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. Sheila McC

    Ask Mrs Clinton:

    You say that you understand the role of women in society – so how many maids and staff do you have at home? When was the last time you cooked a meal, did laundry or did grocery shopping? Did you have a nanny for the kids or did you do it yourself? How many times a week do you get your hair done. Did you ever have to hold down two jobs to make ends meet. What are you worth? How many homes do you own? When is the last time you went to the office and worked a full day (other than campaigning).

    In fact you should ask all the candidates these questions. They all say that they are in touch with us – but their lives are so far removed they have no idea what life is like for the ordinary joe/jane.

    January 12, 2008 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. Sheila McC

    With all the problems in society – is it not obscene the amount of money is being spent on the campaigns. Couldn't that money be put to better use rather than on their bid for power?.

    January 12, 2008 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. mark wilkes barre pa

    ASK,, what there opinion is of global warmimg of today verses the coming ice age predicted in the seventies and how many of the expert opinions on this are the same scientists ? ASK,, How many candidates think they can end this war in Iraq and bring home the troops in the first year, 2nd years 3rd year 4th year or 2nd term years ? ASK Who thinks they way we are seen by global opinion is more important then our democracy , freedom, values and security ? ASK,, what specific change they are talking about, and how they will see that it gets done ?

    January 12, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  4. WC Brauer

    Please ask each candidate's position vis-a-vis abolishing the Electorial College.The two major political parties seem to want the status quo. But, the archaic present system is not fair to anybody else – including regular voters.

    January 12, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. Will Pullman

    This election has become a popularity contest on who is the best candidate of change. Even the Republicans are arguing about who is the best candidate of change. Change, change, change, change.... Sigh. I would like FOR ONCE to hear from all of the candidates, exactly what their own ideas of change are about and just run on those.

    P.S And Hillary, a friendly tip, Americans aren't interested in the past. They're interested in the FUTURE.

    January 12, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  6. Norman

    To all candidates.

    If you propose to manage the greatest economy in the world, what is the price of a loaf of bread and a quart of milk in your home State?

    January 12, 2008 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. David Yordy

    I would like you to ask each candidate this question:

    Would consider removing the Federal tax on Social Security and allow Seniors to work and earn as much income as possilbe?

    Comment: Inlight of our 2% raise and paying 20% more for goods and services and getting worse each day, SS payments are not enough for Seniors.

    January 12, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. Jonathan

    Please ask what do the candidates plan on doing to improve the economy and at the same time improve foreign relationship with counrties in the middle east?

    January 12, 2008 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Rick Good

    I would ask all of the candidates about the idea of a Department of Peace. I'm not necessarily in favor of the Kucinich plan, but I do believe that if we have military schools for each of the armed forces that we should also have one for peace. My concern is that too little research is being done on building peace on national levels.

    Thank you fro listening.

    January 12, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  10. mark wilkes barre pa

    Oh wait wolfe, one more question,, ASK which political party and particular people spearheaded anti black efforts of the sixties ?

    January 12, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  11. CJ McClendon

    Please ask if any candidate is willing to assign specific tax rate percentages to the ubiquitous and arbitrary phrase: "fair share."

    January 12, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. guy aidelberg

    i would really love to hear what the canidates think about us cuba relations and sanctions and if they believe there should be "change" an that front as well

    January 12, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  13. Charles Quinn

    When I go to my mechanic and he promises me he can fix my car I expect him to fix my car. If he doesn’t he doesn’t get paid and usually I find another mechanic. Should the President be held to a lower standard than my mechanic?
    I want you to ask each and every candidate if they intent to keep their promises to the American people. Politicians are fond of talking about consequences. In foreign policy they constantly refer to the ineffectiveness of foreign policy unless there are consequences. So please ask the candidates what the consequences should be for a President who breaks a promise he or she has made to the American people.

    January 12, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. John

    Senator Clinton, You are repeatly saying politics isn't a game, it's about the people. Are you implying that Senator Obama or Senator Edwards are playing political games, and what would you say if some may have the perception that your playing the gender game piece on the game board?

    January 12, 2008 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  15. Joel

    Fact #1: When Congress raised taxes, in 1993, voters revoked Democrat control of the Congress the following year.

    Fact #2: No Democrat running on a promise to raise taxes has won the presidency in recent memory.

    What makes you think your tax increases are politically palatable?

