WASHINGTON (CNN) - I am going to be hosting a Democratic presidential debate on Monday, January 21, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The CNN debate will be co-sponsored with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Suzanne Malveaux and Joe Johns will be joining me in the questioning. All of us are really looking forward to this debate which coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States.
It comes just before the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, January 26. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards all have respective strengths and weaknesses in that state. Hopefully, we will be able to learn more about these three candidates during that forum, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. The two earlier Democratic debates I moderated – in New Hampshire in early June and in Nevada in November – included a lot more candidates. Several of them, as you know, have dropped out. This one should be more manageable.
There are so many questions all of us have about the candidates. I have my ideas, and am excited, but l really want to hear from you - I would love your input. Let me know what you would ask these Democratic candidates if you had the chance. This race for the White House is at a pivotal point for the Democrats and the Republicans. And the stakes for the nation are very high. Thanks in advance.
Currently, 1 in 150 kids has been diagnosed as being on the "Autism Spectrum" - it is a national issue that affects all races, ethnicities, and classes.
I would be interested in learning if any of the candidates have first-hand experience with autism, including having a friend with an autistic child or a relative, or working/volunteering/babsitting experience with autistic children.
Also, since many parents have been able to "recover" their children from the grips of autism through biomedical intervention, I believe that there is a way that autism could be prevented and treated, and I would like to know how the candidates would fund autism research (if in fact they would).
Tori in Virginia
Mental health disorders have become one of the largest health issues in our country. Not only is there a significant lack of services available, especially for children, but medical insurance provides covers only the bare minimum. For all candidates, how would you provide better mental health care into the health care system.
I am a mother of a child with Autism, I want to know where they stand on this issue and what they plan to do to insure that Children with Autism and Autism spectrum disorders are getting the intervention that they need. Some child that are being DX are waiting for Early Intervention services for two years. Will services be covered or will Medicaid be cut. At a rate of 1 in 150 I should hope that someone has some kind of a plan.
I would ask Ms. Clinton about her experience. Specifically, what role did she play in governing as first lady of the nation and first lady of Arkansas. With no technical responsibilities in these fields how does this qualify as experience. Also, if she did partake in governing, how does she support her role in pre 9/11 events. The Taliban was a notoriously repressive group of women, and yet during Mr. Clinton's presidency we continued to do business deals with them until our embassy was bombed. How much are we supposed to hold her accountable for actions during Mr. Clinton's presidency if she is counting these years as experience.
Most of the candidates especially Mr. McCain and Mrs. Clinton believe our immigration laws signed by President Reagan in 1986 and President Clinton in 1996 should be ignored and the lawbreakers should be rewarded for their crimes. Is this what they would have America stand for in the 21st century? The trivialization of immigration laws already on the books? A country where the Government picks and chooses what laws are enforced, while mandating that the American taxpayer foot the bill at the state and local level for the Federal Governments continued failure to enforce the laws on the books? This goes to the issue of law and fairness.
This is a question concerning the very basis and integrity of our government and our society. How can America be a nation of laws when it's government refuses to enforce the Immigration Laws signed by President Reagan in 1986 and President Clinton in 1996?
Please ask the candidates the following:
1. What's are their plans to bring peace between Israel and Palestine?
2. What will they do to improve the image and credibility of America that has been tarnished under the current administration?
Please ask Barack Obama if he is distressed that the Clintons are running against him as one might expect the Republicans to run against him. How can one effectively respond to Nixon-era dirty tricks campaigns?
Please ask canidates that in light of this debate background, why do they not fully commit to enforcing our immigration laws to provide more jobs for present citizens. Has the black employment rate changed in 25 years? Has the illegal immigrant employment rate changed in the last 25 years? The answer probably defines what ones position should be on illegal immigration.
What do you plan to do; Autism in this country has reached epidemic proportion?
Wolf, before you get too excited with your ratings, don't take the credit for it. You were in the way too much of the time and wouldn't let the participants get down to it. They were the show and were actually making some points in bewteen you trying to steer things in a direction neither they nor we were ready to leave. So if you need more time than giving them one minute to answer, maybe have fewer journalists attending. And stay out of it!