June 3rd, 2007
09:49 PM ET
7 years ago

What question would you have asked?

Despite having almost two uninterrupted hours for question, the moderators weren't able to ask the candidates all the questions they could have asked. What questions would you have asked? Tell us by clicking on the "Add a comment" link below.

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  1. Mike, Sacramento CA

    What would you do about private military contractors in Iraq like Black Water? Should Black Water be allowed to set up private military bootcamps in the U.S.? How will you recover the billions of dollars not accounted for in Iraq?

    June 3, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Judith Garten Woodstock, NY

    Ask less questions and let the candidates go deeper into their answers.

    I would like to ask them the following question:
    Albert Einstein once said that we cannot think about a problem with the same thinking that created the problem.
    How would you think differently, about the any of the problems were are faced with. What underlying attitude would you have us, the American people, change?

    June 3, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. ellie, San Luis Obispo, CA

    I would have reframed the Bin Laden question to ask if they knew for a fact he was hiding in the US, would they still bomb him knowing AMERICAN civilians would likely be killed in "collateral damage".

    June 3, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Joseph Davidson

    This is more aimed towards Senator Obama. I found out on Anderson Cooper's report recently that 28 people (teenagers)recently were murdered in the Southside Chicago(Illinois) from only this year. Averaging 1-2 people a week being murdered. What would the senators do to help fix our problem with the inner-city youth and help fight poverty in our cities?

    June 3, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Bonnie, Toledo, OH

    There are so many great questions posed by the other bloggers! America knows what she needs! Our problem is that Government became the playground bully and we all have suffered. Hope is hard to cling to when the will of the people is thwarted by those that govern us.

    My question would be, how will you keep in touch with the real American's if elected President?

    You cannot fix poverty unless you understand hunger. You cannot address poor public education if you only utilize private schools. You cannot understand crime and its causes when you live with personal security. How do all these wealthy, priveledged politicians really think they know what we need? Sen. Biden's emotional reaction to the genocide in Darfur is exactly what I am talking about! He went. He saw! He will never be the same! You can read a report – but there is no true emotional experience.

    American's are ill with no healthcare. American's are hungry with no food. Impoverished children want a way out to a better life. I want to pay all of my bills this month and have money for food when I am done.
    I do not want my boys fighting for oil. I'd also like Giuliani's child support payment just once (another politician living in the lap of luxury)! The disparity in this country is unreal!

    June 4, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  6. Jeff Richardson, Tacoma, WA

    What would you do to reverse the corporate-friendly free trade policies that have savaged our industrial economy and driven millions of good-paying jobs overseas? Would you pull out of NAFTA and the WTO and restore tariffs to spur the creation of new American industry?

    June 4, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  7. Alex Hull-Richter

    I would have asked questions fairly. Wolf tried to avoid having the person with the most experience and knowledge of the issues, Kucinich, speak much at all. Kucinich only was allowed to speak three times in the first hour and Wolf kept cutting him off after almost no time at all. Fortunately for Dennis, his answers were so good that he won the debate hands down.

    On the gas issue, only Kucinich is pursuing this issue properly in Congress. He's filed legislation and is investigating the matter with his subcommittee.

    As a Democrat, I'm looking forwards to the real debate that Fox News and the Congressional Black Caucus have planned. This wasn't a debate. It was a joke.

    The fact that everyone but Kucinich would bomb innocent people on a tip disqualifies all but Kucinich from the Presidency.

    June 4, 2007 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  8. Faiza Mokhtar, Los Angeles, CA

    Why is it when there is a budget cut, that education and health care are to first to suffer from that cut? What do you think is most important re: education and health care?

    Honestly, that question about Bill Clinton was the stupidest question ever? I found it irrelevant and useless.

    June 4, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. EP, Los Angeles, CA

    I would like each candidate to discuss who they would choose for Secretary of State, Attorney General, and various other important cabinet positions. Let's get the entire picture of how they choose their advisors.

    June 4, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. Angel, Rialto CA

    I would NOT have asked: What would you do with Bill Clinton?

    This question obviously helped Hillary since the beginging. She has my vote regardless, but it gave her an advantage above the other candidate who aren't married to him. Sorry folks.

    June 4, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Robert Criswell, Asheville, NC

    Knowing that a lobbyist's "job" is to get you to support his/her cause, is any employee of the government who accepts anything from a "lobbyist" guilty of accepting a bribe? And is that lobbyist then guilty of offering a bribe?

    June 4, 2007 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  12. Mr. Cortes stationed overseas

    As President will they support statehood for Puerto Rico and would they visit the colony/territory/commonweath as being selected as commander in chief

    June 4, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. Collea-Devi Goetz

    I would ask two questionsto all of them:
    1 What qualifies you to be Commander in Chief?
    2. What qualifies you to lead this nation?

    As far as I'm concerned the rest comes fromthese two questions.

    June 4, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. SRB, Ashburn, VA

    I would have asked if the current administration really had the good of the country at heart when we invaded Iraq or was some more sinister ploy was at play like "war time presidents mostly get re-elected".

    June 4, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Jim, Sanford, Michigan

    Since George W Bush took us into the Iraq war, the US dollar has lost nearly a third of its value and is near all-time lows.

    What risks do you see if the US dollar were to continue on its present course and lose another third of its value?

    Are you are an advocate of a stronger US dollar? If so, what would you do to strengthen the value of the US dollar?

    June 4, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Stanley Swanson, Yuma, AZ

    What is your position on abortion and homosexual mariiage? That will determine my voie.

    June 4, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Mary Robinson, Seattle, Washington

    What would you do about Katrina damage to persons and property – today?

    June 4, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. HM Mount Vernon, NY

    What are you going to do to stop the exodus of jobs from the US? In particular offshore outsourcing, is crippling the middle class. What are your plans to reverse this trend and re-establish the American workforce?

    We cannot compete wage wise with countries that are overpopulated and under educated with respect to the average US citizen. How will you ensure that jobs remain stateside, even with the rising cost of education?

    June 4, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Mike O'Neill Skaneateles, NY

    why do we send $80 million a month to Pakistan and they do nothing to find Bin Laden? Is there a monopoly in Big Oil-how will you keep profits to a normal return?Is George Bush smart?What will your foreign policy be for third world countries? Will you work with Cuba and Chavez?

    June 5, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. mark

    I would have four questions:

    1. by what name is the form of government called that forfeits impartial public rule and democracy for the favors of capitalists, such that the capitalists tail wags the government dog?

    2. who is smarter: an uneducated migrant selling pirated software on the Internet, pulling down $250 thousand a year as the authorities are too lazy and incompetent to do anything about it, or an American citizen that volunteers for military service and gets shot through the head in Iraq?

    3. why are Americans seen as not worth paying?

    4. why does the ‘government’ keep saying that we must embrace globalism, yet say in order to compete in the world we must allow our immigration laws to be broken?

    June 5, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Allie Gross: Expat in Vancouver, BC

    How does someone who is a member of the party that keeps banging the Smaller Government drum apologize for the hideous spending by the Federal Government over the past 6 years? What steps would you take to help the country recover from the financially ruinous actions of President Bush?

    How does someone who is a member of the party that stood for less-government interference apologize for the anti-individual policies of President Bush and what steps would you take to help the country re-establish privacy and dignity to ordinary Americans?

    June 5, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Larry Atlanta GA

    I would like to ask all of them. They keep talking stay the course on the war,how do they expect to be elected president when majority of americans want our troops out now?
    Larry from North Carolina

    June 5, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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