January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Blitzer: What would you ask the Democrats in South Carolina?

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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. Kendall Scudder

    I would like for you to ask Senator Clinton about her quote in the summer of 2007 when she stated "This is George Bush's war! He started this war, he mismanaged this war, he escalated this war, and now he is refusing to end this war." because technically, SHE helped start this war, SHE did nothing to help manage this war, SHE did nothing to stop escalation of this war, and now SHE is refusing to end this war until 2013! Why does she hold the president to these standards and not herself?

    January 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Roosevelt in Georgia

    This is to all the candidates: There has been a strong push to disenfranchise many minorities with the enacting of voter id registration laws. Do you truly believe that miorites are actually disenfranchised by these laws and if so what do you think would be a proper solution to remedy this problem?

    January 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. D

    First to those questioning Hillary's exp. – I suggest they read her Biography. She has spent her entire adult life working for others – especially children. She can hit the ground running, which given the state of our country, is sorely needed. We don't have time for somebody to get up to speed!

    Another Barack Question:
    Can you ask Barack to give us a rundown of his expierience, and how he plans to implement change? So far he has been a talking head and I haven't heard much about his track record, why he feels he is qualified and why he feels he is the most capable of instituting change in this country.

    Preferably a detailed, tactical answer and not in general terms with a bunch of fluff!

    January 13, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Josh

    I'm interested in exactly how candidates are going to raise money for healthcare, economic stimuli, etc without raising taxes. If they are going to do it for these or other causes then they should just be forthright and tell us. We're supposedly adults and can handle the truth. I'm not for raising taxes but if we need to do it we look to our government to be honest with us and tell us to take our medicine. Do you think any of them, either Democrat or Republican, will dare to be so forthcoming?

    From California

    January 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Cathy

    For Senator Clinton:
    On Sunday, Jan 13 you were on Meet the Press saying the Obama campaign was twisting the words you said about MLK and LBJ. Then a short time later you were in a black church in SC praising Obama. This could be viewed as blatant fact twisting to suit whatever audience you are facing. So which Hillary is the real Hillary? And why should the public believe you when you will say anything you think will get you a few more votes.

    January 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Melody

    Hello and thank you.

    I would like to ask Senator Obama to explain the fact that he has the least amount of votes in the senate. Why is that? It seems to make it very "convienient" for the primaries as he can say "I did or didn't vote for that" as the issues arise. It is difficult to really assess where he stands on anything because he doesn't have much on record.

    Thank you again,


    January 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. D

    The BBC and World Public Opinion.org indicate our role in world affairs has deteriorated. I haven't heard much on this topic. Its important given how far down the scale the US has gone when it comes to our international recognition.

    So, my final question for All 3 has to do with re-establishing foreign / global relations

    How do you feel about your ability to improve and/or change our foreign relations? What expierience do you bring to the table, what would you tackle first and how (outside of the obvious, Iraq)?

    (O.K. there are a few questions, but I think they are all important).

    January 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Kahdir

    A leadership question for Hilary Clinton:

    What main factory made you stay with Bill during his indiscretions?

    Was it love for one another, your daughter Chelsea or public appearance for your careers?

    January 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    i would like to ask hillary,would she promise that all troops be out of iraq and no bases will be kept there. i heard bush say that he trusted her more to follow thur with what he has done in iraq than anyone else. 1-30-08 shirley from illinois thank you mr blitzer.

    January 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. RK

    To Hilary
    At least on two different occasions you have mentioned hurt feelings. Can you rise above your feelings when the you have to make big decisions regarding foreign policy, the economy, jobs, health care and be rational? I associate the statement "hurt my feelings" with an amatuer not with experience. The so called amatuer, Barrak Obama, continues to carry on a mature campaign, despite the mud slingling campaign of you and your husband, poor Bill!

    Everytime you talk it seems so divisive, how can you get over this as you claim to reach Republicans? You seem to be bitterly attacking your Democratic rivals, particularly Obama your real competitor, I am afraid your bitterness can only take this country into further divisive politics. Please explain.

    Have you not had enough of the White House??

    January 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. speight

    I want to know which candidates will support a constitution amendment make English the national language? If no, explain?

    January 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. lluvia

    Why even think twice. Make History evey voters vote should go to Barrack Obama. Make history in all the states. Everyone vote Obama. If you must go for someone else Vote John Edwards.

    January 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. shirley

    mr blitzer: i would like to ask hillary,to promise that there will be no bases in aruq,that means all troops out and no bases left.i heard mr bush say he wants hillary to win because she is the only one who will follow up what he has done.thank you ------i hope u ask this question.

    January 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. jim geminiano

    Was Sen. Obama ever a Muslim ? and why and when did he convert to Christianity ?

    January 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. lluvia

    New Hampshire an all white state voted for Hilary. South Carolina your vote should all go to Barrack Obama. Be proud, be smart vote Barrack Obama. If you must vote for someone else vote John Edwards. Let Hilary Clinton come in last. Your state will go down in History.

    January 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. owen

    I will ask Hillary Clinton to explain what she forgot in the white house she is so eager to get back and get after her hus served America for 8 years.

    Does she think that America is becoming a new form of monarchy with Bush 1- Clinton- Bush 2 ... Clinton?

    January 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Tim

    Why is no one talking about controling the cost of Medicine , mal-practice litigation , (and the fact it ALL gets passed on to the consumer) instead of trying to make the middle class pay to insure everyone ? Regulation of these factors (and what we are charged for health care ) is a more viable cure, rather than MORE insurance ! None of the politicians want to talk about cost control since they are all predominently Doctors and Lawyers (AMA and the ABA strike again). Why no cost controls ??

    January 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. lluvia

    South Carolina during the Martin Luther King Week why should South Carolina vote for anyone else but Barrack Obama? Think people think Abraham Lincoln started it, Martin Luther King continued it, South Carolina finish it.

    January 13, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Collin Brock

    To each of the candidates:

    It seems “change” is the defining word of this campaign. Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream of change, one that redefined this great country. What is your dream? What change exactly do you intend to bring to Washington, these United States, and the world. Exactly what policies would you be re-working or changing?

    Mr. Blitzer, feel free to use verbatim, reword, or use pieces of this question.

    Collin J. Brock

    January 13, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Bill Hickcox

    Why don't any of the democrats support a crack down on illegal immigration

    January 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Mary


    If you consider health care insurers profit by denying service and Drs options for treatment are restricted by non medical decision makers, how could any of you justify anything but single payer universal health coverage for all Americans?

    January 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. charlotte

    How wil you change the status quo, same people in office, same stalemates.

    January 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Mary


    Do you think it would be appropriate for the next President of the United States in thier inaugural address to apoligize to the world for the last 8 years?
    (ie unprovoked war in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, torture)

    January 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Nina

    I would ask all the candidates what measure she/he would take to improve the standing/value of the dollar against the euro and other international currencies.

    I would ask all the candidates what she/he would do to improve the skills of American students in science, math, English, knowledge of the world so they do not come last when competing with students from other countries.

    I would NOT ask the same old questions about the vote on the war on Iraq, we already know the answer to that one!

    What about concrete steps to be taken to solve the situation of illegal immigrants.

    January 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Tyler

    How can Senator Obama claim to change politics as usual? How can you change Washington? What will you actually do? How will you get Washington to change? How can you do this when people from your campaign are distorting Senator and President Clinton's comments on Martin Luther King and your candidacy?

    January 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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