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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  1. Konnie

    I would like to know their take on the SPP or the North American Union. What their opinions are and their ideas on whether or not they plan on pursuing these ideals. I know quite a few people who like to hear some real answers to these issues.

    January 13, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Jason

    Hillary Clinton, due to New Hampshire exit polls, over half of your voters would have voted for your husband if he were constitutionally allowed to run for a third term. This has concerned some other voters that your time as president may share political strategies from Bill Clinton's administration. If this is the case, how do you consider that to be "change"?

    January 13, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. RAFi68

    obama when he si se puede , he is planning to open the border also that he has to be more clear and stop preaching , many poeple think he is going to turn the white house into a chudch ... to me he does not have a plan yet

    January 13, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. Jim B.

    Question for Obama.... I keep hearing about change.... which seems to be the flavor of the day.....but can you be more specific as to what exactly you will change, why and how.

    January 13, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Lisa

    I think you should do something no one else has done yet in a Democratic debate- ask Senator Obama a tough question!
    You could ask him if a woman had his political resume, could she be considered a viable or even a realistic candidate for President?

    Oh, yes, and could you ask Senator Edwards why he does so many things, like talking to laid-off American workers and their families and calling Pakistan's Musharrif after Bhutto's assassination, things that make him look like a great leader, when there are no video cameras or reporters around?

    January 13, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. posttime29

    I would ask why the media ignores the message of Dennis Kucinich? What are they afraid of?

    January 13, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  7. Marcia

    The Bush administration has outsourced to private corporations, military services historically provided by and for the U.S. military. The cost of Bush’s folly has been indefensible in terms of both world respect and finance.

    What will you do to reverse this atrocity and return control to the military leadership who are guided by carefully established codes and standards?

    January 13, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. Lee Morgan

    I would like you to ask Hilary the following question: The majority of the American people aswell as most countries feel that the War in Iraq was a mistake. You were the only Democratic candidate who never stated that your Congressional vote which supplied cover for Bush's attack on Iraq was a mistake, and you also voted to label the Iranian Army as terrorists,knowing what our policy is in regard to fighting terrorists. Your stand on theswe issues seem more in line with the New-cons then with the majority of Democrats who voted in 2006. In light of these votes, how do you plan to restore the image of America in the eyes of the world?

    January 13, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. Patrick

    Some one needs to ask them how they are going to deal with Russia and the up and coming super power China? China has been trying to hack into the pentegon and Russia is mad at us because of our defense system we are trying to build in Europe. How would they deal with those issues?

    January 13, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  10. Luther Mace

    Please ask Mr. Obama why African-Americans should "roll the dice" and vote against a Clinton when Bill Clinton's administration had a track record in providing prosperity for the community. What evidence does he have that a Hillary Clinton adminstration wouldn't be as successful?

    January 13, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Joe Klein

    For all candidates: Quoting a September 2007 Science Applications International Corporation report entitled Public Transportation’s Contribution to U.S. Greenhouse Gas Reduction:

    "One of the most significant actions that household members can take to reduce their
    carbon footprint is to use public transportation where it is available. ... Reducing the daily use of one low occupancy vehicle and using public transit can reduce
    a household’s carbon footprint between 25-30%."

    Since most candidates agree that we need to reduce greenhouse gases, and mass transit in a proven carbon reduction solution we can implement now, what will you do to increase our nation's investment in public transportation?

    January 13, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. Mike DiForti

    I like Clinton, and Obama. I would ask Senator Clinton, why did you wait so long to speak out, and be a leader, when it came to Pres. Bush's policies? Where was she in 2004? Also, I would ask Senator Obama, he says he wishes to build a working majority, but how can he hope to win the election with out pulling in the base of the Democratic party?

    January 13, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. Lee Morgan

    I would like you to ask Hilary Clinton the following question:
    The majority of Americans as well as most other countries throughout the world feel that the War in Iraq was a mistake. You are the only candidate running on the Democratic ticket that did not say your Congressional vote was a mistake, and you also voted to label the Iranian Army as terrorist, knowing the President's policy in regard to terrorists. In view of those votes, you appear to be following the neo-cons rather than the Democrats that voted in the 2006 election, How do you plan to restore America's image not only in the eyes of the world but also in the eyes of the American people

    January 13, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. Enrique

    Thanks Wolf. Please ask Obama about his real estate transactions and the appearance of impropriety.

