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. Dae

    mr. Blitzer
    Please ask the candidates will they commit to make the White House to go green?

    January 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Kathy

    I think you should ask what their position is on the "Federal Real ID" given the fact that it impacts illegal immigration and how they might be documented and our ability to board an airplane if our state refuses to implement the federal guidelines.

    January 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Chris Westling

    Wolf, please ask what they have done and plan to do about the enormous burden of debt owed by the developing world to the developed world. Many international organizations dedicated to ending poverty, such as the ONE campaign, have stated that debt relief is key to reaching the millenium development goals on time. The Jubilee Act (which would accomplish this) is now introduced in both the Senate and the House. What do they plan to do to push it forward?

    January 14, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. richard Donley

    Ask Mr. Obama, in his two years as a senator what he has done in the form of a bill with his name on it to inact change.

    January 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Terry Kane

    I think I speak for most voters in that we are tired of infighting and rancor. There will be plenty of that when the nominee is chosen. Why do you think you are falling into negative campaigning when you all said you wanted to avoid that? When you all knew that the voters want to see the democrats come together to solve these problems? When you all campaing on "change". This behavior is just what plays into the hands of the Republicans and we ask you all to exhibit the change you say you want.

    January 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Energy Independence: Energy-efficient products can be the new "internet boom" for this decade and bring USA companies again back into a technology revolution to lead the global market. Products are available today and not being used by consumers and companies are not motivated to push these products over (many times) options that show immediate cost incentive to the consumer over long term benefits to the USA. Something clearly is needed to 'spark' the USA competition in this market by driving competition and also demand. Instead, companies and consumers today are both currently sitting on the sideline waiting as other countries make more efficient products (hurting the motor city) and consumers are not demanding these products despite availability of some products. There does not seem to be any benefit to not take some steps short term with available technology. There are only two ways to motivate consumers; reward or pentalty. Alternateively, the same two ways to motivate companies to engage this market seriously and use their skills to market and design these products better. On each side consumer and corporation, what is each candidates stance and what examples from their policy will they give to penalize or reward to be the needed 'spark'? Please be specific with your policy to differentiate yourself since you all agree in principle.

    January 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Jim


    Please ask John Edwards how he feels about CNN and the rest of the media ignoring his message and deciding who the Amercian public will vote for.

    Thank you for telling me who I should vote for, its not a decision that a citizen is able to make alone. Only the all-knowing media can determine who is viable.

    January 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. John

    I would ask how their views of governments role in my life is different from socilaism. Of couse I do not expect anyone to ask this question as it would bring to light what is the true nature of a government that provides for all at the expense of the workers.

    January 14, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Linda~n~Wisconsin

    The U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass the ERA by a vote of 278 for the ERA and 147 against the ERA, only 6 votes short of the required 2/3 majority for passage. Fourteen cosponsors voted NO and three cosponsors did not vote. Only 30% of the Republicans voted YES and 85% of the Democrats voted YES.

    The ERA is reintroduced into each session of Congress and held in Committee since 1985.

    What will each of the candidates do to make sure we have the 28th amendment?

    January 14, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Brian

    To the voters,

    The question is not who SC will back as president, but rather who should replace the incompetent incumbents Graham, DeMint, Barrett, Clyburn, Spratt, Brown, Inglis and Wilson!

    The Pres has to to leave, but it is up to the good folks of South Carolina to oust the other incumbents.

    New President + Old Congress = Bad Idea.


    January 14, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Brian

    To all Canidates:

    If you became the next president of the United States what would you do the first 100 days in office?

    January 14, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. John

    Will each of you and the people in your campaign pledge NO MORE attacks on each other ?

    This is hurting the Democratic party, the Republicans will give you enough attacks and conflict for you to handle

    January 14, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. sjhale

    Please find out what the candidates are going to do about our education crisis in this country. NCLB is up for renewal and the law has MAJOR problems, is underfunded and is not conducive or fair for a multicultural society. What are their plans for the children and the teachers of OUR country?

