January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
3 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. Jim Nicklin RET. Navy CPO

    I have a simple answer for imigration problems . Send All Mexican Illegals back across the border . Stop all Gov. handouts such as wellfare , food stamps Etc Etc. When the people start getting hungry they will be fighting to pick fruit . If you still need more help empty the prisons they know how to pick apples . Also let some of the kids go pick strawberrie's . I did that when I was 10 yrs. old .

    January 11, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. Barb

    Last evening I received an email that show you Senator Obama standing before the American flag with your hands in front of you. Why should you be Commander In Chief if you do not respect our symbols of America. How would you face our
    military officers. The American Flag is a symbol each man, woman and child
    can Identify as America not all families can afford to go to Washington DC to
    see our Capitol. I feel if you can not respect our flag then what right do you have
    to be our President?

    January 11, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. Rory McEntee

    ELECTABILITY!!

    Ask who is the most electable, and why?

    January 11, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. sebastian

    i want to know if that: if Hillary does win what will she do to put Bush in jail for getting us in a war that we should not of been in.

    January 11, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Q for Obama

    How will you be able to objectively handle any radical situation in Kenya given that anything can happen? The taliban may realize with you as a President it is a weak area in the worls to regroup and retrain. Would you be able to unequivicably strike with all available forces if a situation arises that threatens American security or Democracy?

    January 11, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. Patrick McShane

    A president named John F. Kennedy in 1962 proclaimed that the United States would "put a man on the moon in this decade". We did.

    We now have a full blown energy crisis in these United States that requires the president to use his power to set an edict for this country to "move the economy of the United States away from petroleum within 10 years".

    As president, are you prepared to go against the powerful oil cartel to make this happen?

    Are you prepared to set aside "National Energy Emergency" funds for research into hydrogen-based and other alternative power sources to accelerate the move away from oil?

    Since energy is one of the primary underpinnings of the world economy, moving to a cheaper, cleaner source would have profound effects on the cost of living and the cost of doing business for the people of these United States and people around the world.

    Does anyone else see the urgency here or are we doomed to see an economic collapse before we finally "get it"?

    January 11, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Jon

    Dear Wolf:

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to contribute to the debate.

    My questions to Hillary is:

    The African American community supported the President Clinton for many years and they considered him as one of them. But now that the US want change and the American people decided to go beyond race and elect the most competent one, don't you think that Bill Clinton is standing in the way of the the African American Dream? it is not everyday that the USA will have somebody like Obama...

    Jon

    January 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  8. Saheed Badmus

    Should citizens born in other countries i.e. non natural born citizens be allowed to run for the white house?

    January 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Nathan

    To all the candidates... Dem and Rep,

    Think about all the great presidents and what they've achieved, their legacy, how they made a difference and elevated us as a country.

    1-To which great president do you compare yourself to regarding your ideas about change, and the way you will govern if elected?

    2-List your 5 top priorities once you get to sit on the big chair?

    January 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  10. OIF VET

    Why the crf and federal reserve exist and are they a member of crf? Thank YOu

    January 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Dawn G

    I would like to ask the candidates:

    Everyone is running on the campaign promise of change. During the elections of 2006 the Democrats promised change in the legislative branch of the government. We were promised that if we voted to change the balance of both houses, the Democrats would be able to bring about change and reform. We the people were able to bring about that change by voting; but you, as Democratic Senators, have failed to pass valuable legislation and have folded to the pressures of the White House.

    How can we expect "change", and the promise of change, when you are asking for a vote into office at the executive level of government, when you as a party, have failed to bring about the promised change at the legislative level. What can you say to America that would convice us that you can bring this change as President when you are unable to as sitting Senators.

    January 11, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. James E. Johnson/California

    We know how Bill felt about African-Americans. He has spoken passionately about helping them. He has made numerous appearances in Black Churches showing support for African-Americans Publicly and Politically. I However have not ever seen Hillary in one Black Church. Why?

    Why should I believe that Hillary will support Minorities if we support her? Why do you think that you would be a better candidate to represent Minorities in America then Barack Obama who has nearly every Race in his Family tree?

    By the way. Women are not a Minority in America. They might be as a group in the workforce, but they are by no means a minority in America in terms of gender population.

    January 12, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. Sal Lejarza

    All candidates:

    What will you do to minimize corporate welfare?

