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. Martha

    Do I really believe the media?

    January 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. David Hedges

    Exactly how does Barack Obama plan on making change?

    Clinton, clearly posted a 10pt plan to begin with, what does Obama plan to do?

    And, it would be nice to ask all of the candidates why they avoid discussing LGBT issues in public speeches. They're comfortable talking about racism, and sexism, but none of them seem to truly support the LGBT community PUBLICLLY. They mustn't forget a large number of LGBT people are Democrats.

    January 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. James


    January 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Denise Stewart

    General question to all the candidates:

    As an educator, I am concerned about what type of economy my students will be facing in the next few years. Will their hopes be dashed or realized?

    Our economy is suffering. People are losing jobs. People are losing their homes. Education budgets are being cut.

    What concrete plans do you have to restore our anemic economy?

    Thank you.

    Denise Stewart, California Independent

    January 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    Two Scenarios and a Question:
    1. A single mother working 2 jobs just to feed her 3 children
    2. A potential family who is trying to make ends meet after the father has been laid off right before he retires.

    So knowing these circumstances:
    What will each candidate do to ease the plight of African Americans who, along with these issues, have to pay high taxes, high-priced home insurance, and soaring gasoline prices?

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Julius Sanders

    My question would be concerning the FDA. non approval of the Dendreon drug called PROVENGE.

    Why the FDA Ignored the decission 17-0 on voting for the approval of the prostate cancer drug called PROVENGE? The vaccine was received the blessing from all members but the FDA declined to accept their vote for approval. Three congressman are now investigating,

    Do the candidate believe that a drug which can prolong life without pain be the decision of the person who has prostate cancer or the Government?
    over 200,000 thousand americans die each year of prostate cancer.

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. James

    For all candidates:

    Imagine you are the President now and you are speaking to a crowded room of young men and women that have lost loved ones during military service. Now deliver a brief speech that is intended to motivate them to enlist in the military.

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. vicky

    I hope that debate wouldn't be conducted and skewed to favour some candidates more than others.....

    January 11, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Giacomo Calabria

    Senator Clinton,

    More than 50% of the country has already make up their minds about you: they are NOT going to vote for you this November.

    With such high negative numbers, why keep running? How can you possibly win?

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Tina, Arizona

    Looks like Hillary has her minions on CNN doing their Obama bashing today....

    My question to all three would be:

    Tell me what REAL, concrete steps they would take to reduce or remove the influence of special interests in Federal politics.

    And here's a tip, supporting existing laws isn't a good enough answer boys and girls........

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Seth

    How do you plan to unite the party after such a divisive primary season?

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Matthew, Minneapolis, MN

    What do you say to allegations that some of you "ripped" some of your ideas off of Bill Richardson original positions? When do you plan to bring ALL the troops home since each one of you couldn't commit to do that by 2013 in a September MSNBC debate?

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. janet

    Obama, not ever holding an "executive" position, nor running a business, nor holding a government job for over 2 years, why do you believe you are qualified to hold the highest executive job in our country?

    January 11, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Rick Maryville TN

    Ask each candidate

    When President, if you where sent an appropriations bill from Congress and it was 2% higher than you wanted...what would you do..? follow up if it had earmarks what would you do...?

    January 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Fridith S. Holloway

    I have a two part question, 1. Hillary, when you say that you have 35 years of experience are you counting being the wife of a candidate experience...because if not for the time you were in the white house as first lady, I believe you and Barak Obama have the same amount of time in the U.S. Senate. 2. Barak Obama, can you please explain to everyone what is your motivation in this campaign...what keeps you going?

    January 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. Inedpended

    Kevin spoken like a true liberal how about helping yourdself

    January 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. David

    We hear alot about 'taking back Washington for the people'. These promises are largely based on the legislative process - and undue influence of lobbyists and special interests. I'd like to know what they plan to do to restore faith in the election process.

    With allegations of deliberate tampering or fraud, and known flaws in both electronic and manual voting system – what actions will they take to ensure our election process represents the will of the people?

    January 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. E. in Dallas, TX

    Ask Hillary what will be the "change" that she can bring being a Clinton and that her family has been in the White House in the past? And mainly what the candidates are the most passionate about and how they will pay for their healthcare plans. Also, it wouldnt hurt to make sure Wolf Blizter is FAIR with equal time and does not rudelty interrupt the candidates as often. LET THEM SPEAK!

    January 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Carole

    I would like to know which candidate, either Democrat or Republican, will go against the will of the Trilateral Commission and restore America to the citizens and not corporate elites. I believe Ron Paul is the best candidate to do this. When will these so called forerunners start talking about the real issues that matter to American citizens?

    January 11, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Will

    Barack Obama continues 'preeching' the fact that he is the candidate of change, but he's being endorsed by Senators that are obviously establishment figures! Is he just using this over-used word, 'change' to brainwash the youth and independents???

    I want a specific answer from him on how he plans on making this 'change' he keeps preeching!

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. bmark

    1.i do not understand where clinton is coming regarding 'experience' when she was never served as a president. i think she talks more about experience assuming about former president clinton. not herself. please separete your experience from your husband who was a great president

    2. from my understanding she used her 'femal' emotion side to get more vote, if she is she already emotionaly now how is she going to handel when things get hard in the white house?

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. J

    do you think that mandated health care will lead to an even deeper divide between haves and have nots by creating a government-run health care system that would most likely include poor people who cannot afford better health care plans? (a mandated government issued health care plan would most certainly be poorly funded and run and no one but the poor would actually would actually want to sign up for it.)

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Mary

    Hillary: Among 35 years of experience she has often mentioned, what she really earned with her own ability without backs by her husband. Please define the difference between experience Laura Bush other first ladies had or have and hers. The experience she earned through the advantage of being the first lady should be really counted as the same degree of experiences as other candidates like John Edward earned by his own efforts for years?

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. MB in TX

    Senetor Obama, How do you feel that your experience working as an organizer has helped you to understand the people of our nation?

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Tom - Traverse City, MI

    To Obama, Edwards and Clinton,

    Why did both Obama and Edwards pull their names off of the Michigan ballots, while Hillary Clinton gets a free pass in the state of Michigan?

    If this was indeed done by choice then a second question for Mr. Obama and Mr. Edwards, Please explain to all of the Democratic voters in Michigan why we should still back your campaign if you don't care enough about Michigan to even have your name on the ballot.

    Registered Democrat voting for Uncommitted

    January 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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