November 28th, 2007
10:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Candidates shy away from health care

(CNN) - The issue of healthcare has sparked some of the most heated debate this campaign season on the Democratic front, but the Republican presidential contenders seemed to all but ignore what is considered a major priority for many voters.

Recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polls show healthcare reform is consistently at the forefront of voter concerns along with the war in Iraq and the economy.

Candidates often find a way to include their talking points and campaign priorities in debate answers regardless of what the question posed to them actually is. Since no question was posed to the candidates about their healthcare reform plans, they all but ignored the issue choosing instead to emphasize their stances on illegal immigration and the war in Iraq.

–CNN's Emily Sherman


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  1. DTM

    Wait a second.

    CNN asked the questions and you are complaining the Republicans didn't answer a question that wasn't asked?!

    You say candidates "often find a way to include their talking points and campaign priorities in debate answers regardless of what the question posed to them actually is". Well if they did, you would complain about that!

    November 29, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Aaron Dee, Detroit, MI

    WTH, CNN has the nerve to say that the Republicans "shy away from healthcare", CNN picked the darn questions!! CNN after the fixed pro-Hillary Democratic debat in Vegas and the fiasco youtube debate (planting gay Gen. from Hillary campaign)truly are a disgrace.

    November 29, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Wyatt Medford,Oregon

    When it comes to healthcare the Republicans motto is "Everyman for himself".

    November 29, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Shawn, New York

    Um, pardon me but since CNN and Anderson Cooper did not see fit to actually ASK the question regarding health care, how do you expect them to answer it? Now, a few of the candidates did note it as part of answering another question but since CNN did not select one of the YouTube contributor's questions relating to health care how can one be expected to answer it?

    Well, should anyone be surprised that CNN or one of their employees would be objective?

    November 29, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Bob, Atlanta GA

    This is funny. Complain about someone not answering a question that was not asked.

    CNN is nothing more than a parody of itself.

    November 30, 2007 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
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