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. Nathneal

    In light to what has happened to Gov. Richardson, if any of you on this stage happen to be in a bad position in this primaries and you have to drop out, who among all the presidential candidates – in both the democratic and republican hopefuls – would you endorse? CHOOSE ONE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Kier In Seattle

    Why has Senator Obama's campaign in SC issued memos claiming the Clintons are racist? He talks a lot about the courage to change the old politics, yet his campaign is part of it. Why has he not come out and said he does not think the Clintons are racist?

    I'm a college educated, African-American, husband, and father of two daughters like Senator Obama and I support HILLARY! I'm not against Senator Obama, just for Hillary.

    My 14 year old daughter saw that memo and asked me were the Clintons racist. Senator Obama needs to stand up and denounce it for once and for all and not add any snide remarks in his answer!

    January 13, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Samuel Braima

    Thanks very Wolf much for affording me the opportunity to weigh in. My Question is as follows,
    When Hillary is president if at all she wins the primaries is she going to cry when faced with tough national decitions? and is Barack obama's rockstar and hollywood status a plus or a minus for his presidential bid?

    January 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. mbc

    Here's my question: Have you read Naomi Klein's book THE SHOCK DOCTRINE? If so, what do you think about it?

    January 13, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. elle

    This question is to Senator Obama:
    Is it true , if elected President of these United States, you would not put your hand on a Bible to be sworn into office?
    Since all our previous Presidents have done this, please explane to me why you would not do this and why , if you choose not to, you think we should elect you President.

    January 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Stanley Egbuna

    Sen. John Edward, do you think that attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton will nominate you. Why don' t you find your own ground than fighting a lose fight.
    Tell us what you will do as a president if elected and give the next president of
    this great country, in the person of Sen Hillary Clinton. This is already settled in heaven. I predict a Republican president if Democrat makes mistake to nominet
    Sen. Barak Obama. Truth is better but Demoxratic party is trying to full into the trap
    of the Republican party, to play a come back to White house. Please, watch it closely. They were talking about race now. We will all see wiith our eyes what
    race looks like when Democrat nominat Sen Obama .If you are one of them that is making this mistake thimk twice before is too late. I am not a white man but I xan
    see where we are heading to .

    January 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Carolyn

    I would ask Senator Clinton why she is running such a dirty, divisive, Karl Rove campaign. She and her husband constanty decry the smear tactics that have been used against them – why are they resorting to the same strategy?

    January 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. H PAUL

    THE STATISTICS ON THE ILLEGALS LIVING IN THE COUNTRY ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 12 TO POSSIBLY 20 MILLION...THE DEMOCRATS SEEM TO FAVOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION TO ALLOW THEM TO STAY HERE.... SO MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE...KNOWING HOW THE LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE ALREADY BEING CONFRONTED WITH THE LOSS OF JOBS, AN UNSTABLE HOUSING MARKET, 47 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE, FORECLOSURES AND EVEN A POSSIBLE DECREASE OR ELIMINATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY, HOW COULD ANY OFYOU EVEN CONSIDER SUCH A THING KNOWING AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS BURSTING AT THE SEAMS ???

    January 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. H PAUL

    THE STATISTICS ON THE ILLEGALS LIVING IN THE COUNTRY ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 12 TO POSSIBLY 20 MILLION...THE DEMOCRATS SEEM TO FAVOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION TO ALLOW THEM TO STAY HERE.... SO MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE...KNOWING HOW THE LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE ALREADY BEING CONFRONTED WITH THE LOSS OF JOBS, AN UNSTABLE HOUSING MARKET, 47 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE, FORECLOSURES AND EVEN A POSSIBLE DECREASE OR ELIMINATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY, HOW COULD ANY OFYOU EVEN CONSIDER SUCH A THING KNOWING AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS BURSTING AT THE SEAMS ???

    January 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Jennifer

    I have a college degree and cannot reenter the work force at a liveable wage because I don't speak Spanish. If elected what would you do to protect real americans who have generations behind their citizenship?

    Why would you campaign in Spanish when you know it's not the American language?

    Are you not encouraging illigals and legal immigrants not to assimilate and learn English by conducting campaign litereature in Spanish?

