[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/23/art.debate.split.gi.jpg caption="McCain and Obama will square off Friday night."]ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS
OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) - On our entire way down here on the bus, we’ve been stopping to encourage people to think about what would happen if, on the night of the first debate, they were somehow allowed to stand up and ask John McCain and Barack Obama any question they wanted.
Jim Lehrer of PBS will be the only person asking questions tonight– if, at the end of this bizarre campaign week, the debate takes place at all.
Yet the questions we’ve found by the side of the road– questions devised spontaneously by the people with whom we’ve talked– have something about them that is intriguing. Maybe it’s because the men and women who want to ask them had never considered what it would be like to speak directly to the next president.