The stage is set for the CNN/You Tube debate / Photo: CNN's Mike Roselli
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN)–The candidates are coming to town. Our CNN YouTube Democratic presidential debate’s not until tomorrow night, but the some of the 2008 hopefuls are already in the area.
Senator Joe Biden’s attending Sunday services right now at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston. And New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson meets and greets voters at two events today in the Charleston area. Tomorrow night all eight Democratic candidates will be on the campus of the Citadel, site of the debate, which will be moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. And for the first time in presidential debate history, all the questions will come directly from you, submitted via YouTube.
– Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
This debate should be very interesting. As a fan of Anderson Cooper, I trust he'll do a fantastic job.
My most pressing issues are that of most; ending the war, health care for all, strengthening the middle class, a cleaner, healthier Earth, and improving our country's sad education system.
It would be nice to get a tax break and impose tax on those (with higher incomes) who voted Bush into office. THEY voted him in, THEY should help pay for his costly mistakes.
But ultimately, I am in search of a President who:
+ is honest
+ does not disregard the constitution
+ has intentions and goals to benefit Americans, not themselves
+ does not own stock in a company they intend to offer a billion dollar no-bid gvt contract to
+ cares about our country, not what they can take from other countries
And I am quite sure that by voting Democrat, my concerns for this country will be addressed, while I can enjoy a President who isn't such an embarrassment.
Might be interesting. I hope the political "professionals" don't hijack the process by presenting their own packaged questions - like the head of the South Carolina GOP has done.
A few pointed rhetorical questions might go a long way towards letting the voters know how the candidates respond to tough issues...