    January 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Jenny

    This question is for Senator Obama -
    I don't like hypocrisy in Presidential candidates:
    1. Appointing consultants from Clinton era and attacking it.
    2. If he is so allergic to and against the status-quo and hates the establishment, why on earth has he gladly accepted the endorsement of Senator Kerry who is serving for the longest of time in Washington establishment?
    3. If he says that he is against the status-quo, how come he is spending an exorbitant amount of money for his campaign?
    4. Why is Obama playing a race card? How many black voters were there in Iowa when he won the Iowa caucuses? It is a shame that he is dividing people in racial ways instead of uniting people of this great country. It is true his rhetoric is empty. He preaches something and does something else completely!

    January 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Carroll Hoke

    I would ask Hillary Clinton what would be her view, if she is elected, about former presidents who hold views conflicting with hers and conducting "talks" with foreign nations at the same time she would be attempting to govern and influence the behavior of those nations in a certain way, as Nancy Pelosi, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have done during President Bush's term. As part of that question, I would ask her whether there is ever a time when she believes it is important for the nation's leaders to present a unified front.

    January 13, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Mike

    I'm glad to see that many others besides me are questioning Senator Clinton's "35 years experience". I would like to see you ask how much of that experience has been in elected office or in a compensated (non-volunteer) position not given to her by her husband? I've gone through her website and it just doesn't add up...

    January 13, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Joyce

    To all the candidates: You say you are going to raise taxes on the rich to aid the middle class. Where do you draw the line between "rich" and "middle class"? Is your definition based on income or total worth? Thank you.

    January 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Linda

    Why are they using gender cards and race cards? It is obvious Clinton is a woman and Obama is black man. I just think that we don't need to hear that in the campaign, it is already hard enough.

    Also who is running for the white house bill or hillary? It seems to me that Hillary is definitely trying to bring back history which is not change. "Billary" Clinton

    January 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Richard Spaulding, Jr

    This question is for Senators Barak Obama and John Edwards:

    Both of you have proposed rapid withrawals of troops from Iraq. If upon taking office you found that your advisers, including top generals and diplomatic advisers, believed that your proposals would result in increased U.S. casualties or regional destabilization would you push ahead with your proposals anyway?

    January 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Paul, NY

    I hope you will ask the candidates to talk about Pres. Bush comments on Iran (the biggest threat to world security). Ask them if they agree with him and what are they going to do about it?

    January 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Eric

    Obama proposed a plan today on the economy that does not address the foreclosure issue as much as Hillary's does. Does Obama believe this is not as major of an issue? Also, the media attacked Hillary for not laying out how she would pay for her plan..how would Obama pay for his?

    January 13, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Jen

    Wolf,

    Please ask Hillary Clinton if she is willing to win her party's nomination at all costs, even if it means conducting a retro-fitted lying, mud-slinging 90s campaign against Barack Obama and turning off his supporters.

    January 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Ronnie Hawkins Sr.

    For the candidates, how do you unite the party if we are seeing a divide between race and gender and how do you fix the economy with a congress that may not support your vision? The American people want a leader who can unite the country not divide it.

    January 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Susan Weiss

    Please ask Sen.Clinton why she supported a Republican-led resolution several years ago to ban flag-burning. I believe that she voted this way prior to the 2006 elections. Thank you.

    January 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Shawn McAllister - NC

    wow... alot of questions so far.

    Mr. Blitzer,
    I watch CNN daily for the best politcal news on television... ;) There are alot of questions already posted and I know that your team will try and pick the best ones (although I was not impressed with alot of the questions asked in Las Vegas). I have 2 questions for you to consider.

    1. Do you consider life experience to be more important then political experience as a measure of a candidates wisdom? Please explain.

    2. We hear candidates mention "The American Dream" alot. What is your definition of The American Dream?

    Thank you,
    Shawn McAllister

    January 13, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Ron Roley

    Regarding the lawsuit against the union caucusing in the casino's...please ask Hillary why her campaign supported this proposal and only after that union backed Obama, she came out against it, or at least is supporting the suit.

    January 13, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Mrs. Clinton,

    You stated on Sunday that you where "Proud of Obama." What are you proud of?

    January 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. kennedy

    to hillary .do you still consider obama as naive and just a talker.the reason why i ask this is because every thing obama has said or do, you are following behind him doing the same thing example about pakistan, its just one of a lot.do you just say staff to get votes or to scare people because you know he is a very straight talking and honest man please tell the american people why you do that.

    January 13, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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