    January 14, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Daryl

    Ask all candidates:
    Rather than simply using the word "change" (used by every Presidential candidate in every election) to describe your platform, describe specifically one dramatic change you will make, and say specifically how the American people should hold you accountable for it? What should the American people do if you fail to bring about that specific change?

    January 14, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Harry, NY NY

    Ask Hillary how she can be about "Change" if the majority of her staff are former members of Bill Clinton's Administration.

    Also ask each candidate about Off-shore outsourcing and how they now view the global economy with respects to more job opportunities for US workers. This would be interesting to compare to their voting records and what companies contributed to their campaigns.

    January 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Bill Arnold

    I would ask since access to healthcare for all is a #1 priority what they will promise for HIV+ (especially the 250,000 – 350,000) who are not accessing today's successful AIDS treatments. ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance program) has has grossly inadequate funding increases for the last 7 years for example and that's the access point for low income, under insurered and uninsured HIV+ Americans. This populations happens to be disproportionately poor people of color, as well. If we are going to tackle healthcare reform – why not start here where all we lack is the $$ commnitment for those without other means to pay?

    January 14, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Anthony

    Mrs. Clinton,

    Why did you support the Patriot Act?

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. JOSE

    explain briefly what is your record, and why you think you are ready to lead?

    and please don't lie ..

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Harry, NY NY

    Sorry for the addendum:

    But in this era where the US is split based on what party they belong to:

    Would any candidate consider taking a VP from the opposing party?
    What about term limits for the Senate? The longer one stays in office the easier it is to be influenced by lobbyists or to wield influence in a manner that is out of touch with what is needed now.

    January 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. John from Illinois

    The American People need to wake up from the nightmare of the last three administrations. We need someone to believe in. We need someone who will make America a proud nation again, united, UNDER God.

    The question I would ask is simple. How will you, as one person, make the difference not only in Washington, but across America in these desperate times, giving American's something to believe in again? Why should America back you?

    Our country, our government, our very exisistance as a role model of a democratic nation is at stake. I need someone who can motiviate me to be a better American. Listening to Obama's victory speech in Iowa moved me. I'm a registered Republican, but any man that passionate, that personally dedicated to making REAL change, not just talk, gets my vote. We don't need a repeat adminstration from 8 years ago. We need fresh minds, fresh ideas to Washington's stagnet indifference. The experience that Hillary so proudly touts is exactly what has taken this country to the hole we're in now. Wake up America!

    January 14, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Greg H

    We expect our leaders to have a vision for our future, just like Kennedy set the goal of reaching the moon by the end of the decade of the sixties. Which one of these candidates will commit to a public works project that would completely update our private and public transportation infrastructure and takes advantage of the latest technologies for rail, air, alternative energy? This project should be completed within 10 years of starting.

    January 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. John

    Will all candidates and their teams pledge no more attacks on each other in the primaries ?

    January 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Vickie Henderson

    I would ask the candidates their opinion on the remark by Senator McCain that the US will remain in Iraq for 100 years; what would be their timeline and why?

    January 14, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Jason


    I echo Robert from Gastonis, NC question, but for more reasons than just judgement. Finding a person to buy a peice a property so that you can qualify for the the purchase can be indicative of fruad. It is known in the industry as a "straw purchase". There is much more that needs to be made known about this transaction. I would like to know if any 3rd party was compensated on the HUD-1. I would like to know why Sen. Obama then purchased part of the lot back. I would like to know why it was Rezko's wife who purchased the lot? I understand it was the seller's request that the lot be sold simultaneously, but why? Was there a lien that emcumbered both properties or did it reduce the price of the house?

    I suggest you speak with a mortgage insider. Many mortgage companies have been brought down by this type of fraud.

    January 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Carl Fuller, Huffman, TX

    For all candidates:

    To what lengths will you go to defend my right to keep and bear arms?

    January 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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