or fibbed a bit. Avoid the "calling out" of Obama, he is too calm, too cool. She drops points everytime she attempts this strategy. Tell the country how you will conduct yourself as if Obama isn't even in the picture....it's easy, Americans have the attention span of a gnat!
Hillary could use a wardrobe mishap...
That would be a nightmare come true.
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