January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
9 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. Ivan

    I want to know, given the widespread array of disgraceful changes brought on by the Bush administartion - loss of civil liberties, no bid corporate contracts in government, Vice-Presidential powers run amok, making appointments when Congress is out of session, signing statements - the list goes on and on and on and on - what SPECIFICALLY will each candidate do to return our country to something closer to sanity?

    January 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Nick

    Please ask Hillary what makes her so ready to take on healthcare issues after failing at universal healthcare in the first term of her husband's presidency? Did she really take money from insurance companies and lobbyists to keep quiet (ala "Sicko")? What makes her think that Americans will trust her not to fail again? Why shouldn't she give someone else a crack at it?

    January 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Chris

    Billary, You have served one full term in the Senate and never had an official position in your husband's years as President and Governor. How does that give you more experience than Edwards or Obama who both also served one complete term in that body? If youu happened to be the nominee, would you play the experience card if John Mccain was at the next podium?

    All candidates, where do you stand on the incredible trade defecit with China and the outsourcing of jobs to India? What are your plans to return all of those jobs to the U.S. citizens?

    January 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. lluluadorl


    January 11, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. mariann

    To All the Candidate:

    Other than being a Democrat and the possible historic setting of the first woman or the first Black in the White House, what do you mean by Change (Change to what?) and be specific in your explanation ;

    What would be your Economic Policies?

    January 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Robert, Gastonia, North Carolina

    to all the candidates: What do you beleive will be come known as George Bush's greatest accomplishment and his worst blunder?

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Betty

    I would like ALL questions asked and answered with specifics by each candidate without them every mentioning the other candidates. Each candidate is so busy putting a negative spin on where the other candidates stand on issues, they never get past the same rhetoric we have been hearing for these past weeks and months. It's time journalists and candidates realize the American people are not stupid. The supposed purpose of these debates is to let the people know how the candidates are going to deal with a variety of issues. At the end of the debate, we will decide who represents our beliefs best. Sadly, this debate will be like all the others. Questions will be asked, answers will be rhetorical, candidates will be disrespectful to each other and the greatest disrespect will be to the American people by all that participate and who will be the true losers again. Because we can't get a straight answer from any candidate, Democrat or Republican.

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Anon 1

    Barack Obama: If elected President would you issue an official apology for slavery and do you support reparations for the role the American government played in slavery?

    Hillary Clinton: How would a Hillary Clinton administration be different from a Bill Clinton administration as it relates to balancing the budget and coping with a recession?

    John Edwards: In the face of a slowing economy or a recession, how would you carry out your policies to reign in big pharma, big oil, big health and big business?

    I wish all the candidates peace, good health and staying power as they continue their campaign. May we all unite and embrace the winner.

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    Ask Obama if he thinks that he will secure the average black American's (me) vote by just giving great speeches, but no details as to what he will really do. Ask him if he thinks we are that dumb?

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Matt Binkley

    My question would be: every candidate seems to base their campaign slogan around "change." We've heard it before, we've seen nothing change; or change for the worse. Why are there such cut and paste phrases thrown around instead of being honest and forming your own, original identity?

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. waibi alex

    Bye the way Wolf there is rumour Gaining currency that the results in Newhampsire were False ,

    Do Candidates try after a primary try to comfirm their results or they just accept them as gospel Truth and continue to other states

    January 11, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. citizen

    public transportation in America – what are you going to do to help develop it?

    January 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Frances Sawyer

    To All
    Yes or no, Do you understand that we (American people ) are sending you a clear and strong message that we are tired of promises and want results? If you are elected will you stand by your word?

    January 11, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Gaurang Mehta

    I would ask them if they are aware of the recent "Safe Port Act" which somehow managed to make internet gambling illegal, cost the US millions of dollars of tax-payers money in damages to Antigua, the EU, etc. and is a complete violation of the constitution. The state was never meant to enter the private domain, yet with this ill-founded law (which enjoyed no discussion in Congress or senate, since it was slipped through as part of a bill aimed at terrorism!) – Americans can no longer play poker online! Ofcourse they still do, just at non-regulated, unsafe, illegal bookmakers since the big players no longer accept their money.

    What do the candidates think of this law and if elected would they take any action?

    January 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. george

    If you will rig elections here just like you did in NH...

    January 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Robert

    What would each candidate do to stop the outsourcing of American Jobs.

    January 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Michael Parodi from Austin, TX

    It seems as though every administration from Kennedy to Bush has been involved in a major scandal. These scandals take the focus off of key issues by bringing the scandal center stage which in turn, creates gridlock in Congress, moves the needs of the American people into the background and further diminishes the credibility of our politicians. If elected president, will you do everything in your power to maintain a scandal-free presidency by enforcing the forgotten ideal of "accountability" within your administration?

    January 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. jake

    to all candidates:

    while policy proposals and personal character are important dimensions used by voters in assesssing presidential candidtates, an equally important consideration is the understanding of the constitutional powers of the presidency that a candidate brings to office. what do you believe to be these powers to be?

    January 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. brenda

    HEY WOLF,I would ask you what you have against women. I have already stopped watching the boys on MSNBC . I hate to give up on you to. Do you not think we notice things like this?

    January 11, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Rusty

    I would like to know how each one stands on illegal immigration and border security and what they intend to do about each. Everyone knows how the Republican candidates stand on these issues and what they would do, now it is time to hear what each of the Democratic candidates would do.

    January 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Ryan, San Mateo

    Where is the beef? Obama seems to talk alot about change, but does not explain anything new. We have heard these same promises from every candidate every election. He is basically saying the same thing George Bush said when he was running....nothing new. They all say what they promise to do, then get in the W
    H and do nothing they promised.

    January 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Paul Y

    For Obama – Your speeches are powerful and inspiring but many say they lack specifics. Please describe 3 policy differences between you and Sen. Clinton and why you think these differences are important.

    January 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. BK


    To Hillary:

    How would a white, combative, western Presidential hoping to sit down with
    Middle Eastern leaders to work with issues in that region?. Don't Arabs males hate to be told by a white, western woman?. I'm not sexist, but attempt to be realistic.

    To Obama:

    What advantage would you brought to the table in foriegn policies as an Affrican-American President. Would you bring about a more "international face" rather than a White, western woman President?.

    January 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Ed Lenberg

    Two questions:

    1. Please provide specifics ( not general statements nor crowd pleasing buzz words) as to:

    How you would curb the immigration problem and if any your plans include illigals to entitlement to social security benefits?.

    How would you specifically improve the Social Security Program–specific legislation you would introduce when you are President.?

    What are your specific plans to reduce welfare and how long would your plan take to solve the problem?

    2. Ask Barack Obama why he voted present on a number of issues when he was in the Illinois legislature , not specifically taking a stance. Was not part of your responsibility as an elected official to make a decision and not be indecisive?

    January 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Jagan

    Its interesting how the process works. Everyone wants to know where do the candidates stand on different issues. Some people care about some and some don't care about the same issues. Some issues vanish as times goes by. There may be some issues that will appear only after the new president takes office.(no one thought about 9/11 in 2000 election). I think its important to understand the candidate's character, ability to lead, make intelligent decisions, do good to people and learn. So my question is going to be generic and not particular stuck any particular issue.

    Dear candidate,

    What would be the one thing that you did, you would consider as a mistake and would like to do it differently ? (In political career / personal life)

    January 11, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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