    January 13, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. John D.

    The untied States is suffering from an oil crisis. Gas prices are going to cripple the economy and crush the middle and lower classes. Would you support a law that all oil that is pumped in United states territories remain in the United States instead of being sold to other countries?

    January 13, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  16. Andrew

    How would the social stances of the Democratic nominees ensure a victory for them in a heavily conservative state such as South Carolina?

    January 13, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. Jay

    I would ask this:
    Do you think that by pandering to the masses, promising tax breaks to people who do not even pay taxes now and promising to penalize more those who pay the vast majority of taxes, this promotes a healthy environment in our country? If not, are you willing to urge non-taxpayers (the poor and those who are not prepared to work hard to achieve goals) to thank the rest of us for paying for all of these wasteful social programs or will you continue your class warfare tactics?

    January 13, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  18. Gary Horn

    The American government has been corrupted by Big business, lobbyists, special interests of all sorts, personal & partisan political agendas. The Bush administration is responsible for the loss of American influence throughout this world and numerous attacks on civil liberties.
    1) What have you done and what will you do to drive these corruptors from the government ?

    January 13, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  19. kjhfdbgkjahrvg

    If nuclear war is such a major concern, why doesn't the CIA make locating unaccounted for nuclear weapons its number one priority?

    Why is the CIA getting involved in the politics of other nations and overthrowing elected governments instead of performing its vital role to national security of gathering intelligence? After all, it was the incompetence of the CIA which made it so easy for the terrorists to carry out their attack on 9/11.

    January 13, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  20. swede

    I would ask Obama that his candicy is causing alot more division between blacks and whites then before he ran. The web is the worse but it is in talking with voters. How will he deal with a old Republican house and Senate that also feel they know more than him? They need to agree to get things done.

    January 13, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  21. Chris Manero

    How can we find a balance in this country, regarding our tax policies, between strengthening the middle class and at the same time not punishing people for working hard and making a comfortable living?

    January 13, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Kimone

    Ask the candidates what are their individual stands on immigration reform and what would they have proposed differently within the immigration bill that was complied last year.

    Its interesting that my mother and I, have observed that the republicans are always hit with this question but the dems. are almost never asked to comment in detail.

    Note: I know Obama and Clinton voted yes to the bill.

    Thanks Wolf!

    January 13, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  23. Kimone

    Ask the candidates what are their individual stands on immigration reform and what would they have proposed differently within the immigration bill that was complied last year.

    Its interesting that my mother and I, have observed that the republicans are always hit with this question but the dems. are almost never asked to comment in detail.

    Note: I know Obama and Clinton voted yes to the bill.

    Thanks Wolf!

    January 13, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  24. Wes

    Ask Barrack Obama if he wins the presidency will choose to be sworn in with his hand on the Bible or the Quran? What's his opinion about radical Muslims?

    Ask Hillary if she will cry or show tears before the next primary?

    Ask McCain: what his real solution to the mexican invasion??(we are being invaded by them)....not just the "secure the border" answer, WE KNOW THAT already. If he is so concerned with our security from "foreign threats".....why is he allowing us to be invaded by Mexico? Does he believe that the National Guard should be the miliatary force that defends/protects our borders? Why are the majority of our National Guardsmen over seas??

    Ask McCain: Will the middle class continue to foot the bill for the all the welfare in the US. What does he plan to do for gas and food prices that are on a steady rise.....currently $3.15+/- in our state and the price of milk is at or hovering around $5.00 a gallon.

    Ask McCain: Will he assist or give some major tax relief with those who have children in day care.....average cost of daycare for our state $700-$800 dollars per month.

    With the current gas prices, food prices and daycare we barely have enough to scrape. Middle class life is miserable......All work, bills rinse/repeat....

    Honestly, I dont see one candidate that I will waste precious gas money to go vote for...none of them. The american people are foolish to accept any of these candidates for our highest public office...we should be ashamed of ourselves if we vote for any of them....

    January 13, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  25. Joan Manning

    For the last 37 years we have been losing the War on Drugs. We spend about 50 billion dollars a year, but drugs have become more plentiful and more dangerous. We have 2.2 million people in prison, about 22% of them on drug charges. Our judicial system has become corrupt with lying cops, plea-bargains, conspiracy charges and rigged juries. Isn't it time we ended this monstrous failure?

    January 13, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
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