January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Blitzer: What would you ask the Democrats in South Carolina?

 Weigh in on the South Carolina Democratic debate.
Weigh in on the South Carolina Democratic debate.

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.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (2,911 Responses)
  1. MBW

    I hope you will ask about education reform, merit pay, and charter schools. Perhaps get their take on Michael Bloomberg's reforms in NYC

    January 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. mauve

    I would ask Obama why he thinks doubling the minimum wage and pegging it to the inflation rate would have on the value of money for middle class Americans and why uneducated people deserve the economic prosperity the educated people have worked so hard to earn. And if we are going to turn busboys, janitors, and laundry ladies into middle class people what impact would that have on the ever declining level of motivation for Americand teenagers to work hard in high school.

    January 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Naomi

    If there will be another rig of elections.....

    January 11, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. turquoise

    I would ask Obama if he thinks teachers are being racist against Hispanic and black students and that is why they have such a high dropout rate comared to whites as he describes on his official campaign website. And if it isn't the teachers, is it that these kids have parents that don't push the value of hard work as part of their family's philosophy?

    January 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Jr., California

    Wolf,

    Please ask Hillary to outline in detail her claim to have 35 years of experience.

    January 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Robert, Gastonia, North Carolina

    I think someone should ask senator Obama about his connection with Tony Rezko. According to a recent posting on abc's webpage it is not a dead issue. I would ask, Senator Obama if it is true that judgement should be trumped in lieu of experience than how do you explain your lack of judgement in asking and receiving advice from an indicted political fixer in which you stated, " It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or any other personal business dealings that would allow him, or anyone else, to beleive he had done me a favor." And if this is an admitted lapse in judgement what does that do for your claim that your lack of experience is made up for with sound judgement? This may seam harsh, but Obamas whole reaction to lack of foreign policy experience is based on him haveing sound judgement skills. Its a fair and brave question in order to get to the character of the man.

    January 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. diogu

    There is a general believe that you were a Clinton enabler in the last debate, I hope you will try to fair and neutral this time.

    Ask Hillary Clinton why she had decided to run the type of Campaign Jesse Helms ran against Harvey Gantt when Harvey was ahead of him in the poll.

    January 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Aaron C.

    Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in Wolf. I hear the Democratic cadidates talking about raising taxes on the rich to lower them for the middle class. Please ask them what amount of income over one year constitutes a person as rich.

    January 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Al in Wpg

    (to all Candidates, apart from Dennis)
    How will you bring change, given all your advisors are White House alumni from the past 30yrs who have all had a hand in war crimes, scandals and attrocities?

    January 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. CHERIAN THOMAS

    Let the candidates ask one question each other.

    Ask questions to OBAMA about his experience. We need an experienced person in the white house.

    January 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Al in Wpg

    Hillary, what 35 years of experience?

    January 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Antonio

    To all:

    Everyone is talking about change. We all know that politicization like to stretch the truth, only better their out come. What is this change? How will you bring this change? What proof do you have to back up that you are able to bring change?

    January 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Al in Wpg

    Barack, Hillary, Edwards, what change do you propose and HOW.

    January 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Jason, Berkeley

    Please ask which candidate of the following is best for African Americans.
    1. A White candidate who has been an advocate for blacks for more than 30 years
    2. A Black candidate who hesitates even to mention his ethnicity during his stump speaches

    January 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Al in Wpg

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    January 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Jay

    Why has no one confronted both Clinton and Edwards on their health care plans? In particular, their "mandated" health insurance seems to imply that their plans will serve to FURTHER ENRICH large health care providers (i.e. insurance companies) in this country.

    How come no one is confronting them on this??

    January 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Linda~n~Wisconsin

    I would ask them why we do not have a one day primary. What have they done to insure a unified standard voting system in America? How are they going to take us from being 29th in the world of education?

    Good questions and makes the majority of us who haven't voted think.

    January 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Al in Wpg

    What will you do to prevent further voter ballot, voter district and voting machine tampering?

    January 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Heather, Murrieta Ca

    In the theme of change a "Better America" I would like to know of all their travels in this country what is the one city that is using technology or doing something smart to make their lives better that you were so impressed with that you would want to do on a national level?

    January 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Robert, Gastonia, North Carolina

    As a gay male, I would also be curious to know what their personal feelings are on homosexuality and gay rights. Also what do they plan to do in their presidency to support gays and lesbians and if they would do away with dont ask dont tell.

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Roosevelt Allen

    Question for Senator Clinton

    The past two administrations have lied to the American People.
    President Clinton lied or mislead the American people, whichever word you prefer, about his infidelity in the white house
    which had he told the truth, the American people would not have been embarrassed in front of the world with an impeachment process.

    President Bush lied or mislead the American People about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Had he told the truth we would not have lost brave young men and women in this irresponsible war.

    In this campaign when you were up in the polls you told the American People you were going to stick to the issues and not engage in personal attacks or go negative. However, in the last few days before the NH primary you and your husband decided to attack Barack Obama by saing he's spreading a false hope, and to take it a step further your husband claimed he's in fairytale land.

    For the people who want to vote for you like myself, but are very hesitant, As president what would you do to bestow honesty and integrity back to the presidency and how can the American people trust you to be honest as President of the United States given your tactics in NH. The American People do not seek a perfect government they want a truthful and working government.

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. michael, grand prairie tx.

    To Mrs Clinton, Do you feel that it would be good for the reconcilliation of the country to relive the past fights of your husband's administration(exp: cutting of the military, failure to kill osama bin laden,impeachment etc...)

    I think these are important because its what the republicans will use in the general.

    January 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Myra Rubinstein

    Question for Presidential Debate to be hosted by Wolf Blitzer: I think that the most successful presidents are the ones who surround themselves with the best, most experienced advisors and assistants. With or without naming names, what can you tell us about the people you will have surrounding you when you are president?

    January 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Anne

    I would ask Hillary Clinton to explain these two comments:

    "Dr King's dream began to be realised when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done."

    and what she thinks of comments made by two of her supporters:

    Francine Torge said this while introducing Mrs. Clinton: “Some people compare one of the other candidates to John F. Kennedy. But he was assassinated. And Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually” passed the civil rights legislation.

    Andrew Cuomo (about Obama): "You have to sit down with 10 people in a living room. You can't shuck and jive at a news conference; you can't just put off reporters, because you have real people looking at you, saying 'answer the question."

    January 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Al in Wpg

    To all candiadates, and this is a good one:
    How would you govern differently that Bill Clinton?

    January 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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