    January 12, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. M., NY

    Mr Obama promotes change, Mrs Clintons says that she has the competence.
    But both have big weaknesses: He at least appears unexperienced and she is polarizing.

    How would they deal with their problem after their nomination?

    January 12, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Get Real

    Please ask Clinton to explain in detail her claim to 35 years experience.

    Please ask Obama to explain his experience in detail.

    January 12, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  16. William, Greensboro,NC

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton….. Does this not bother anyone else in the Democrat Party? Repetitiveness? Or is this maybe the only counter against the Bush Presidencies? Is it what Washington D.C. needs?

    Education: What will you do about the unacceptable drop out rate in high schools around the country? What will you do to return the hope to those kids who need the support to stay in school?

    Katrina/ Natural Disasters: After Katrina, insurance companies could not take the load of claims, and turned people away. What as the President would you do for those people who were turned down and who have lost everything.

    Also Katrina effected the poor the most in New Orleans, Will you fight for the poor in these types of situations if another Katrina were to happen again?

    Housing Market: With the Housing market still not finding any relief… How will you go after the problem? Many Americans rely on it economically (Carpenters, Banks, Realtors, etc…) than many economist are willing to say. What are you going to do to help those people?

    Foreign Policy: Most of you are saying out of Iraq and back into Afghanistan. How much are you willing to spend and where are you going to get the money?

    Change: Many of you are advocating change as what you think Washington needs. Can you describe what changes you will bring to each of the 3 branches of government? Please Clarify.

    January 12, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Manny Lomboy

    Obama, what do you say to people that say you have provided nothing but inspiration (words), but Hillary has shown the greatest passion (action). With all the problems besetting our country right now, we need less of rhetoric, more of substance. Indeed, passion trumps inspiration. Any comment?

    January 12, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Justin

    Ask him what will he do about the price of oil continuing to rise.

    January 12, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Jim Edstrom

    Senator Clinton: Explain why you think Senator Obama would make a good President.

    Senator Obama: Explain why you think Senator Clinton would make a good President.

    January 12, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. Diana Reevs

    My question would be, If you are elected as Pres. who would you consider to be viable canidates for your cabinet? This was suggested in Lee Iacoccas book "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" Administration they might I think we have the right to know who they might be considering so we can get a feel for the type of Administration they might form.

    January 12, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Dennis Rydell

    Wolf
    I would ask this question. You want to be Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces, can you tell us why you never served a tour in the military on Active Duty or Reserve Duty and can you tell us how many Brigade Combat teams are currently serving in Iraq?

    January 12, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  22. Joan Vokins

    I was behind Obama all the way until I received an email from a friend showing Obama, Richardson, Hillary and one other lady standing in front of a flag while the Nation Anthem was being sung. All but Obama had their hand over their heart. My question to him would be WHY are you not patriotic? One would think a presidential candidate should love our country enough to show respect when our National Anthem is being played or sung and a flag is present.

    January 12, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  23. Sylvia

    What programs will you implement to foster early K-12 education in public schools on changes in genetic profiles of populations over time? Likewise, what programs will you implement to pass on lessons from the Human Genome Project to K-12 students and lay persons, specifically as the HGP results speak to questions of 'race'?

    January 12, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  24. sam

    I would like to ask Obama how come he missed most important vote in the senate.
    Was sending money to our soldiers in Iraq where he was hiding.
    Now he said he is against the war so why he did not vote no?
    I will tell why because deep down in his heart he want to send the money.

    And I want to ask everybody on the stage and I would like their answer to be directly yes or no
    would you give my kids and American kids free health insurance the first year you enter
    the oval office?

    if yes I promise you I will remind you with this the first year of your term is over.

    And please stop talking about each other and tell the American people what is your promises to them when you are in office?

    Would you promise them ending the war in Iraq and catch bin Laden
    Would you promise them more jobs
    Would you promise them cheap gas
    Would you promise them cheap property taxes
    Would you promise them health insurance for the poor
    Would you promise them less income taxes.

    Thank you

    January 12, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. Artin(Glendale, CA)

    To Hillary:

    Why do you keep on saying you have 35 years of experience? You were first lady for 8 years(which hardly counts as experince) and a senator for 6 years? Where are you getting this 35 years from? And please NO CRYING this time!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
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