January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
8 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

    Will these new "reverse mortgages" be the next scam aimed at the elderly, middle class citizens. Has anyone in Congress checked to make sure this offer will not be as harmful as the Sub-Prime Mortgages written by Countrywide?

    January 17, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Jim

    Can anything be done to prevent Angelo Mozilo, the founder of Countrywide Financial Corp., from receiving up to $115 million in severance-related pay if his troubled company is acquired by Bank of America? Does he deserve to be rewarded for the damage his company has done to America's economy? Wouldn't that be like rewarding the illegal aliens for breaking our laws?

    January 17, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Jim

    As president, would what would you do to correct our so called, "fair trade policies"? Trade means you buy or barter for goods you cannot produce. Somehow, this administration interperted "fair trade" as The US will send your country the manufacturing jobs for an American based corporation, so that business can pay lower wages. Then we'll import that product back to the United States, with the name of the American business to sell to the citizens of USA.

    Wouldn't really only be FAIR if no more than half of the manufacturing for any American company ever left the country?

    Of course that business should be able to make a profit, but is that profit only possible by taking jobs away from Americans?

    The savings companies like Mattel have made using these UNFAIR programs has earned huge profits for the corporate officers, but the savings is certainly not passed on to US consumers (respo9nsible for 80% of sales for Mattel toys), in the way of lower prices, but their product produced outside of the United States is not only defective, but dangerous to the health of our children.

    Let's make "fair trade" deals for product that CANNOT be made in America, and not for product that wasnot only made here but kept Americans employed. Let's have policies that produce a majority of items on the shelves of stores in the United States bearing labels that proudly say, 'MADE IN THE USA".

    January 17, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Chris

    If elected, will you continue to support NASA in it's implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration (S.1281, NASA Authorization Act of 2005). If not, what would you do differently, and why?

    January 17, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Michael

    I would like to know how any of the Presidential Candidates will return America to a Goverment of the People, By the people and for the People

    January 17, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. The People

    For either Barak Obama or Hillary Clinton:

    Many in our nation recognize and appreciate the important role that government plays in serving as a sponsor of scientific research and technology development, particularly with NASA and the civil space program. Contrary to Republican doctrine, however, the national budget is not limitless, and activities such as this must be balanced against health care, education and other national priorities. As President, would you continue to support this Administration's goal for NASA of returning U.S. astronauts to the Moon or would you pare it back in favor of other goals, such as development of renewable energy and new medical technologies?

    January 17, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. Jeff B

    According to the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is falling behind a number of other countries in the education of students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The result is a severe challenge to US leadership in a technological global economy. During the past fifty years one of the leading sources of incentive and inspiration for students to pursue those disciplines has been the civil space programs of the US, including human spaceflight programs, managed principally by NASA. All of NASA's programs are currently receiving, in total, less than seven tenths of one percent of the federal budget, and many important and exciting science and exploration projects are being under-funded or eliminated because there is little or no growth in NASA's budget. As President, how would you increase NASA's ability to once again be a leading inspiration to young students to excel in the scientific and technical sectors? Would you support growing NASA's budget to just 1 percent of the federal budget? Is that a worthwhile investment in our nation's future?

    January 17, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  8. Derek


    Would you please ask the candidates if they support the President's Vision for Space Exploration? Will they continue to fund NASA’s Constellation program to include manned missions to the Moon and Mars?

    January 17, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. Bennett Scarborough

    If elected, would you appoint Jim Cramer as Chairman of the Federal Reserve?

    January 18, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. John Benac

    What will you do to promote the NASA COTS program as it fosters companies like SpaceX to shift the low level cost burden away from NASA and onto the private spaceflight market?

    January 18, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  11. Tim Collins

    Please state your position on the future of America's leadership in space, stating explicitly your views related to support and funding for NASA's current Space Transportation, Aeronautics, Exploration, and Science programs, including your views on the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program.

    January 18, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  12. Eric Eid-Reiner

    Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Millions more have been displaced, and countless women and girls are being subjected to abhorrent sexual and other brutal violence. Should the U.S. be more involved in this this crisis than it is now? What would you do as president to help the people of Sudan?

    January 18, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  13. Ken

    President Kennedy inspired this nation to explore new frontiers, including the Moon. This, in turn, inspired several generations of kids in their math and science education. The last American to walk on the moon lifted his foot from the lunar soil more than 35 years ago. Today, NASA does amazing things for less than 1% of the Federal budget. But people have not left low Earth orbit, and NASA does a poor job of articulating what it is doing with the Space Stattion. Has America abandoned the bright, shiny future (for all Americans) we envisioned when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon, nearly 40 years ago, or will we reclaim this future, under your administration?

