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. Billie C. Snohomish WA

    Wolf, Thank you for this opportunity to submit my question:
    I’m tired of hearing the flip/flop rhetoric. I WANT a president who is willing to listen to ideas that may differ from his/her original point of view and truly consider whether it could be a better plan. Is there an action or concept proposed by one of the other candidates, either Democrat or Republican, who have participated in this presidential campaign that has made you reconsider one of your plans that you thought you wanted to move forward with if you became president. Changing your mind for the better is not a bad thing.

    January 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Siva

    Question to Senator Obama: What bills have your helped pass in the Senate by collaborating with fellow Republicans? What have you accomplished in the Senate to help the people of America? Why should America place their trust in you based on your track record of accomlishment?

    Question to Senator Clinton: What is your long-term trade and foreign policy towards China? What are the trade and economic policies that you will put in place to preserve American Industry and jobs?

    Question to Edwards: Give America an example of what you accomplished in the Senate to help the people of America – we are talking about substantive laws that you helped craft that are serving the people of this country? Why should America place their trust in you based on your track record of accomlishment in the Senate?

    January 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Rodger Goodall

    My question is for all the candidates. How can you convince me to support you as a voter? When all i hear are candidates taking cheap jabs at the other, just to boost their poll ratings. I can tell you as a voter I do not like to hear Presidential candidates taking jabs at one another or ganging up on on candidate just because they are ahead in the polls. As a leader and possibly the next American President the people of this country and around the world look up to you, but as a voter when I see this kind of action I just look away.

    January 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Dan

    How do you propose to solve the social security program with more
    added social spending?

    January 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Isaac, Madison, WI

    Can you ask the candidate whether they will support reparation for black slave worker since the founding of the USA til the end of Slavery. The slave work for 100 years and and got no pay.

    January 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Max

    Dear Wolf,

    My question is about Israel and Palestinians, given Bush's recent trip to Israel.

    I would ask the candidates why exactly do they favor a Two State Solution in the Israel/Palestinian conflict when a) the PA has never been able to control the suicide attacks inside Israel, a major premise of Oslo and the Road Map and b) State run Palestinian TV, to this day, encourages its children to blow themselves up as Shihads to destroy Israel. GIven the strategic significance of Israel as a partner in democracy, why should Israel compromise its security and reliability by allowing itself to cut up the scarce resources it has for terrorist or millitant or belligerant political entities?

    Sincerely,

    Max C.
    Chicago, IL

    January 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. dee

    Considering who will be ready on day one, what do you foresee on day 365?

    Also, how have your actions shown your ability to step over party lines to achieve change?

    January 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Deborah

    Please ask John Edwards about how the attacks on the civil jury system is a threat to our freedom and what he plans to do to strengthen Amerians' rights in this regard

    January 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Joel

    I would ask the candidates what their favorite colors are and why.

    January 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Luke

    Please ask Hillary why honest, hard-working people who pay their mortgage need to bail out people who live beyond their means. Does this mean we're going to bail them out of credit card debt? Student loans? A parking ticket?

    January 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Norbert J. Yanek

    Question for Mrs. Clinton:

    Given the deaths, injuries, collateral damages, and expenditures in Iraq, do you owe the world an apology for your support of the war?

    January 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Domenick A

    Please ask Dennis Kucinich how he feels about the mainstream media usurping the role of the people to choose their president , by unjustly silencing the voices of candidates through unbalanced coverage and outright exclusion from debates.

    January 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Raymond

    I would like you to ask Obama what he thinks are the differences between his Generation, and Mrs. Clintons Baby Boomer Generation, and how it relates to Politics, Race, and Society.

    January 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Sharon

    1. Obama and his supporters constantly talk about how he will unify the country. I would like for him to eleaborate on how he will unite America? What would he look to as a measure of success that the country is united?

    2. I really believe that Edwards wants and will fight for the middle class and the poor in this country and stand up to corporations. I believe that Hillary will continue to fight for healthcare, education and children because she has fought for it in the past. I would like to know from Obama what has he and what will he fight for when and if he becomes President? Will he fight for anything? Fighting is not always a bad thing.

    3. If military officials tell the new President on day one that they advised against bringing the troops home from Iraq what would they do, listen to military officials or fulfill a campaign promise?

    January 12, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. DRG

    Would any of the candidates mandate food producers to stop the use of high fructose corn syrup and other preservatives in their products? There is a direct link that these ingredients are artificial and are proven to cause cancer and other diseases.

    Do all the candidates (democrats and republicans) think Bush should have been impeached since he lied to the american people and the world about weapons of mass distruction that lead us into the war with iraq?????????

    January 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Gloria Powell

    I would ask Barack Obama:

    "Should you become POTUS, what qualifications will most positively influence your choices for members of your cabinet and which of your own qualities would likely stimulate their desire serve in your administration?

    I would then direct the same question. to HRC and JE

    January 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Janet

    History teaches us that those with power never give it up without a struggle. As president, you and your vice president will inherit unprecedented executive powers. Will you be willing to hand some power back to the legislative and jucicial branches to restore constitutional checks and balances?

    January 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. RK

    Thanks for the opportunity
    Ask the Democrats how their grand plans to provide different packages to address healthcare, the mortgage crisis and the economy will be funded at a time when the country is in debt to the tune of $9 trillion, without raising taxes.

    Ask the Democrats what their plans are to bring back the millions of jobs that have been exported overseas and left middle class Americans unemployed

    January 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. QUESTION FOR OBAMA

    OBAMA: Many images have been shown during this campaign. Some flattering for candidates and some not so much. Of all the pictures, though, that have been shown, the one that bothers me the most is the one where you do not have your hand over your chest during the National Anthem or some may say the Pledge of Allegiance. Please explain your reasoning for that.

    January 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    What would be you policies and practices for using the president's pardon and commutation powers? How would your policies and practices in this area differ from, or resemble, those of recent administrations?

    January 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Jim

    Senator Obama: When Mr. Bush took office in 2001, the national debt was $5.7 trillion. The national debt currently stands at $9.2 trillion. Do you have a plan for paying down the national debt? Why have we heard so little from the candidates about the national debt during this election season?

    note: The national debt is not even mentioned on Obama's website under any issue, as opposed to Senator Clinton who mentions it but does not give a specific plan to deal with it.

    January 12, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. OBAMA

    Senator Obama:

    January 12, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Thank you Wolf and CNN for the opportunity.

    Why do the media refuse to discuss nepotism, and nepotism in government when discussing the Clintons?

    Ask Hillary if she supports nepotism at the highest levels in government for everyone? Does she feel voters are confused that she leverages nepotism to the benefit of herself or the voters?

    January 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Michael J. Vadyak

    In previous debates, Senator Clinton refused to answer what she would do to solve the Social Security crisis by stating when she became President, she would have a commission to look into it. Please ask the Senator the following: There have been many commissions in the past and when they concluded, they just collected dust. Is she willing to accept the findings of the commission or is it just a dog and pony show? And second, ask the Senator why, with 35 years of experience, she hasn't laid out a plan to solve the crisis? Thank you very much.

    January 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. OBAMA

    Senator Obama:
    One of your key endorsers, Deval Patrick, the Govenor of Mass, is trying to circumvent legislation and give free college tuition to illegal immigrants. Do you support his attempt and what is your defined stance on this two-party issue?

    SPECIFICS, PLEASE.

    January 12, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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