    January 12, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. Melissa

    To Obama:

    You have expressed objection in the recent bill that grants retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies accused of spying on American citizens. Yet, you did not return to Washington D.C. to help Senator Dodd filibuster the bill. Why? Actions speak louder than words, Senator, so how can we trust you to do what you promise?

    To all candidates:

    ~Where do you draw the line between liberty and security? Would you restore habeas corpus?

    ~Do you think waterboarding is torture? If you cannot answer that question, do you need a dictionary to look up "torture"? If you still cannot answer that question, then you do not deserve to represent us.

    January 12, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  17. M. Tash

    We need to be talking about the environment in depth, no just that each have alternative energy plans.

    January 12, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. Timbo Twiddly

    Aren't we getting dangerously close to an aristocracy with the possibility of having just 2 families controlling the white house for nearly a quarter of a century?

    Isn't it time for some new blood?

    January 12, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. scott edward phelps

    Hello....

    Sen. Obama has built a very impressive campaign around the theme of change and, more dramatically, "hope". His attention getting book, in fact, is titled "The Audacity of Hope'.
    Given the opportunity, I would ask the Senator, and all the other candidates, as well, without hiding behind platitudes and greeting card cliche's, what SPECIFIC actions they would take as President to instill hope in the INDIVIDUAL lives that make up that elusive umbrella term, "the American people".......

    Thanks
    Scott Edward Phelps
    Dover Delaware

    January 12, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  20. pheephee

    The current President has claimed the idea of a unitary executive and used signing statements to ignore laws passed by Congress.

    I would like to know from each candidate their definition of the "powers" of the office they seek and how they reconcile that with the Constitution which clearly separates power.

    January 12, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. M. Tash

    I live in Michigan and have lived here since birth. Canidates can spill out elaborate phrases of persuassion, yet when it comes down to it, there are no simple nor obvious answers for my state. We knew about the situation of the fall of the automotive industry due to outsouring for years and decided to prolong it- hmm, sounds familiar to the environment. We need to diversify our economy and have real politicians who have real plans. These canididates need to speak to us directly, not just from a speech.

    January 12, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. ZH

    I think direct question need to be asked in relates to releasing Senator Clinton's records during the first lady of Arkansas and United States from the national archive. if the experience will the key to her success, why playing hide and seek with the records.

    January 12, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. Perry fro, E EU

    I would like to ask all candidates about these:
    I lived in State of IL- USA for 13 years..... 1994-2007
    Entered USA with Tourust Visa and tried hard to adjust status to Perminent Resident but never could even I spent over $12.000 to Lawyers.
    Fo all these years we / me and my wife / had valide SS#, ID and Driver Licence, stady job, paid tax, had an health insurance and never ever asked USA Gov. for anything but chance to work to make for living do not costing them a single cent for all these years. Whent to school of ESL.
    Our dream was to invest in USA and so we did. In 2004 first we bought a 6 Units Rental Apt. Building and 3 months latter an Residental House.
    Over the years Imm. judged ordered us to live the country volunterely what with we never could agree and appealing that but here is what happened: in early Feb. 2007 Imm. officers came to our house and got both of as to Detention Center to deport as 30 latter. It was 30 days of jail for as.... jail.... o God.!!!! still can't belive this !!!!! it is an nightmer for us and we just fill so emberased for this....
    So, the cuestion would be : is this what Amerika is about ? is this an Amerikan way ?! or, what is today's Amerika's way ?! to deport hard working people ? to devide families ?..... land of opportunity ????!!!!! I'm confused !!!!
    p.s.
    After deportation we wrote to the IL office of Sen B Obama and they respondid very cindly for what I would like to thank Mr. Obama and say that we did not persue conection with his IL office just because to don't bother his campagne.

    January 12, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. Carolina

    ask about the candidates plan on social security and 401k.

    January 12, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  25. Marilyn in L.A.

    I would like Wolf Blitzer to ask this of all the candidates:

    In light of further media consolidation recently sanctioned by the majority on the FCC, and considering the lack of hard, balanced news and commentary over the past decade and longer in the country, how can we hope to have an informed electorate? Some of us know how to go outside of the mainstream to get real substance and unbiased journalism, but many people swallow what they are fed without skepticism or discernment. That is no way to run a democracy. So how can we change that? I cannot tell you how many stores or restaurants I've gone into that have FOX news playing all day in the background. They're certainly not the only ones propagandizing the "news", but they are at the top of the list. How do we get beyond the stranglehold of corporate media?

    January 12, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
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