    January 18, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Ken

    I believe that when people say they want change, they mean "It's time to move on and reclaim America's bright future". Electing Mrs. Clinton is a step backward, not forward. We're done with the Bushes, and we're done with the Clintons. America needs to move on. Mr. Obama, Mr. Edwards, and Mr. Kucinich, what do you think America looks like in the year 2028, just a generation from now, and what do we need to do to get there?

    January 18, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Danny

    I would like you to ask the candidates whether they support a SINGLE PAYER universal healthcare system.

    January 18, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Drew

    I would ask all the candidates where they stand on NASA. To what extent would their administrations commit funding? Is there a place for space exploration in your larger vision for America? For some this may not matter, but for many it is crucial. I hope someone will ask this question.

    January 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Ron

    Do the candidates support the President's Vision for Space Exploration? Will they increase funding of NASA’s Constellation program to respectable levels worthy of the 21st century and ensure manned missions to the Moon and Mars remain the focus of the vision?

    January 18, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Truth seeker

    Subj: So-called 'energy crisis'. Plz have the gumption to confront this issue. On May 9, 2001, a National Press Club conference was held by Dr. Stephen Greer with 20 military, intelligence, government, corporate and scientific witnesses testifying about energy technology (ambient zero-point energy) that our gov't has known about for decades. These 20 are representative of over 400 witnesses willing and ready to testify, under oath, to Congress about this free energy.

    Plz visit disclosureproject.org or videogoogle.com/disclosure project to view in its entirety. Forget, at least for now, about the UFO segment of it, that can come later, but the fact we are withholding this amazing energy from the world is horrific. And candidates are talking about more nuclear energy facilities or 'studying' ($$) alternative energy solutions. Meanwhile oil is $100/barrel and the truth is we never had to be dependent on oil at all. One asks, why did this conference get buried and barely got a mention? Think we all know the answer to that. Well, let's all wake up and demand, at the very least, that the government release Tesla's patents. I know this is sticky and dark, but if I'm going to vote for a candidate, he or she must be willing to reveal this truth. Stop global warming in a heartbeat.

    This technology is breathtaking and reminds me of a segment I saw on a little hospital in Africa operating with one electrical outlet, while just down the road was a 5-star hotel with all the amenities. Senseless. So the point is, there is NO energy crisis, it is a joke on humanity. Who will step forward???

    January 19, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  19. john

    who do you think is at foult the people ar the goverment for all the foreigen cars and goods in our country?i blame the people some,i allways buy american cars to help the automakers here,what will the candidates do for the companys in the USA? thank you john from ohio

    January 19, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. vietnam vet

    As you know Hillary keeps touting her 35 years of experience. As she must be near 70, ask her what she did with the other 35. Also, really get into this whole experience thing. I don't consider her serving tea in the Arkansas Governors Mansion or the Peoples White House as a great resume. What do we really know except that she was such a polarizing figure she screwed up her attempt at creating a universal health care system. If as she implies, she ran the White House ask her why they don't open the publicly funded Bill Clinton Library and let us see some documents.

    January 19, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  21. cam

    A question for Senator Clinton.
    You have been running on the record of your husbands administration.That administration implemented welfare reform and NAFTA.One punished single moms the other destroyed many blue collar workers.
    Why should low and moderate income people support you with a record like this?

    January 20, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Ron Lipof

    This question is for all candidates – Cancer is the number one killer of Americans. If you are elected President, will you re-declare the war on cancer that President Nixon declared and will you apppoint a cabinet-level cancer czar or Presidential commission to proactively address quality cancer care for the more than 10.5 million Americans currently living with cancer? Please provise a specific thought other than simply increasing NIH funding.

    January 20, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. George, Durham, North Carolina


    I haven't heard any discussion from the Democrats about balancing the budget. Could you please ask each of the candidates their specific plan to balance the budget. How long will it take? What programs they will cut? I want specifics. Thanks

    January 20, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. latham

    There's talk of needing a financial stimulus to help our economy avoid recession. one way, give taxpayers a rebate. another mentioned, tax relief for businesses. I wonder: whenever we hear of bridge collapes, we talk of infrastructure. many schools are in need of repair or replacement. we still have a national problem of the homeless. housing starts are low. Many jobs have been lost to other countries, especially ,manufacturing. why not take a page from the past and put the dollars into public works, whether roads,schools, housing. this might add more people to active payrolls rather than relying on unemployment or welfare AND would have a long term benefit to the country. I don't know about other people, but if i get a rebate, I'll use it to 1) reduce debt and 2) spend some for something for my house or a vacation.while that may help the economy with my spending, the result seems to me to just add to our deficit. You're thoughts?

    January 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. latham

    it's hard to run a country with 51%. it's even harder if you're the minority in congress. what make you, the candidates, think you can get you're programs approved. will you compromise. will you work with the other party. what can be done to improve the approval rating for Congress? the presidency? the government?

    January 20, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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