Video: CNN Democratic Debate From California – 1/31/08

Here is the entire video of the CNN Democratic Debate from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California which aired on January 31, 2008. It was moderated by Wolf Blitzer.

It’s in 10 parts hosted on YouTube, they’ll advance automatically:

Here’s a report from Breitbart:

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton sparred, for the most part cordially, over immigration, health care and the war in Iraq in their first one-on-one debate on Thursday as they faced high-stakes Super Tuesday contests that could go a long way toward determining the party’s presidential nominee.

Clinton emphasized that the nation needed a president ready to go to work on “Day One.” Obama responded: “Part of the argument that I’m making in this campaign is that it is important to be right on Day One.”

Five days before Super Tuesday, the two alternated between civility and pointed swipes, underscoring the importance of the upcoming contests. The debate came as Obama’s campaign reported raising a staggering $32 million in January, cash aplenty to advertise all through the nearly two dozen upcoming races from coast to coast—and contests beyond.

Clinton’s campaign reported raising $26.8 million from October through December, the most recent period she reported.

Clinton defended the increasingly high-profile role of her husband, former President Clinton, in her campaign and his recent sharp criticism of Obama. “At the end of the day, it’s my name that is on the ballot.”

Of the two, I thought Obama came off the best and I would say he won the debate. Hillary didn’t have very much to add that we haven’t already heard. I think Obama really helped himself with this appearance.

What did you all think?

  • RD

    Both did an admirable job. I give the edge to Obama because he seemed more composed and thoughtful. Hillary did very well, but she overexplained everything & was way too talkative! I found myself losing my focus on what she was saying when she went on for so long.

  • Mike

    Is there any chance that you’ll be posting just the audio of the debate? or does anyone know where I can find it?

  • Dem in MN

    I really enjoyed this debate. It was awesome! Both candidates were tactul, insightful, reasonable and likable. You are right, RD, Hillary did beat around the bush a little too much.I think she ended each point, though, with a very memorable statement.Barak finally gave some details around his proposals. Hilllary seemed more personable and relaxed than I’d seen her so far.

    The Dems are going to the White House. They were so much more impressive and inspiring than the Republican candidates. I also think Barak and Hillary did a wonderful job supporting their positions against the Republican positions.

  • MW

    I have to agree with RD that Hillary was doing alot of over-explaining that was incredibly distracting. Obama came across as concise and secure in his presence and answers about his positions.

    It was nice to finally see a focused discussion on the issues and have the candidates conducting themselves in a mature manner.

  • David

    I will say about Hillary what Luis Black said about John Kerry: I don’t have enough breadcrumbs to get back where I came from.

    She talked in circles, appeared to avoid directly answering questions, and yes, she talked to much.

    Prime example when they were asked about being CEO of the US such as Mitt Rommney had said she had a long drawn out answer. Where Obama pointed out who still had funds to run the campaign.

  • Anna

    Great Debate! I see more similarities than differences with these candidates and can imagine it may come down to who is more likable. And although I was not sold on Hillary at the beginning of the primary season, I have been so overwhelmingly impressed with her sense of humor, wit, impeccable oratory and knowledge of the reality of the issues that need to be dealt with. Obama has equally impressed me. I don’t think the democratic party can do wrong either way.

  • Michael

    If you notice, she dodged completely answering the question about funding her health care. Clinton explained where she would get $55 billlion, and then went into “technology advancement” and “better management” to pay for the other half of her program.

    Not very specific. I think this, and the experience talking points, hurt her.

  • amiee

    I enjoyed the debate and the respect they gave each other – even if they each hid a few jabs in their rhetoric. I’d love to see both of them on the democratic ticket in the general election. Unfortunately, I think they each are too headstrong for any one of them to assume a VP role under the other. But you never know. Time will tell. It would be a winning ticket.

  • Mike Slam

    In my view, as an independent voter, both candidates seemed to me as though they were being interviewed for a car sales person position rather than the next leader of the free world! They had prior canned boilerplate answers for questions they figured an intervieer would probably ask. Where’s the originality? I was expecting at least a few solid “this is what I would do” answers but what I heard was again the careful pretty creampuff and vanilla responses. Maybe I should vote GOP?

  • gazz87

    why does obama studder so much…?

  • infinite

    “Maybe I should vote GOP?”

    Thanks for the laugh, unless you were talking about Ron Paul, he’s the only republican with an original idea.

    Hillary was adept at avoiding answers, like when she was asked how she would control her husband if she couldn’t control him now. Then there’s the inconsistency, like when she claimed she should be evaluated based on her own merit, not her husband’s, then talks about the economy of the 90s, Obama called her on that although you weren’t aware of that since he did it politely. She did have other strong points although they weren’t memorable, she was too verbose.

    Policy-wise, Obama scares me with his stance of giving illegals driver’s licenses, but he’s so charismatic he makes me at least reconsider my stance.

    One thing they didn’t bring up is that if you have these lovely government health care benefits, which I support, illegal immigration as we know it cannot continue, we would bankrupt our country as Milton Friedman pointed out when this exact issue came up.

    It was a very tame debate with substance, which you can’t say for the last GOP debate. I have a feeling that whoever comes out of this will have no problem against the GOP candidate.

  • jeannett

    Obama does not present his objectives with transparancy.
    Clinton is more direct and explicit in her objectives.

    Obama rounds abou Clinton’s attempt over the salary garnishment
    to enforce for health care and penalties she has several times mentioned the sliding scale to provide a fair medical coverage.
    with this presentatation the majority will go for the shared scale
    of insurance cost and no one will be forced to get medical coverage

    I agree with Clinton 100% all bellicose foreigners should not be given priviliges such as driver’s license etc but she is willing to give foreigner’s a taste of the American dream. She has proposed a comprehensive immigration reformation act.

    It all depends if the senate house is a majority republicans we the democrats will take a long time to put in place her objectives. The senate hosue should be 55% democrats and 45 republican’s we do need the change.

  • jeannett

    Shall, Hillary win and Barack decides to go back to senate house.
    Would former President Bill Clinton be allowed to act as her vice president?

  • ms faithfulness

    why did clinton drink water every time obama speaks, was she nervous?

  • bartkid

    One quibble:
    Wolf sed,
    This is the first time a woman and an African American are vying for he Democratic candidacy.

    Shirley Chisholm ran for the Democratic ticket 36 years.
    She won 162 delegates (more than what Mr. Obama currently has).

    And, Jesse Jackson ran for the Democratic ticket in 1984 and 1988.

    I hate Americans’ lack of historical memory.